Holidays Without The Crowds

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  • Discover the best alternative destinations to beat the holiday crowds this year

    The New… Crete

    Rush hour crush is bad enough on the train, let alone on a barmy beach in the middle of summer. Enjoy Mediterranean conditions without the crowds by taking a trip to the lesser known island of Hvar (pronounced ‘var’) along the Dalmatian coast.

    Frequented by the likes of tennis ace, Novak Djokovic, Hvar can be reached by catamaran from Split port, and is best visited in spring when the weather and waters are pleasantly warm, and all the usual attractions and destinations will be open for business.

    Visit the monasteries and cathedrals of Hvar’s old town, or order a short taxi-boat ride to discover the secluded beaches of the nearby Pakleni islands – which are completely car-free.

    You can even take sailing trips around the islets, and enjoy charcoal-barbequed lamb in one of the many ocean-side eateries.

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