Being just two and a half hours from the UK, Croatia offers a great alternative for a holiday destination brimming with history and character. The unspoilt Croatia countryside is a haven for walkers with picturesque villages, pine clad hillsides and abundant wildlife.
Resort Guide to Dubrovnik
A sightseer’s paradise, Dubrovnik is a beautifully preserved, walled medieval town. There are countless ornate churches, squares and museums, together with pavement cafés, eateries and shops.
A little further south lies Cavtat, ideal for families and couples. It is a picturesque resort with a palm-lined waterfront. The Old Town houses numerous good restaurants and there’s clean pebble coves offering great watersports.
Journey time from Dubrovnik airport: 10 – 25 minutes approx.
Resort Guide to Korcula
The island of Korcula is situated just off the Peljesac Peninsula of mainland Croatia. It is renowned for its natural beauty with some of the most abundant vegetation in the Adriatic. On the north eastern edge lies Korcula Town, a well-preserved medieval city.
The architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere bears witness to the numerous civilisations, from Roman and Greek to Croatian and Venetian, that have settled on the island throughout the centuries. There is a cathedral to visit along with the Museum of Icons. The traditional ‘Moreska’, a medieval fighting dance, has been performed once a week for over 400 years.
Journey time from Dubrovnik airport: 3 hours 30 minutes approx.
Resort Guide to Mlini
Mlini is a small resort on the shores of Zupa Dubrovacka Bay south of Dubrovnik. The area is renowned for its lush vegetation as well as numerous spring wells. Dubrovnik is nearby for a more cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich cultural heritage. However you may simply prefer to relax by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic on one of the numerous beaches.
Journey time from Dubrovnik airport: 20 minutes
Resort Guide to Porec
On a picture book peninsula jutting into the turquoise Adriatic Sea, Porec combines ancient Roman influences with a lively holiday scene and attractive shingle beach. Built in old stone, the bustling centre is a delightful mix of narrow cobbled streets and Venetian-style houses, and there’s a host of traditional shops, bars and restaurants along and behind the delightful waterfront to enjoy.
Journey time from Pula airport: 1 hour approx.
Resort Guide to Rovinj
Beautifully set on a pine-backed peninsula overlooking an array of stunning miniature islets, this is one of Croatia’s loveliest and best-developed resorts. Along with two harbours, there’s an old quarter filled with restaurants and shops, and when you feel more energetic, the tennis courts, cycle trails and good choice of beaches with water-skiing and windsurfing should keep you happy.
Journey time from Pula airport: 45 minutes approx.
Resort Guide to Slano
Slano lies about 30 kilometres north of Dubrovnik, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Essentially a sleepy local fishing village, Slano is set on a large bay surrounded by wooded hillsides. It is ideal for sun worshippers looking for a peaceful holiday, with some gently shelving, pebbly beaches lapped by clear waters. Shopping can be found in Dubrovnik, reached by regular local bus services and night-life is hotel-based.
Journey time from Dubrovnik airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.