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For a Taste of History Head to Croatia in 2013

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 10/05/12 -- According to the latest figures announced by Croatian tourism minister, Veljko Ostojic, 2012 looks set to be a record year for tourism for the Eastern European country, with over 9.82m visitors arriving in the first eight months of the year alone - an increase of 4.22% on the same period last year.

Ostojic has described it as the "best tourist season in Croatia's history", and has high hopes for the trend to continue. Whilst Croatia may not be the first destination that springs to mind for Brits when searching for sun, sea and sand, the country actually has plenty of attractions to offer for holidaymakers, including beautiful beaches and a fascinating history - making it a great choice if you're looking for fresh ideas for 2013 holidays.

The Dalmatian Coast, located in the east of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, is home to some truly stunning beaches, and you can be sure that there won't be too much of a fight for a sun lounger. The historic Dubrovnik offers holidaymakers the perfect blend of city and coast, so families will be able to relax on the beach during the day and have a lively choice of restaurants and nightlife spots in the evening: ideal for those who have teenagers with itchy feet.

Romantic poet, Lord Byron, famously called Dubrovnik the "pearl of the Adriatic", and the city became a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The city centre offers a charming blend of cafes, museums and monasteries that will delight shoppers and sightseers alike, giving visitors the opportunity to see what drew so many to the city on the famous 'Grand Tour' of Europe, popular among 19th century aristocrats.

The Adriatic offers its own treasures for tourists, however: it's possible to go kayaking and snorkelling in Dubrovnik, and enjoy a unique view of the walled city. There are organised outings available, where an experienced instructor will take you out on the water towards a cave beach called Betina. Here, you'll be able to get up close with nature whilst snorkelling: a perfectly spent half-day for aquatic fanatics.

Croatia also boasts eight national parks; one of which, Plitvice, is filled with stunning waterfalls and lakes, making it the perfect day-trip spot for hikers and nature lovers.

If all of this sounds tempting, why not book your 2013 holiday to Croatia with Cosmos? With prices on holidays to Dubrovnik in 2013 starting at just GBP 229 per person, now is the perfect time to start planning your next getaway.

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