Croatia is like its cuisine – a dash here and a splash there result in exquisite perfection. An amalgam of various dynasties and empires, Croatia is a patchwork of Venetian palazzos, Austro-Hungarian Opera Houses, and Illyrian fortresses, with a touch of Soviet Realism. From the Old Towns of Zagreb and Dubrovnik to the island retreats of Hvar or Brac, the Dinaric Alps stretch down to the Adriatic to create one of the most stunning landscapes in Europe. Over a glass of wine at a Dalmatian vineyard, paper-thin prosciutto at an Istrian farmhouse, or Peljesac oysters that melt in your mouth, food deservedly takes pride of place in Croatian culture. Warm, friendly and unpretentious, the Croatians are welcoming people who will cheerfully toast to your health and wellbeing. Be it an olive oil tasting to a curator led museum tour, to countryside bicycle rides, the soft-spoken charm of the locals and their laid-back lifestyle make it a perfect retreat from every perspective. Dive deep into this gorgeous country with Exeter International.