They say travel broadens the mind, and this is especially true about Croatia, a destination rich in history, culture, entertainment and relaxation with its many beaches, parks, cafés and restaurants. If swimming is your thing, Croatia offers some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches, including some lesser known and less crowded. The country has a great deal to offer to those interested in history and culture, including numerous Roman buildings (some still occupied) and a wide variety of museums, music venues, and similar establishments. There are a number of markets and little shops dotted throughout many of Croatia’s cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, and plenty of cafés and restaurants where you can refresh yourselves after your tiring shopping and sightseeing trip! Highlights include:
Direct AirMalta flight MLA-DBV-MLA at €299 per person inclusive of airport taxes, 23 kilos luggage and 10 kilos hand luggage
KM7450 MLA 2020hrs DBV 2145hrs
KM7451 DBV 2245hrs MLA 0005hrs (+1)
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Dubrovnik is a truly beautiful sight to behold, with it’s stunning architectural heritage and it’s splendid coastal location. It’s a place where there is a lot to do and see, and offers a choice of a multitude of excellent cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues. There’s also plenty of exploring to do away from the main tourist areas for the culture buffs, as well as small quaint shops where you can buy nice gifts for family and friends. Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, consisting of an old walled town and a thriving port. Many places you visit may seem familiar to some, as much of “Game of Thrones” was filmed here and in Split.
Split’s colourful history goes back to the 3rd Century BC when it was established as an ancient Greek outpost. Over the centuries Split has been under Byzantine, Venetian, French and Habsburg rule. In Roman times the Emperor Diocletian built a palace in the 4th century AD. This palace forms part of some the world’s most notable Roman ruins in the world, with many parts still in use today. The city of Split can be found on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea on what is known as the Dalmatian Coast, and is built around Diocletian’s Palace which forms the city’s heart.
Hvar Island off the Dalmatian Coast is an upmarket summer resort popular with the yachting community, as it’s location is at the heart of many Adriatic sailing routes. There is a good choice of hotels and apartments, as well as cafés and restaurants, art galleries and museums, stunning beaches and more for the curious (and hungry!) traveller.
A place of stunning natural beauty, Plitvice Lakes National Park was Croatia’s first national park which first opened in 1949. Home to an abundant variety of wildlife including bears, wolves and a multitude of different species of birds. A veritable paradise for nature lovers who come to enjoy the lakes and waterfalls forming part of this World Heritage site.
The city of Pula situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula is famous for its first-century Roman amphitheatre, one of the finest examples in the world. An annual film festival is held here every July featuring screenings inside the ruin, and regular musical concerts are also held in the amphitheatre. Pula is home to a vast number of other Roman buildings, and enjoys a strong Italian cultural and historical influence.
As it’s name might suggest, Zadar is Croatia’s oldest occupied city with documented evidence of human settlement going back to the Neolithic period. Cheaper prices than Dubrovnik, as well as less congestion than the main tourist areas in Croatia add to Zadar’s charm, where you can enjoy surprisingly good meals at one of the small local konobas (restaurants). A busy little market and it’s famous “Sea Organ” (a seaside art installation that plays soothing notes as the waves lap at it) make Zadar a place not to be missed when you go to Croatia.
The capital city of Croatia, Zagreb is a destination filled with charming pavement cafés where you can enjoy the custom of špica (coffee drinking ritual) every Saturday as you relax and watch the world go by. Zagreb is the administrative/governmental hub of Croatia and is known for its museums, entertainment venues and shopping. Interesting architecture, much of it dating to the times of the Austro-Hungarian empire, adorns the city. It is host to a multitude of conventions, sporting, cultural and similar events. You can also enjoy Zagreb’s wide choice of nightclubs, beer halls, lounge bars, jazz clubs, and a variety of cafes and restaurants catering to every taste.