Three highlights of a holiday in Croatia
06 August 2012
Of all the European destinations that are home to Caravan Club approved sites, Croatia is one of the most unusual. Little is known about this gorgeous country in the Adriatic when you compare it to more popular overseas caravan holiday destinations like France and Spain.
However, although you won't find yourself admiring the Eiffel Tower or eating traditional Tapas in a beach-side restaurant, Croatia has its own charms to explore.
One of the highlights is the coast: Croatia is home to more than 1,200 islands which Damjam Beusan, a freelance tour guide for the Croatian National Tourist Board, describes as "just paradise".
"You can find your own island, you can do your private tour and you can find a really intimate spot," he commented, highlighting the fact that Croatia's coast is a really perfect place for a romantic break.
Another must-see is the city of Zagreb, which is quite different to most capitals in Europe in that it's a lot more laid back than you might expect. As Mr Beusan noted, there isn’t the same sense of hustling, bustling and rushing around, or a sense of pressure as you check items off your itinerary.
"We are really laid back people, and I think people just dive into the centre's energy. If there's nothing to do and you don't know where to go you can just sit outside and drink a cup of coffee. It's [about] relaxation – open-hearted and with open space, with a lot of green areas," he said.
Of course, no trip to Croatia would be complete without a trip to the Pearl of the Adriatic itself, Dubrovnik. This gorgeous, UNESCO-listed site has everything you could want in a city break, including stunning architecture, ocean views and plenty of bars and restaurants boasting tasty cuisine.
You should stay at Caravan Club approved site Camp Solitudo, which has lovely views of the ocean and the hills. On-site there are organised tours to various visitor attractions and there's a regular bus site that runs into the city centre.