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Between land and sea, Croatia in all its diversity

Who says Croatia, says beaches, sun and turquoise waters… But that’s not all! From the east of the country to the west in Istria, passing through the islands and the Dalmatian coast, this destination, at the crossroads of cultures and landscapes, will satisfy all summer desires.

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Ssmelling the smell of pine trees sitting on a wild creek promises a restful summer. The Dalmatian coast, which stretches for more than 6000 km, offers all the treasures of the Mediterranean: sun, turquoise blue water and rich local food.

Moment of relaxation on the coast and in the islands

Whether you are staying in Split, a port city in central Dalmatia or in Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, your stay will be punctuated by natural, cultural and traditional discoveries with your feet in the water. crystalline. The Venetian heritage is found in the architecture, the gastronomy but also in the lifestyle and the dolce vita.

One of the most beautiful ways to discover Croatia is by sea. Visitors sail to the rhythm of the Adriatic to reach the islands, where hidden coves, sandy beaches and hiking trails rub shoulders. The country has more than 1000 islands and among the must-sees are Cres facing the Istrian peninsula, Lošinj in the Gulf of Kvarner, Brač with its white pebble beach, or the fascinating island of Vis off Split. . These places are so preserved that Croatia remained a safe destination during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Travelers can enjoy the beauty of the places in complete safety.

Thrills in the Croatian nature

After a moment of relaxation and calm, many sporting activities punctuate the holidays. Sensational sports enthusiasts can descend the Cetina gorges south of Split and experience these turbulent waters in rafting or canyoning. For adventurers looking for adrenaline, skydiving or paragliding will be exhilarating. Dominating the mountains of the Biokovo natural park or Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all the Adriatic islands, is a unique experience for a summer vacation.

By hiking trails, we discover the region of Istria or we survey the wall of Ston in the south of Dalmatia. National parks, true jewels of biodiversity, are great places to go for walks and reconnect with nature. The Brijuni and Kornati parks remain easily accessible to boaters thanks to the amazing network of local marinas. Between waterfalls, reptiles, birds, bats, we live for a moment in the heart of the fauna and flora. Velebit National Park, the largest protected natural area in Croatia, is on the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves.

In the Kornati south of Zadar, diving enthusiasts will be delighted to be able to explore this archipelago made up of 147 islands and islets with a seabed rich in hundreds of plant and animal species. Finally, it is possible to ride horses in equestrian centers in Slavonia, in eastern Croatia, where Lipizzaner horses have been bred there since the 13th century.

Feel the bubbling energy of the cities

The cultural heritage of Croatia is omnipresent in the country, it allows you to discover ancestral traditions and understand the lifestyle of the locals. Many sites are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The amphitheater of Pula in Istria, the historic center of Trogir and Split with its Diocletian’s Palace or the old town of Dubrovnik are among the must-sees on this list which concentrates beauty, heritage and the richness of the past. We dive into the heart of history by visiting museums and cathedrals.

After the Dalmatian coast, going inland allows you to discover another facet, that of medieval castles and traditional songs passed down from generation to generation such as the Međimurska popevka, a traditional song from northwestern Croatia, or the music bećarac from Eastern Croatia.

A passage through Zagreb is essential. The Croatian capital offers a perfect balance between tradition and modernity and brings together a set of cultures that characterizes the whole country. Known for having one of the highest concentrations of museums per capita, it is a source of inspiration, entertainment and openness to the world continues. Zagreb, like the rest of Croatia, offers typical gastronomy, sometimes revisited, to discover the diversity of dishes and the quality of local products.

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