Top five tourist destinations in Croatia

Thursday 16 May 2013

From Roman ruins and medieval walled cities to crystal-clear seas and lush islands, Croatia is a traveller’s paradise just waiting to be discovered.
The Old Town of DubrovnikThe Old Town of Dubrovnik

Along the Adriatic coast you’ll find remains of palaces, temples and amphitheatres from the Roman Empire as well as forts, fishing villages and fortified towns built during the many centuries of Venetian rule.

The climate is mostly Mediterranean with warm dry summers, mild winters and an average of 2,600 hours of sunlight a year, making it one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe!


The historic ambience of Dubrovnik is a delight to experience. The town comes to life as the sun goes down, particularly during the month-long Summer Festival.

Although medieval Dubrovnik was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1667, much of the original architecture remains, including a pharmacy dating back to 1317, one of the oldest in Europe.

Lord Byron was not overstating the matter when he proclaimed Dubrovnik ‘The pearl of the Adriatic’ since in 1979 the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Dubrovnik's not just for longer holidays – it's also an excellent choice for a short break.

The Dalmatian Coast

The mountainous Croatian coastline boasts some of the highest peaks in the Mediterranean. From these lofty heights you can appreciate just how crystal clear the turquoise waters of the Adriatic really are. It’s no wonder that the sea around Croatia was the favourite haunt of Jacques Cousteau, as it is today for many underwater explorers.

The Dalmatian Coast is reminiscent of the Italian cafe culture, with a slow pace of life and afternoon siestas, so don’t expect anything to happen in a hurry here.

If this sounds like your kind of holiday, then James Villa Holidays offer a wide range of villas in destination across the Dalmatian Coast, including the picturesque fishing village of Hvar and Brac.


Istria's natural beauty, stunning shoreline and continental climate are perfect for a sophisticated holiday. Emerald-blue waters and secluded pebble shores sit effortlessly beside historic cities and natural wonders.

Further inland, romantic hill-top towns rich in culture and hospitality warmly embrace visitors with home-cooked cuisine - offering rustic retreats ideal for rest and relaxation.

Sveti Lovrec is a remote village in the heart of Istria and close to Porec and Rovinj. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the current layout of the town dates back to the construction of the church of Sveti Martin in the 8th century.

There are a few shops and restaurants in the vicinity and the village makes a great base from where to explore this fascinating area of Istria.

Makarska Riviera

The Makarska Riviera is one of the most famous and picturesque tourist locations along the Croatian coast with countless sandy beaches, pine tree forests, sparkling waters and peaceful bays. The area is also well-known for Biokovo Mountain which overlooks the coastal area.

Makarska is the centre of the Makarska Riviera and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. The city is noted for its palm-fringed promenade where fashionable cafés, bars and boutiques overlook the charming harbour.

A stay at the 4-star Villa Hotel Kastelet is the perfect base for exploring the Makarska Riviera. This beautiful Baroque hotel is full of authentic Croatian character and enjoys an exceptional location in the village of Tucepi, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and backed by the Biokovo Mountains.

Krka National Park

Established in 1985, Croatia’s Krka National Park is of astounding natural beauty. Skradinski buk and Roski slap are the two main waterfalls in the park, the first with a drop of 46m.

There are also several archeological remains of unpreserved fortresses in the park’s vicinity dating back as far as the Roman times.

Explore the spectacular waterfalls on a full-day optional excursion on Saga’s highly commended tour, Jewels of the Adriatic.

James Villas have over 2,500 villas available in over 50 destinations, including Croatia. All Saga customers receive an exclusive discount of up to 10% on all villa holidays.


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  • David Hasdell

    Posted: Monday 06 August 2012

    Wonderful country to visit having been there May of this year. The different sites are beautiful. Only drawback was at the Bosnia border where you are kept waiting in our case for an hour. There is still some bitterness! Other than that can recommend it totally for a holiday. The people are also very helpful and friendly.

  • Susan Hamilton

    Posted: Saturday 05 May 2012

    My husband and I have just returned from a lovely, restful week staying at the Villa Hotel Kastelet in Tucepi. All you say is correct but you omitted the delicious Croatian food and the happy, friendly Croatian people! A marvellous holiday made magical by the blue skies and glorious sunshine every day. Thank you Saga.

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