What Other People Say About Croatia

Don’t just take our word for it…see what other people say about Croatia!

If you’d like more in depth coverage on Croatia, take a look at our archive of articles (mostly travel) that stretch as far back as this website has been up and running – since 1998! Otherwise, read on below for press ‘clippings’ on Croatia from this year.

What Other People Say About Croatia 2014

This is Iloki Podr[i]um, one of Croatia’s oldest wineries, where the still-used cellars were dug straight into the hillside above the Danube in the 17th century, each lined on either side with oak barrels as far as the eye can see.
Bristol Post, 6th June 2014
The article: Travel to Croatia: It’s all a matter of taste

Most visitors to Dalmatia head straight for the islands, but the Makarska Rivijera on the mainland coast, between Split and Dubrovnik, is home to some of the country’s loveliest stretches of beach. Running from Brela in the north to Gradac in the south, the riviera is 38 miles long and centres on Makarska.
Jane Foster, Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014
The article: Makarska, Croatia: Secret Seaside

For much of the past two decades, Spain’s Balearic island of Ibiza has been the summer capital of electronic music events in Europe, but in the past five years it has been usurped by an unlikely contender: Croatia.
Adam Wright, South China Morning Post, 1st June 2014
The article: Ibiza losing summer music festivals crowd to Croatia

It was perhaps the ideal introduction to Dubrovnik. I walked past the statue of Saint Blaise and through the grand stone arch of the Pila gate and entered the old walled city. And standing there before me was a group of a few dozen men idling around the large, domed 15th-century Onofrio fountain. The sight of them gave me a start, for they were variously dressed in doublets and hose, heavy tunics and floppy hats, and the brown robes of Franciscan monks. Their fashions were as old as the fountain around which they lingered.
Davin O’Dwyer, Washington Post, 29th May 2014
The article: In Dubrovnik, Croatia, fantasy and reality seem to live side by side

A cutesy article (or rather, listicle) from the Huffington Post on 13 Reasons Why You’re Winning At Life If You’re In Croatia
Kate Auletta, Huffington Post, 29th May 2014

I may have been driving a 50cc scooter rather than a gadget-enhanced Aston Martin but it was the theme tune to the 007 films that raced to mind as I rounded the corner of the spectacularly scenic road that winds its way through the northern extremity of the Croatian island of Vis. The reason? There across a glistening stretch of crystal-clear water was a sleek but slightly stark concrete opening built into the rocks that for years served as the entry and exit point for the submarines of the Yugoslav navy.
Adrian Bridge, Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2014
The article: Vis, Croatia: an island fit for a Bond villain

The stampede to Croatia takes place every summer but one island has been curiously overlooked: Losinj. This gently undulating pineforested beauty, measuring 20 miles long by two wide is in the northern Adriatic, just south of the Istrian peninsular. Without any celebrated cultural icons to boast about, Losinj may not compete with the likes of Dubrovnik or Split.
Rory Ross, Daily Mail, 18th May 2014
The article: Croatia’s best-kept secret: The tiny island of Losinj is big on wellness, secluded beaches and tranquil fishing villages

Dubrovnik’s cable car is on the list of the World’s Coolest Tram Rides
Huffington Post, 16th May 2014

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships is included in this guide: Europe’s oddball museums broaden perspectives
Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 13th May 2014

Ours, the 85-foot Eleganza, spends her time navigating the 3,625 miles of Croatia’s rugged coastline and the 1,185 islands, islets and reefs sprinkled along it. Marko, Eleganza’s skipper and owner, might query my use of the possessive pronoun but the delicious sense of ownership, albeit only for a few days, is surely one of the best parts of chartering a boat with family or friends.
Gabriella Le Breton, Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2014
The article: Croatia by gulet: a gentle cruise around the Dalmatian coast

Zagreb is one of the best places to party in Europe, according to this article
news.com.au, 7th May 2014

Slow-paced Zagreb is an easy place in which to commence our Balkan rail adventure. It’s early summer and many locals have shut up shop, decamping to Adriatic beaches and leaving behind a pleasant, out-of-season vibe that ripples through the city. In the Old Town – filled with pretty cupola-topped buildings and cherry blossom – we pass hours in cafés, sipping ice-cold Croatian wine.
Caroline Eden, Metro, 6th May 2014
The article: Take a romantic rail trip through the Balkans and get your love life on track

We had not initially included Plitvice in our plans, but in reading about Croatia’s wonders beyond the famous shoreline, we decided not to overlook this lauded park. As we drove, the country’s splendors quietly unfolded before us, with miles and miles of pine-covered mountains flanking the highways, vast meadows, bucolic country lanes and verdant hillsides sprouting Alpine-style houses.
Alison Shore, LA Times, 4th May 2014
The article: Croatia, where water park meets World Heritage Site

I have written guidebooks for many years, so it has long been a necessity to find out as much about a place as possible before I visit. It’s also basic common sense – travel is more rewarding when you know something of your destination. Not so in Istria, a peninsula in northern Croatia, hard by Italy and Slovenia, where for once I embarked on a walking holiday with friends without the first idea of the land, the language, the people, the food, the culture, or even the currency.
Tim Jepson, Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2014
The article: Croatia walking tour: ignorance is bliss in the hills of Istria

Before 1991, I had barely heard of Croatia and Bosnia. Torn apart by war from 1991 to 1995, the countries came into the American consciousness in an abrupt manner — yet another tragic story that seemed so far removed from life here. After the war ended, those countries just drifted away for a couple of decades, left to rebuild their severely damaged cities.
Jeanette Darnauer, Aspen Times, 27th April 2014
The article: Croatia and Bosnia: A world of enchantment, discovery

A couple of Croatia’s festival’s are included in The Telegraph’s Music festivals 2014: guide to the best in Britain and Europe
Natalie Paris, Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2014

Donning a tin hat for a night out seems extreme but it’s a direct order from the captain. I’m certainly glad of it when the shots start flying. The barman smacks another full tequila glass against the helmet, causing my skull to reverberate, cartoon-style. Above me, a bevy of French girls dancing on the bar shriek: ‘Down eeeeeeeet.’ Welcome to Hvar, the St Tropez of the Adriatic, where the young, rich and beautiful come to party – and where our yacht pulled up a few hours earlier.
Metro, 16th April 2014
The article: Party your way around the Dalmatian coast aboard a yacht that won’t bust your budget

Rovinj tops the list for Where to go on holiday 2014: These are the top 10 destinations that everyone will be talking about this summer
Adam Withnall, The Independent, 13th April 2014

My seagoing experience was limited to occasionally shopping at Old Navy, but the race was taking place off the stunning Croatian coast (now so familiar to watchers of “Game of Thrones”), so I fibbed and said that I could batten hatches, trim hedges, and do whatever else it was that sailing journalists apparently do.
Lance Gould, Huffington Post, 10th April 2014
The article: Finding Rock and Roll Nirvana. Or at Least One of Their Dads.

A glorious photo album from CNN on Croatia’s 20 most beautiful places
CNN.com, April 2014

Osijek itself is a modestly-sized city (pop 114,000), picturesquely positioned on the river Drava. Attractions include a fortified centre (the Tvrda…) dating back to the 18th century, the splendidly neo-Gothic Church of St Peter and St Paul and the grand Europska Avenija, along which can be seen some excellent examples of the Art Nouveau architecture popular in this part of the world in the late 19th century and a slightly unnerving statue entitled Soldier in the Throes of Death.
Adrian Bridge, Daily Telegraph, 2nd April 2014
The article: Osijek, Croatia: gateway to Slavonia

If asked to name the countries that made up the former Yugoslavia, most Americans would be hard-pressed to answer. But if they could, Croatia would likely top the list. With 1,118 miles of stunning coastline, more than 1,000 islands and regular visits from cruise ships to the pristine walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia is an increasingly well-known travel destination for adventurers with a love of history, culture and dramatic scenery. Now, it’s also becoming known for its high-quality wines.
Jeff Jenssen, Wine Enthusiast, April 2014
The article: Croatian Wine on the Rise

Huffington Post looks at The 10 Most Beautiful Places in Croatia
Huffington Post, 31st March 2014

While much of historic Split is dedicated to tourism, ordinary life co-exists with the stream of visitors. We looked through the windows of a bank where sleek modern office furniture covered with computers rested on marble floors installed 1700 years earlier. The assistants in an upmarket shoe boutique clacked their way over another section of Roman pavement.
Jill Worrall, The Timaru Herald, 31st March 2014
The article: A place by the sea

A guide to buying property in Dubrovnik: Property in Dubrovnik: The Lowdown
Liz Rowlinson, Country Life, 23rd March 2014

Holidaymakers and celebrities flock there but on Saga’s most intimate ship, you can leave the crowds behind and see the delights of Dalmatia that big cruise ships can’t reach.
John Honeywell, Daily Mirror, 23rd March 2014
The article: Croatia cruise: There are 101 reasons why you’ll love visiting the Dalmatian coast

An article on the Croatian cherry liquer, Maraschino: On Delicious Maraschino (The Adriatic Liqueur, Not The Freaky Garnish)
Shaun Layton, Scout Magazine, 20th March 2014

Buzzfeed lists 11 Reasons Why You Should Visit Croatia Immediately
Lara Parker, Buzzfeed, 18th March 2014

Dubrovnik was one of Huffington Post’s Top 10 European Cities at Spring
Huffington Post, 15th March 2014

A look at the filming locations for Game of Thrones, including Dubrovnik: Set-Jetting in Croatia & Iceland
BOE Magazine, 13th March 2014

The “Dalmatian islands” are one of AOL Travel’s top Honeymoon destinations in Europe: the pick of the best
Amelia Amin, AOL Travel, 12th March 2014

For Croatia, making sure the five children on the tiny island of Susak get good schooling is not only a civic responsibility, it’s a way of ensuring the viability of its sparsely populated Adriatic islands.
Lajla Veselica, Phys.org, 14th March 2014
The article: Croatian island children connect with online learning

Croatia is on Huffington Post’s European Hotlist 2014
Anisha Shah, Huffington Post, 12th March 2014

What do you get when you cross the well-known Zinfandel with an obscure, ancient Eastern European grape variety? Plavac Mali, progeny of these two varieties and Croatia’s most widely planted red grape.
Courtney Schiessel, The Daily Meal, 11th March 2014
The article: Plavac Mali, Zinfandel’s Long-Lost Croatian Relative

I first went to Hvar in Croatia two years ago. On that trip there were five of us and we stayed in a hostel, which was great. But last summer we were lucky enough to stay in the Amfora, the island’s most luxurious hotel, which made for a totally different experience. I love Croatia. After my first visit I knew that I had to return as soon as I could. Everything about the place is extraordinary.
Jamie Roberts, Daily Mail, 9th March 2014
The article: Captivating Croatia: How Hvar won the heart of Welsh rugby star Jamie Roberts

A quick snapshot of Osijek: Travel tips: holidays in Croatia and this week’s best breaks at home and away
Joanne O’Conner, The Guardian, 9th March 2014

The New York Times looks at Housing Hunting in … Croatia
Alison Gregor, The New York Times, 5th March 2014

Flying in along Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline offers a tantalizing preview of the sprawl of islands below, where I would soon be sailing, cycling and swimming on a week-long island-hopping mini-cruise.
Richard Powell, Huffington Post, 5th March 2014
The article: An Adriatic Island Adventure, by Sail or Cycle

Most of us have heard about Dubrovnik’s  charms, but Zadar in the western corner of Croatia has pretty beaches, sunshine and medieval history on its doorstep. Even better, there are fewer tourists. It’s a two-hour flight from the UK, and travel in June — when we are here — and you’ll avoid the Germans and Austrians who have been parking themselves on the sunbeds for years. We are spending a week based in the lively city and on the island of Pag, from which the crumbly local sheep’s cheese takes its name. Zadar, home to around 70,000 people, is a joy to explore, with pedestrianised streets that seem made for strolling.
Diana Riley, Daily Mail, 5th March 2014
The article: Coasting along in Croatia: Combining island hopping with the lively city of Zadar

A look at a particular Croatian ritual: Enough to scare away a phantom? Sheepskin-wearing bell ringers ward off evil spirits in terrifying village parade
Daily Mail, 2nd March 2014

Business Insider recommends visiting Dubrovnik as one of the 100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime
Megan Willett, Julie Zeveloff & Jennifer Polland, Business Insider, 27th February 2014

A collection of The best-kept secrets in Croatia
Conde Nast Traveller, February 2014

Istria is one of The best wine regions for winter and spring travel according to USA Today
Danae Mercer, USA Today, 25th February 2014

The Adriatic coast of Croatia – and particularly the 140-mile stretch of Dalmatia – is a water world of beauty. Pastel houses sit in picture-perfect fishing villages, harbourside cafés teem with elegant holidaymakers and deep-green waters lap the edges of sugar-shored islands.
Metro, 24th February 2014
The article: Travel to Croatia and experience the beguiling water world of the Adriatic coast

Korcula is one of Huffington Post’s Europe’s Lesser Known Seaside Escapes
Huffington Post, 24th February 2014

Buzzfeed’s list of 19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die include Split
Rachel Zarrell, Buzzfeed, 19th February 2014

Sound travels a long way on water, so we could hear them coming. Until that point, the only sound was the screams and splashes of those brave enough to leap off a cavernous Soviet submarine bunker into the clear Croatian water. The faint beat of music gets louder and louder, reaching a crescendo of Eurotrash dance-pop as the offending boat rounds the coastline into the bay. The catamaran circles endlessly in the middle of all the moored yachts with speakers, smoke machines and confetti cannons all blaring.
Jared Savage, The New Zealand Herald, 18th February 2014
The article: Croatia’s crystal coastline

Handbag.com figures out Why Croatia should be on your summer holiday hot list
Rona Wallis, Handbag.com, 17th February 2014 

And yet, for all its dreams of transforming into a glitzy yachtsman’s paradise, Croatia remains a place rooted to the past — “the Mediterranean as it once was,” to quote the tourist board. By sea, that dual nature shines through. As Robert, the manager of the yacht I was on, put it, “on a boat, you get the best picture of Croatia. One night you’re dancing in some fancy shmancy harbor town, and the next morning, you’re in a fishing village — the real Croatia.”
Marc Mewshaw, The Boston Globe, 15th February 2014
The article: Kicking back on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast

Dubrovnik’s “Ancient City Walls” were included in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 World Landmarks in their 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards
TripAdvisor, February 2014

The “Istrian Peninsula” is included in National Geographic’s list of Top 10 Valentine’s Day Retreats
National Geographic, February 2014

Jerolim, near Hvar, has one of the The 7 Most Secret Nude Beaches In Europe
Suzy Strutner, Huffington Post, 1st February 2014

You would think that a restaurant in a garage on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia’s hyper-urban capital, can only be daunting or alluring. Magalinska Klet bistro is alluring, worth the train ride and a 20-minute walk into the working-class neighborhood of Tresnjevka.
Molly Kravitz, The Boston Globe, 28th January 2014
The article: Garage on outskirts of Zagreb is worth train ride

Dubrovnik is one of the 50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014
Huffington Post, 27th January 2014

The Croatian capital is not short of historic buildings, ancient churches and well-stocked art museums, but the Museum of Broken Relationships, now with a permanent location in an elegant palace in the baroque Upper Town, has swiftly become one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Peter Neville-Hadley, Toronto Sun, 26th January 2014
The article: Croatia museum a real heart breaker

A great selection of Croatia: Reader’s Tips – well worth a read!
Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2014

Croatia is now definitely “in”, with some 400,000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, up 25 per cent on 2012. The newest member of the EU, all but forgotten for almost a decade following the war (1991–1995) that saw the break-up of Yugoslavia, is firmly back on the summer destinations map. And with its stunning coastline, unspoilt nature (including eight national parks) and beautifully-preserved centuries-old harbour towns, it offers a less commercial take on the sun, sea and sand holidays you would expect in Greece or Spain. So where exactly should you head for?
Jane Foster, Daily Telegraph, January 2014
The article: Croatia summer holidays guide: 2014

A nice selection of scenes of Zagreb – in images and video – in 22 Photos That Show Why The Capitals Of Serbia And Croatia Are Europe’s Hottest New Destinations
La Carmina, Business Insider, 21st January 2014

Some great photos of Dubrovnik in Bucket List Adventure: Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Examiner.com, 21st January 2014

I stop to catch my breath, turn around and – wow. It’s a perfect view. In the foreground, the dark green tufts of the treetops; above them the steely blue of the Adriatic and the blinding blue of a cloudless sky. This is Lokrum, a tiny island off the coast of Dubrovnik that can be reached by a 15-minute ferry ride, and we seem to have it all to ourselves. Well, apart from the peacocks that live here.
Helen Ochyra, Daily Express, 18th January 2014
The article: Cocktails at the beach, nature reserves and ancient walls: Best things to do in Dubrovnik

Varazdin is named as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2014 in the New York Times’ excellent list
The New York Times, 11th January 2014

I am cursing myself for having forgotten my street map for the city of Pula, on the Istrian peninsula in Northern Croatia. But I’m determined to find the Roman amphitheatre I’ve read so much about. My three children follow me surprisingly patiently despite the 36C heat. Nearing the port we turn a corner where, towering above a line of nondescript street buildings, sits probably the most impressive – and well-preserved – ancient structure I have seen in years.
Catherine Eade, Daily Mail, 7th January 2014
The article: Belly laughs, sunset swims and finding Tito’s hideaway on a family trip to Croatia

One bar in the former Yugoslavia has the distinct honor of straddling a disputed border. Enjoy a beer in two different countries…just don’t let the guards catch you crossing the line.
Jeff Campagna, The Daily Beast, 6th January 2014
The article: Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia

So when you’re cruising the Croatian coast with the windows down, and the traditional local folk music blaring, the last thing you want to see is a dark black cloud obscuring the horizon. As it turned out, our driving experience in Croatia happened to coincide with a series of severe thunderstorms.
Richard Beech, Daily Mirror, 3rd January 2014
The article: Driving cars on the Croatian coast – a great way to escape Three Lions mediocrity

While I was gone, Zagreb lived through war, then welcomed peace. But my relationship with it never turned peaceful. Having left my parents and oldest friends behind, I returned at least once a year. Sometimes I stayed a few weeks. Typically, toward the end of week two, I’d begin to feel a tightness in my chest, the skies would start closing in around me, the facades would appear even grayer, the streets — even on a sun-splashed day with packed sidewalk cafes — dull.
Anja Mutic, Washington Post, 2nd January 2014
The article: Learning to love Zagreb, Croatia, the city she grew up in