To most UK visitors, Croatia is a synonym for sun-drenched holidays on the beautiful Adriatic coast. Yet this amazing country benefits from incredibly varied and rocky hinterland mountains, which offer a unique combination of peaceful countryside and balmy Mediterranean climate, providing a long walking season, which starts early in spring and ends late in autumn. Croatian mountains are most famous for its near perfect National Parks, ideal for exploring and walking amidst serene nature.
A welcome addition to our programme, Plitvice Lakes
is a nature lover's dream and undoubtedly one of the
most remarkable locations in Europe, justly included
in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Here, in a
serene setting of a National Park, characterised by
seemingly uninterrupted woodlands, 16 emerald lakes
are connected by waterfalls which cascade in pleasant
endlessness. Visitors will appreciate this unique wonder
of nature while wandering along decked walkways and
wooden bridges that criss-cross the whole area in a
unique maze of paths. Arrival airport: Zagreb Transfer time: 2 hours
Venture beyond the typical beach holiday and you will
find glorious Croatian mountains and National Parks, with spectacular scenery and totally undisturbed nature. Whether your
ideal summer holiday is spent relaxing in the sun, soaking up the culture in a resort where time stands still, or even if you fancy
exploring some lush green hinterland, lakes and rivers, a holiday to Croatia has it all!
Enjoying its nature sanctuary status, Plitvice Lakes are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, as
well as numerous marked trails stretching over a ridge dominated by three main peaks. Try the 9
km long Plitvica walk or the more strenuous 21 km long Corkova Uvala trail and immerse yourself in
this pristine area of an outstanding beauty. Walk through dense woodlands along 4 km long Plitvica
Stream path all the way up to see emerald waters gushing out from its source. After passing through
Plitvica hamlet, watch the stream reaching the Lower Lakes canyon where the waters plunge over
80 metre limestone cliffs, forming the 'Great Waterfall' - the highest one in Croatia. More
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 limitless sightseeing options and
almost every large resort organises its own summer festivals,
open-air concerts, fisherman's nights and folk dancing shows.
Exploring mountains is also a local tradition dating back to
1800s and with stunning landscapes and intact nature, this is a
Food & Drink
Eating out is inexpensive and delicious in Croatia. There is a
huge variety of local and international dishes to enjoy and the
Adriatic is a fish lovers' paradise, having over 370 species that
can be 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. Try paprika flavoured salami or various mature domestic
cheeses in olive oil. The wine growing region of Dalmatia
produces some great white and red wines.
The monetary unit in Croatia is the Kuna. There are approx. 10
Kunas to £1 (at Sep 2015). Foreign currency can be exchanged
at the airports, banks, exchange bureau, post offices and some
hotels within the larger resorts. All major cards are accepted in
hotels, restaurants and shops.
Croatia has a typical continental climate inland and distinctly
Mediterranean on the coast. Summers are very hot and dry,
with average temperatures around 30°C. The warm sea often
tempts swimmers to carry on well into the autumn months.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For more on security, local laws and the latest travel information, visit the FCO
Travel Aware website or view our guide to Travel Advice and Safety.
The advice can change so check regularly for the latest updates.