Beach holidays, city breaks, history, nature and adventure: Croatia has it all.
Welcome to Croatia, a captivating holiday destination that promises an enchanting experience like no other. With its beautiful coastline, pristine beaches and azure waters, it’s a beach-lover’s paradise. Explore the charm and history of Croatia’s cities including Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split, perfect for history buffs and a spot of shopping. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Croatia’s countryside – don’t miss Krka and Plitvice Lakes National Parks, where cascading waterfalls and lush landscapes create a fairytale setting.
Come and discover the magic of Croatia – whether you seek adventure, relaxation or cultural exploration, Croatia promises an unforgettable experience leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Croatia’s cities will take you on a journey through time, with historical sites influenced by the Illyrians, Romans and Venetians. Walking through the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik, you’ll be transported to medieval times. Split has been built around an ancient Roman palace, and Pula hosts a Roman amphitheatre history buffs will be enthralled by.
Beyond Croatia’s historical treasures, their rich culture provides visitors with plenty of entertainment, from the Dalmatia Klapa singing and traditional festivals that reflect regional customs and beliefs, to pottery, embroidery and lace-making crafts, and Croatia’s love of nature.
Croatia enjoys a diverse climate, influenced by the Mediterranean Sea along the coast, while the centre of the country has a more continental climate.
Along the Adriatic coastline, summers are hot and dry with temperatures between 25°C and 35°C (77–95°F). While winters are mild (5–10°C or 41–50°F), they are often wet.
Away from the coast, in central areas such as Zagreb, you’ll see greater temperature variations, with hot summers and colder winters. You could even see some snowfall!
To enjoy everything that Croatia has to offer without the crowds or extremes of temperature, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
However, if you’d like to swim in the Adriatic Sea, it’s better to wait until it warms up later in the season. June is a great option as you still don’t suffer the peak summer tourist crowds but you’ll enjoy good weather and warmer waters. Alternatively, early autumn is a good option as the sea will have retained a good temperature from the warmth of the summer, but the tourist crowds will have gone home.
Summer is a wonderful time to visit Croatia if the tourist crowds don’t bother you. As it’s the peak holiday season and the weather will be hot, it’s the perfect time to enjoy water sports and beach activities. You just need to plan ahead and be aware that prices may be higher during this period.
Croatia is beautifully diverse, offering lots of opportunities for fun, relaxation and adventure. Whatever you’re looking for, Croatia has something to excite you.
1. City Breaks
Any city break in Croatia showcases the diversity of the country’s history, culture and natural beauty. Walk Dubrovnik’s city walls, enjoy the culture of Rijeka (European Capital of Culture 2020), marvel at the renaissance architecture of UNESCO-listed St James Cathedral in Šibenk, or enjoy the blend of historical charm and contemporary culture in the country’s capital city Zagreb.
Croatian cuisine is a delightful blend of Mediterranean and Central European influences. The fresh seafood and local meat are used in simple, seasonal dishes designed to emphasise natural flavours.
Savour grilled fish, squid, octopus or prawns, enhanced with aromatic local herbs. Enjoy the delightful taste of local comfort food such as pljukanci pasta dishes. Taste true Dalmatian cuisine with a black risotto (cuttlefish ink gives it the dark colour) or soparnik, a Dalmatian savoury pie.