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Casa Blanca Brac

Casa Blanca Brac

Casa Blanca Brac, Croatia

Casa Blanca Brac is a seven bedroom seafront villa located in Sumartin on the island of Brac. Recently renovated, this lovely holiday villa is situated just minutes from the fishin...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Brac
From £1,141per night
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Villa Korcula Deluxe

Villa Korcula Deluxe

Villa Korcula Deluxe, Croatia

Villa Korcula Deluxe is one of Korcula’s most impressive mansions, enjoying a prime beachfront location and boasting a spectacular design that’s sure to impress. With impressiv...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Korcula Island, Croatia
From £1,089per night
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Teranea Hvar

Teranea Hvar

Teranea Hvar, Croatia

Teranea Hvar is a beautiful complex offering one, two and three bedroom apartments. The apartments have been elegantly finished and is a great choice of accommodation for family or...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Hvar
From £143per night
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Villa Amalina

Villa Amalina

Villa Amalina, Croatia

Villa Amalina is a serene spa escape situated in the pine-clad hills close to Dubrovnik. Birdsong and the gentle breeze can be enjoyed while you bathe in your private pool, relax i...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia
From £437per night
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Villa Andela

Villa Andela

Villa Andela, Croatia

Villa Andela is a luxurious seven bedroom villa, situated on Croatia’s dazzling coastline with direct access to the sea. Designed in a cutting-edge minimalistic style, this strea...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Primosten, Croatia
From £1,472per night
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Villa Arcadia

Villa Arcadia

Villa Arcadia, Croatia

Villa Arcadia is a remarkable 200-year-old residence, occupying a magnificent terraced estate moments from the Old Town of the Dubrovnik. Spread across several levels, this lovingl...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
From £1,389per night
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Villa Croatia Peak

Villa Croatia Peak

Villa Croatia Peak, Croatia

Villa Croatia Peak is a bespoke luxury villa situated on the picturesque hillside of Sipan Island, amid tranquil olive groves and rustic gardens. Make the easy trip to historic Dub...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Sipan Island, Croatia
From £655per night
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Villa Dmitar

Villa Dmitar

Villa Dmitar, Croatia

Situated just 500 metres from the Ucka Nature Park, Villa Dmitar is a tranquil escape in the heart of unspoilt Istria. Discover a cutting-edge villa with private infinity pool, nes...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Istria, Croatia
From £336per night
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Villa Dobro

Villa Dobro

Villa Dobro, Croatia

Enjoy the beautiful Adriatic Riviera in comfort by booking an escape to this traditional Croatian villa. Situated right on the beachfront, and close to the historic sights of Siben...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Sibenik, Croatia
From £883per night
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Villa Drago

Villa Drago

Villa Drago, Croatia

Villa Drago is an authentic luxury stone villa situated in the tranquil countryside close to Split. Occupying an impressive 1.4 acres estate fringed by olive groves and vineyards, ...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Trogir, Croatia
From £631per night
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Capital: Zagreb
Flying time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Croatian
Country size: 21,851 square miles
Time difference from the UK: + 1 hour Summer / 0 hours Winter
Currency: Croatian Kuna
Voltage: 230 V
Driving: Right side of the road
Entry requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity.
Beaches: Croatia is blessed with a multitude of beaches
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Croatia. Croatia is a safe country and the locals are very friendly and accommodating. As with any destination be vigilant and don’t leave high worth items without supervision.

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Croatia

Since becoming independent in the 90’s, Croatia has emerged as a destination fit for the world stage. Rich with history and amply endowed with a cosmopolitan coastline, this unspoilt gem has become one of 2018’s hottest destinations. Croatia’s long and intricate history is certainly prevalent today, with remarkable Roman monuments and ancient fortresses spread among the country’s heritage-rich towns and cities. But recent years have also seen forward-thinking development to ensure that Croatia remains at the forefront of the European holiday market. Chic new restaurants, stylish bars and world-class luxury accommodation means that Croatia is now truly a destination fit for the discerning traveller.

Croatia is best-known for its spectacular coastline, packed with historic towns and beautiful beaches. The ancient walled town of Dubrovnik is perhaps Croatia’s biggest draw, and is as close to a fairy-tale scene as you can imagine. Recently chosen as the real-world setting for King’s Landing in the global HBO hit ‘Game of Thrones’, the mythical appeal of this millennia-old destination is clear to see. Situated upon the Dalmatian Coast and tightly ringed by two kilometres of incredible ancient walls, the city’s intricate inner workings see orange-roofed palaces and elegant domed churches criss-crossed by narrow alleyways and mysterious stairways ripe for exploration. Surrounded half by sea and half by looming mountains, this photogenic town is a true must-visit even if just to capture a sense of what life was like many hundred years ago.

Just off shore from Dubrovnik, you’ll find the twin islands of Hvar and Korcula, each boasting their own medieval fortress towns. These dual delights are well worth taking a day trip from the mainland to explore, each proffering labyrinthine streets, deep-blue shores and UNESCO-listed historic architecture.

Three hours’ drive north-west along the dazzling Dalmatian Coast from Dubrovnik brings you to Split, another seaside starlet. There are obvious comparisons between Split and Dubrovnik, but here you find a city a touch less dramatic, and instead thrumming with a modern energy that plenty prefer. Roman palaces and historic churches still have their place here, but there are also authentic piazza cafes and local shops that rely less on the tourist trade and more on Croatian regulars. Perched between mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Split is certainly as photogenic as its distant neighbour, yet the faster pace of life and Italian-style seaside glamour lend Split an edge that few destinations can rival.

By heading further up the coastline to the Istrian Riviera, you’ll arrive close to Croatia’s land border with Italy. This less-populated region is closer to Venice than Dubrovnik, and the influence clearly shows, with Italianate architecture popping up across the petite towns and villages dotting the coast. During the summer, Istria becomes a playground for continental Europeans on holiday, and the resorts and hilltop towns are rather more energetic because of this. Excellent cuisine, beautiful towns and a hybrid Italian-Croatian culture lend this region an identity all of its own.

Away from the countless islets of the Croatian coastline, you’ll discover a lush, verdant landscape of rolling hills and ancient forests. The heartland of this postcard-perfect country is certainly less explored that the popular coastline, so we think it’s worth hiring a car to discover the numerous towns and villages dotted throughout. Zagreb, the country’s history-laden capital, is hidden away here, and is perhaps reminiscent of not-too-far-away Prague, with spiky towers, nationally-important museums and historic walking streets.     

From the well-established splendours of Croatia’s spectacular UNESCO coastal cities, to the unspoilt heartland surrounding the romantic capital of Zagreb, this is a destination that perfectly encapsulates the best that Europe has to offer. With world-class dining and a new crop of ultra-luxe villas popping up for the modern discerning visitor, we happily give Croatia a big thumbs-up.

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