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Mamma Mia! Croatia’s in the spotlight!

by David 18th July 2018

Croatia has become something of a holiday hotspot in recent years. And with the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, it’s in the spotlight like never before. The country’s island-dotted Dalmatian coast is the setting for the ABBA-tastic summer blockbuster, specifically the tiny island of Vis – which doubles as the Greek island home to Donna, Sophie and co.

With its spell-binding beaches, secluded islands and crystal-clear waters the Dalmatian coast draws huge crowds, while its historic cities offer an abundance of things to see and explore. We’ve compiled a guide to some of the area’s must-do adventures. We love it. And we think you’ll fall in love with it in quite a similar way. As they say, how could you resist it?

 

Marvel at the world’s smallest cathedral in Nin

The island village of Nin is famous for its small but perfectly-formed cathedral. Dating back to the ninth century, access to The Church of the Holy Cross is via one of two quaint, ancient bridges. Step inside to enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility, then enjoy exploring the Roman ruins in the area.
Nearest parc: Camp Lanterna

Enjoy the strange sounds of the Zadar Sea Organ

It’s not every day you get to hear a ‘sea organ’ playing – and this bizarre attraction is well worth a day trip to the city of Zadar (main pic above). Created by a local artist, it features 35 organ pipes built into wide steps by the sea, powered by the wind and waves. Strangely uplifting, it’s a sound you’ll never forget.
Nearest parc: Zaton holiday resort

Swim in the waterfalls at Krka National Park

This National Park – one of several in Croatia – is an area of outstanding natural beauty and well worth a visit.
With several different entrances you can explore on foot or by boat. Marvel at the mountains, trek through the hills and then cool off with a swim in one of the area’s majestic waterfalls. Find latest ticket prices on the Parks of Croatia website.
Nearest parc: Zaton holiday resort

Treat your taste buds with a foodie tour

Olives, wine, cheese and honey all feature prominently in Croatian food culture and a culinary tour of Pag Island offers a taste of all these and more. Also famous for its salt and herbs, this 60km-long outcrop is an ideal place to enjoy fresh local produce. Start your day by wandering through 500-year-old olive groves, before sampling some regional vino and feasting on ‘healing’ local honey and cheese.
Nearest parc: Camping Village Simuni

Go underground…To explore the Baredine Caves

Croatia is home to one of the world’s largest subterranean complexes and a visit to the Baredine Caves, in Porec, won’t disappoint. Packed with ancient stalactites, stalagmites, as well as natural and man-made rock sculptures and light installations, it’s an awe-inspiring sight. Check the cave’s website for latest opening times and prices.
Nearest parc: Camp Lanterna

Discover the hidden island of Dugi Otok

The Dalmatian coast is fringed with inviting islands and Dugi Otok is even prettier than most. Boasting hill top villages, cute fishing bays and unspoilt beaches, it’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle to guarantee a truly tranquil day.
Regular ferries run from Zadar and take less than two hours.
Nearest parc: Zaton holiday resort

Brave the rapids with a kayak safari tour

Take in the sights and sounds of the stunning Zrmanje river on an exhilarating kayak safari. Trips can last between two and a half and four hours and cover up to 14.5km depending on your fitness level. Guided tours run throughout the summer, and
if you’re looking for something slightly more leisurely, opt for a jeep safari or boat tour instead.
Nearest parc: Camping Village Simuni

Party all summer at Croatia’s Obonjan festival

Croatia is home to a massive range of colourful festivals – but Obonjan is one of the biggest and the best. A ten-week spectacular, it takes place on a 136-acre private island and runs from June until September; offering a packed schedule of music, wellbeing and artistic delights. You can pop in for a day or stay for a week; rising at dawn for a sunrise yoga session, partying all night with superstar DJs or chilling by the water.
Nearest parc: Camp Lanterna

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