Cheap flights to Zagreb
Described as a little Vienna, Croatia’s capital Zagreb is a mishmash of elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings and cobbled medieval streets just waiting to be explored. Often overlooked by tourists who prefer to sun themselves on Croatia’s stunning beaches,
Zagreb is a great choice for a city break destination with a difference. Think beautiful squares packed with Art Noveau and Baroque buildings, parks full of locals soaking up the summer sun and an atmosphere that combines a mix of Balkan and Central European cultures. And even though it has all the beauty of Prague and Budapest, it doesn’t quite have the reputation – yet – meaning you’ll be able to explore to your heart’s content, minus the tourist crowds.
Croatia's food and drink larder is justly renowned around the world these days. Find out exactly why at foodie emporium Natura Croatica, which stocks a great range of organic produce (8 Preradovi?eva, naturacroatica.com).
If your thoughts are already turning to Christmas, head to Croata boutique for a great selection of quality ties. You're in the right place as the tie was invented in Croatia (13 Kaptol).
It's summer so take a stroll along Tkal?i?eva, a winding historical street that comes alive on balmy evenings with an explosion of pavement cafes and bars. Get your best clobber on and a decent pair of shades if you want to make an impression.
Zagreb's Lower Town is a stately grid-like oasis lined with grand, Austro-Hungarian-era buildings, green parks and gardens, making it ideal for a winter stroll, especially if there's snow on the ground.
Trg Ban Jelacica Zagreb's lifeblood main square is the ideal place to kick back in a cafe and watch the world and the local trams zip by, with plenty of shops around to explore afterwards.
Did you know that Croatia claims to be home of the tie (originally the cravat)? Well they certainly do in switched-on Kravata Croata, which stocks all manner of ties to take home as easy-to-pack souvenirs or presents (13 Kaptol).
When the spring thaw kicks in, the pavement cafes spill out onto the cobbles and weekend beer gardens liven up Zagreb's stately Upper Town. A sprinkling of museums and noteworthy restaurants complete an alluring cocktail.
The skiing in Zagreb is so good that it produced an Olympic champion. Yes, the golden girl of Croatian skiing, Janica Kostelic, learned the ropes at Medvednica, just outside the city. zagreb-touristinfo.hr
The historic Croatian city of Karlovac is less than an hour away by motorway, but it offers a real insight into the 1990s war with the scars of conflict still very visible as it struggles back to prosperity.
The mighty 1,000m+ high Medvednica still usually offers decent skiing in spring, but some of the hiking trails are now also becoming easier to navigate in the city's favourite green escape. pp-medvednica.hr