From the lusciously green island of Hvar to the brilliantly blue Dalmatian Coast, Croatia is a natural beauty waiting to be seen in 2017. Bordering the glorious Adriatic Sea and home to a plethora of historic towns, Croatian holidays offer a diverse range of activities and plenty of reasons to class the Dalmatian Coast as one of the best holiday destinations in Europe.
With cheap flights and a range of hotels, from apartments to 5-star all inclusive luxury, why are you waiting to book?
The country is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each with its own story to tell. A story you will keep going back to. Spend your mornings delving into the 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 and cities, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik come alive with an array of cosy bars and top-notch restaurants serving up Croatian cuisine and cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beach retreat, all inclusive luxury, or a chance to discover the stunning vistas this part of the world offers, Croatia holidays have it all.
Top destinations in Croatia
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Most popular hotels in Croatia
Holiday Village Sagitta
Omis, Central Dalmatia
Cavtat, Dubrovnik Riviera
Solaris Beach Hotel Niko
Sibenik, Central Dalmatia
Valamar Argosy Hotel
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Riviera
Trogir, Central Dalmatia
Umag, Istrian Riviera
Petrcane, Central Dalmatia
Split, Central Dalmatia
At a glance
- Currency: Croatia Kuna
- Language: Serbo-Croatian
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
When to go
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Croatia holidays are popular anytime of the year as the country basks in nearly year-round sun. With plenty of all inclusive hotels to choose from, you can make the right choice when booking your flights and hotel to suit your holidays needs. Even in the autumn months, the Adriatic Sea is still warm and the beaches are oh-so-inviting. Dubrovnik is an attraction of its own, and the city is no longer one of the hidden gems of European travel. The walled city was once known as Venice's only real rival. Dubrovnik is a beautiful coastal city, but don’t miss inland Croatia on your holiday. Heading inland from Dubrovnik, the area is home to one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks. Plitvice National Park boasts cascading waterfalls and glistening lakes.
Croatia holidays also allow a fantastic opportunity to go island-hopping. The Adriatic Sea is home to many small jewels, all boasting fantastic beaches and natural beauty. In the southern reaches of the country, Hvar and Brac reign supreme and are easily accessed from Split. Popular resort areas include Cavtat, Pula and Mlini, boasting Mediterranean flair along the Riviera. Further north you’ll find the islands of Krk and Cres which are best visited from Rijeka. Be sure to pack your swimming gear.
Wine and Dine
Holidays to Croatia are all about food. Croatian food has been heavily influenced by Italian, Turkish and Hungarian recipes over the years. These influences have blended together to make Croatia's traditional foods uniquely delicious. Most meat and fish dishes are cooked inside a Peka. The domed shaped cooking lid is not only traditional, but a common way modern Croatian's cook meals. If you're near the coastline, skradinski rizot is a Croatian take on risotto. Restaurants will add their own flavours and flair. Some may mix in seafood while others top it generously with cheese. Regardless, it is a delicious traditional meal. The Adriatic's plentiful fishing provides Croatia with great seafood. Grilled fish is common on menus. Sardines, sea bass and other fish are grilled, seasoned and served to perfection in a way only Croatians can. Although not known around the world, Croatia is quickly becoming a top producer of wine. Wash down any meal in the country with tasty plavac mali or malvazija. Red or white, Croatian wines have body and are full flavoured. Looking for all inclusive? With a wide range of hotels, there's plenty of opportunity to sample the great tastes of Croatia in all inclusive luxury.
The country's capital is often neglected by tourists, and many feel Zagreb has little to offer them on holiday. But it is a city that shouldn't be missed and has plenty of great sites for the entire family. Zagreb is also a great city for shopping, and if you like fashion, has plenty of trendy shops to view.
Dalmatia offers visitors great hiking trails. You will have the chance to see Croatia's wildlife up close and personal as you ascend and descend the paths in the region. When you finish hiking, travel to the "new Tuscany". Novigrad has food festivals throughout the year and the hilltop town's medieval architecture will please all that visit. The quieter areas of Cavtat, Pula and Mlini are ideal for families looking for something away from the bustle of Dubrovnik. Beaches galore and quiet tavernas with friendly locals, these destinations offer a good choice of all inclusive hotels, or head down the coast on a day trip during your holidays to the Croatian Riviera.
Action and Adventure
Holidays to Croatia can be as action packed as you want. There’s a lot to choose from, so ask the concierge at the desk of your all inclusive hotel and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Croatia has over 1,000 islands that litter the Adriatic Sea. Get off the mainland and take a boat trip to see some of these amazing places. Stop and explore the islands or hop back and forth to the mainland as you tour Croatia (think Hvar: its beaches and location directly opposite the Riviera make this a top island choice).
Once you've seen the islands, it's time to investigate the country's eight national parks. The stunning views will please the entire family. The must-see park is Plitvice Lake National Park, with 16 interconnected lakes inside. While you’re outdoors, you should head to Cetina River to raft. The rivers roaring rapids will take you on an adrenaline fuelled adventure. After you dry off, get off the ground in Omis as you ride on Croatia's fastest zip line. Travelling 65 kilometres an hour, you will speed through the trees at a death-defying rate. Once you have calmed down back on the ground, you will want to do it all over again.
Life's a Beach
There are many beaches in Croatia. Being off the beaten path in Europe, they are often inexpensive, but provide identical weather to that of the major beach destinations. A great choice for your beach holidays in 2017. Medulin, on the Istrian Riviera, has great facilities and a long, sandy beach that ends at a calm sea. Dubovica Beach, on Hvar Island, is another popular destination. The long pebbly shore is surrounded by cafés, hotels and restaurants to seek shelter in once the sun becomes too much. Quick flights across Europe and you'll be residing in one of many stunning resorts along the coast.
The Dubrovnik Riviera has become a popular destination in recent time. Luxurious five-star all inclusive can be find on the Dubrovnik Riviera as well as some great self-catering options, all right on the beach.
If you're looking for adventure and history to go with your trip to the beach, head to Kupari. Located south of Dubrovnik, Kupari was once a retreat of the Yugoslav Army. The hotels in the area were damaged during the war in the early 90s. Despite being empty and unused, they still stand. The derelict hotels are an eerie backdrop to the gorgeous beach just a few metres away.
Beaches in Pula, Cavtat and Mlini lure tourists in with the promise of beachfront dining and the famed hospitality of the Dalmatian Coast.
Croatia’s nightlife can vary from place to place, and season to season. The summertime offers music festivals on Hvar and the Pag islands, so if you want to catch a world-famous DJ or musician, those are the places to go. Zagreb is great destination for variety. The city has local pubs and brightly lit dance clubs where you can mix with locals. Many residents of Zagreb head to the coast to get away from the city. Kvarner is the place they seek out as restaurants, bars and pubs near the beach are a favourite. Of course, everyone loves Dubrovnik, and the city caters to everyone. Informal or formal, it doesn’t matter in Dubrovnik. The city has everything when it comes to going out after dark. If you want a holiday on the romantic side, Dubrovnik is the spot. What is more romantic than sipping all inclusive cocktails with a loved one and looking out over the sea as the sunsets? Not much in Croatia can compare to Dubrovnik.
A trip to Dubrovnik isn't just a cultural experience, the city also ranks as Croatia's most romantic spot. An unsung hero on the 2017 romantic holidays list. Cobblestoned streets, winding alleyways and cafés to watch the sunset from. Don't forget the beach and its clear waters are just metres away.
Split is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. It is a town filled with history around every turn, and walking down Riva Boardwalk at night when it is all lit up is the perfect ending to a beautiful day on the Adriatic.
Couples that love old world charm will enjoy a holiday to Zagreb. Gas-powered lamps and narrow streets welcome you to the capital.
Picnic near Jarun Lake and take in the surroundings of the overlooked Croatian holiday destination. The city's street festivals occur throughout the year, and you will find plenty of great cultural events to sink your teeth into.
For a stress-free romantic holiday, consider booking all inclusive so we can take care of the tricky bits.
Since the 12th century, Croatia has been under the control of other nations. Holidays to Croatia will involve soaking some of this history up. This is one of the reasons Croatia has been so heavily influenced in its food, architecture and arts. You will find a variety of influences when visiting the country: Italian, Hungarian, Turkish and more have all blended into one. Croatians have taken these influences and truly developed them to make something unique.
In northern Croatia, you will find the influence from Austrians and Hungarians. Large parks, pedestrian areas and large plazas make up parts of the cities. The northern cities of Croatia are gorgeous and reflect those old ties to the past.
Once you make your way south, you will find a Mediterranean vibe. You will notice a contrast in the cultures of both areas from the foods they eat to the layouts of cities. From Zagreb, to Mlini, Cavtat, Pula and Dubrovnik or Split, the Dalmatian Riviera caters to every type of holiday maker. Thanks to Croatia's two distinct regions, you will have the chance to experience very different places in the same country.