Ravaged by war in the 1990's this stunning part of Europe is now attracting tourists back to discover the hidden undiscovered beauty of Croatia. The towering white cliffs against clear blue seas make a stunning contrast on the craggy coastline which is surrounded by a scattering of tiny islands not yet blemished by mass tourism. Holiday makers are drawn here by secluded coves and beaches, emerald green pine forests and medieval history, all topped off with the Istrian sunshine.
The beaches here are mainly pebble and shingle but this does not detract from their beauty, with tiny rock pools hiding treasures just waiting to be discoverd they are obviously very popular with families. Watersports can be found along the coast, especially scuba diving as there are many off shore wrecks just waiting to be explored.
The cosmopolitan resort of Dubrovnik has to be the most visited area in Croatia especially with the city break tourists. Home to the amazing summer festival which is held over 5 weeks and attracts locals and holidaymakers in their droves, many people visit this city just to stroll the meandering 25 metre high city walls truely a site to behold and offerin some stunning views.
The hottest weather can be found on the Istrian side of Croatia and Porec has to be the firm favourite with around 10 hours of sunshine a day in the summer months, a pretty harbour and safe beaches no wonder it is becoming increasingly popular with tourists of all nationalities.
The best watersports in my estimation can be found in the Pula area, steadily growing as a tourist resort and having the added bonus of having its own airport, the seas here are calm and inviting and temperatures are warm and dry what more could you ask for?
Eating out in Croatia is not expensive, you can choose from local eateries with rustic charm to top class restuarants with amazing views. There is a srong Italian influence in the food going back to when they were in occupation so don't be surprised to offered delicious Pizza and pasta dishes. Seafood is on many menus and is often accompanied by one of the excellent home grown wines.
Nighlife can be anything from a small family run wine bar, pubs, clubs and even beach parties, take your pick.
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You need 3 months validity on a 10 year British passport from the date of return. check with local embassy prior to trave regarding passport regulations.