Croatia's incredible Adriatic coastline has made it a destination of note over the past decade, but people have been drawn to this wonderful land for centuries. Constantly fought over, Croatia's independence has been hard won, but the influence of the cultures that came before has made for a country that is as fascinating as it is beautiful.
While Croatia is most famous for the Dalmatian coast and the 70-odd islands dotted along it, the Croatian hinterland has a lot going on, and any trip to the country should at least include spending some time in the capital, Zagreb. Back on the coast, island hop between the sunny Hvar and the white rock of Bol before heading to Dubrovnik, where ancient city walls hide modern bars. Or head to the lesser discovered, Italian influenced region of Istria where Venetian towns hug the shoreline and food is at the heart of the culture.