Holidays in Croatia
Just as popular for its ancient treasures as it is for its white-pebbled beaches, Croatia’s unique blend of old and new-school attractions makes it a great holiday destination. Illuminated by an endless shimmer from the Adriatic, this Mediterranean country treats holidaymakers to postcard-perfect landscapes, crystal blue waters, luscious green forestry and cities rich in history and cultural tradition.
Croatia’s climate varies from region to region, but is generally hot in the summer and cooler during the winter.
Pula Airport (PUY) is located 5 miles northwest of the city of Pula; Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is located approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre; Split Airport (SPU) is located 15.5 miles southeast of the city of Split.
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With its trendy restaurants and famous Zlatni Ratz beach, Brac Island is the perfect location for energetic culture-seekers and watersports lovers. For a slower pace, head west to the city of Rovinj. Here holidaymakers are greeted with charming cobbled streets, ancient architecture and a thriving art scene. An al fresco meal in the old town promises to be one of the most pleasant moments of your trip. Further south of the country is Dubrovnik. Known as the ‘Gem of Croatia’, this bustling city is not only the location for several summer festivals, but home to the famous ancient city walls.
From white marble beaches to untouched islands with luscious green forestry, Croatia’s landscape is a perfect picture waiting to happen. Take a day trip to Zlatni Ratz beach where you’ll enjoy turquoise waters and a lively atmosphere. When you’ve had your share of sun lounging, hop on a bus to the historic city of Dubrovnik. If you arrive at the peak of summer you’ll experience the city’s vibrant Summer Festival in full swing. At any other time of the year, a simple wander around the old town to observe the medieval architecture and ancient monuments is a must.
With more than 1,100 unique islands peppered around its coast, Croatia is an explorer's dream. The beaches vary from island to island, though all of them have crystal blue waters. Zlatni Ratz beach in Bol is popular for its smooth white pebbles, sweet-scented pine trees and picturesque location behind rocky cliffs. Spend the day sun-lounging or take advantage of the huge number of watersports on offer. For a quieter spot with excellent swimming, hop on a ferry shuttle over to Lokrum island where you can indulge in lush green forests.
It’s almost impossible to visit any of the main cities in Croatia and not see evidence of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Spend an afternoon wandering around the old town of Rovinj to witness the thriving art scene nestled within its cobbled streets. The history of Dubrovnik can be easily traced thanks to its carefully preserved architecture, time-tested traditions and several historical monuments. Be sure to visit the ancient walls, where visitors are treated to magnificent views over the city and Adriatic Sea.
Thanks to its own cultural ceremonies and a new wave of festivals that now take place in the country throughout the year, Croatia is a bubbling hot spot for music lovers. Holidaymakers in Dubrovnik between July and August should check out the Summer Festival, which sees over 80 music, film and theatre performances taking place around the city. If you like to dance you won’t want to miss the Rovinj Summer Salsa Festival at the end of June, when the city’s cobbled streets, market squares and beaches become a huge salsa dance floor.
Scenery Lovers: Historical architecture, turquoise waters, secluded coves and cool pine forests make Croatia an ideal location for that perfect picture.
Culture fanatics: A series of festivals take place throughout the country all year round, from the Dubrovnik Carnival to the famous Summer Festival.
Island hoppers: Boasting more than 1,100 islands, Croatia is renowned for its clear turquoise waters and picture-postcard scenery.
Language: The language spoken in Croatia is Croatian
Currency: The currency used in Croatia is Croatian kuna (HRK)
Local time: Croatia is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Pula Airport (PUY) is located 5 miles northwest of the city of Pula; Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is located approximately 9.5 miles from Dubrovnik city centre; Split Airport (SPU) is located 15.5 miles southeast of the city of Split
Flight time from UK: 2 - 3 hours
Tourist Information: Further Croatia tourist information can be found here http://croatia.hr/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Croatia.
Spring is a great season to visit the cities along the coast, with warm, dry weather offering the perfect conditions for exploring, while highs of 30 (°C) in July and August make summer the best time to enjoy the beaches. For a more laid back experience, visit Croatia during the autumn when the coastal resorts are considerably quieter, or take advantage of the mild winter temperatures to get out and explore the historic attractions.
By taxi: Taxis are available in all cities and towns, but they must be called or boarded at a taxi stand.
By bus: Buses are a reliable and inexpensive way of travelling between the different cities in Croatia.
By hire car: Hiring a car is a practical way of travelling between the Croatian cities.
By train: Trains are slower but cheaper than bus travel. The main lines run from Zagreb to Rijeka, Zadar to Split and East to Osijek.
Summer Festival: Held every year between July and August, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival sees a rich programme of music, film and dance performances in several open-air venues around the city.
Street Party: To experience a real street party, visit the Croatian Summer Salsa Festival in Rovinj at the end of June. The cobbled streets, market squares and beaches become a huge salsa dance floor.
Film Festival: Join thousands of film buffs at the Pula Film Festival in July, for outdoor film screenings at several venues around the city.