Rustic charm and an Adriatic coastline
Croatia is a country that's big on natural beauty. Its interior is a patchwork of vineyards, forests, olive groves and lakes, while along the coastline you'll find white-pebble beaches, beautifully clear waters and a generous sprinkling of pine-clad islands. It's not short on sights, either, with a history that stretches back over 14 centuries. Walled medieval cities are filled with grand architecture, and smaller towns feature cobbled streets and Venetian-style houses topped with terracotta tiles. Culture and tradition still play a big part in local life, with plenty of festivals and events going on throughout the year.
Down in the south of the country is the Dubrovnik Riviera. The city of Dubrovnik takes centre stage here, with a walled Old Town and a harbour area lined with seafood restaurants. Head further along the coastline and you'll find quiet seaside towns and half-empty beaches. Up in the north, you'll find the Istrian Riviera. There's much more of an Italian feel up here – towns like Rovinj are filled with Venetian bell towers and houses, and the cuisine features plenty of pizza and pasta dishes. In between the two is the Split Riviera. For a dose of history, head for the UNESCO-listed Roman palace in Split; for beaches, hire a bike or wander along the coastal path to discover picture-perfect pebbled coves.
9 day suggested trip
12 day suggested trip
Flights from the UK to Croatia take around 2 hours 30 minutes.
July and August are the hottest months (temperatures can reach into the mid-30s) and attract the most visitors. June, September and October are great months to visit. It's less busy, plus the weather tends to be warm and dry (spot on for sightseeing).
Tipping is becoming more commonplace in Croatia, especially in more upmarket establishments where around 10% has become the norm. In bars and more casual restaurants, just leave the coins in your change. At your hotel, tip porters and maids 15 kuna or so. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s a nice gesture to round up the fare.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.