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Holidays in Croatia: a unique blend of lush islands, dramatic coastline, stunning cities and fantastically picturesque lakes and mountains, Croatia holidays exudes style, charm and beauty.

Enjoy lazy days on the beach, exploring the cultural city treasures or discovering some of the country's most picturesque island and mountain locations, a holiday in Croatia offers endless possibilities. Having trouble narrowing down to just one of Croatia’s beautiful resorts? Why not opt for a tailor-made twin or multi destination holiday so you can enjoy the very best Croatia has to offer.

 

Popular Croatia Holidays in 2020 / 2021  

We know what makes a great holiday and first on the list is the perfect destination. We offer a wide range of holidays to Croatia from bustling city and picturesque beaches. 

Croatia Holidays Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Basics: Named ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron, until this day Dubrovnik manages to leave its visitors breathless. Combining a sweep of Adriatic coastline and a scattering of islands with the medieval town walls, it offers a cultural ecstasy and a city break in one.

When to Visit: The shoulder months of April, May, June, September and October are popular for its warm weather and lesser crowds. July and August has hotter weather to enjoy.

Things to Do: Dubrovnik is brimming with touristic offers, from visiting the Old Town and the surrounding walls, to taking a Game of Thrones tour, or visiting nearby Elaphiti Islands.

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Holidays to Croatia Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes Basics: Continuously ranked as the most popular Croatian National Park, Plitvice Lakes will make an unforgettable holiday memory. This UNESCO Heritage Site is a home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and a series of tiered turquoise lakes, connected by gushing waterfalls and cascades in the forested heart of Croatia

When to Visit: The national park is open all year round. November to February can be relatively cold therefore the shoulder months of March to May and September and October are a great time to visit with less crowds. June to August can be busy but warmer weather is a bonus!

Things to Do: Whether you prefer a walking tour or boat tour, you won’t be sorry. There are seven trails you can chose from, each of them offering unique viewsm and range from 3km to 18km.

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Croatia Honeymoon Holidays  

Who wouldn't want a honeymoon in a Mediterannean romantic setting, worth of big-screen romances such as Mamma Mia? If your answer is yes, the Adriatic coast offers perfect stops for your indulgent honeymooning.

Croatia Honeymoon Hvar

Hvar

Hvar town is fast becoming one of the most wanted honeymoon destinations in Europe. True hedonists will enjoy benefits of a private beach on one of the idyllic offshore islets, just a sea taxi ride away. If you’re an adventurous type, you can rent an open-topped car or a scooter to explore gorgeous out-of-town beaches like Uvala Dubovica and Grebišće.

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Croatia Honeymoon Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Along with some of the best hotels and most atmospheric restaurants in Croatia, Evening strolls exploring the winding cobbled streets of the old town, romantic boat rides discovering nearby islands and sunset views of the glistening Adriatic on Mount Srd are just a few reasons why a honeymoon in Dubrovnik is the perfect choice.

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Croatia Family Holidays  

We understand the importance of a holiday for all members of the family, which is why we know which destinations and hotels should be shortlisted, so you can make the most of your well-earned break.

Croatia Family Holidays Rovinj

Rovinj

Situated in Croatia's north-west region of Istria is the family friendly town of Rovinj. Famous for its beautiful old town (picturered) it also has a number of excellent family friendly hotels. The region is great for older children to explore including hill-top towns, a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and even the opportunity to visit Venice on a day trip.

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Family Holidays to Croatia Brac

Brac Island

Zlatni rat beach in the town of Bol (pictured) is the best-known symbol of Brac Island whose small pebbles and clean sea are ideal for children to play. Water-sports are a famous feature of Bol and great for teenagers wanting to experience some adventure on their holiday.

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Luxury Croatia Holidays  

Offering an array of luxurious hotels and experiences, Croatia is the right destination for an unforgettable holiday. All our luxury hotels are hand-picked for their service, indulgence and discretion, perfect for the discerning traveller.

Luxury Croatia Holidays Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

We don't have to specially introduce the city of Dubrovnik, as it is one of the top destinations in Europe. Whether you prefer exclusive five-star hotels or private excursions, you won't be disappointed. High-end hotels and luxury restaurants, combined with historic sites and beautiful nature, is the match made in heaven for those who want to indulge themselves. 

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Luxury Holidays to Croatia Split

Split

Croatian second-large city is often dubbed as most beautiful one. Vibrant atmosphere of this exuberant city has just the right balance between tradition and modernity. With the selection of luxury hotels and beautiful views offered by historic Diocletian Palace, Split is surely a town by the measure of hedonists. If you are seeking a truly unique accommodation experience, Split offers hotels situated in the heart of the UNESCO protected Roman emperor palace. 

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Croatia Winter Holidays 

Who said Croatia was just a summer destination? Not us!

Croatia Winter Holidays Zagreb

Zagreb: Best for winter culture

As the capital of Croatia, Zagreb is a touristic hub attracting visitors all year long. Wintertime is especially attractive in Zagreb. The city takes Advent and Christmas decorations seriously, and has been voted three times as the best European Christmas market.

As it used to be a part of Habsburg Monarchy, Zagreb is famous for its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Here we can point out the neo-Baroque Croatia National Theatre, the stately Mimara Museum and the Art Pavilion.

Zagreb’s Mirogoj cemetery, built in a neo-renaissance style, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Not only is it a burial place but also a beautiful park and an open art gallery. The city landmark is Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the most monumental sacral building in Neo-Gothic style southeast of the Alps, and if you believe it, the tallest building in Croatia!

Zagreb, also called a “City of Museums”, has the highest number of museums per square meter in the world. In recent years, some Zagreb museums have become the hottest cultural hubs, such as Museum of Broken Relationships and Museum of Illusions. If you’re more into history and science, Zagreb won’t disappoint you with the likes of Technical Museum Nikola Tesla and Archaeological Museum Zagreb.

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Croatia Winter Holidays Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes: Best for winter romance

Plitvice Lakes: Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia and one of the most romantic sites in Europe. The Lakes were internationally recognised for its outstanding universal value in 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next, creating an idyllic atmosphere. The lakes are interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep wooded area populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. 

The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors year-round. Whether you prefer snowy winter wonderland, or green sites full of life, Plitvice Lakes will leave you breathless.

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Dubrovnik Region

The most iconic of destinations, Dubrovnik and its magnificent old town is one of Croatia's most visited locations. However there is so much more to offer: starting from natural beauties including Korcula and Mljet National Park, gastronomy the vineyards of the Peljesac peninsula, or the pinnacle that sun & sea can offer: Sunj beach on Lopud Island.

Arrival to the region is by plane to Dubrovnik airport and also an ideal transfer point for those who are planning a visit to Montenegro. Excellent catamaran (fast ferry) connections can also be utilsed from further up north including Split and its neighbouring islands such as Hvar and Brac.

Split Dalmatian Region

The Dalmatian coast and islands is the most popular region in Croatia, and the one that stretches through the most part of the Adriatic coast. It includes hundreds of Croatian islands as well as cities of Split, Trogir, Sibenik, and Zadar.

Dalmatians are true representatives of Mediterranean culture that often take daily routines in slow(er) motion and like to have their afternoon siestas called “fjaka”. Cafe society is very vibrant in Dalmatia and it reminds us of the Italian cafe scenes.

The most common method of reaching the mainland is by plane and catamaran (fast ferry). Cities of Zadar and Split have airports, while Šibenik and Trogir are accessible by road. The city of Split and its nearby neighbouring islands can also be acessible by ferry with regular departures between April adn October.

Istrian Region

Istria is the western most region in Croatia and the largest peninsula of the Adriatic. It is a green oasis of the North Adriatic, covered with pinewoods and other recognisable flora. Towns that stand out in the Istrian riviera are Rovinj, Porec and Pula.

The best way of getting to Istria is by taking a plane to Pula, operated by various airlines from the UK. Or if you're staying further south as part of a multi-centre holiday the region is easily connected by motorway.

 

North and Central Region

An often overlooked area of Croatia, the northern region is located at the very heart of Croatia and consists of a couple of counties. The most popular destinations are Croatia’s capital, Zagreb and the nearby towns of Samobor and Varazdin. There’s also hilly Zagreb’s hinterland called Zagorje that delights with local vineyards and lavish hilltop castles. The biggest natural attraction and popular tourist hub is Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Central Croatia is well-connected and has several transfer options. Zagreb has the biggest international airport in the country that operates with over 25 airline companies throughout the year. There are also Zagreb international bus and railway station that connect Europe with central Croatia.

Croatia Travel Guide

 

Key Croatia Facts

  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Language: Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
  • Time zone: GMT +1
  • Flight duration from the UK: 2hr 15 mins to 3hrs 30 mins

 

Tipping in Croatia

There is not a strong tipping etiquette in Croatia and gratuities are not widely expected. However, that doesn’t mean they are not appreciated. If you’re satisfied with the service, you can leave couple of Kunas for the effort.

Tipping in hotels is not required, but if you are staying in a luxury hotel with a porter or daily maid service, then you may want to give them a small token of your appreciation in a form of 15 to 20 Kuna.

Tipping etiquette in Croatian restaurants, on the other hand, is standard. It is expected that you leave a 10% gratuity, even if there is a fee included on your bill. If you go to a cafe, you can simply round up the bill. If your order is 18 kunas, paying 20 and leaving the change is a nice gesture.

 

Tap Water in Croatia

More than 87% of the population in Croatia is connected to the public water supply system. Water from these public water supply systems is controlled regularly and is safe to drink.

Water supply on the majority of islands are connected to the nearest mainland water supply system, like Brač island. A number of islands, such as Krk, have their own island water sources. For the quality of water, the same rules apply as for rest of Croatia – water supply systems are being regularly monitored.

Only in certain non-touristy areas including smaller towns and villages of central Croatia is the possibility of poor water quality.

Money in Croatia

The currency of Croatia is Croatian Kuna which has the currency symbol kn. The Kuna comes in dominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 as notes and 1, 2, and 5 as coins. The Lipa comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.

In the UK, it is easy to access Kunas prior to your trip to Croatia at foreign exchange stores and online. Alternatively, you may take your credit card with you and get Kunas in Croatia. ATMs are readily available in all resorts, towns and cities in Croatia as well as in banks, supermarkets, airports and elsewhere. This really is one of the easiest ways of obtaining money in Croatia.

You will find that you can pay for some items in Euros, such as larger hotels, taxis, some small restaurants. Do note that this is entirely on an unofficial basis; as Euro is not an official currency.

Paying by credit/debit cards is a bit hit and miss in Croatia. In larger shops (supermarkets, drugstores/pharmacies, souvenir shops) and hotels, cards are readily accepted. More established restaurants in larger towns should also accept cards. The smaller the town/restaurant (particularly on the islands), the less likely that cards are accepted. It’s therefore always a good idea to have some cash to hand.

 

Weather in Croatia

The coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, and relatively mild – though sometimes wet – weather in winter.

Average temperature highs during summer should in the low to mid 30s. Winters are obviously cooler, although temperatures never really get below about 5°C/41°F.

A continental climate exists in the interior of Croatia, meaning that winters can be pretty cold, with temperatures often falling below 0°C. Snow is very likely, and can be pretty heavy during the winter. Summers, on the other hand, can be similar to the coast and again often reach the mid 30s.

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