First The Daily Mirror with Dalmatia, now The Daily Telegraph with Kvarner Bay. Croatia is a hot tourism topic back in the UK.
Earlier today, we reported on The Daily Mirror’s interest in the Dalmatian coast, but it seems that this is not the only British media interest in Croatian tourism today. The Daily Telegraph has gone one better and travelled to a region that does not make the news as much: Kvarner Bay:
Perfumed gardens, uninhabited islands, champagne from the sea and dolphins – Captain Branko’s introductory talk mentioned them all.
“Welcome to the Kvarner Bay,” beamed Capt Branko. “Trust me, it’s Croatia’s best kept secret.”
Croatia itself is no longer a secret – according to the tourist board nearly 400,000 visitors from the UK holidayed there last year, a figure almost on a par with pre-independence levels (the coast of the former Yugoslavia attracted around 500,000 Brits in 1989).
The majority flock to Dubrovnik and the island of Hvar in the Dalmatia region, whose perennial popularity ensures crowds and higher prices. In search of a quieter spot, I was drawn to the northern coastline, so found myself on this seven-night cruise, which cast off from Opatija on a gloriously sunny day in late June.