The Land of 1000 islands
The islands of Dalmatia stretch from north to south, starting with the famous Brijuni archipelago and national park, followed by Croatia’s largest and second largest islands – Krk and Cres.The northern islands offer a unique combination of preserved nature and a traditional Dalmatian way of life which will allow you to explore, lay back and relax on the beach or in one of the ubiquitous cafés.
Croatia is a place unlike any other, proud of its long history and traditions, filled with grand palaces, walled cities and picture perfect coastal villages. It’s a young country still sorting out its identity in some ways, but in others, a longstanding, distinctive local culture endures. The general vibe is as much Slavic as Mediterranean.
Just over a decade ago, following the war that broke up the six republics of the former Yugoslavia, much of Croatia lay in ruins. Its prized Adriatic town, Dubrovnik, had been under siege for seven months and bombed by more than 2,000 mortars.
Today, strolling around the walled city, one would never know there had been a war. On the ramparts of its 12th-century citadel, contented tourists look out over shimmering seas and terracotta roofs, taking in the scent of orange and over-ripe figs; below them, men in pressed linen jackets savour espressos in the shade of bougainvillaea. In the evening, the sound of jazz and clinking wine glasses drifts down from rooftop bars as little yachts return to harbor.