February 19th 2016

If the coast is your choice for a hiking vacation, the beautiful country of Croatia is fast becoming a very popular walking destination. A chance to get to know the Mediterranean as it used to be, here is an incredibly long and varied rocky coastline boasting mountain views, the sparkling sea and myriad tiny islands speckling the view. From the heights – the peaks here are some of the highest in the region - the turquoise of the Adriatic can be seen in its glory. Croatia golden horn beach This is the place for beaches and coves, small bays and marinas filled with bobbing sailboats. Olives, figs, vines, oranges and lemons grow in abundance and the local seafood is sublime and perfect for a fresh-caught lunch after a morning on the trail. Dalmatian brodet (mixed fish stew) with polenta is a regional treat, as is the pasticada, beef slow-cooked in wine and spices and served with gnocchi. Lamb from the islands of Cres, Pag and Brac is deemed Croatia’s best, as it’s fed on fresh herbs.

Hop over to Croatia's islands

And talking of the thousand isles, a spot of island-hopping takes us to the classy, but tiny hot-spot of Hvar, famed for its fields of lavender. Brac has a famous beach, but also a lovely interior and it’s here we head to a family home for a delicious and authentic 'farm to table' lunch. croatia lunch at homestead Meanwhile little Lopud has preserved its history with old buildings telling the tale of island life across the centuries. Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, is of course  the coastal landmark of the Dalmatian coast. Its medieval walls circling the Old Town look like something out of a fairy tale, which is no doubt why the city has a starring role in Game of Thrones. And in Split we see Dalmatian life as it is really lived today – and as it was in Roman times when we visit Diocletian’s Palace, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Read more here about this spectacular Walk.

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