Hidden away between ancient city walls and ye olde worlde cobbled streets, you’ll find the thriving modern hubs that are scattered throughout the country – but don’t let its elements of modernity crush your fairytale fantasies, Your holiday to Croatia packs a time-travelling punch with its plentiful offerings of palaces, cathedrals, fortresses and more. And when you’ve had a full day of sightseeing, indulge in one of the many harbourside dining options where you can wind down the day with a seaside sunset and an incredible meal.
A patchwork of green trees, orange roofs and sparkling swathes of blue water, the views seen from mountaintops in Croatia are truly a sight to behold. But this is just the tip of the iceberg that is natural splendour here. Whether you’re after a bit of vitamin ‘sea’ or looking for some heady heights to hike, a holiday to Croatia is the ideal event to get back in touch with the scenes and sounds of the natural world.
No matter where you go in Croatia, your cultural desires are guaranteed to be satisfied. The country is full of colourful market stalls packed with delicious delicacies, and there are plenty of museums and galleries on hand to brush up on your local knowledge. Additionally, Croatia is home to a number of unique and up-and-coming festivals, from the must-be-at Outlook Festival to the theatrical Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The surge of visitors to Croatia is undoubtedly at the hands of the popular TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’, which filmed many of its scenes in various locations across the country. So if you’re a fan of the hit series, Croatia is definitely the place to be, whether you want to wander the streets of ‘Kings Landing’ (Dubrovnik Old Town) or scale the impenetrable walls of ‘Mereen’ (Klis fortress), a Game of Thrones tour is simply a must.
In Split, you’ll get a unique opportunity to see one of the most impressive monuments that the 4th century had to offer, in the shape of Diocletian's Palace. Originally, the palace was built to be partly submerged by the sea so that Diocletian could enter his palace on a ship without leaving the deck. Now, however, the stunning pinnacle of Roman design is above sea-level and right at the heart of the city of Split.
Also known as the Blue Grotto, the Blue Cave is a waterlogged sea cave located on the tiny islet of Bisevo, five nautical miles from Vis Island and covering a total area of six square kilometres. The cave, although popular with fisherman for years, has now formed an entrance just big enough to fit in boats, making it an unmissable attraction during your holiday to Croatia. Between 11am and 1pm on a sunny day, this cave suddenly lights up with a mysterious and eerie blue glow. As the cave can get quite crowded during the summer months, visitors should try to get there for precisely 11am. Visiting during the low season is also an option as although it will be colder, the cave will be all the more beautiful for its quietness.
Plitviče Lakes National Park is a must on any Croatian itinerary. With more than 15 lakes and cascading waterfalls over 17 metres high, the park is utterly beautiful and visitors can expect plenty of walkways and hiking trails that wind around the natural formations also. Better yet, due to the presence of limestone in the lakes, the water is a mesmerizing blue-green hue which makes this spot a spectacular attraction for nature enthusiasts and budding photographers alike.
No trip to Croatia could possibly be complete without sampling one of their fantastic seafood delicacies. With an abundant supply of fresh produce at their disposal, Croatians pride themselves on their ability to turn a simple fish supper into an oceanic feast. Restaurants in Croatia, especially ones by the coast will serve you up a sumptuous Crni rizot (black squid ink risotto, crammed with clams, mussels and other fruits de mer) or a hearty brudet (sizzling fish stew).
For visitors looking to score the perfect summer break and get a dose of sun and sea, you should look at heading to Croatia between the end of June and the start of September. Otherwise, you can beat the crowds (and the cold) with a mild winter getaway from October to April.
If you hold a British Citizen passport or an EU National passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Croatia and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on travel regulations, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements.
The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK).
In Croatia, the main language spoken is Croatian.