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The Croats often refer to their country as ‘Lijepa Naša’ – Our Beautiful – and this name is certainly deserved. From the forested mountains to the rugged cliffs and azure waters, the whole country is like the setting of a fairy tale, and we promise that you’ll totally fall in love with it.

The proximity to northern Italy and Austria means the region boasts a wealth of culture, and each city is unique in its vibrancy, with dozens of monuments to explore. The cities of Rovinj, Pula and Rijeka are packed full of treasures, with bustling streets full of boutiques and cafés, as are cities further to the south, such as Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Šibenik.

One of the key features of Croatia is its incredibly rich Roman history. In Pula you can find one of the most complete gladiatorial amphitheatres in Europe, rivalling the Colosseum in Rome. The city of Split is unique, with the old part of the city occupying a 4th century palace built by a Roman Emperor. Any visit to one of these cultural hotspots is certain to sate your historical curiosity.

The unique history and sublime beauty of the region is one of the reasons it’s been so beloved of film directors and tv producers over the years, with many of the beautiful sights around the country having been used as settings for Game of Thrones, Robin Hood, Emerald City, Star Wars and James Bond over the years, amongst others.

Over the last decade there has been a boom in the number of boutique music festivals that take place in Croatia. From relaxed live music in a historic city centre to a vibrant party alongside a picturesque bay, the setting is ideal and the atmosphere is unbeatable, so make sure to book early to avoid missing out.

Of course holidays are all about relaxation, getting away from the stresses of modern life and having yourself some time to kick back and unwind. Croatia’s coast is the ideal destination for the ultimate laid-back holiday, thanks both to the gorgeous climate the region experiences and the stunning scenery. Take a dip in the crystalline Adriatic Sea and then lounge about in the sun, with nothing but the sound of the waves to disturb you. In the north, in the region of Istria, the terrain is smoother, with pristine beaches lining the shores of the cerulean sea and lush olive and lemon groves carpeting the rolling hills.

The myriad of islands that adorn the area are each carpeted in rich forests of pine, olive and cypress, bursting with life. A perfect family outing can be had by catching a ferry over to Mljet, Lokrum or Šipan and having a relaxing picnic surrounded by the tranquility of nature.

Those of a more athletic persuasion will love the plethora of hiking and cycling trails that criss-cross the cliffs and hillsides. With the stunning views to be found throughout the country, every expedition is sure to be one to remember, and you’ll no doubt find plenty of hidden treasures along your way, from beautiful olive groves and secluded coves to local cafés and ancient ruins.

A particular treat to be had is watching the sun set over the sea, and every hotel and restaurant worth their salt along the Dalmatian coastline features a wide terrace with sweeping views across the waters. You can have an utterly perfect evening with a cocktail or vino in hand, chatting with friends and loved ones as you watch the sky turn into a vibrant fiery palette and listen to the chirping of the cicadas in the dusk.


Keep an ear out as you explore the region – not only will you hear Croatian being spoken by the majority of the population, but Italian and Istriot can also be heard regularly, and about a dozen other minority languages are spoken too.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Currency: HRK
  • Instagram Opportunity: Dubrovnik Old City UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Average Temperatures
Jan: 12°c   Feb: 13°c   Mar: 15°c  
Apr: 17°c   May: 22°c   Jun: 25°c  
Jul: 28°c   Aug: 29°c   Sep: 25°c  
Oct: 21°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 14°c  


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Croatia In A Nutshell

  • Croatian cuisine is a unique offshoot of Mediterranean gastronomy, drawing on centuries of influence from neighbouring cultures from the Ancient Greeks through to the Ottomans. A key example of this is the wealth of pasta dishes popular throughout the country, echoing the influence of neighbouring Italy. The potato-based njoki pasta is often served with pašticada – a rich beef and vegetable dish popular on special occasions, particularly saints’ days.
  • Soups are an integral part of Croatian cuisine, and almost every meal will feature one in some capacity. From the chunky vegetable soup maneštra which can be served as a starter or a main course, to the refreshing zagorska juha, made with sweet peppers and mushrooms, the wide variety of fresh ingredients produced in the country has given rise to an equally vast range of exquisite soups. Some are based on centuries-old traditions and techniques while others are more modern additions to the menu, but each one is absolutely delicious.
  • No guide to Croatian gastronomy would be complete without mentioning seafood. Practically every restaurant, bar and café will serve it in some capacity thanks to the long coastline and rich waters of the Adriatic Sea. If you’re a lover of fish, then you won’t want to miss out on the remarkable variety of dishes, including crni rižot (Cuttlefish Risotto) and brodet – a fish stew made with monkfish, red racasse and hake.
Soak Up The Culture
  • Each city and town along the Istrian and Dalmatian coasts offers a wealth of cultural gems just waiting to be discovered. Thanks to the rich investments of successive empires in the region, from the Romans and Byzantines to the Ottomans and Austrians, every imaginable architectural style is present. Seemingly every narrow street and tiny islet features its own church or villa or monastery.
  • One of the key sites of the region is the city of Split, where the greater part of the Old City is located within the walls of the palace of the Roman Empire Diocletian – built as a retirement home for himself in the 4th-century. The gorgeous cathedral of this vibrant city still occupies the mausoleum that the emperor was buried in, alongside a later bell tower built in the 1100s which is the emblematic symbol of the city.
  • Film and TV buffs among you will recognise many of the sights of the region, with the rugged coastline having been used in films such as Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill and Robin Hood. Particularly famously, many Dalmatian sites are used as filming locations for Game of Thrones, with Cersei’s throne room located in the cellar of a Split winery, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city of Dubrovnik standing in for King’s Landing.
  • Croatia’s beautiful scenery creates many picturesque routes for walking and cycling, particularly along the rugged coastline. In Mljet Island National Park you can find an ethereal saltwater lake in which sits a tiny island capped by a 12th-century Benedictine Monastery – now open as an eatery during the summer. Just north of Rovinj the Lim Valley cuts 10-kilometres into the landscape, with many footpaths crossing the surrounding area, offering stunning views of the bay below as you walk along the steep cliffs.
  • One of the best ways to take in the beautiful scenery along the Dalmatian coastline is by taking to the water. Whether it’s by hopping on a ferry to one of the many islands that adorn the coastline or by hiring a jet ski and whizzing about with your mates, the views of the gorgeous cliffs and mountains will take your breath away.
  • If you love to get your heart pounding and adrenaline surging through you, be sure to try out some of the awesome rock climbing courses around the country. There’s something for all ages and abilities, from smaller and simpler courses to the awe-inspiring crag faces at Paklenica and Kvarner. Maybe you prefer a more leisurely ascent, in which case you’ll love the many hiking trails that criss-cross the landscape, providing hundreds of gorgeous photo opportunities to fill up your friends’ Facebook feeds.
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