A fairly new nation freed from the clutches of war and Communism, Croatia is eager to welcome the world with its sapphire blue waters, sun-soaked beaches, and ancient fortified towns. Watch your medieval fantasies come alive at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Dubrovnik — its Old Town was featured in the popular TV series “Game of Thrones” — and Split, where the entire city centre is built around the remains of the Diocletian’s Palace. Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy cool afternoon walks to limestone caves, emerald lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park.
For an insight into Croatia’s local industries, witness the production of lace and silk and visit one of Europe’s oldest salt mines. Gastronomic experiences are aplenty too — have your fill of Croatia’s famous oysters, visit olive farms and vineyards, sample Croatian wine in an underwater wine cellar and go truffle hunting. If you seek more adventure, go island hopping in the Adriatic Sea; luxurious beach resorts and historic towns also await in neighbouring Montenegro, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.