If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway on the Mediterranean, look no further than beautiful Croatia. Billed as “the Mediterranean as it once was,” you’ll find charming seaside villages, mysterious Roman ruins, sparkling blue water and sun-splashed beaches, as well as art, history, and a dynamic culture.
Things to Do
Croatia has three main regions. There are the islands, the coast and continental Croatia.
The islands, spread out along the Dalmatian coast, offer pristine ocean scenery and traditional fishing villages. Here you’ll also find olive groves, pebble beaches, small-scale wineries and medieval town squares. You can explore the islands easily on foot or by bike, with short boat trips between each.
On the coast, which is home to the popular beach party hotspots of Dubrovnik and Hvar, you’ll find plenty of glamorous nightclubs and bars where you can dance the night away while sipping a cocktail and watching out for the many celebrities that frequent these venues. Or, head down to one of the many beaches and go for a sail, rent a jet-ski, or just relax and soak up the sun.
If you venture further inland, you’ll find countless opportunities to explore the beautiful countryside. You can hike, bike, take a canoe trip, or stay at a country inn on a farm for an authentic intercultural experience. In the capital, Zagreb, you can enjoy art, culture and old-world charm in the city’s narrow streets.
Finally, Croatia is becoming a popular destination for gastronomic tourism. Because the country has been the crossroads of many cultures, that history is reflected in the food, with Italian, Turkish, Greek and Eastern European flavors blending in unforgettably tasty ways. Along the coast you will surely find a plethora of fish and seafood, while inland you’ll probably encounter earthy stews and goulashes. Finish off your delectable meal with a piece of fresh baklava and a glass of local wine.
When to Visit
Croatia also hosts a wide variety of festivals and special events, particularly during the summer. In July there’s the Garden Festival, the Soundwave Festival and OHM Festival, which are all music festivals and take place in various clubs along the coast. Later in the summer, there’s also the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which features works of art, dance, opera and theatre. Throughout the year, there are also smaller festivals for art, music or cuisine.
Make It Happen
A trip to this gem of a destination may seem a bit expensive, but if you are determined you can raise the funds to cover the trip in no time. You can try to save a little bit each week, pick up some odd jobs or extra shifts, save by shopping generic, or sell unwanted dvds online for cash. You may also be able to find a holiday job while you’re there, such as working in an English language school or working in a hostel.
Either way, you shouldn’t let cost be a deterrent to seeing this breathtaking country.