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

With its rugged coastline, lush interior and more than a thousand islands, Croatia offers pristine beaches, delicious seafood, rustic villages and UNESCO-protected cities. The beaches here are second to none and they come in all shapes and sizes. From upbeat party spots to quiet beach holiday escapes to nudist colonies – there is sure to be a stretch of sand in Croatia to suit all tastes.

The lush interior offers hilltop villages, rustic charm and mouth-watering traditional cuisine, while the enchanting winding streets of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar and Dubrovnik call with their cosmopolitan cafes and multitude of historical sights.

 

Things to do

Take things easy on an all-inclusive holiday to Croatia's lovely Dubrovnik or the stylish Makarska Riviera. Stay put and relax, or step it up on a walking tour of the Biokovo Mountains with their dramatic ocean views. Marvel at the waterfalls in Krka National Park, wander botanical gardens or throw a lucky coin into the fountain of Neptune.

History lovers can explore the fascinating cities of Split and Zagreb, while those who have found their sea legs can cruise the Dalmatian Coast and enjoy a spot of island hopping. For all-out explorers how about taking a riverboat down the Danube? And why stop there? Our European cruises sail on into neighbouring Hungary, Romania and beyond…

Dalmatia

Stretched out along the Adriatic, Dalmatia luxuriates in a stunning coastline dotted with hundreds of islands perfect for daytrips – some of the best known are Brac, foodie haven Vis, wild Mljet and fashionable Hvar. Also known as the Dalmatian Coast, this is where you’ll discover Croatia's best beaches, as well as the city of Dubrovnik, with its walled historic centre home to a melting pot of architectural styles.

In one afternoon you can visit baroque St Blaise Church, renaissance Sponza Palace and the Romanesque cathedral. Add to this the historical cities of Split and Zadar, and Dalmatia could keep you occupied for weeks.

The Istrian Peninsula

The sun-kissed Istrian Peninsula on the Adriatic Coast is shared with neighbouring Slovenia. As well as a pristine coast dotted with lovely historic towns, such as Pula and Porec, this region has a verdant interior of rolling hills and charming country villages.

The cuisine here is some of the best in the country with its fertile lands and ocean offering up the freshest of seafood, delectable olive oils and top-notch wines.

 

See All Holidays to Croatia

Look forward to a great-value holiday in Croatia where you can discover the beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera from the beachfront Hotel Albatros.

Discover the beauty of Croatia's Makarska Riviera from this historic hotel which is backed by the impressive Biokovo Mountain.

Set on the edge of a cove in the resort of Cavtat, Hotel Epidaurus offers fresh and contemporary style in a beachfront location away from the bustle of the main resort.

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.

Discover the Dubrovnik Riviera from the locally rated 4-star Hotel Albatros which has a wonderful beachfront location.

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Stay and Relax

Set by the sea in Babin Kuk on the leafy Lapad peninsula, the locally rated 4-star Valamar Argosy Hotel is ideally placed for exploring the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

A popular seafront hotel set by a splendid tree-lined promenade

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Stay and Relax

The 4-star Meteor Hotel has a prime position in scenic Makarska town. With the peaks of the Biokovo Mountain on one side and the beautiful Adriatic Coast on the other this is a truly romantic setting.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at the Meteor Hotel which has a prime position in scenic Makarska town.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay in the resort of Cavtat, Hotel Epidaurus.

Enjoy an upgraded stay on the delightful Dubrovnik Riviera.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded package at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Albatros which has a wonderful beachfront location.

Enjoy five live jazz sessions from the cool cats in The John Shillito Band, and talks from your host – bandleader John Shillito – all in the setting of the beautiful south Croatian coast. coast.

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

Enjoy an upgraded stay at this popular seafront hotel set by a splendid tree-lined promenade.

This scenic tour includes stays on two of Croatia's most enticing islands - Korcula and Brac.

This voyage aboard MV Emanuel offers a wonderful way to appreciate Croatia's myriad islands and islets.

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History & Archaeology

Discover Croatia's archaeology on this special holiday visiting Diocletian's Palace, Sarona, Trogir, Narona and more

Highlights of Dalmatia

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Relax on the picturesque Dalmatian Coast before crossing the Adriatic Sea to the beautiful island of Brac for a seven-night stay.

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient gardens, and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan.

Jewels of Croatia

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See some of Croatia's highlights on this all-inclusive three-centre holiday, which combines a relaxing stay on Brac with stays on the Dalmatian Coast.

Discover the history and natural beauty of the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia and coast and countryside of Montenegro during this two-centre holiday

Cruise along the Croatian coast to view the region's stunning scenery and architecture.

Discover the lovely year-round climate, breathtaking natural beauty and historic heritage of four fascinating islands – Krk, Rab, Losinj and Cres.

This exciting two-centre tour introduces you to the fascinating history and breathtaking coastal scenery of Slovenia and Croatia on the lush green Istrian peninsula.

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Birdwatching & Wildlife

On this special interest birdwatching holiday, your local guide will take you to national parks with a range of broad habitats that attract fascinating bird species.

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient gardens, and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan.

This voyage aboard MV Liberty offers a wonderful way to appreciate Croatia's myriad islands and islets.

Discover Croatia's rich history, fascinating culture and outstanding natural beauty on this leisurely tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

Celebrate Christmas in historic Split, Croatia, and discover its vibrant Christmas Fair and fascinating history with other solo travellers.

This voyage aboard MV Providenca offers a wonderful way to appreciate Croatia's myriad islands and islets.

Jewels of the Adriatic

Escorted Tour Pace 1

This all-inclusive, two-centre holiday takes you ‘off the beaten track’ to discover Croatia's hidden gems on the islands of Rab and Losinj.

See some of Croatia's highlights on this all-inclusive three-centre holiday, which combines stays on the Dalmatian Coast with a relaxing stay on Brac.

Charms of Adriatic Croatia

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Enjoy spectacular scenery as you sweep through Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania on this relaxing river cruise.

See some of Croatia's highlights on this all-inclusive three-centre holiday, which combines stays on the Dalmatian Coast with a relaxing stay on Brac.

This all-inclusive, two-centre holiday for solo travellers takes you ‘off the beaten track’ to discover Croatia's hidden gems on the islands of Rab and<nbs/>Losinj.

Cruise the Danube through the four capitals of Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Austria.

The dramatic Iron Gates gorge on the Danube is just one of the many highlights that await you on this cruise aboard Filia Rheni II. Journey from Hungary to Austria via Serbia and the Iron Gates, with visits to fascinating cities along the way.

Cruise to the very heart of the Balkans, where the Sava and Drava rivers meet the mighty Danube, and discover lands of great distinction and beauty.

Discover the Mediterranean's best treasures as they come to life in the spring.

Cruise through seven countries as you follow the Danube on its course towards the Black Sea…

Three nights in the Veneto precede this scenic cruise that unravels the heritage of Kotor and Dubrovnik, explores the stunning island of Hvar, and visits Slovenia before calling at the wonderful city of venice.

Combine a three-night hotel stay in Viareggio, with included visits to Florence and the Cinque Terre, with a cruise around the Italian Peninsula, visiting such sites as Sorrento, Sicily, Malta, Kotor and Dubrovnik.

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy two days in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Portugal and more.

Enjoy overnight stays in Valletta and Venice as well as visit the tiny island of Gozo on this Mediterranean voyage.

Join this springtime cruise to the Adriatic and discover a host of historic cities and idyllic islands…

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 UK.

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 too, and folklore festivals are a common occurrence.

A tumultuous past encompassing Roman rule, Mongul invasion and conflicts with the Ottoman and Napoleonic empires has nevertheless resulted in a fascinating architectural legacy, including the magnificent Diocletian's Palace in Split and Pula's Roman amphitheatre.

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

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, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

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.


Places in Croatia

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