Holidays In Croatia
Croatia Holidays at a glance
Croatia’s natural beauty and fine all-year climate makes it a wonderful choice for holidaymakers who want a chill-out break from their busy lives.
In Dubrovnik, the the Pearl of the Adriatic, relax in the lap of luxury in a top-class hotel with a stunning spa, or for couples and families looking for flexibility and freedom, Olympic Holidays has a selection of apartments to suit all tastes for the 2016 season.
Take a walk around the Dubrovnik’s medieval walls to get a sensational view of the red-tiled rooftops set against the dazzling azure sea and when it’s time for a rest, stop in a friendly bar or restaurant to savour a view of the Adriatic.
Enjoy healthy living with a swim in the crystal clear sea or head to the hillsides and national parks for leisurely walks or cycling in the clear pine-scented air. After all the activity satisfy your appetite with Croatia’s fresh seafood and special produce including cheese, olives and delicious local wines.
Croatia has more than 1,100 islands so hop on a boat to discover the gentle shorelines and chic harbours in this holiday idyll.
Key Facts - Croatia
- Population4.49 million (approx.)
- Dialing Code+385
- Time Difference+2 GMT
Croatia Holidays - Destination Profile
In the north of Croatia, is a peninsula known as Istrien Riviera. Here, towns have a Venetian feel, and the region has often been likened to Tuscany in Italy. This peninsular is quite breathtaking in scenery and is a favourite among travellers. In the northwest corner is the historic beach-front city of Umag which dates back to Roman times. Situated among extremely fertile arable land, its abundance of produce is evident in the deliciously fresh cuisine, and local olive oil and wines. Laid out to a medieval street plan, remnants of the city walls still exist in places, and the ancient castles, Venetian houses and historic churches weave charming memories of the old world into the vibrant and colourful fabric of this thriving, modern-day town. Further down the coast, is Porec, a town situated amid rich Mediterranean landscapes of pine woods and lush vegetation nourished by the fertile, blood-red soil. Some important historical sites are to be found here. Rovinj, a picturesque ancient city surrounded by pine forests is an active fishing port and thought by many to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic coast. In the summer months, the city is abuzz with young people who come to enjoy the many disco bars and restaurants. Rovinj also incorporates some outlying islands easily reached by boat.
At the very southernmost tip of Croatia is the Dubrovnik Riviera, separated from the rest of the country by Bosnia Herzegovina's claim to a coastal strip a little under 5 kms long. Once the main tourist resort of Yugoslavia, today Dubrovnik's attractions offer the same rewards to Croatia in being one of her most favoured holiday destinations. On the Isthmus of Dubrovnik, the coastline beckons a confident come-hither with its natural beauty stretching northwards from the city, as if draped along a chaise lounge. A wall nearly 2 kms long runs around the ancient city, enclosing many historic buildings, such as the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest in the world, dating back to 1492. The resort of Cavtat, further up the coast, is a popular tourist destination with a seafront full of shops and restaurants. From here, Dubrovnik is a ferry ride away.
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Holidays in Croatia - Things to see
Dubrovnik City: Visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, this magical place is where the perfectly preserved streets and buildings will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time to the 12th century. Dubrovnik also offers a number of atmospheric churches and monasteries.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival: This summer festival takes place each summer, from mid July to late August featuring open air evening performances of theatre, jazz and classical music in the old town. Zagreb and Split also have summer festivals.
Zagreb: Visit Croatia's capital, the country's economic and cultural heart with plenty of sights including Gornju Grad's monuments, St Mark's Church, the Parliament (Sabor) and the cathedral.
Pula: The largest city in Istria and home to the well preserved Roman amphitheatre one of the most famous sights in Croatia. Built during the 1st century AD, the three-story amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world. During the summer the amphitheatre hosts the Pula Opera Festival and other events throughout the year. Other sights in Pula include the Triumphal arch of the Sergii, the Temple of Augustus, the Cathedral and the Franciscan Church and Monastery.
Things to do on a Holiday in Croatia
If you're in search of a bit more from your holidays in Croatia then try one of the many activities Croatia has to offer.
Hiking: Holidays in Croatia are a perfect choice for those who enjoy walking and hiking with numerous interesting walks and trails to be explored. The national parks offer particularly picturesque walks including the Plitvice Lakes and on the islands of Brijuni and Mljet. More challenging hikes lead to the head of Mount Biokovo and the Velebit mountains located in north Dalmatia.
Tennis: An extremely popular pass time for Croatians and interest has grown since Goran Ivanisevic's success in 2001 at Wimbledon. There are some excellent tennis schools in Croatia and many hotels boasting tennis facilities.
Diving: Scuba diving is a must for those taking Croatia holidays due to the beautiful clear and calm sea. The Adriatic sea has many ancient Greek and Roman artifacts that are waiting to be discovered. Diving courses and packages can be booked in resort for both experienced divers and beginners.
Sailing: A popular pass time for those taking Croatia holidays and a the perfect way to see the coastal islands and networks of small archipelagos.
Eating/Drinking During Croatia Holidays
Holidays to Croatia are great for food lovers who will be able to try a great range of cuisines. Fresh seafood is widely available and absolutely delicious, the restaurants are constantly serving a wide variety of fresh fish caught from the pristine Adriatic Sea. If your not a fan of seafood there many other alternatives including tasty meats such as ham and salami, cheeses and refreshing wines.
For those taking Croatia holidays with adventurous palates the traditional cuisine is amazing with dishes such as bean stew, pork half shanks Podravina style, burek (meat pie) and Dalmatian style Cod to name a few.
If you enjoy winding down over a beer, than Croatia holidays are right up your street because Croatian beers are very high quality. Good Croatian beers include Zagreb's Ozujsko pivo or Karlovacko pivo or Tuborg. In the region of Dalmatia there are some excellent red wines and would make an excellent present from your holidays to Croatia.
Getting Around on Croatia Holidays
The country's excellent bus network is far-reaching and reasonably priced. Trains are cheaper and more comfortable than the bus, but also slower except for the new high-speed train between Zagreb and Split.
All the usual car rental chains are represented in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and most Istrian towns. Drive on the right side of the road. The spectacular Adriatic highway from Italy to Albania runs along the steep slopes of Croatia's coastal range, and is one of the most exciting drives in the world.
If you can get where you're going by ferry, then do it - cruising among the islands of the Adriatic certainly beats sitting on a bus, no matter how cheap or fast it is. Jadrolinija coastal ferries ply the waters between Dubrovnik and Rijeka, stopping at Split and Korcula.
Croatia Holidays Shopping
Holidays to Croatia provide visitors with the ideal opportunity to explore the local markets and find wonderful locally produced items such as pottery, lace, handmade silk ties, shawls, scarves as well as a wealth of other interesting souvenirs to remind you of your Croatia holidays. Traditional handicrafts such embroidery and ceramics are widely available making lovely souvenirs.
Tourists can reclaim VAT on expenditure of more than 500 Kn. Visitors should ensure that all receipts are retained as the financial police have the power to levy fines to visitors without relevant documents; this is to prevent VAT evasion by shopkeepers.
Holidays in Croatia - Beaches
Although there aren't many sandy beaches in Croatia, you'll be amazed by the beauty of the pebbly shores lapped by clear turquoise waters. There are many secluded coves to be explored and the waters are ideal for all types of watersports, including snorkeling.
Weather and climate information
The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly - it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe! In the interior of the country, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
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