Relive the fabulous 50s in Croatia
Advocates of New Zealand often boast that the country is like Britain of the 1950s. This is all well and good if 1950s Britain is where you want to go on holiday, but it’s not for everyone. In fact, some might argue the main purpose of the past half-century has been to make Britain less like Britain was in the 1950s.
What, then, are the options for those who would rather go on holiday to the Italian Riviera of the 1950s?
The answer, it turns out, is Croatia, which has pleasant weather late into the northern autumn, idyllic coastlines and a laid-back glamour that seems like a distant memory on the Mediterranean coast of France, with that country’s terror worries and burkini bans.
We begin in Dubrovnik, as sumptuous a walled city as you will find. Like much of the Dalmatian coast, its architecture has a Venetian flavour, a legacy of being ruled by the old Republic during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Dubrovnik is hardly a well-kept secret even among conservative holiday-makers, but in recent years it has enjoyed an unexpected boon as the setting for King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Guides give tours in dozens of languages, and selfies are taken against the backdrop of key scenes. Even with this celluloid pedigree, however, Dubrovnik
Hvar has a laid-back atmosphere