Croatia Travel Guide - Vacations & Holidays
Croatia is emerging as one of Europe’s fastest-growing tourist destinations. Whether you are visiting to take advantage of the excellent beaches and seaside resorts up and down the coast, or are more at home in the city, sampling the local cuisine and taking in the many historical sites, Croatia really does have something for everyone.
Due to centuries of conflict and civil unrest, the country has undergone many geographical and demographic changes, and is today a long, narrow country with vast amounts of coastline.
It runs all the way down from the Alps to the depths of the Adriatic and therefore has two very distinct climates. Along the coast, you can expect good, dry weather, even in the winter, with temperatures of up to 30C during the peak summer months. Inland, cooler, windier conditions are the norm, and winters can get very cold indeed. For more information on Croatia’s climate, take a look at our weather section.
Along the coast, there are a number of very popular tourist resorts, most of which are located along the Dalmatian coastline, which enjoyed an excellent reputation amongst the European social elite during the 1930s. Off the coast is a network of hundreds of Croatia Islands - Rab, Mljet, Hvar, Brac & Vis, very few of which are inhabited. Have a look at our Islands page and make a promise to yourself to visit one or more of them one day soon…we promise you won’t regret it!
Inland there are hundreds of intriguing towns and villages in which to immerse yourselves. Whether you decide to spend most of your time sightseeing in the larger cities like Zagreb and Dubrovnik Croatia, or prefer to get a taste of the ‘real Croatia’ by stopping off at some the country’s less well-known destinations, have a read through our destination guides to get a feel for what’s on offer.
Nowadays, Croatia is a very accessible country. Whether you are travelling overland from one of its neighbouring countries, catching a ferry from Italy, or prefer to fly all the way from the UK, there is a vast amount of choice, so make sure you shop around for the best deals.
Once there, all you have to do is choose where you’re going to stay and what you’re going to do with your time. Accommodation wise, Croatia caters for all budgets and all tastes, from five star city-centre hotels that cater for your every need, to basic camping sites up in the country’s numerous national parks. As for activities; you can hit the beach and go diving, sailing, or just take it easy and while away the hours sunbathing; hit the shops and take advantage of the good exchange rate; go sightseeing and learn about Croatia’s rich history; or be adventurous and go rafting along the river…the choice is yours.
A few facts about Croatia:
Croatia is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT).
The Croatia Currency is the Kuna (which is made up of 100 Lipa).
Croatia’s population count is currently just under 4.5 million.
The capital city is Zagreb Croatia.
The country’s total surface area is just over 56,000 square kilometres.