Until recently the Eastern European country of Croatia was considered somewhat of a curveball or oddball of a holiday destination, yet now the northern half of the country, littered with thousands of small offshore islands, has opened up and tourists wanting new scenery and culture are flocking to the latest sun-kissed Mediterranean sunspot…
Croatia has a plethora of cultural influences from the past starting with the Greek, Roman and Illyrian influences and rule, followed by the imperial kingdom of Croatia and then on to the Hungarian and Ottoman empires and then Yugoslavia before complete independence in 1991.
Whether you fancy visiting one of the thousand islands off of the Croatian coastline such as Brač, Hvar, Vis or Krk, or perhaps Croatia’s capital Zagreb for culture or to visit the ancient city of Gornji Grad (upper town), an unforgettable Mediterranean break is promised throughout the year!
And of course, a famous filming location for the hit TV series Game of Thrones, fans can marvel at the backdrops, including Dubrovnik’s historic city walls and forts and the magnificent Bokar-Festung oceanside fortress.
The Croatian capital of Zagreb is a hotspot for fantastic street art to keep you entertained as you stroll through the city, basking under the sun. Boasting an almost thousand year-old history and plethora of brilliant museums (even a museum of ‘broken relationships!’), galleries and markets, you’ll never be bored on a Zagreb city break or day trip from a neighbouring island.
Discover St. Mark’s Church, in St. Mark’s Square and explore the impressive Mimara Museum, at the Roosevelt Square. For awe-inspiring views of the Croatian city, head to the Zagreb 360* Observation Deck; on the 16th floor of a skyscraper.
Kick back and relax in the popular Flower Square and meander around the historic Upper Town. Get close to the animals in Zagreb Zoo; a seven-hectare zoo located within Maksimir Park. And don’t miss the hugely popular Museum of Contemporary Art; the biggest museum in the country! Browse our plethora of holiday villas and apartments and around beautiful Zagreb today…
Perhaps a sun-kissed Croatia villa holiday to Dubrovnik is calling you? This beautiful city, which was once referred to as ‘paradise on earth’ by George Bernard Shaw, is a World Heritage Site and truly one of the best sites in the Adriatic/Mediterranean region.
Enchanting Dubrovnik is well-known for its quaint Old Town, lined with massive stone well-preserved walls completed in the 16th century. Filled with a variety of impressive churches, monasteries and palaces, the city is a history-lover’s paradise, while sun-worshipper’s are sure to enjoy soaking up the sun on the beaches along the enticing Dubrovnik Riviera.
A holiday to this incredible, walled city also offers the chance to take a scenic boat-ride or two and venture to another island. Why not island-hop to Lokrum during your stay; a pretty island located around 600 metres from the city? You can also easily reach Koločep island from Dubrovnik, the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia, and admire a Croatian sunset over the alluring waters. View our plethora of Dubrovnik holiday rentals today!
A villa holiday to the 350kms long Dalmatian Coast, peppered with hundreds of idyllic fishing villages and towns, won’t disappoint. Stretching from Dubrovnik in the south to Zadar in the north, this magical coast is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations! Running beautifully along the western edge of Croatia, the long coast offers a dream escape or mesmerising day-trip from a neighbouring island. From its magnificent beaches to its sleepy fishing villages, there’s plenty to fill your holiday itinerary across the gorgeous Dalmatia region; particularly as the Dalmatian Coast waters offers a plethora of islands to discover on your travels.
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Zadar is an excellent choice on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, known for its historic Old Town boasting Roman ruins, medieval churches and fascinating museums. A city of exceptional history, Zadar promises beautiful architecture and cultural monuments on every corner.
Located in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the perfect destination for incredible sunset-watching on your holiday to Croatia. And if you take a short ferry ride from Zadar, you can marvel at the divine Saharun; one of Croatia’s best family-friendly beaches! A destination still relatively undiscovered by the bustling tourist crowds, Zadar is not to be missed. View the Travelopo portfolio of Zadar stunning holiday villas and luxury apartments now!
Split, Croatia’s second-largest city (after Zagreb), is a fantastic area to explore, located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. The city boasts a plethora of great historic sights, from the landmark Diocletian’s Palace to the impressive Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. The remains of Diocletian’s Palace – another famous filming location for Games of Thrones – is a hugely popular attraction in the city. Discover the ancient columns, temples and underground cellars…
Bask under the glorious rays across the ocean-hugging city’s sandy stretches! Hop on a boat and visit one of the neighbouring Croatian islands for a change of scenery. For the perfect base for your Split city break adventures, view our holiday villas and apartments in and around the beautiful city today…
Hvar, one of the region’s main islands is certainly worth a visit too, between the islands of Brač, Korčula and Vis. From its delicious cuisine (Hvar is famous for its mouth-watering seafood) to its stunning beaches lapped by azure waters, Hvar, in the Adriatic Sea, is sure to please all! Explore Hvar Town’s wonderful squares and palaces – see the stunning, medieval fortress looming high about the town, and pretty St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Take a scenic boat ride to the gorgeous Paklinski Islands, located off the south-west coast of Hvar! Relax on the island group’s sandy stretches and pebble coves and dive into the fantastic snorkelling on offer. See our Hvar holiday villas and apartments for the ultimate Croatian island inspiration…
For many, a holiday to Brač island is pure paradise; a wonderful area known for its white stone. This breathtaking island – the biggest in central Dalmatia – is best known for being home to the incredible Zlatni Rat (‘Golden Cape’) beach. Explore the array of towns scattered around Brač’s dreamlike coastline and spend a day on Split or Hvar, taking a short ferry ride. As one of the Adriatic’s most compelling islands, a holiday, or day trip here, is not to be missed. Find the ideal base for your Croatian island-hopping adventures across the ever-growing Travelopo catalogue today!
Or choose Krk; a large Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea! Connected to mainland Croatia by a bridge, Krk is also home to Rijeka Airport, offering an easily accessible destination. Visit Krk Town, the island’s main settlement, for its two thousand year old walls and historic architecture. Relax across the island’s Blue Flag beaches and explore Cove Klimno, a natural beauty known for its healing mud…
Many cities in Croatia offer great weather throughout the year, with July and August typically the warmest months of the year. The Adriatic Coast offers a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and cooler winters, while central Croatia enjoys an alpine climate. With the majority of the coastal region regarded as an all-year round destination, it’s easy to see why so many love returning to the country for their holiday every year! Visitors here can expect 12 glorious hours of sunshine each day in May and June and 13 in July and August.
So if you desire dreamlike sun, sea and sand, Croatia is most definitely the place for you, offering an array of sandy stretches and pebbled coves. You can easily cool off and take advantage of the incredible swimming spots; exploring coral reefs and caves under the gorgeous rays. A plethora of scenic walking trails, from national parks to vineyards, also offer a blissful outdoor experience during your holiday.
Discover the magical Krka National Park on your holiday to Croatia, located along the Krka River in the south. Marvel at the national park’s stunning waterfalls and take on the hikes here extending along the 73kms River Krka. This astounding natural attraction runs from the Adriatic near Šibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior.
Nature-lovers should certainly explore Plitvice Lakes National Park; Croatia’s most popular tourism attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park, in central Croatia roughly halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, is a breathtaking forest reserve, known for a chain of sixteen terraced lakes. Here you’ll find beautifully cascading waterfalls, luscious forests, fantastic walkways and excellent hiking trails – with a chance of glimpsing an array of rare animal species.
Paklenica National Park is another incredible choice, located in Starigrad, northern Dalmatia. The national park, south of the Velebit Mountain Range, offers deep gorges, pine forests, challenging hikes, gentle strolls, jaw-dropping views and its well-known canyons; Velika (Big) Paklenica and Mala (Small) Paklenica.
In fact, Croatia is home to eight fantastic national parks in total! Or for those simply seeking epic beach days, a holiday to Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, won’t disappoint. Pula boasts well-preserved Roman ruins, colourful festivals and the nearby Brijuni National Park; an island group boasting gorgeous stretches of white sands and alluringly blue waters in the northern Adriatic Sea. The city is well known for its first-century Roman amphitheatre in particular; one of the best preserved in the world!
While it’s easy to fill your days relaxing by the beach or exploring some of Croatia’s many museums and attractions, the nightlife is not to be missed! The country offers a variety of exciting summer festivals and an all-year round lively nightlife, from Zagreb to Hvar. Croatia’s diversity of open-air cultural festivals can help fill your holiday itinerary, from the Dubrovnik Summer Festival to the INmusical Festival held in Zagreb.
For epic adventure after sunset on your Croatian escape, Zagreb is a great choice, especially from September to June. Buzzing Zagreb boasts excellent venues for live music, renowned DJs and infamous clubs, well-known for its plethora of lively music bars which transform into busy clubs in the early hours.
Hvar Town is another excellent choice if you fancy staying out late on your sun-drenched break! Widely dubbed the ‘town that never sleeps!’, Hvar also boasts an array of bars and clubs which stay open into the early hours. Summer nightlife in Hvar is one of the richest and most popular on the Adriatic! Or choose Split, boasting an abundance of late night bars and clubs, often jam-packed in the summer months…
An escape to Croatia promises to please sun-seekers, culture vultures and holiday foodies, with the mouth-watering combination of classic Mediterranean and Italian flavour in the local dishes. This gorgeous destination is also known for its impeccable wine selection, beautifully complimenting the delicious delicacies on offer.
Idyllic islands; spectacular ancient sites; glamorous party spots and world-class family attractions; Croatia has it all. Browse our Croatia catalogue of gorgeous holiday villas and luxurious apartments. Book your Croatia villa holiday with Travelopo today!
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