The long Adriatic coastline of Croatia is a floating jigsaw puzzle of mainland and islands, in varying sizes and degrees of calm. It’s probably not until you reach your holiday destination that you’ll be aware of the beauty and number of Croatia’s islands.
If you’re planning a holiday in Croatia you can expect to find stunning coastlines dotted with idyllic little islets and reefs, as well as plenty of untouched nature to explore. Croatia is a fascinating country that boasts a wealth of culture, history and stunning medieval architecture. It’s also a surprising place, with some interesting and fun facts – take a look below to find out more.
Despite the sun setting every day, it’s usually not until we’re on holiday that we take time to savour this natural spectacle. If you’re headed to Croatia, you won’t be disappointed with the skies complimentary light shows, which can be appreciated all along the country’s long west-facing Adriatic coastline.
The atmospheric seaside city of Dubrovnik offers the combined charms of amazing architecture and stunning beaches. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site there’s plenty of history to discover which sits side-by-side with a bustling modern tourist hub. There are shops to browse, restaurants and cafes to linger in and lively bars for fun holiday nights.
With its vast Adriatic coastline, collection of islands and remnants of ancient civilisations all shrouded in lush greenery, Croatia is great fun to explore with the family and utterly picturesque. There are two areas that are particularly popular with families, namely the Makarska Riviera between Dubrovnik and Split, and Istria in northern Croatia.
As well as letting you know all about these areas and where to stay, our guide below details some natural attractions that your family will love to visit.
Croatia’s recipe repertoire is as diverse as its landscape and holiday destinations. This is the place to sample the unusual and delicious, as well as some more familiar recipes. The Turks, Italians, Hungarians and Romans have all made their mark on Croatia’s cuisine, and if you’re exploring the country you’ll be able to spot these influences and more modern international ones.
The scenic shoreline on Croatia’s Adriatic coast is home to some of the best beaches in Eastern Europe. White shingled coves are more commonplace than fine sandy beaches here, with plenty of sunloungers and watersports readily available.
Croatia is home to eight different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from rolling plains and gothic graveyards to ancient city architecture. If you’re planning a holiday to Croatia, we’d highly recommend taking the time to scout out a few of these awe-inspiring destinations.
There are eight national parks in Croatia, with a combined size of almost 1,000 square kilometres. The Plitvice Lakes with their colourful lagoons and staggered waterfalls are the best known and have even gained UNESCO World Heritage status, but that doesn’t mean the other seven choices aren’t equally stunning and packed with views to make you stop and stare.
If you’re thinking about a holiday to Croatia, keep the beautiful city of Split in mind. Although the Croatian capital of Dubrovnik certainly deserves your attention, Split is Croatia’s second largest city and has plenty of features we think you’re going to love. In fact, with our short list of things to do for a whole week in Split, much of the planning has already been done for you.