Touted for some time as a hot new destination, Croatia now holds its own and then some. Sapphire waters around its 1778km-long Adriatic coastline and 1244 islands lure visitors to traditional fishing villages, hidden coves and remote beaches.
If time is limited, we suggest skipping the capital Zagreb and starting your journey in Split; between EasyJet and Germanwings you can fly there from about 20 European cities.
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