Bordered by Slovenia to the north and Montenegro in the south, Croatia is a short flight from any number of popular European ports but one of the easiest ways to explore the coastline is on-board a luxury ship.
Forget lugging your bags on and off, up and down. With one of the many cruising options, you check-in once and you’re away.
Starting in Split, Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed capital, you can simply sit on the waterfront and gorge yourself senseless on freshly caught seafood and knock back a few shots of rakia, the local spirit (beware – it’s 40 per cent alcohol).
More adventurous – or less gluttonous – souls can wander through cobblestone streets and take in some serious history. Home to landmarks such as Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace and Mausoleum, the medieval bishop Grgur Ninski’s statue and the oldest cathedral and bell tower in the world, St Domnius, Split has enough history and intrigue to keep even the most die-hard enthusiasts happy.
Cool off at any number of secluded beaches, including the coves around central Bacvice, and then jump back on board the ship and wake up in Zadar, yet another insanely picturesque Roman-built town.
One of the key drawcards of Croatia is the natural beauty. The white, craggy cliffs, the dazzling blue of Adriatic Sea and the balmy climate make Croatia a relaxing option for people who just want to rest up.