Explore over 120 miles of coastline overlooking more than 1,000 Adriatic islands from popular resorts such as Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Rovinj. Watch nectar coloured light soaking medieval alleys in historic cities that house evocative Venetian architecture; sigh at the glistening sea beckoning you to sail towards tiny islands; bask on some of the best beaches in Europe and delight in delectably fresh seafood. Welcome to the charms of Croatia.
May to September is the best time to visit Croatia, when the weather is sublimely warm, as are the waters. August can be hot inland, although the coast has a particularly pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Head inland to the heart of rural Croatia to discover the hidden beauty amongst charming farmland and verdant landscapes and take the opportunity to make use of the many adventure activities available to include hiking, abseiling, paragliding and canoeing. The tiny capital of Zagreb enjoys an endless list of exhilarating sports, as well as a delightful café culture, a myriad of historical sites and a brand new contemporary art museum.
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptized by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Surrounded by marbled streets that shine bright in the morning sun, Placa is the heart of the city, allowing pedestrians to sit and watch the world go by as they sip a cup of coffee in a choice of café’s that overlook the beautiful indigo seas. With a captivating enclosed car-free boulevard, visit the Sponza Palace, decorated with a fine combination of Gothic and Renaissance-style architecture or take a cable car to Mount Srd and top up your tan on Banje Beach.
Croatia’s splendors extend from the deep-blue waters of the Adriatic coastline to the waterfall-laced mountains of the Dinaric Alps and throughout its medieval towns. From Dubrovnik’s walled city where baroque buildings are surrounded by centuries-old forts to the lively islands of Brač and Hvar, this Central European country is an exciting blend of glamour and tradition. Croatia’s vibrant, historic cities, sprawling vineyards, gorgeous beaches, and thousand-plus islands give travelers plenty of places to dance, sip wine, sail, and soak up the sunshine.
Split lies on the Adriatic coast, central Dalmatia, on the Split (Marjan) peninsula. Although surrounded by sea as a peninsula, Split also borders with surrounding mountains, Mosor on the northeast, Kozjak on the northwest, and Marjan hill as one of the most important symbols of the city, rising on the west side of the peninsula, in the immediate vicinity of the old city centre. Split is also surrounded by the islands Brač, Hvar, Šolta and Čiovo.
Trogir’s best sight is the Cathedral of St Lawrence (Katedrala sv. Lovrijenac) on which building work started in 1213 on a site where a previous cathedral once stood; the main part of the cathedral was completed in 1250. The cathedral’s bell tower was built between the 14th and 16th centuries, and can be climbed to see fantastic views from the top. A must see within the cathedral is the Chapel of St John, built in 1468, and which is considered the best Renaissance sight in Dalmatia.
Zadar is a Croatian city located between Rijeka and Split, not far away from Sibenik. It is a few thousand years old town and it was the capital of Dalmatia for many centuries. The Zadar peninsula still preserves very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD.
Nin is the oldest Croatian royal city. But it does not live only from its former glory. The past and the present go hand in hand. Nin is a Dalmatian city it is so pleasant to live in or for a holiday. It is said that Nin has the smallest cathedral in the world and one of the most beautiful beaches.