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Why is Croatia so beautiful?

Why is Croatia so beautiful?

Croatia holidays and reasons why travel to Croatia

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Why visit Zadar?

Things to do in Zadar

If a Croatian tourist destination can be transformed by one man, that destination must be Zadar. The decision by Ryanair's Michael O'Leary to start flights to the mined airport of Zadar in 2007 has been more than vindicated by his airline carrying more than 300,000 passengers in 2015., opening up this fascinating former capital of Dalmatia to a new generation of tourists.


Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun

More than 3000 years old, Zadar's history is as rich as its modern attractions are appealing. Reckoned by many to have the best sunset on the coast, there is only one way to find out – simply grab a cocktail and check it out for yourself.


The old town of course is not to be missed, and there are plenty of organised walking tours – highlights include the 16th century fortifications and Roman forum - but the most famous attraction is the amazing sea organ, the brainchild of architect Nikola Basic, who decided to improvise on a standard waterfront during post-war reconstruction by creating a unique structure which interacts with the incoming waves to produce harmonious sounds. It won him the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2006.


Don't miss the excellent Museum of Glass in the 19th Century Cosmacendi Palace, home to one of the most outstanding collections of Roman glassware outside Italy. Of particular interest are delicate vessels used by the ladies of the Roman Empire to store skin creams and essential oils.


The expected arrival of seaplanes next to the Zadar old town in 2015 will connect the town to other destinations such as Split, Pula, Rab and Hvar.


Why visit Rovinj?

Things to do in Rovinj

Can a tourist destination have everything? Once you have visited the gorgeous historic peninsula stone town of Rovinj in Istria, you will think that perhaps it can.


A walk through the old town and excellent beaches for romance

One of the iconic tourism images of Croatia, the walled town of Rovinj is also one of its prettiest, and a walk around the warren of streets will reveal the full charms of the traditional stone towns which line the Adriatic coast in Croatia. It is also a great destination for beaches, and the influential American newspaper Huffington Post named Valalta as the best FKK camp site in the world in 2015, the latest recognition for the town, which was also named among the top 10 most romantic places in Croatia.


Sports activities and cycling in Rovinj

Istria is a great activity destination, and cycling is growing in popularity, and Rovinj is no exception. There are four marked cycling trails for recreational cyclists close to the old town, which is a great way to explore the cultural and natural treasures of the locality. With its proximity to the sea, sailing is an important tourism activity, and one of the most popular things to do is an evening cruise around the Rovinj peninsula, complete with local fish dinner, wine and traditional music. Rovinj at its finest.


Being in Istria, of course, gastronomy is at the heart of the town's tourism offer. Don't forget to try the legendary regional truffles, while the local wines to look out for are Malvazija (white) and Teran (red).


Why visit Crikvenica?

Things to do in Crikvenica

Named after the dialect word for church (crikva) and the old monastery of the Pauline Fathers which was built nearby, Crikvenica is the largest town on the Vinodol coastal belt south of Rijeka, and it is a town with quite a history.


Crikvenica was once known as a Roman military base called Ad Turres, and the present town was built on the old Roman settlement. The Roman heritage is celebrated each July with the Days of Ad Turres Festival.


Beaches in Crikvenica

There are great beaches at Crikvenica, and the exceptionally clean sea and mild climate has ensured that the town has become a major destination for wellness tourism, while its proximity to Zagreb means that it is a popular weekend destination for residents of the capital who are looking to escape the pressures of city life, and its pebbly and sandy beaches are complimented by an excellent promenade for people to take in the relaxed atmosphere and views.


Opposite Crikvenica is the island of Krk, which is easy to visit via the bridge connection to the mainland, where you can explore the island's rich heritage and sample its excellent indigenous wines, of which the white Zlatina is the most famous.


Active vacation and sports activities

Crikvenica has an enviable offer for those looking for an active holiday, and tourists can take part in a variety of sporting activities, including para-sailing, sailing, kayaking, diving, hiking, cycling, football and tennis.


Why visit Split?

Things to do in Split

Once known as the "Gateway to the Islands", Split is the fastest-growing tourism city in Croatia, as visitors are discovering the delights of this versatile and historic town, where once they headed straight to the ferry terminal.


Diocletian's Palace in Split

The jewel in the crown, of course, is the 1700 year-old Diocletian's Palace, a retirement home for a Roman emperor of the same name, which today is Croatia's most vibrant and lived-in old town, offering some fabulous private accommodation in authentic stone surroundings.


The palace is the centre of the city's tourism, and you should not miss a walking tour of the centuries of history contained therein, a tour which should also include two of Split's most famous shopping venues – the Fish and Green Markets.


The Riva for coffee, and Marjan for sports activities

The place to be, and to be seen, however, is Riva, the pedestrianised waterfront in front of the palace, which is awash with stylish cafes, and even more stylish people. The recent addition of West Coast, a new section of waterfront along to the marina, has added a new dimension to Split's relationship with the sea.


Just a short walk from the old town is the very green Marjan Hill, the "lungs" of Split, and an excellent location for cycling, hiking and kayaking. Marvel at the rock churches and hike up for outstanding views of Split below. The recent introduction of the first scheduled seaplane service in Europe to Split Airport means that the city is more accessible than ever, with various islands connected directly, and the steady rise in international cuisine and investment means that Split has a very secure tourism future.


Why visit Dubrovnik?

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is by far the most famous destination in all Croatia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the city has a rich and colourful history of independence and was the first place in the world to abolish slavery.


A walk and enjoying the old town

A walk around its impregnable walls are a must, offering both a window into the city's rich history and spectacular views of both the old city and the Adriatic. For even better views, however, take the cable car at Mount Srđ and look down at the city.


A walk down the imperious Stradun in central Dubrovnik is not to be missed, as is the chance to lose yourself in the warren of back streets in the old town. Time your visit according during the day according to the cruise ship schedules, as the explosion of cruise tourism has resulted in the fact that Dubrovnik can be so full that locals are requested not to enter the old town at certain times of the day.


Rent a boat and a day trip to the island

While beach options close to the old town are limited, take advantage of the city's rich maritime traditions and hire a boat out to Lokrum, Lopud of the Elaphite Islands, a chance to escape the crowds and relax in nature, while looking back at surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Why visit Zagreb?

Things to do in Zagreb

Once regarded as a rather boring capital, Zagreb was recently nominated as the coolest capital city in Europe, and EU entry has certainly helped to bring a little more internationalism to Croatia's largest city.


Tourism is certainly on the rise too, and the majority of visitors head to the compact but very quaint Austro-Hungarian old town, whose historic buildings and quaint squares are overlooked by the tallest building in the centre, Zagreb Cathedral.


Museums for sightseeing in Zagreb

There are plenty of museums to enjoy in Zagreb, celebrating the city's rich heritage, but a very modern and innovative one is perhaps the best known, and a visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships is a must.


Zagreb is a very green city, full of parks, and the shores of Lake Jarun are popular, as are the central parks. Take a walking tour of the centre through the seven green squares which form Lenucci's Horseshoe, and enjoy the offerings on show at the excellent Botanical Gardens near the centre.


A great Christmas destination in Europe

Zagreb's international connections are steadily improving, and the city will offer direct flights to Canada this summer, having inaugurated direct services from Qatar and Dubai in 2014. There are many popular day trips from the capital, including the baroque town of Varaždin and the outstanding Plitvice Lakes. For many, Zagreb is a transit point to the Adriatic coast, and there are regular buses to Split and Dubrovnik, while the train service to Split runs three times a day in the season.


Why visit Medulin?

Things to do in Medulin

Once a small fishing village, Medulin on the Istrian peninsula is a prime example of a Croatian beach destination which has fully embraced tourism, and today the Medulin Riviera is an extremely popular summer destination, to which tourists flock to enjoy a range of excellent beaches, the most famous of which is Bijeca.


Modern tourism has also brought many sporting activities to Medulin, and here one can enjoy football, horse riding, tennis, sailing, mini golf, bowling, beach volleyball, diving, and various other water sports.


Despite its modern beach tourism image, Medulin has a historic past which is worth exploring. It gets its name from the Roman name of Mutila, and there are several Roman and Neolithic archaeological sites to be explored most notably at Vizula, while the pre-historic forts at Vrcevan Hill are also worth investigating.


Medulin is also a great place as a base to explore other parts of Istria, and the main city of Pula, as well as Fažana – gateway to the fabulous Brijuni Islands and former home of President Tito – are a short drive away.


Excellent beaches in Medulin

But why travel so far when there are so many gorgeous beach options on the doorstep? The so-called Medulin Riviera has about 80 km of coastline, including six towns, and the region is famous for its beach tourism, as well as being a popular camping destination.


Why visit Šibenik?

Things to do in Sibenik

Located between the airports of Zadar and Split, the historic town of Šibenik is often overlooked by tourists, which is a shame, as there is plenty on offer in addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cathedral of James, which is made entirely of stone and is the centrepiece of a very pretty old town.


Šibenik is also a destination undergoing a lot of positive change, and 2015 should see the opening of a new marina and five-star hotel by Turkish group Dogus which will transform the town's tourism fortunes.


Šibenik is famous for its food and wine, and for many in Dalmatia, Pelegrini, which lies in the shadows of the cathedral, is the best restaurant in the country, while the wines of Alen Bibich (whose vineyards are close by) have attracted international acclaim from the likes of Anthony Bourdain.


A visit to Šibenik is not possible without taking in the spectacular Krka National Park nearby, whose impressive waterfalls, mountains and nature are among the top attractions in the region.


A quick look out to sea will show the breathtaking beauty of the Kornati Islands, a sailing paradise and one of the most popular sailing destinations on the Adriatic coast. There are plenty of islands lost in time to visit, including Žirje, Murter, Kaprije and Žut.


In addition to Split and Zadar, there are several other coastal cities worth visiting from Šibenik, and regular buses make this an easy experience. These include Primošten and the UNESCO old town of Trogir to the south.


Why visit Nin?

Things to do in Nin

Croatia is full of destinations claiming to be offer something different, but few can compete with the unique attractions of Nin, close to Zadar, and booking your private accommodation in this Dalmatian gem is a decision you will not regret.


Where else will you find such varied attractions as the smallest cathedral in the entire a world, a destination described by one poet as the Croatian Bethlehem, outstanding nature parks and some of the best sandy beaches on the entire Adriatic coast?

Beaches in Nin ideal for families with children

With plenty of private family accommodation, available, Nin is an excellent choice for a family holiday, offering a winning combination of sporting activity, great beaches, tradition and heritage, all washed down with the finest Dalmatian food and wine.


The lagoon of sandy beaches is a children's paradise, as is the nearby Zaton Holiday Resort, with Queen's beaches being our top tip. And heritage lovers should not miss the Church of the Holy Cross, officially the smallest cathedral in the whole world, while the eco park lagoon of Nin is an outstanding natural botanical garden which all the family will love. Look out for the Vlastelica endemic bird which can be found on the Nin salt pans.


Why visit Novalja?

Things to do in Novalja, Pag

Novalja on the island of Pag is a town with a rich history dating back thousands of years which is better known these days as the entry for the biggest party on the Adriatic.


Beaches in Novalja

If Croatia does not have an equivalent to Ibiza yet, the closest must be the beach at Zrće, close to Novalja, whose gorgeous fine pebble beach attracts party-goers from all the world to the famous clubs of Aquarius, Papaya and Kalypso. Chill by day and party by now – this is the very best party on the Adriatic each summer.


Despite the party image, Novalja has plenty of cultural heritage to enjoy, including numerous churches, museums, an ancient aqueduct, the Pag Triangle and Crnkevic's Court.


Sports activities Novalja, Pag

Novalja is also a great activity destination, with a range of more extreme sports including bungee jumping, wake-boarding, para-sailing, fly boarding and quad biking. The diving is also excellent, and less adrenaline-filled activities include biking, hiking, rock climbing, football and beach volleyball. Spear fishing enthusiasts should be here for the Day of Novalja on June 13, when the annual spear fishing tournament takes place.


Novalja is due to welcome the seaplanes of European Coastal Airlines for the summer of 2015, which will link the town to important destinations such as Split, Pula and Zadar on the mainland, and other islands in the network such as Hvar, Rab and Cres. Pag is world famous for its cheese, reckoned by some to be the best in the world. Don't leave Novalja without trying some.


Why visit Murter?

Things to do on island Murter

Located between Sibenik and Vodice to the south and Zadar and Biograd na Moru to the north, Murter is a popular Dalmatian coastal destination with plenty of private accommodation options to choose from to explore the mysterious and fabulous Kornati islands.


Murter and the Kornati Islands are one of the most important sailing destinations in Croatia, whose charms include natural sandy beaches, magnificent traditional "Latin sails", and the Nero and Vezpazijanov ancient city Colentum.


Renting an apartment in the centre of Murter will bring offer you an authentic experience of life in a traditional stone town in Dalmatia, and its pretty waterfront vistas are the perfect backdrop to a relaxing holiday. Life in Murter is all about the sea, and the Kornati islands are known as one of the most popular sailing destinations, with many islands to navigate and explore.


As one would expect for a coastal destination, the fruits of the Adriatic dominate the menu, and there are many fine examples of the freshness of Dalmatian cuisine in Murter's various restaurants, washed down with excellent local wines.


Why visit Biograd na Moru?

Things to do in Biograd

Once the seat of Croatian bishops and kings, Biograd na Moru (which translates as Biograd on the sea) is first mentioned as far back as the 10th century, and it has had a lively history since, based mainly on its strategic location on the Adriatic.

Its maritime tradition continues today, and Biograd is an important sailing destination, as well as being home to the biggest boat show in the region each, and several regattas.


Located between the towns of Zadar and Šibenik, Biograd is benefiting from the rise of Zadar Airport, which has made the town much more accessible for tourists, while nearby islands such as Pašman and Murter make ideal day trips from the town.


Walk through the city and beaches in Biograd

A walk around the historic old town is a must, jutting out as it does into the Adriatic, surrounded on both sides by the Adriatic, and highlights include the church of St. Anastasia (1761), the early Romanesque church of St. Anthony (13th century) and the church of St. Rocco (16th century), and after a morning of culture, there are plenty of beach options either side within walking distance of the centre.


Activities and events Biograd na Moru

In addition to sailing and swimming in the sea, there are plenty of other activities such as water slides, water skiing, surfing, beach volleyball, renting a boat, diving, basketball, handball, mini golf, and indoor football, while the town also provides a rich cultural summer programs each year.


Why visit Korčula?

Things to do in Korčula

While the old town of Dubrovnik may be the most famous in Croatia, the compact old town of Korčula is arguably the prettier. Located on the western tip of the island of the same name, Korcula Old Town can be walked around in minutes, but it has a cosy feel to it, and the islands and Pelješac Peninsula in front make for a picturesque setting from one of the many cafes.


Museum of Marco Polo in Korcula

And it is home to the most famous traveller of all, for this is the birthplace of Marko Polo, and as one visits the museum and admires the view from his home, one wonders why he ever decided to travel at all.


The original inhabitants were the Illyrians, but the arrival of the Ancient Greeks some 2400 years ago, and a stone tablet called "Psephism from Lumbarda" is reckoned to be the oldest document from the period, and it can be viewed at the Korčula Town Museum.


Close to the old town is the ferry terminal, and there are regular ferries to Orebić on Pelješac, which is connected by land to Dubrovnik, and there is also a daily catamaran to Split.


The island of Korčula is famous for its white wines, and there are several excellent restaurants in the old town which will give you a great introduction to the two most famous, Pošip and Grk. Pošip is a more universal white variety in Dalmatia, whose best wines come from the island, while Grk only grows on the sandy soils of nearby Lumbarda.


Why visit Lastovo?

Things to do on island Lastovo

Lastovo is one of Croatia's hidden gems, an island paradise where pristine nature abounds and the alluring Adriatic sea invites you to swim in her crystal clear waters.

In 2006, Lastovo has been declared a nature park which includes the small islands and islets that surround Lastovo, confirming its natural and ecological importance in Croatia. 


Lastovo has a number of charming villages well worth visiting, starting with Lastovo town itself. This town has maintained its 16th-century architecture including the unique cylindrical chimney's, locally known as Fumari and is located in the hills of Lastovo. When you head down to the coast be sure to visit the villages Lučica, Zaklopatica, Skrivena Luka and Makarac.


Beaches on island Lastovo

When it comes to untouched beaches, bays, and coves, they don't come any better than on Lastovo. Make sure you take a dip at Mali Žal, Mihajla, Porto Rosso, Ubli and Uska beaches. If you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience, take a local boat and head to the Saplun Beach on Mladine island and spend the day relaxing in beach heaven.


Sports activities and diving island Lastovo

Active holiday enthusiasts will be delighted to know there is an abundance of activities on Lastovo. Bijelac, one of the best diving locations in Europe, where you can navigate your way through an underwater passage through the island, there are numerous hiking and cycling trails which traverse the island and for those that want to get the best view of the island, rent a boat and explore the many bays and coves on your own.


If you are looking for a day trip take the sea plane to Split and explore the UNESCO listed Diocletians Palace and spend the day on the Split Riva and watch the world go by.


Why visit Poreč?

Things to do in Poreč

The Croatian coast is dotted with stunning stone walled towns all the way from Istria to Dubrovnik, and one of the most impressive is the town of Poreč on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula, whose historic old town protrudes out into the Adriatic and makes for a most agreeable walking tour.

The most impressive building to visit is the Euphrasian basilica which dates back to the 6th Century and is one of Croatia's seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The history of Porec is even older, dating back some 2,000 years, and today the coast around Poreč is one of Croatia's most popular tourist destinations.


Sports activities Porec and surroundings

The pretty harbour has long been protected by the island of San Nicolo, and sailing is a popular activity in Poreč, just one of a number of sporting opportunities including tennis, football, horse-riding, biking, hiking, beach volleyball, parachuting, paragliding and a number of water sports.


Given its location, Poreč is an ideal base to investigate other Istrian resorts, and gems such as Rovinj, Pula, Vrsar and Novigrad are all close by.


Excellent beaches in Porec

There are some 17 beaches in and around Poreč, including FKK, and the quality of the water is excellent and Poreč has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for beach quality.


Poreč also has a great gastronomic offer, and it has well-developed wine and olive trails, allowing you to sample and experience the local produce of which Istrians are fiercely proud. Don't miss the wines here – Malvazija (white) and Teran (red) are the most important local varieties.


Why visit island Silba?

Things to do on island Silba

Located at the tip of the Zadar Archipelago, you will find the shimmering island of Silba. This small island, which happens to be 15 square km, is the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking for a peaceful holiday set in pristine natural beauty.


There are no cars, no hotels, and no tourist crowds on Silba, which gives you the opportunity to experience real island life. The advantage of this is you can always find your own little piece of beach and enjoy the Adriatic Sea in all her glory. The sea in this part of the Adriatic is supremely clean because there has been little development in this part of Croatia.


Beaches on Silba

When it comes to beaches, Silba has you covered with both gravel and sandy beaches all within walking distance from the town centre. The best beaches to visit are Pocukmarak, Tratica, Carpusina and Sotorisce.


Activities island Silba

If you’re looking to get a little active on your holiday, why not rent a boat and explore the other bays and beaches around the island. Two beautiful bays you should not miss are Dobre Vode and Nozdre which are ideal swim stops. If boating is not your thing, you can try wind surfing, hiking, beach volleyball among many other activities offered on the island.


While this island is small it has a rich and interesting history and culture. Be sure to visit the Toreta Marinic, the old windmill, the Roman sarcophagus which is under 3 metres of water in Pocukmaruk Bay and the Marije Ujeve-Galotovic gallery with its stunning sculptures.


Why visit Pakoštane?

Things to do in Pakostane

Pakostane is a popular tourist destination in North Dalmatia, located in the heart of the Adriatic coast. The place is located between Zadar and Sibenik, and near is the Vrana Lake (the largest natural lake in Croatia) and national parks (Krka, Plitvice, Paklenica, Kornati), which we recommend to visit.


During the summer, you have an organized day trips from Pakoštane (Vrgada - island of peace and relaxation during traffic jams, Kornati, ...), as well as various options of sporting activities: rent a boat, water sports, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing.


Pakostane has excellent beaches of all kinds, and there is a beach "Pine Beach" (beautiful sandy beaches and bays), that everyone should visit at least one day. During the summer, the center organizes various festivals, entertainment, live music, the days of knights of Vrana, a naval battle of the night.


Why visit Primošten?

Things to do in Primošten

The Adriatic coast is littered with stunning stone towns, but few are as photogenic as Primošten, a delightful Dalmatian town located between Šibenik and Trogir and Split. Its peninsula walled town is reminiscent of Rovinj in Istria, and it is arguably one of the prettiest and least discovered destinations in Dalmatia.

The most prominent building in the old town is the church of St. Juraj, which dates back to 1485 and was restored in 1760. Visit the church for outstanding views of the coast and pristine Adriatic.

Beaches in Primosten

Primošten is also a delightful destination for beaches, and there is ample family-friendly pebble beaches within walking distance of the old town, while nightlife lovers will delight in the famous Aurora disco, which is not only the largest in all Dalmatia, but extremely popular and well-known throughout Croatia. Naturist lovers should head to the beach on the island of Smokvica for excellent FKK bathing.


Other evening entertainment during the summer months include folklore evenings, fishermen's nights, live klapa music and other forms of traditional performances, where the ambience of the historic stone town combines to produce an unforgettable taste of the magic of Dalmatia.


Destination for a quiet holiday, but also for exploring Dalmatia

Primošten is an ideal place for those looking for a quiet vacation, but its location makes it an excellent place to explore one of Croatia's most fascinating regions, and the town has three outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites on its doorstep, for example – St. Jacob's Cathedral in Sibenik, the old town of Trogir and Diocletian's Palace in Split.


Why visit Plitvice Lakes National Park?

Things to do Plitvice Lakes

If you are looking for spectacular natural beauty, there are few places in Europe which can match the amazing Plitvice Lakes, which are situated between Zagreb and Split. Despite their less than perfect location, Plitvice Lakes attract more than a million tourists every year, and they have deservedly been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.


Not only is Plitvice the largest national park, but it is also the oldest in South-East Europe, having been established in 1949, and the park offers an outstanding natural experience of lakes and waterfalls, combined with unique flora and fauna. Far from being a summer attraction like the beaches of Dalmatia, Plitvice is open all year, and the four distinctive seasons offer four very different impressions of Mother Nature at her most attractive. While the lush green surroundings of summer might be the most popular due to the time of year, the frozen lakes and snow-covered forest make winter arguably the most beautiful.


Plitvice Lakes are located directly on the old road from Split to Zagreb, and it is possible to visit them by bus on regular routes, while tourist agencies in all the big cities in Croatia will offer day tours to the lakes. The lakes are also clearly signposted from the Zagreb – Split motorway.


The lakes are not free to visit, but the 180 kuna entrance fee (about 23 €) is money well spent for one of the premier natural attractions in Europe.


Why visit Orebić, Pelješac?

Things to do in Orebic

Does drinking Croatia's best wine and relaxing by one of Croatia's best beaches on the breathtaking Adriatic Sea interest you? If so, you need to head to Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula.


The entire Pelješac peninsula is a wine lover's dream. It's where many of Croatia's best wines are produced. In Orebić be sure to visit Korta Katarina Winery for a wine tasting to sample their remarkable Pošip wine. It's a Croatian white grape variety and Korta Katarina's is arguably the best. Six kilometres down the road you have the highly regarded Postup wine region which produces magnificent Plavac Mali, one of Croatia's finest red grape varieties.


Beaches and activities in Orebic, Peljesac

The beaches in Orebić do not disappoint with the best being Trstenica Beach, one of Croatia's best beaches. This beach has all the facilities you'll need for a day at the beach and is stunningly beautiful, sandy and not overcrowded. For the sporty types, you can try wind and kite surfing in Orebić or go for a hike up one of the many trails on Sveti Ilija Mountain, which is the highest on Pelješac at 961m.


If you're looking for a day trip jump on the ferry from Orebić to Korčula for the day and visit Marco Polo's house. In addition Dubrovnik is only an hour and a half drive, so you can visit the pearl of the Adriatic.


Why visit Pješčana uvala?

Things to do in Pjescana uvala

Pješčana Uvala, an oasis for the citizens of Pula. A way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. These days this sanctuary plays host to tourists who want to share in its splendour.


This charming village is surrounded by intense green vegetation and looks out to the majestic Adriatic Sea. Located at the end of the Veruda channel Pješčana Uvala has an interesting history. Keep watch for the remains of a 100m fortification built in the Bronze Age and later inhabited by the Histri, an ancient tribe of pirates.  You can also visit Cavae Romana, which is the quarry that supplied the stone to build Pula's grand amphitheatre.


Beaches in the Pjescana Uvala

Pješčana Uvala, which translates to "sandy cove", has an excellent sandy beach surrounded by large trees which provide shade from that hot summer sun. There is also a promenade with many bars and restaurants. For nature lovers take a stroll through the 100-hectare holm oak woods in Soline.


If you're looking explore beyond Pješčana Uvala, Pula is just a hop, skip and a jump away with countless sights to visit. You can also head across to Veruda Island and visit remains of Franciscan Monastery or go for a scuba dive as the island has some great dive spots.


Why visit Pula?

Things to do in Pula

Pula is not only the biggest city in Istria but also one of the emerging tourism destinations in Croatia. Until recently a military and maritime city, Pula is possibly the only coastal city in the country whose focus is not on the sea, but that is changing with some ambitious reconstruction and infrastructure projects.


Amphitheatre in Pula

Pride of place in the city is the Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheatre which is the sixth largest in the world, and which has been used for some very innovative purposes, including rock concerts, a film festival, Roman gladiator fights and even an ice hockey match!


Challenging the skyline since 2014 are the famous cranes from Uljanik shipyard, whose fortunes have been transformed by the Visualia lighting festival, and the cranes became Lighting Giants, and they light up in an impressive array of colours each even, a typical blend of Pula's approach to blending modern tourism with the city's heritage.


Reggae lovers flock to Pula in late August for the annual Outlook Festival at nearby Fort Punta Christo, and a new festival, Dimensions, has now been added on the back of the success of Outlook.


One of the great attractions near Pula is President Tito's private retreat on the nearby Brijuni Islands, a fascinating insight into the whims of a leader. Enjoy a train ride to view some very exotic animals, or take a private tour in Tito's Cadillac! Or play a round of golf on the course Tito had constructed. Take the regular boats leaving from Fažana to reach Brijuni.


Why visit Fažana?

Things to do in Fazana

The coastal resort town of Fažana on the Istrian peninsula has some very nice neighbours, which make it a delightful destination to enjoy a holiday in Croatia.


Located on the water and with a history dating as far back as the arrival of the Romans in 177 BC, Fažana is the gateway to the spectacular Brijuni Islands, which were made famous as the home of President Tito, who built his own paradise there, hosting some 60 heads of state on the islands, most of whom brought exotic gifts of animals, and even today one can see zebras and an elephant donated by Indira Ghandi.


Fažana is also a short drive from the main city of Pula, with its Roman amphitheatre, which is one of the premier attractions in Croatia.


Fažana itself is a pleasant former fishing town which has been transformed by modern tourism. There are excellent beaches a short walk from the centre, among the best of which are San Lorenzo, Badel and Pineta.


There are also lots of sporting activities on offer, many of course on or in the Adriatic, including sailing, diving, kayaking and a semi-submarine to explore the flora and fauna of the sea. Popular land activities include golf, tennis, hiking and cycling.


Fažana's gastronomy is mainly based on the treasures of the sea, and the sea food here is excellent, which are best accompanied by fine Istrian wines, the most famous of which are Malvazija (white) and Teran (red).


Why visit Umag?

Things to do in Umag

Anyone for tennis? The quaint town of Umag is located in the very northwest corner of Istria and in July hosts the ATP Croatia Open. The tournament has been running for 25 years and is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the region. Umag is the perfect destination for active holiday enthusiasts offering hiking, cycling, sailing, diving. You can even go truffle hunting and find your own truffles!


The town overlooks the picturesque Adriatic Sea and has a long history with many buildings, walls, and forts being well preserved. Must see items include the town walls with the gated drawbridge and the Church of St Roche with its oil painted ceiling.


Beaches in Umag

10 of the beaches in Umag hold blue flag status meaning the Adriatic Sea clarity is perfect for snorkeling. Three of the best beaches we recommend are Laguna Stella Maris, Aurora and Kanegra.


Quality olive oil and truffles in restaurants

As far as gastronomy goes, Umag is in Istria where olive oil and truffles reign supreme. In 2016, Flos Olei named Istria the best olive oil region in the world. Take a short drive and you can visit one of the many olive oil producers around Umag and try it for yourself. An absolute must try is Istrian fuži with truffles and should undoubtedly be washed down with a glass of Malvasia, an Istrian white grape variety. The best place to try these delicacies is in one of the Umag restaurants - try Konoba Rustica.


If you want to explore beyond Umag head to Savudrija and visit the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic or head south and visit the towns of Novigrad, Poreč and Rovinj.


Why visit Tučepi?

Things to do in Tucepi

One of the most popular destinations on the Dalmatian coast for beach lovers is the Makarska Riviera, a seemingly endless beach heaven with a beach for every type of tourist. One of the most important towns in the riviera is Tučepi, which lies 5km east of the main town of Makarska.


A Tučepi holiday is all about the beach, but it is a town with a rich history, dating back thouands of years back to Illyrian times, and it is rumoured that Doge Pietri I Candiano was buried here after dying during the defeat of the Venetians by the Neretvans in 886.

Whatever the history, a devastating earthquake in 1962 changed the face of the town, and today Tučepi is a modern tourist town with small marina, offering instant access to the treasures of the Adriatic.


Beaches in Tučepi

But Tučepi is famous for the beach, and for many people, the stunning 4km beach is one of the best in all Dalmatia. Located under the imposing Biokovo mountain behind, it is a safe and popular beach for families, while many younger people decide to spend their days on the beach in Tučepi, before heading into Makarska for its famous nightlife.


Tučepi is also ideally located to explore other Dalmatian attractions, located as it is between the two biggest cities of Split and Dubrovnik both of which are easily accessible by car or bus for a day trip.


Why visit Makarska?

Things to do in Makarska

Looking for great beach options and a lively destination on the Dalmatian coast? Look no further than Makarska, one of the most important holiday centres on the Adriatic. With beaches aplenty and plenty of family facilities, it is small wonder that Makarska had over a million tourists last year. With more than 2750 hours of sun every year, it is one of the sunniest destinations in Croatia.


Beaches in Makarska

The Makarska vacation is all about the beach, and the Makarska Riviera is full of beaches, from friendly sandy options for families, to more remote bays for tourists looking for a little privacy. As one would expect for a predominantly beach destination, there are plenty of gastronomic and entertainment options behind the large stretches of beaches.


One day trips and exploring Dalmatia

Makarska is also, however, a great base to explore other parts of Croatia. For those wanting to sample a little of island life in Dalmatia, the regular ferry to Sumartin on Brač makes for an ideal day trip, while the opening of a nearby tunnel last year has made the Dalmatian hinterland very accessible, and day trips to the fabulous Red and Blue Lakes of Imotski, coupled with wine tasting, are a very popular excursion.


Located on the Dalmatian coast between Split and Dubrovnik, regular buses between the two main tourism cities are regular and plentiful, and both make for a great day trip from Makarska.