While much of Europe is starting to settle into the autumn doldrums with winter on the way, parts of the Mediterranean are still basking in warm weather, perfect for family getaways. With some great countries to choose from – Spain, Italy, the French Riviera – it can be daunting to try to pick the best country to head to for a great family holiday, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re fancying something a bit new and unexplored, or you’re tired of continually doing Spain and Italy like most people do, why not consider Croatia? Here are some great tips for things to see and do while you’re in this unique country.
Without a doubt, Croatia is probably one of the most unique countries for those who love a bit of coastline. With hundreds of islands stretching the length of the country, the possibilities for exploration are endless. For one of the best family friendly holiday options, why not consider a brilliant cruise up and down the coast of the country, stopping off at islands along the way to sightsee, check out small, authentic old towns or sip Croatian wine by sunset in beautiful town squares. Cruising Croatia is, simply put, one of the most exquisite and enjoyable ways to spend any holiday in this island-laden country.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Well if you are (and it’s likely you are because who isn’t?) then you will love checking out the filming locations in Dubrovnik as part of your holiday in Croatia. Just imagine strolling along the same locations used for some of the most important parts of the show – such as Fort Lovrijenac, used as the Red Keep of King’s Landing. Or why not climb the Baroque Staircase – used in a number of famous scenes such as ‘The Shaming Scene’. Outside the walls of the Old Town are a popular spot too, as is the Fortress of Kliss which stood in for the City of Meereen. The fortress has the added benefit of being a great spot to catch some stunning views around the area.
If you’re a fan of history, great town centres with cobbled back streets or stunning natural beauty, consider heading inland. The likes of the capital city, Zagreb are awash with old back streets lined with shops and cafes. The old town gate is a sight to behold as well – but be sure to be quiet as you go through, these days it doubles as a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Make a wish as you go past – it’s said wishes made at this particular shrine always come true. If you want to get away from the city for awhile, head to Plitvice Lakes National Park to enjoy its famed layered waterfalls. Or if you haven’t had enough of old town squares and Croatian hospitality, head down to Split on the coast – a great spot to start any cruising you may want to do along the Dalmatian Coast.
So there you have a couple of great tips for going on that next holiday somewhere cool. Croatia has a bit of something for everyone, so even the most discerning of travellers will enjoy a holiday in this unique and beautiful country.