I thought long and hard over the safety aspects of visiting Croatia when I was offered the chance, but eventually I said yes and off I flew to Croatia.
The flight was only two hours. I arrived in the late evening so it was difficult to get any feeling for what I was about to experience over the next few days. My first night was spent on the Makarska Riviera. The following morning, I stepped out onto the balcony expecting to see the usual view of more hotels and built up areas, only to be presented with a breathtaking sea view. This turned out to be only a small part of the beauty that Croatia offers. My views on the country started to change that morning!
I also visited the island of Hvar, Dubrovnik, Mlini and Cavtat, and all of them offered the same beauty as Makarska.
I was delighted by the friendliness off the Croatians we met, all English speaking and nothing too much trouble. All the places I visited were exceptionally clean, I can’t remember seeing litter on the ground. It is hard to believe that ten years ago they were at war. Dubrovnik and its surrounding areas have been renovated so the only evidence you will see is when you drive further up into the hills, and even then it’s hardly noticeable. Many of the hotels have been renovated so offer an excellent standard of accommodation, but those that have not, because they were not damaged, offer only the basics–so allow yourself to be choosy!
Croatia offers four types of holiday: a city break for three or four days to Dubrovnik or Zagreb; a total relaxation beach holiday to one its islands; a stay on the mainland that will offer plenty of sightseeing for those who do not wish to lie on the beach or by the pool all day; or a two-centre holiday.
Is it for you? Well, I think Croatia is an ideal destination for most people. Families are also well catered for, with many of the hotels offering activities for children and some having their own ‘kiddies clubs’. The nightlife in Croatia is relaxed. Very few nightclubs or discos, just an abundance of cafe-bars and restaurants. An idyllic way to end the day in Croatia is with a drink, watching the sun go down before a leisurely stroll along the beachfront back to your hotel.
I will definitely return to Croatia and without a second thought! If you want to get away from the ‘busy’ Mediterranean resorts and are looking for somewhere that offers more than just sun, then go to Croatia. You won’t regret it!