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Discover the country its tourist board bills as ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’…

With a rugged coast, lush interior and more than a thousand islands, Croatia offers pristine beaches, delicious seafood, rustic villages and UNESCO-protected cities.

Stay and Relax Hotel Astarea QQQ

Set in Mlini on the delightful Dubrovnik Riviera, the all- inclusive 3-star Hotel Astarea enjoys a peaceful location and offers views of the Adriatic Sea.

Stay and Relax Villa Hotel Kastelet QQQ+

More independent travellers will love this boutique-style hotel.

Stay and Relax Meteor Hotel QQQQ

This 4-star Meteor Hotel in the heart of scenic Makarska town has a romantic setting with the peaks of the Biokovo Mountain on one side and the beautiful Adriatic Coast on the other

Stay and Relax Blue Sun Hotel Alga QQQQ

This 4-star hotel is situated on a beautiful evergreen tree-lined promenade which runs along Tucepi’s white shingle beach-front.

Stay and Relax Hotel President QQQQ

A well-appointed hotel within easy reach of historic Split.

Explore coastal villages, pass impressive lakes and discover the dramatic limestone scenery of the Biokovo mountains.

Escorted Tour Pace 1 Splendours of the Croatian Islands

This scenic tour includes stays on two of Croatia's most enticing islands - Korcula and Brac - and it allows you to explore other Adriatic islands such as Hvar and Mljet, as well as visiting the medieval city of Dubrovnik.

Enjoy a special Christmas in the fashionable resort of Opatija in Croatia.

Staying at the Hotel Astarea, Mlini, in October 2010, discover Dubrovnik's ancient gardens and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan on a gardens holiday in Croatia.

Discover Croatia’s dramatic mountain ranges, breathtaking national parks, endless coastline and historic cities.

Escorted Tour Pace 1 Jewels of the Adriatic

This two-centre holiday takes you to Croatia’s hidden gems: the islands of Rab and Losinj. They offer an ‘off-the-beaten-track’ view of Croatia and between them boast a wealth of attractions, from spectacular scenery and historic towns to charming, rustic villages.

Language

Croatian -

Croatian is the national language but you’ll find all local guides speak English, as will many hotel staff.

Other languages spoken among ethnic minorities living in Croatia include Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian.

Tipping

Service charges are not usually included in your bill, so a tip of around 10% is appreciated. If you’re travelling anywhere by taxi, the driver will expect a tip of around 10% of the fare.

Population and size

The population is around 4,470,500, which is about half the population of Greater London!

Croatia has over 1,000 islands and islets, and covers an area of around 56,594 square kilometres, which makes it more than four times smaller than the United Kingdom.

Currency

Kuna - The currency unit in Croatia is the Kuna (the plural is kune), and this is divided into 100 lipa.

Culture

Most of the population are Roman Catholic, but there are also communities of Eastern Othodox Serbs and Muslims.

When socialising in Croatia, it’s customary to shake hands with one another upon meeting and departing.

Popular pastimes include lace-making and gingerbread craft, skills which have been passed down for generations.

Traditional music, songs and dance are a popular part of Croatian culture, and folklore festivals are common and usually exhilarating.

Phrases

A few words of Croatian to help you break the ice…

Good morning – Dobro jutro (dobro yootro)

Good afternoon – Dobar dan (dobar dahn)

Thank you – H vala

Hello – bok

Goodbye – zbogom

Yes – da

No – ne

Timezone

Croatia is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

All sockets take small round two-pin plugs so you’ll need an adaptor for most British appliances.

Climate

Croatia’s climate is varied. On the coast, hot dry summers and mild winters with some rainfall are the norm.

Further inland it’s hot in the summer, but winters can be bitterly cold with snowfall in places.

Health

Apart from a touch of sunburn you’re unlikely to encounter any health problems here.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay, which you’ll need to carry with you at all times because it’s the only officially recognised form of identification.

Smoking

Smoking in public places is now banned and fines are considerable.

Flight time

London to Dubrovnik takes about 2 hours 30 minutes; to Mlini it’s around 2 hours.


Dubrovnik

Step into Dubrovnik and you step into another world