Sitting in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia was missed as a holiday destination for many years. As if it were invisible, people were unaware of the stunning scenery, temperate climate, crystal blue waters and long sandy beaches. However, Europe’s best-kept vacation location secret has finally got out, and with real gems like Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia has starting climbing to the top of the best holiday locations.
With popularity comes demand
With crowds of tourists now flocking to this fantastic, if little-researched destination, the demand for facilities goes up. There has always been a good selection of hotels and guesthouses, but a new class of holidaymaker has seen a surge of luxury villa rentals starting to appear. Actors and actresses and the rich and famous, have decided that Croatia is an excellent location for their getaway which means that they require a secluded and well-equipped accommodation. Supply readily meets demand, and there is a new wave of luxury villas appearing.
What is the draw?
As well as having the perfect year round holiday climate the area is steeped in history and boasts a wealth of fantastic sights. Game of Thrones has really pushed the popularity as some of the location filmings took place in Croatia. In Split, you will find the Diocletian’s Palace which is a pretty spectacular Roman ruin, a real bucket list type venue that you really want to see in your lifetime. Located centrally in the city there are amazing ancient temples, remains of walls and rooms and some underground cellars. This fantastic relic plays host to hidden shops and bars that are discreetly tucked away for holidaymakers to discover.
Moving to Istria the port city of Pula plays home to another slice of Roman history. This time in the form of an amphitheater, which each July gives the most authentic home to the annual film festival.
As well as this film spectacle there is also a regular schedule of concerts taking place throughout the year.
Sand, forest or mountain
Croatia really does have it all. With some amazing hidden gems of beaches, eight national parks, and the Biokovo mountain range there are some impressive ways to spend your days right on your doorstep. Lakes and waterfalls, amazing butterflies and views of shimmering blue seas as far as the eye can see. It is quite surprising the secret of this country managed to be kept as long as it was.
Bustle or seclusion
Thanks to the massive variety of locations and cultural sights the discerning tourist has the choice of whether to join the hustle and bustle of city living in the capital Zagreb or hug the coasts and country parks for a quieter life.
In the city, you will find a wealth of cafes boarding the tree-lined avenues, and you will be warmly welcomed to sample some of the most beautiful beans on offer. If you want more culture, schedule a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art while you are there, before finally heading back to your luxury villa base for some well earned poolside relaxation.
Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited.