Whether you want to relax on a sun-bleached beach, explore modern cities, watch the world go by from a rustic, harbour-side café or get to grips with some Europe’s most spectacular scenery, you can make your holidays to Croatia exactly what you want them to be. Families who want to enjoy some time together will find plenty to see and do, from river-kayaking in the mountains of the Gorski Kota province, to exploring the unspoilt beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Parks. Couples can step back in time and visit the Roman ruins at Split, the medieval cathedral of Sibenik or sit in a sleepy bar and enjoy a leisurely rakija. With so much to see and do, you can make your Croatia holidays exactly what you want them to be.
9 - 30 °C
If you’re looking for a warm break with plenty of sunshine, book your holidays to Croatia between May and August, when the temperature climbs from the mid-twenties, into the early thirties.
Between two and three hours, depending on where you fly from and to.
Pula Airport (PUY) is located five miles northwest of the city of Pula; Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is located approximately nine and a half miles from Dubrovnik city centre; Split Airport (SPU) is located 15.5 miles southeast of the city of Split.
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.
This country is blessed with some superb beaches, ranging from vast, sweeping sands that attract tourists and locals alike, to secluded coves and tucked-away bays that are virtually empty. While Zlatni Rat might not have the most enticing name, it’s one of the most-popular beaches, dusted with sand and lapped by blue waters. For something quieter, hunt out the hidden cove of Nugal.
The Game of Thrones trail
If parts of Croatia look familiar to you, that’s because you might have seen them on TV! If you’re a fan of the show Game of Thrones, you can travel to see some of the locations used onscreen. Trogir’s St Dominic Monastery doubles as the city of Qarth, while Dubrovnik’s city walls have been used as King’s Landing. The city’s Trsteno Arboretum has a double-life as the Red Keep, while the Fortress of Kliss is used to represent parts of Meereen. Even if you’re not a fan, these are still sights worth seeing on your holidays to Croatia!
If you’re travelling with the kids, you’re going to need some entertainment up your sleeve. Fortunately, it’s packed with family-friendly things to do on your Croatia holiday, such as paying a visit to Aquapark Istralandia. While it might boast the country’s tallest waterslide, there are plenty of attractions for younger children too, such as a family rafting slide and dedicated children’s pools. The nearby Aqua Colors waterpark is another fantastic day out for the family, where children can enjoy rides and slides, while parents cool off under a sunlounger.
HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA
Safety and Security
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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 This is the Croatia Tourism website! .
Visa & health:Before your holiday, visit here Entry requirements - Croatia travel advice for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Weather and climate
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.
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.