Washed by the sapphire waters of the Adriatic from Istria in the north down through Central Dalmatia to the Dubrovnik Riviera in its south, Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Endless coves, beautiful beaches sheltered by lush pine woods and small coastal towns and villages, decorate the mainland coast and its 1244 islands and islets (only 5 fewer than the Maldives!). The wealth of this coastline attracts adventurous travellers from all over the world - kayakers, divers and yachtsmen never fail to be delighted by these islands and their romantic atmosphere infused with a relaxed way of life - all set amid tranquillity and beauty.
Because of its geographic position, having been a crossroad of influences from the western culture and the east, Croatia combines a unique blend of four different cultural spheres. Architecture in Croatia reflects the imprint of its bordering nations on the country, with the Austrian and Hungarian influence clearly visible in public spaces and buildings in the north and central regions, while architecture found along the coasts of Dalmatia and Istria exhibit a truly stunning Venetian heritage. Venture beyond the coast and you will find Croatia Mountains and National Parks, spectacular scenery and totally undisturbed nature.
So, whether your ideal summer holiday to Croatia is spent relaxing in the sun in a vibrant resort, or soaking up the culture in a resort where time can stand still, or even if you fancy exploring some of Croatia's lush green hinterland and Croatia Lakes & internal rivers, a summer holiday to Croatia has something for you!
We offer an abundance of flights to Croatia, to the airports of Dubrovnik, Split and Pula and low cost packages on most Croatia summer holidays. With a fantastic collection of thirty stunning resorts, motor-boat cruises and various tours in Croatia to choose from, please read on to discover why our holidays to Croatia are like no other and could be just what you are looking for!
What to see & do
A summer holiday in Croatia offers something for everyone. The wealth of this coastline attracts adventurous travellers from all over the world - yachtsmen, leisure cruisers, kayakers and divers never fail to be delighted by these islands and their romantic atmosphere infused with a relaxed way of life - all set amid tranquillity and beauty.
Croatia's vibrant history and cultural heritage provides virtually limitless sightseeing and almost every large resort organises its own summer festival, different open-air concerts, fisherman's nights and folk dancing shows. Exploring mountains is also a local tradition dating back to 1800s, with stunning unspoilt landscapes and intact nature, this is hiker's paradise.
Most Croatian resorts offer a spectacular choice of water sports for your summer holiday such as water-skiing, boats rides, while scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic is a 'must'. Dancing is a major form of entertainment and there are plenty of bars and discos which stay open late. Many larger hotels organise their own entertainment, although it's advisable to check when it is offered.
Food & drink
Eating out is inexpensive and delicious. There is a huge variety of local and international dishes to enjoy on a Croatia holiday. This area of the Adriatic is fish lovers' paradise with over 370 species cooked in almost as many ways. 'Brodet', a dish made of several kinds of fish, deserves special attention. Another excellent choice is the 'Prsut', the dark smoked Dalmatian ham, the paprika flavoured salami or the mature domestic cheeses. The wine-growing region of Dalmatia produces some great white and red wines and there are some interesting local lagers you should definitely sample.
Popular local gifts include lacework, embroidered goods, brandies and locally made pottery.
The monetary unit in Croatia is the Euro. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airports, banks, exchange bureau's, post offices and some hotels within the larger resorts. Also all major cards are accepted.
Croatia has typical continental climate inland and distinctly Mediterranean on the coast. Summers are very hot and dry, with average temperatures around 30°C. Warm sea often tempts swimmers to carry on well into the Autumn months.