Arton Villa – Istria

Sleeps 10 – Private Pool.

Located in the heart of Istria.

Villa Aquamarina

Sleeps 20 people – Private Pool.

Situated on Korcula Island – Corfu.

Ela II Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment – Sleeps 6 People.

Located in Dubrovnik.

Ela I Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment – Sleeps 6 People.

Located in Dubrovnik.

Villa Mandalina

4 Bedroom Villa – Sleeps 8 People – Private Pool – Tennis Court – Boules Court – Bicycles – Children Playground.

Located in Donji Prolozac – Croatia

Details about Beautiful Croatia.

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Croatia is one of Europe’s sunniest spots. 

Visitors should expect 12 hours of sunshine a day in May and June, on average, and 13 in July and August. That’s more than Provence (8 in May, 10 in June and August, 11 in July) or Corfu (10 in May, 12 in June, 13 in July and 11 in August). Even in October, the weather remains pleasant, with Dubrovnik offering 11 hours of sunlight and daily averages of 19C. 

Croatia has been a member of the EU since 2013 but kept its currency, the kuna. So while the pound has suffered a massive slump against the dollar and the euro, the outlook isn’t quite so alarming for UK visitors to the country.

Even in popular tourist destinations you can still find good value. A beer at all but the trendiest bars in Hvar will only cost the equivalent of a couple of quid; dinner for two at a good restaurant in Split (including wine) will set you back less than £50. 

Just don’t go hoping for sand. Croatia is all about picturesque pebbled beaches, lapped by crystal clear water. Zlatni Rat is the best known, and adorns just about every travel brochure, so expect crowds, but there are gorgeous hidden spots on the mainland, such as Nugal, just south of Makarska.

Croatia has eight national parks, including the Unesco-listed Plitvice Lakes and Krka, both of which are famous for their stunning lakes and waterfalls.

The Biokovo mountain range contains Croatia’s second highest peak – Sveti Jure, at 1,762m – but lies just a few miles from the sea. Rise early and follow the steep zig-zagging trail, from the little village of Makar, just above the beach resort of Makarska, up to the peak of Vosac (1,422m), or, if you’re feeling very energetic, Sveti Jure. It’s a spellbinding route, scattered with wildflowers and butterflies, sweet-smelling pine trees and limestone boulders. Then head back down for a refreshing dip in the sea and a well earned gelato (the ice cream here is as good as you’ll find on the other side of the Adriatic).

Hvar Town and Rab Town are the best places to go if you love to stay out late.

Almost completely obscured from the view of passing boats, Stiniva beach on the Croatian island of Vis has something of the James Bond villain lair about it – and was recently named among the best in Europe by a Brussels-based tourism organisation. 

Vis, the next island beyond Hvar, has plenty more to recommend it, according to Adrian Bridge, who explored it by scooter in 2014. There are just two main roads of around nine and 15 miles in length. The longer is more scenic, he said, affording “wonderful vistas out towards the island of Bisevo and back to the extraordinarily picturesque red roofs of the port of Komiza”. Stops along the way include “Tito’s cave”, where for a while during the war, the leader of the Yugoslav partisan forces retreated to mastermind operations, and the vineyards of Plisko Polje.