Captivating Croatia

Diane Breton on 30 September 2013
From the air, Croatia's coastline is breathtakingly beautiful as deep, emerald pine woods descend to the shore, then white stone beaches and islands sparkle before the bright sapphire blue of the Adriatic Sea hits your eyes. This is Croatia's wow factor.

Temperatures in July and August, the hottest months, are 28-32 degrees. May, June and September are usually sunny and between 22 and 25. April and October are often around a pleasant 16-21 and nights can be a little chillier. The sea usually remains warm until mid-October.

Croatia is closer than you think too, with flights just over 2 hours 30 minutes from the UK. Where ever you choose on the coast or islands, less than a two hour drive inland will take you into a different world of national parks, forests, waterfalls, mountains and rural traditions.

We stayed for five nights in Orebic which is a charming fishing village with beautiful views across to the island of Korkula, which is well worth a visit to and then onto Cavtat for two nights with a trip to Dubrovnik - this was the highlight of the trip for me. Known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" it is a perfect medieval walled city with narrow cobbled streets filled with wonderful architecture, churches, palaces, squares, museums, shops, restaurants and cafe bars.

I can’t wait to return to explore much more of this stunning country.