From the lusciously green island of Hvar to the brilliantly, blue Dalmatian Coast, Croatia is a natural beauty.
Bordering the glorious Adriatic Sea and home to a plethora of historic towns and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can enjoy fantastically diverse holidays in Croatia.
Spend your mornings delving into the fascinating history that hides around every corner before heading down to the coastline to enjoy an afternoon of sun, sand and sea. When night falls, the towns come alive with an array of cosy bars and top-notch restaurants serving up fantastic Croatian cuisine and colourful cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beach retreat or a chance to discover the stunning vistas this part of the world has to offer, holidays in Croatia offer it all.
Blessed with a shoreline that’s peppered with hidden coves and quiet coastal towns, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to stay. The [Dubrovnik Riviera is one of the most popular Croatia holiday destinations as it’s home to the city of Dubrovnik, which shot to fame as the backdrop of the popular 'Game of Thrones' TV series. This beautiful walled city is home to a captivating Old Town, and near to some beautiful, sandy beaches. There are some luxurious 5-star resorts in the Dubrovnik Riviera, as well as some great self-catering options.
Set on Croatia’s biggest peninsula, Istria is a visually stunning treat. From the beautiful coastal town of Rovinj to the pretty district of Porec, you’ll not have to worry about travelling far to the beach. Both set along the water’s edge, teaming beach pampering with a slice of culture has never been so easy! Split also enjoys a prime Adriatic location and as Croatia’s second largest city, there’s a variety of things to see and do, especially surrounding the city’s Roman attractions. Enjoy stunning views from your waterfront hotel and even more hidden historic gems in the heart of the city.
Basking in almost year-round sun, holidays in Croatia are popular anytime of the year; however the summer months are when you’ll find it at its busiest. If you’re looking to skip the crowds, visiting in June and September are best, as you’ll find the beaches less crowded and the Adriatic Sea is still warm enough to swim in.
With such a gorgeously varied landscape, you can enjoy Croatia at your own pace. From kicking back on the coastline and soaking up a slice of local life to embarking on a hiking trip or a kayaking tour, there are a myriad of ways to explore Croatia. Heading inland will see you in the midst of lush greenery that is home to one of Europe’s most beautiful National Parks. Plitvice National Park boasts cascading waterfalls and glistening lakes, a real gem of Croatia holidays.
If you’re looking to party, heading to Croatia for one of the summer festivals is a good idea. From the music-pumping Hideout Festival held on the Island of Pag to theatrical Dubrovnik Summer Games, Croatia is fast becoming popular with festivalgoers.
Out and about in Croatia
Holidays in Croatia allow a fantastic opportunity to go island hopping. The Adriatic Sea is home to many gems, all boasting fantastic beaches and unlimited natural beauty. In the southern reaches of the country, Hvar and Brac reign supreme and are easily accessed from Split. Further north you’ll find the islands of Krk and Cres which are best visited from Rijeka.
Although seemingly shrouded in insignificance as it sits in the grand shadow of Dubrovnik, the small island of Lokrum is well worth a visit. It takes just 10 minutes to reach the island from the Old City Harbour, transporting you to an oasis of calm and beauty. The island has some of Croatia’s finest walking trails. You’ll be exposed to a botanical garden, Basilica ruins and a 15th century monastery. Walking to the highest point of the island will bring you to a star-shaped fort where you can enjoy fantastic views of neighbouring Dubrovnik and distant islands. Lokrum is also home to plenty of wildlife, and you’ll spot lizards, birds, and maybe even a tortoise or two as you trek the trails.
If you find yourself in Dubrovnik in the summer months you’ll have the option of indulging in two of the country’s biggest festivals. Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a music and theatre festival that has been running since 1949. The festival begins on July 10th and runs until the final week of August. The festival welcomes more than 2,000 artists from up to 30 countries. The city is also home to the Libertas Film Festival which takes place from August 25th-30th.
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