Croatia Holidays

How to spend your day

Wake up in Hotel Vestibul in the city of Split to the traditional Croatian a cappella singing named ‘Klapa’. Then spend your morning climbing the St Duje belfry for amazing 360-degree city views.  Take in the grandeur of Pula’s ancient amphitheatre or enjoy a stroll along Dubrovnik’s marvelous Venetian walls before spending the afternoon striding down the street of Stradun lined with 17th-century houses, Onofrio’s fountains, bell towers, and a Franscican monastery. Croatia’s captivating history has been influenced by its former rulers dating back more than 25 centuries – Roman, Greek, Ottoman, French, Austro-Hungarian, Byzantine, Yugoslav – and as you mingle with locals and uncover hamlets, islands and cities, you will discover a culture rich in tradition and warmth.

Croatia’s fascinating story can be captured through many of its historical sites. There are  eight national parks and seven UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, the city of Trogir, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Dubrovnik, Stari Grad Plain, the Cathedral of St James in Šibenik, and the Plitvice Lakes.

Croatia has quite a few inventions and quirky games under its belt. These include the world’s much-loved necktie or cravat (sounds like Croat, doesn’t it?), the ballpoint pen, the parachute, and the Dalmatian dog, of course. Go to Split’s cult Bačvice Beach and play a game of picigin, the city’s favourite pastime. It features a shaved tennis ball being tossed between leaping players in shallow waters. Other spectacles worth viewing are Moreška sword dance on Korčula, a klapa concert in Omiš and the UNESCO-inscribed Alka equestrian competition from Sinj, where horsemen have to poke their lances into a metal ring at full gallop