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What to eat, drink and read before you go


Best time to visit: April to June, and September to October.

Eat: Pasticada – tender beef stewed in wine and aromatic spices.

Drink: Ozusko or Karlovacko – the country’s two most popular beers, or fragrant wine from Kvarner or Baranja.

Before you go

Read: Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, a timeless Balkan travelogue, dubbed one of the neglected masterpieces of the 20th Century.

Listen: To tradional tamburica (lute) music, or modern pop from Gibonni and Severina.

Watch: Armin, a poignant observation of father-son relationships on the road to Zagreb, or Libertas, a biopic about Marin Drzic, a 16th Century poet from Dubrovnik.

Essential Experiences:

  • Swim in the sparkling lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes,
  • Paddle a canoe along the Adriatic coastline, a sublime stretch of land and sea,
  • Enjoy a slow-food banquet is Istria, Croatia’s ecotourism capital,
  • Visit Zagreb’s awe-inspiring galleries, churches and museums.

Top things to do:

  • Explore the untouched forests and hidden coves of Cres Island,
  • Savour traditional food and drink in one of Split’s many cafes, 
  • Wander through boutique shops and plazas at Diocletian’s Palace, 
  • Get your gear off and plunge into the pristine waters off the island of Hvar.

In a word: Zdravo (Hello).

Random fact: Fine weather is so reliable in Hvar that some hoteliers offer free accommodation if it snows.