This beautiful country is one of the sunniest spots in Europe, basking in an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day in spring and 13 hours a day in the summer! The hottest months are between May and September, with the mercury hopping into the low thirties between July and August. May and July offer temperatures in the twenties, as do September and October. November is the wettest month and the temperatures continue to fall, hitting their lowest in January, at around 9°C.
History Buffs: Split is home to the elegantly ragged ruins of Diocletian’s Palace; widely hailed as the most atmospheric Roman ruins in the world. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore underground passages and ancient temples, and while you might not find hidden treasure, you can enjoy a nice cool drink in one of the hidden bars.
Honeymooners: Spend your first days as a married couple on one of the fantastic beaches or enjoy a city break in Dubrovnik, a romantic city of beautiful architecture, quiet restaurants and superb sunsets.
Nature lovers: If you’re a fan of the Great Outdoors, Croatia has no less than eight national parks to explore, famous for their unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.
Language: The language spoken in here is Croatian. While the locals have a basic command of English, it’s worth packing a phrasebook or downloading our handy language app, just to show willing.
Currency: You’ll need to change-up your Sterling for Croatian Kuna, before you fly off on your break.
Local time: Croatia is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Pula, Dubrovnik or Split Airports. Transfer times from Split to resorts on the Dalmatian Coast and Brac Island are between 1 hour and 10 minutes, and 2 hours. The Dubrovnik Coast is up to 1 hour and 15 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport. Rovinj is 45 minutes from Pula Airport.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Croatia is 2.5–4 hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.croatia.hr/en-GB.
Visa / health: Before your holiday, visit here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
By bus: Buses are the main form of transport here and, in the larger cities, services run once every 20 minutes. A trip usually costs between ten and 15 Croatian Kuna, although, if you buy your tickets from a news-stand, they may cost slightly less.
By train: Although trains are slightly slower than buses, they are more comfortable. Cost-effective and a great way to meet the locals, trains offer a laid-back way to travel long distances and soak up the spectacular scenery.
By taxi: Taxis are plentiful in here and can be flagged down from the roadside or booked in advance by phone or online. Although they are metered, it’s best to double-check the price with your driver, to ensure you get the best deal.
Easter Regatta: Held in April, the Easter Regatta changes location from year to year. This three-day event attracts sailing fans from across Europe, who come to marvel at the fleets of boats racing across the ocean to claim the coveted first prize in each class. The spectacles are accompanied by live music, plenty of food and drink, and capped-off with a fantastic firework display.
IN Music Festival: Head to Zagreb in July and you could find yourself caught up in the heady atmosphere of this outstanding, open-air music festival. Big names from the world of pop and rock wow the crowds over three days.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival: This is the biggest celebration in the Croatian cultural calendar! Musicians, actors and artists come from all over the world to perform at a variety of outdoor venues, over a two-week period.
For up to date advice on travelling to Croatia, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/safety-and-security