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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 the “Mediterranean as it once was”, Croatia 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, whilst being a sophisticated destination, is proud of its rich heritage and has kept its own totally unique charm and character.

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 the Old Town at the stunning Prijeko Palace.

Enjoy the natural beauty of islands such as Brac – we suggest the Villa Adriatica in Supetar for its friendly welcome, quiet location and excellent value. 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 Villa Andrea. This boutique property has just 16 rooms and is particularly highly rated by our customers with lots of repeat business. It’s literally two steps from the beach and there’s exceptional food at the gourmet Olive Tree Restaurant.

For complete relaxation with some sight-seeing thrown in, take a cruise or your own skippered yacht to a selection of islands. Our deluxe cruise has been extremely successful, selling out almost immediately it went on sale.

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.

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