Visit Croatia and Slovenia for a taste of the Mediterranean like no other. Aside from natural beauty, these countries are rich in medieval castles, Roman ruins, vineyards, and charismatic towns and cities.
Car-free Old Towns are a tourist favourite in Croatia. Even Zagreb, the capital, is walkable. Explore the city’s atmospheric streets and Upper and Lower Towns on foot, stopping by the Esplanade, the Gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral, and many beautiful museums.
Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coastline is filled with historic ports, beaches, and beautiful islands where you can spend idyllic days. Explore the ramparts of Dubrovnik’s walled city and the labyrinth of limestone streets in the Old Town. Take the cable car on top of Srd Hill, with breathtaking views of the city and the Elaphiti Islands. Split’s port city has a bustling waterfront and a massive palace that should not miss.
Enjoy the region’s award-winning wines while feasting on the freshest seafood on Korcula Island on the Dalmatian coast, two hours from Dubrovnik. Hvar Island is well-known for its celebrity visitors, but it is also a slice of paradise, complete with olive groves, lavender fields, and secluded pebble beaches.
Croatia’s natural beauty extends to its many national parks, none more famous than the Plitvice Lakes, which feature 16 terraced turquoise water bodies linked by waterfalls.
Slovenia, a neighbouring country, is equally lovely. Ljubljana, a compact but bustling city, is charming, with cafés, art galleries, and riverside bars. It has the traditional car-free Old Town and a hilltop castle accessible via a funicular. Explore another cliff-top castle and the 15th century Assumption of Mary Church on Bled Island, an hour away at Lake Bled. Kranjska Gora, located just 25 miles from Bled in the Julian Alps, is an alpine resort that is beautiful even in summer when you can take short hikes to picturesque waterfalls and lakes. Stop in the Goriska Brda wine-growing region near the Italian border at the foot of these mountains, which produces world-class Rebola and Friulano wines. Few people are aware of this region’s cultural diversity or brimming with convivial, historic cities and scenic landscapes. Choose Vibes Group UK experts to design your dream holiday if you want to avoid overcrowded European hotspots.