More and more people are choosing to travel to Croatia on holiday and it’s not difficult to see why. Almost 2,000 kilometres of sparkling, sun-drenched Dalmatian coastline await sun worshippers, with hundreds of islands offshore begging to be explored. As a beach destination, this travel guide thinks Croatia has got it all.
But many visitors are so dazzled by the perfect, pine-fringed beaches, turquoise waters and glorious summer climate that they neglect the inland region. This is a shame, because along with some of Europe’s best, most sophisticated beaches, Croatia has suave cities, incredible national parks, ancient ruins and untapped ski resorts.
The best cities to visit if you’re on a tight itinerary are Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, giving a quick but broad glimpse into Croatia, past and present. Explore the uber-modern boutiques and art galleries of the country’s capital Zagreb; enjoy ice-cold beers and a vivacious nightlife in the ancient alleyways of Diocletian’s palace in Split, and soak up the rays as you tour the city walls of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic.
If you’re still not convinced that Croatia is for you then you are one hard sell. Of course, you’ll quickly change your mind once you’ve toured the less travelled mountains of Croatia’s interior, with its emerald national parks, refreshing waterfalls, abundant vineyards and traditional villages. And in the colder months winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy quiet, powdery slopes in one of the more unlikely ski spots in Europe.
Be sure to sample the country’s delicious local fare as you go. The country has strong culinary links with its neighbour, Italy, making mouth-watering hot pizza and risottos the best food to order on the go, while the hearty, national dishes of stews, roasts and strudels are best enjoyed at leisure in the evenings. Wash these down, of course, with a chilled Ozujsko pivo (beer) or fiery sljivovica plum brandy.
Whether you want to see some of Central Europe’s modern history first hand, relax with the kids, or blag your way into a yacht-bound afterparty, Croatia has it all.
The weather in Croatia is as varied as the landscape. The climate in the coastal regions is pleasantly Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild, winters with average temperatures of 10 degrees. The mountains inland are cooler in the summer and snowy come winter, providing perfect skiing conditions. High season is July and August when prices can rise in line with the mercury, so the best time to go if you’re after some sun worship is May, June or September. If its snow you’re hankering for, you don’t need us to tell you to go in winter. Year round you’ll find Croatia’s weather is varied enough to suit most preferences, so what are you waiting for?