Croatia Holidays 2020/2021

History collides head-on with gorgeous beaches in Croatia. It's home to a wide range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and beautiful shores whose vibes range from secluded to upbeat and everything in between. This cultural hotspot is a no-brainer when it comes to holidays a little off the beaten path.

Croatia Holiday Deals 2020/2021

Valamar Zvonimir Hotel

Krk Island, Kvarner Bay, Croatia

(105)

7 Nights

7th May 2020

Half Board

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Superior Double Room with Limited Sea View and Balcony

TUI100 Code Applied -£100

Price from £329pp£562pp

Save £233

Bluesun Neptun

Tucepi, Dalmatian Coast and Islands, Croatia

(476)

7 Nights

4th May 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Annexe Double Room with Balcony

TUI100 Code Applied -£100

Price from £396pp£485pp

Save £89

Suneoclub Supetar

Brac Island, Dalmatian Coast and Islands, Croatia


14 Nights

1st May 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Double Room

TUI100 Code Applied -£100

Price from £660pp£1032pp

Save £372

Ready for her close-up

Croatia’s horizons might look medieval but when it comes to beaches, parties and cuisine, this little country is anything but passe. Its resorts are home to a seriously stunning set of shores, some of which are ranked among the best in the world, and make for the ultimate chill zones on any Balkan holiday.

When it comes to resorts, Dubrovnik is undoubtedly Croatia’s shining star. You might recognise its iconic Old Town as one of the many backdrops of TV’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’. But fan out to Croatia’s more intimate resorts and the surrounding islands, and you’ll run into a smattering of waterfront hotels, secluded shores and a whole lot of relaxation.


Currency: Croatian kuna

Language: Croatian

Time Difference: GMT +1

Population: 4.5 million

Religion: Roman Catholic

Regions

Dalmatian Coast And Islands

With its spectacular scenery, historic culture and glorious Mediterranean climate, holidays to Croatia are fast becoming Europe's top destination – and the Dalmatian Coast brings you the best of all of them. The region has one of the most outstanding stretches of coastline anywhere in the world. You'll find picturesque beaches set against the soaring Dinaric Alps surrounding a myriad of islands in the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Head inland and you'll find miles of stunning natural landscape, as well as beautifully preserved charming cities.

Dubrovnik And Islands

Hands up who wants to take a trip to a beautiful coast? A place where the blue of the sky dovetails to the sea, where towns nestle in dense pine forests, and where there are coves and bays just waiting to be explored? If this sounds like your idea of perfection, then a holiday in Dubrovnik just moved to the top of your list.

Istrian Riviera

Relatively new to tourism, the Istrian Riviera is situated on the enticing north coast of Croatia. It offers an authentic holiday experience with national parks, rustic villages and a dazzling 150-mile coastline providing a worthy backdrop for your travel adventures. Istria is fast becoming a gourmet destination, too, with delicious dishes to try with a distinct Italian influence. If you're after a refreshingly different holiday experience, the Istrian Riviera is definitely worth considering.

Kvarner Bay

The region of Kvarner is in the north of Croatia. Mountains slope down towards regal coastal resorts that look out on to a large bay speckled with islands. You'll be captivated by the ancient towns, stunning scenery and delicious food of this region.

Location

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The many beach faces of Croatia

Most holidaymakers that venture to Croatia have one thing on their mind – the beaches. All Inclusive Croatia beach holidays are renowned for their long stretches of pebbly coastlines lapped by waters so blue, you’ll think they’ve been retouched. And there’s no shortage of shores down its long western coast, either.

In Croatia, you’ll have your pick of beaches, with everything from city-side waterfronts to deserted patches cut with caves that are only reachable by boat, all the way to the array of islands speckling the country’s coast.

Croatia’s most famous beach – it’s also one of the top-rated in the world – is Zlatni Rat, a peculiar-looking triangle beach that juts into the Adriatic Sea and is backed by pine trees. On the island of Brac, it’s easily reached from the resorts in the Makarska Riviera. Next up is Bacvice, a set of shores in Split that are popular with families as they’re alive with games, restaurants and bars.

If you’re in Dubrovnik, Banje Beach is your local. It sits just at the base of the city’s Old Town walls, and is a favourite for watersports on one hand and umbrellas and loungers on the other.

One giant museum

Croatia itself is essentially a giant museum, beginning with its crowning jewel, Dubrovnik. Sheltered by a 1,940 metre-long white brick wall, Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stone buildings and terracotta roofs, many of which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

You can explore the city by wandering through the cobbled streets, from a boat cruise passing alongside the coast or up into the hillside on the city’s cable car. But if you don’t make it to Dubrovnik, not to worry history buffs, as many of Croatia’s cities are anchored by their own old towns.

On top of this, over in Split is the 4th-century structure known as Diocletian’s Palace, which was built for a Roman Emperor as a pretty grand retirement home. While stacked-high Pula Arena is one of the largest in the world, as well as being the only Roman amphitheatre with each of its four walls still standing.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Yet another of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a real winner. It’s made up of 16 lakes whose waters are constantly changing in colour and mostly form into cascades.

The park is also home to a vast range of flora and fauna, much of which has been on the earth since prehistoric times. Visitors are welcome to explore the park, though swimming in the lakes is strictly prohibited. There are bus services that’ll get you in, leaving from big cities like Zagreb and Split.

Croatian cuisine

If you think you’ve sampled traditional Croatian cuisine, think again. Foodie traditions in this country depend largely on what region you’re in, as some favour seafood, others lean toward meat and many highlight everything in between.

There won’t be a shortage of restaurants hocking traditional fare on your Croatian holiday, especially if you’re headed to a big time resort like Dubrovnik. The cuisine there will also be buffeted by international eats that land in all four corners of the world, including Japanese, Indian and the many Italian trattorias and pizzerias of Porec. And Croatian restaurants don’t skimp on the views, either. You’ll find diners set beside everything from Dubrovnik’s Old town architecture and the waterfront promenade in Cavtat.

Cave parties

History meets after-hours fun in Croatia, but not in a boring way. We mean some of the historic venues Croatia are famous for have been converted into party spots that don’t quit until sunrise.

You can expect settings like along a cliff in Rovinj, in a cave and 16th-century fortress in Dubrovnik and, yes, your traditional neon-lit dancefloor just about everywhere else. Dubrovnik is Croatia’s party central, though littler resorts found throughout the coast will have their fair share of wine bars and cocktail lounges whose outdoor patios keep you luxuriating in the warmth on Croatia’s summer nights.