Croatia, the Dalmatian Coast and the island of Hvra

Despite an amazing British Summer so far (fingers crossed it stays that way) this is the time of the year when everybody is planning their well earned summer holidays and looking forward to leave the country, their daily routine, jobs and responsibilities in exchange of some relaxing time out, getting involved in a new environment, enjoy its food, culture, landscapes and the one ingredient nobody wants to miss: the beach.

Pack bikinis and flip flops as this week we are devoting our blog to another amazing Mediterranean destination for your holidays: Croatia.

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To fully enjoy your stay in this amazing country you need to plan your trip. The coast of Croatia has so much to offer it is impossible to do it and appreciate it in just one short trip. That is the reason why we have chosen Split as starting point and the island of Hvar as the final destination for a fantastic Croatian experience, one of many!

The Croatian coast is rich in mountains, lies on the turquoise Adriatic waters and counts with more than a thousand islands. The architecture is spectacular all along the way, maintaining the right balance between nature and the human touch. Beaches, caves, mountains, waterfalls and bays fill this breathtaking Mediterranean landscape rich in vegetation such as olive trees, vines, figs, lemons and oranges.

Dalmatia, or the Dalmatian Coast as is better known, is divided into four counties: Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Sibenik-Knin. Split is a great place to visit and the closest point to Hvar. You can fly directly to Split from the UK, it’s a great way to enter the island and take the opportunity to get a good impression of Split and learn what Crotian Culture is all about. You could spend the day exploring before taking the boat to Hvar.

Hvar is one of Croatia’s sunniest islands thanks to a perfect location at the South of the Dalmatian Coast. This is one of the reasons why this is a great place for your summer holidays. It has abundant vegetation such as heather, pines on the coast and it is famous for producing lavender. For the last few years Hvar has been attracting a very diverse range of visitors largely due to the fact that suits to almost everyone. You can backpack and explore its more obscure corners, sail all around it, study its Venetian architecture or submerge into Hvar Town’s night life.

Where to sleep? You could either stay in Hvar Town, the capital, as most people do, or if you feel like standing out from the crowd and finding a more exclusive, reclusive or alternative location you could stay in Stari Grad, the ports of Jelsa and Milna or the lovely village of Vrboska. The idea is to choose a point as your base and take it from there. To find great hotel deals in Hvar go to:

Hvra is an island to be explored all around regardless of where you sleep. There are sailing trips to take you around the innumerable beaches and caves. There are also plenty of water activities to choose from such as yachting, sailing, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and scuba diving.

Photographer: Dominic Harness

Hvra has the perfect combination of adventure and culture. If you decide not to stay in Hvra Town then you must at the very least pay a visit. Hvra Town offers cultural events, shopping deals and impressive Venetian architecture. It is the kind of city anyone love to walk around. By exploring its old cobbled streets you can find beauty hidden in many secret locations, often in side streets where least expect to find them. Add to this a very lively night life makes Croatia an ideal place for your summer holidays.

Photographer: Michal Marcol

Let’s not forget to mention the fabulous food. Expect amazing fish and sea food. The variety, richness and healthiness of the Mediterranean cuisine are very visible here and the warm hospitality of the people of Croatia adds an extra warm welcome to your holiday experience. You are just going to love it. Croatia, land and coast are just too big and beautiful to be seen in just one holiday trip. Hvra is just the beginning of a very long romance.

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