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Croatia

Mark and David's verdict:

The Dalmatian coast of Croatia is dotted with delightful beaches overlooked by mountains and pine forests. Whether you opt for beautifully-restored Dubrovnik, the historic city of Split or one of the island hotspots like Hvar or Brac, throw in good food and friendly people and you have one of Europe's most underrated destinations.

Recommended tour operator: Completely Croatia

Gorgeous beachesCharming harbour towns and villages

Completely Croatia says

Described as ‘Croatia, Full of Life’ this beautiful country has over 1,500 kilometres of stunning coastline, unspoilt beaches and more than 1,000 islands peppering the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

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Croatia is proud of its rich heritage and has kept its own totally unique charm and character. Not a cheap destination, it is sophisticated, friendly and ‘the go to’ place.

We know the country inside out and offer expert insider advice. Want to feel safe? We have personally visited and selected a range of three to five star hotels, guesthouses and apartments in Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands and Split.

We have a simple ethic – we will only recommend a Croatia holiday somewhere we’d be happy to stay ourselves.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik. Stay for two or three nights in the Ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik Old Town at the beautifully renovated Stradun Suites and Apartments.

Enjoy the natural beauty of islands such as Brac – we recently visited the first 5 star boutique property on the island. And it is superb. From here it’s easy to explore the island and take day trips to Split and Trogir.

We also particularly like Heritage Hotel Tisno, a charming family-run boutique hotel on the mainland, just steps over the bridge to the island of Murter. Or for the ultimate in boutique, the beautifully-located Villa Stefanija with only six rooms and unsurpassed views in the heart of the Istrian countryside.

Romantics should take a look at Hotel Saudade – just 28 rooms, all sea view with a balcony, no children under the age of 3 and it’s just 2 steps from the beach. We get a lot of repeat business to this hotel!

For complete relaxation with some sight-seeing thrown in, take a cruise or your own skippered yacht to a selection of islands. Our luxury cruise on the Captain Bota has been extremely popular this year and we are already taking island hopping bookings for summer 2018.

If you prefer your holiday to be a bit more adrenaline-fuelled, check out our adventure and activity holidays with sea-kayaking, river-rafting and cycling, for example.

Whatever you choose, we’ll tailor your holiday especially for you – including multi-centre itineraries.

Click here to learn more about our holidays in Croatia and our latest special offers.

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