Perched between the Balkans and central Europe, Croatia possesses a hoard of historic coastal towns and unspoilt islands. Whether you’re after a lazy day at the beach or a wild weekend at a niche festival, Croatia has got you covered. The country’s continental side showcases some stunning examples of its heritage, from the preserved walled city of Dubrovnik, to the Roman ruins of Split and Pula. Zagreb, the vibrant capital, is a cocktail of culture, architecture and cuisine. Spend a day exploring the museums, galleries and restaurants and you’ll never run out of things to do. The southern Dalmatian islands are home to some of the country’s most idyllic beaches and charming towns. Boat over to Brač to explore its pointed stretch of sand at Zlatni Rat beach – a magnet for kite surfers. Further south you’ll discover the bold and beautiful architecture of Hvar, and the medieval wonder of Korčula. Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular festival destinations in mainland Europe, with a wide selection big name DJs, pop and rock acts, and electronic artists performing in various parts of the country each year. Apartments and guest houses are found in abundance throughout the country, as well as hotels to suit all budgets. For something a bit unorthodox, you can book a stay in a variety of abandoned lighthouses in the open sea.
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