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The 1,100 mile stretch of coast and more than 1000 islands means there are a surprising variety of places to choose from when planning a visit. Despite the country growing increasingly popular with tourists in the past few years this hasnâ€™t faded its charm and appeal.Â
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For a weekend away that combines a cultural city break with sun and swimming youâ€™ll be hard pressed to choose between Split and Dubrovnik. Both offer top notch eateries, a wealth of sightseeing and pretty beaches for relaxation. For a special break treat yourself at romantic hotel Villa Dubrovnik, perfect for honeymooners and anniversaries. For a winter break donâ€™t overlook the capital, Zagrebâ€™s, amazing Christmas markets- and you can also pop to see frozen PlitviÄe Lakes for a truly sparkling winter wonderland break.
A week in the sunâ€¦
For families the Istrian peninsula has some great hotels. The town of Rovinj, only 70 miles across the water from Venice, is a classic Mediterranean fishing port surrounded by wooded hills and the townâ€™s piazzas and steep streets make it a perfect place to while away a week in the sun. The local produce here is legendary- and the daily marketplace houses truffle traders who sell oil, honey and various other pungent products. There are two island hotels a boat ride from the old town which offer the perfect mix of island seclusion, great beaches and easy access to the bustling market town. Neilsonâ€™s Alana Beachclub also has a perfect spot between the Adriatic and peaks of the Paklenica National Park and is perfect for active families looking for great kids clubs and a very family friendly atmosphere.
Two weeks to exploreâ€¦
A fortnight in Croatia? Lucky you! Jump on board a cruise on a traditional wooden â€˜oldtimerâ€™ boat or a sleek luxury yacht for a week sailing around the Dalmatian Islands. The very best way to see Croatia is by boat, after all, there are over 1000 islands which are home to so many hidden gems- pristine coves and beaches, pine forests, terracotta roofs and pretty medieval towns with rich histories. Drop anchor at hidden coves to swim ashore and find secret beaches and hop from one pretty town to the next. All with the benefit on not having to unpack- and the views of each island as you arrive by boat are stunning. For the second week you can head inland to see Plitvice National Park, hire a car and head into Montenegro, or just relax on your choice of beach resorts along the coast.