WIN! A four-night holiday to Split in Croatia

WIN! A four-night holiday to Split in Croatia

Central Dalmatia is a place where cultural and natural wonders collide. Pebbly beaches are lapped by clear waters and plates bulge with seafood. Roman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture jostle for space, telling tales of Croatia’s storied past. Now, thanks to Croatia Airlines, the Cornaro Hotel, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Split Tourist Board and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, one reader will be jetting off on a four-night holiday to Split...

Trogir is filled with UNESCO-listed wonders (Ivo Biocina)

Trogir is filled with UNESCO-listed wonders (Ivo Biocina)

Time travel

Soak up Croatia’s history on a stroll through Split. Start at Diocletian’s Palace, where you can marvel at this Roman-built masterpiece. The palace is still the living, breathing heart of the city, and its narrow walkways are abuzz with cafés, restaurants and atmospheric Roman ruins. Further west lies the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir. Walk its historical core to explore the Cathedral of St Lawrence, the 15th-century Cipiko Palace and the Kamerlengo Castle, which offers fine views of the old town and the coast. For local culture, listen to traditional folk songs and watch the UNESCO-listed “silent circle dance” in the hinterlands.

Local flavour

Dalmatia’s natural larder is bursting with tasty treats. Sample a glass or two of locally produced wine, and be sure to order a platter of Dalmatian pršut (dry-cured, thinly sliced ham). This delicacy is typically served with bread and cheese and it makes for an authentic local lunch. All along the Dalmatian coast, you can tuck into oysters, grilled white fish and langoustines, which are plentiful. Be sure to accompany your meal with bread dipped in olive oil: Dalmatia is home to over 4.5 million olive trees.

The Riva in Split is a bustling seafront promenade (Luka Esenko/CNTB)

The Riva in Split is a bustling seafront promenade (Luka Esenko/CNTB)

Set sail

Croatia’s island-studded coast offers ample opportunity for exploring. An historic and popular escape is Hvar, home to some impressive Venetian architecture. For a more rugged island experience, drop anchor at Vis to explore its Venetian past and to hike and bike in the mountains. Alternatively, head for Brač to relax on the famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach and take in the view from Vidova Gora, the highest peak on all of Croatia’s islands.

 

Primed for adventure

Central Dalmatia’s natural landscapes are as diverse as the adventures you’ll find there. Head into the Mosor, Dinara and Biokovo mountains to hike, climb and bike. Adrenalin junkies will find thrills aplenty riding the whitewater rapids of Cetina canyon, or exploring the coastal caves of Vis by kayak. Meanwhile,

diving around the islands of Šolta and Brač reveals a wondrous subterranean world of caves, marine life and sunken warships. After all that adventure, head back to the five-star Cornaro Hotel in Split for a well-deserved, luxurious night’s sleep.

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How to enter

Croatia Airlines, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Split Tourist Board, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and the Cornaro Hotel are offering the chance to win a four-night trip to Split, staying at the Cornaro Hotel. For your chance to win, answer this question:

Question

How many UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Croatia? A) 3 B) 6 C) 10

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