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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia has been a CD-Traveller tip for two years now. We can’t claim to have influenced the holiday habits of Britons and Irish but something has.

Both in 2012 and 2013, the number of us visiting the country has jumped by well over 20% each year and next year the ambitious goal for Croatia is to attract 500,000 of us. Given the success so far that doesn’t appear ambitious especially since there are so many direct flights from local airports. British Airways, easyJet, jet 2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson all fly there but not just to the two main holiday destinations of Dubrovnik and Split. Istria, Pula, Zadar and Zagreb all have direct flights to different British cities and at about two-and-a-half hours flying time, it is not only a holiday destination but one for short-breaks and weekends away as well. The next thing is that it will appear on the stag night and hen party radar! That’s how popular its becoming.

Thirty-five per cent of all of Brits and Irish that travel there head for Dubrovnik. Whether we stay and enjoy this heritage city or go on and explore beaches, coves, villages or venture into the mountains isn’t really the issue. The Croats have lured us there and once there, a large number of us return. After Dubrovnik, Split is the next most popular destination closely followed by Istria with its coastal charm and famed family appeal. The capital – Zagreb – attracts 9% of us followed by Zadar and Kvarner.

Croatia is helped not only by those airport links and short flying time but by the family nature that that country has fostered over the years. Being part of the EU means no long passport queues or visas and the euro is the local currency.

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