Almost 20 Million Visitors Chose Croatia For Their Holiday Last Year A Huge Vote Of Confidence For This Small Country With A Heart-stopping Adriatic Coastline — And More Than 1 000 Islands

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Almost 20 million visitors chose Croatia for their holiday last year, a huge vote of confidence for this small country with a heart-stopping Adriatic coastline — and more than 1,000 islands.
Croatia has five coastal airports: Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, all accessible from the UK.
Gatwick to Pula takes under two hours, and the longest route, Edinburgh to Dubrovnik, is under three and a half hours.
Ferries and catamarans connect mainland towns and resorts with the islands. Most beaches are pebbly; water quality is exceptionally high and there are hundreds of clean and environmentally friendly Blue and White Flag beaches.
Captivating: The waterfront at Supetar (above), which can be reached by a 40-minute ferry ride from Split
The trouble is where to start and how to avoid the crowds.

So here is our selection of favourite tucked-away spots. It's a great time to go with the pound holding strong against the Croatian kuna. 
Your money will go a long way if you avoid big, glitzy beach-club resorts and five-star hotels.
Expect a glass of house wine to cost around £3, a half-litre of beer £2 and a meal for two at a bistro around £30.
Mamma Mia chic
Star appeal: Lily James on Vis island for the filming of Mamma Mia!

Here We Go Again, which was released last summer 
Last summer, cinema-goers watching Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again saw the beauty of the island of Vis where it was filmed, with Lily James, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. Stiniva beach on Vis is one of the most beautiful, hidden bays in Croatia, embraced by white stone cliffs and with turquoise waters.

It's reached only by small boat, but there are daily excursions, or water taxi offices will agree a price for a day trip — both on the waterfront of Vis town.
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How to do it: Five nights at the four-star boutique Hotel San Giorgio in Vis town from £700 pp (<a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website London to Split flights from £140 (<a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website Catamaran or ferry from Split to Vis around £7 (<a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website class="mol-para-with-font">Splendid seclusion
'Nugal beach attracts naturists, but there is no need to remove your clothes,' writes the Daily Mail's Julia Mora 
Nugal beach has a backdrop of crimson-streaked rocks and a pine forest. It's near the small town of Makarska with its beaches and lively nightlife, but far enough away to be quiet. Admittedly it attracts naturists, but there is no need to remove your clothes. This is a wonderful hideaway.
How to do it: Seven nights at Hotel Osejava in Makarska from £1,128 pp including flights from Gatwick to Split and transfers (0800 047 1066, <a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website class="mol-para-with-font">Hang out with locals
The ‘beach' at Icici comprises a long stretch of smooth stone with steps into the sea. 
Eat lunch with locals at Lucica, a shell-decorated fish shack where grilled fish and a glass of wine cost less than £10. Take a walk along the coast, about 45 minutes, to Opatija, with its Habsburg-era villas and fine old promenade. Rumour has it that Marilyn Monroe stayed with JFK at the once-private Villa Ariston close to Icici beach.
How to do it: Seven nights at Remisens San Giorgio II hotel from £779 pp including flights from Stansted to Pula and transfers (0800 408 0778, <a style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" class="class" rel="nofollow" website class="mol-para-with-font">Car-free island
On the Istrian peninsula's west coast, 40 minutes north of Pula, you'll have the pebble-and-rock beaches almost to yourself on car-free Katarina Island.
Sunbeds are provided by the island's only hotel, plus there are a couple of beach bars. You swim here in sight of the pretty pastel-coloured houses across the water in Rovinj.
This island also has star appeal. Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson spent the whole of April in Rovinj filming The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard.
How to do it: Five nights at Island Hotel Katarina from £419 pp including flights from Gatwick to Pula and transfers (01425 480400, <a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website class="mol-para-with-font">Close to Dubrovnik
Sveti Jakov, just to the east of Dubrovnik, is a far cry from the throngs of tourists in the beautiful ancient walled city (though close enough to visit easily). There may be more than 100 steps to reach this beauty of a beach, but it's worth it. A bar/restaurant is open from late May to September.
How to do it: Croatian Villas has a sea view apartment sleeping four from £1,099 (020 8888 6655, <a style="font-weight: bold;" class="class" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" website Luton to Dubrovnik flights with easyJet from £138 return (<a style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" class="class" rel="nofollow" website class="mol-para-with-font">Unspoilt Dalmatia
Unique: Pictured is stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach on Brac, with its distinctive triangular shape 
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