Croatia hols - beach

A Croatian holiday


Croatia is a magnificent place, I’ve fallen in love with it and I’m really pleased I ventured further afield to the islands to discover pastures new. It’s extraordinary island unspoiled coastline is its main attraction and feels like how I’d imagine the early 70’s were in the Mediterranean with no real tourism infrastructure, still totally unspoiled but completely charming. It truly feels like I have travelled back in time and their tourism slogan ‘The Mediterranean as it once was’ is spot on.

Of course there are plenty of very touristy places such as Dubrovnik which is a wonderful Adriatic coastal town steeped in history with its old city walls, and then there’s also the super glam Hvar but once you head out to the lesser known islands the feel is very different. The landscape and the scenery is very much an old school Italy meets Greece with an Eastern European twist. The cuisine is generally very simple there’s plenty of fresh grilled fish or meat with vegetables but a good selection of traditional Italian staples around too, pizza and pasta are in abundance. Sharing food and drink is such a large part of their culture.

Croatia hols - food

Before travelling here I was told by a few people that I’d be disappointed in the local wines available, I’d like to completely squash that myth and tell you that I’ve tasted some of the best wine in the world here in Croatia, especially in Korcula. Allegedly they don’t export their wines excessively and quite frankly I don’t blame them for wanting to keep it all for themselves and their visitors; plus it must be a tough sell to close neighbours, the wine-abundant Italy.

Croatia hols - grapes

Whilst writing this I’m on a tiny perfect island called Lopud in the Adriatic Sea, it looks and feels like an eastern European town but it’s on the coast. To access it you fly to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s old southern town, make your way to the port and jump on an old slow ferry to the island. The journey itself was spectacular, the seats on the ferry were full and the only space was on the floor near the edge of the vessel.

Croatia holiday

There were absolutely no health and safety regulations and only one beverage available on board… which was beer and not water as you’d expect. Being very thirsty after the air conditioned flight I opted for the beer, there was no choice of brands either just Ozujsko and it was served beautifully cold. I lay on the top deck with my feet dangling over the side looking out to crystal clear turquoise sea and deep blue skies, it was paradise.

The people are wonderful, not because they bend over backwards to accommodate you and impress you with their customer services but because they are real; they tell it how it is. For many locals the small window of a few months where trails of tourists appear and disappear is nothing but a disruption to their happy traditional lives and I can see why.

Croatia hols - beach

Croatia is a very special place; I’m privileged to have met some very interesting people (now friends) along the way, witnessed some incredible scenery and had the chance to go to places I’d never considered going before. For anyone out there pondering where to try next for your summer holiday pop Croatia on your list, getting to the islands may be more travelling than you’re used to but it’s well worth it. I feel Croatia will start to go through some major changes over the next decade so don’t leave it too long to visit this very unspoiled wonderful country of sapphire waters and ancient walled towns.


Chloe x


  1. Marilyn Chan September 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Oh Chloe, brought back some memories to me !!! I spent 2 weeks 30 years ago on Korcula-its a beautiful island. Thanks for that !!!
    Marilyn x

  2. Carole Collins September 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog Chloe. Looking at your past blogs I wondered what breed Teddy is? He is so gorgeous. I have had two dogs, both for 14 years, they are such good company and bring such a lot of joy.x

  3. Ann Hall September 20, 2015 at 4:59 am -  Reply

    I visited Croatia then named Yugoslavia in1983 stopped at Slano not far from Dubrovnik. Originally booked to stay at Budva in Montenegro region but there was an earthquake two weeks before which demolish half of the old town in which we would have been staying, lucky wasn’t we. So we were moved to a different region. But it was and has been the best holiday I have had the people are lovely the scenery stunning and what I can remember about the food was good. I had my first natural yogurt there fresh from the farm each morning served at breakfast with honey all those years ago. Anyway hope to go again sometime. Bye

  4. Joan Bufton September 22, 2015 at 2:56 am -  Reply

    Returned three weeks ago from a wonderful holiday on Lopud, second time we have visited, beautiful island.

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