Top Destinations for 2015: Croatia
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Croatia has become a wildly popular holiday spot over the last decade, and rightly so. With numerous summer festivals, over 1,000 islands to explore (and a surplus of boats readily available to take you to them), some of the Adriatic’s best hidden beaches, dramatically ancient cities, thriving cultural life and home-grown food and wine, it’s a country that takes the best of two classic countries (Greece and Italy) and throws them together to create one beautiful, unique nation – one that you can visit all year round. Where to go In the south, the Dalmatian coast is dotted with some of Europe’s most picturesque beaches, as well as some of the continent’s best party islands – from Hvar, in the shadow of an imposing Venetian fortress with eye-popping views, to Pag, which boasts the longest coastline in Croatia, to BraÄ, 50 minutes from Split and the largest of all the Dalmatian islands. Your trip down the Dalmatian coast can start in Zadar (sometimes named as boasting the best sunset in the world), take in historic Split, where the old walls of Diocletian’s Palace loom large and now hold an endless number of winding alleyways and hidden treasures within, and end in Dubrovnik – a city where you can kayak around the city walls by night and party inside them by night at Revelin, a club built within the ancient ruins. Further north, you can get your culture fix in Zagreb – a capital city that boasts more museums and galleries than hotels. Why not start your fix at the utterly unique Museum of Broken Relationships, which you access via a funicular that whisks you above the city’s rooftops in seconds? When you need a break from the culture, head out to Plitvice National Park – little more than an hour outside Zagreb, the Park is home to some of the most impressive waterfalls that you can find anywhere in Europe, all connected by lakes and accessible via boardwalks. What to do
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