A long, island-flecked sliver of a country, Croatia has emerged from its recent tumultuous history as one of the most fashionable destinations in the Med - thanks, in no small part, to its determination to keep its coastline and picturesque towns free from over-development. There are few mega-resorts and high-rise hotels; instead you’ll find quiet fishing villages, elegant towns with beautiful Venetian architecture, and islands offering a true sense of escape.
My favourite memories of Croatia, collected over thirty-five years, always involve the sea. Catching the boat from Cavtat to Dubrovnik, watching the 1000-year-old walls shimmer in the haze, leaving behind the hectic port of Split and arriving on the lavender-scented island of Hvar, eating seafood fresh off the boat on Rovinj's picturesque harbour. I love the pace and simplicity of life in Croatia, and the sense of a country that has overcome difficult times to find itself at peace.