We hope everybody enjoyed a wonderful festive break, apologies for our silence – we were out on the hills enjoying the great outdoors.
Our first tale of 2016 comes from one of HF Holidays’ expert leaders in Croatia Freddie Daniel. He’s going to share his insight on one of our newest holiday hotspots, Croatia. We hope you find it inspiring as you plan your travels for the next year.
“Our newest centre in Croatia is in the north west, close to the Slovenian border on the peninsula of Istria, and is a delightful contrast to the bustling coastal resorts of the Adriatic.
In the little visited centre of a rural area once part of Italy, there are wooded hills capped by ancient photogenic towns, from Motovun (possibly one of the most attractive) to Hum (officially the smallest town in the world).
We pass well tended vineyards and olive groves, as well as tiny hamlets farming by traditional methods. There are extensive views into Slovenia and to the distant coast from easily reached mountain summits.
We walk past waterfalls in limestone gorges, churches with stunning medieval frescoes, through tunnels and over viaducts along the course of a former narrow gauge railway, which was once the lifeline to many small remote communities.
Our base is Buzet in a modernised 3-star hotel where the staff are amazingly helpful and welcoming and which lies at the base of a 200ft hill crowned by the well preserved and still inhabited Old Town.
We fly into Ljubljana which offers a two week combination with Lake Bled in the beautiful Julian Alps, and there is an easy transfer and quiet border crossing. Walks in this region are varied and plentiful, enjoying a good network of clear but occasionally rough and stony paths. The area is easy to get around and you can enjoy short journeys to and from our walks as we explore this relatively compact area, which offers amazing variety. Come and discover a unique, rich culture in this beautiful peninsula, which mixes Italian delights and proud Croatian traditions topped off with culinary heritage including olive oils, wine, truffles and prosciutto.”
Thank you Freddie for sharing your tale of Buzet, it sounds like an experience for all the senses.
Prices start at £699 excluding flights or £899 including return flights and include a full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day.