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CROATIA SAIL, CRUISE & DIVE HOLIDAYS
The Croatian islands have been galloping into the top spots of Europe over the past few years, slowly gaining recognition for the perfectly blended holiday they offer, mixing culture, nature and nightlife to an artful measure. Of the some 1000 islands and islets owned by Croatia only 48 are permanently inhabited, leaving the others as empty expanses of nature free to explore. The northern islands, including the archipelagos of Zadar and Kornati, attract few tourists and are renowned for their barren landscapes. Meanwhile, the southern islands of Dalmatia are where you will find well-recognised names like Hvar and Brac, along with the many tourists drawn to their idyllic scenery. The joy of Croatia boat tours is their ability to sojourn travellers quickly and easily between secret spots and popular attractions, meaning you could be dancing between a crowd in a ritzy bar one moment, and exploring a private fresh water spring the next. Amongst fields of heavenly scented lavender and pine forests, the islands of Croatia brag many charming vineyards and olive groves, meaning the outdoors can be enjoyed beyond the shores of the beach.
The small archipelago of Elaphiti has grown rapidly in popularity, with the 13 islands attracting small boats to their shores for lazy days of saltwater and sunshine. Cruises around Croatia offer no shortage of culture, with many dainty cathedrals and historical sites to be uncovered. Culinary contentment knows no bounds when you sail Croatia, think freshly caught octopus and brodet fish stew served with simply summery salads, crusty bread and plenty of locally crushed oil. If diving Croatia sits high on your to-do list, consider visiting between May and November. This is the time when warm waters will invite you in for hours, increasing your chances of spotting giant mussels native to the Mediterranean and reef caves covered in colour sitting deep beneath the sparkling waters. When the waters of the fine country of Croatia call, it’s very hard to resist.