Re­live the fab­u­lous 50s in Croa­tia

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION EUROPE - ED CUM­MING

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

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