With its dramatic Adriatic coastline backed by rugged mountains, it’s no wonder Croatia is now one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, especially among lovers of the great outdoors.

The number of UK holidaymakers enjoying a trip to this family-friendly gem continues to rise year on year, with the first six months of 2018 seeing 1.4 million UK travellers journey to Croatia, up almost 40% from 2017.

While Croatia’s spectacular landscape tops the bill for us, there’s plenty more to love – from ancient historic sites to bags of sunshine.

We explore exactly what makes this beautiful country one of our all-time favourite destinations.