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Croatia holidays are a beguiling mix of unspoilt natural beauty and exquisitely preserved history. At the crossroads of competing empires for millennia, you’re as likely to stumble on the remains of a roman villa, as you are a Napoleonic fort or a Venetian palace dotted amongst the spectacular coastal and mountain scenery.
Croatia's extraordinary coastline has to be seen to be believed. Idyllic pebbly coves, backed by thickly carpeted pine clad slopes, gaze out over the sparkling waters of the Adriatic to a horizon filled with innumerable islands. Glorious sun-filled days spent sailing between tranquil uninhabited anchorages and glamourous ports are the stuff that dreams are made of.
Tear your gaze away from the ocean for just a moment and you’ll discover a wonderland of rocky peaks and dramatic canyons. Jewel in the natural crown is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage listed region of spectacular beauty; sixteen emerald lakes are linked by picturesque waterfalls and surrounded by forests that are home to deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare birds.
Ruled in turn by Rome, Byzantium, Venice, Austria-Hungary and the Soviet Union, to say Croatian history has been turbulent is something of an understatement. The upside of all this upheaval is an incredible legacy of historic cities, towns and villages. Wander along the Imposing medieval city walls of Dubrovnik, explore the ruins of Roman palaces in Split, discover elegant Venetian architecture in Hvar and Neo-baroque boulevards in Zagreb. Croatia holidays are a real cultural melting pot.
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