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REGIONS OF CROTIA
ZAGREB AND CENTRAL CROTIA
Do you favour the tranquil and soothing atmosphere of the mainland, leading from romantic medieval towns, summer homes and manors to thermal springs, health spas and places of pilgrimage? Set out to the north of Zagreb and enjoy the blessings offered by Central Croatia. Do you favour the tranquil and soothing atmosphere of the mainland, leading from romantic medieval towns, summer homes and manors to thermal springs, health spas and places of pilgrimage? Set out to the north of Zagreb and enjoy the blessings offered by Central Croatia.
Dalmatia is the central coastal strip and a fringe of islands along the Adriatic Sea. The Dalmatian coastline has numerous bays and harbours and is noted for its scenic beauty. Dalmatia is where most visitors head to first and it is easy to see why! Dalmatia is split up into 4 main regions: Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik. Dubrovnik was one of the smallest but most important merchant states in the Mediterranean. Split is a city with rich history, not only within the walls of its museums, palaces and churches, but in the city itself. In Šibenik you will be amazed by the Cathedral of St James, whose dome...
Istria’s crystal-clear sea, clean shores and ports, its lively fishing boats and teeming narrow stone streets exude the true charm of the Mediterranean. The heart-shaped peninsula reaching deep into the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea is a hidden garden of beauty which opens the door to the sunny and warm Mediterranean.
When to visit
Almost anytime between May and October is a great time to visit Croatia. Temperatures are relatively pleasant in May; coastal temperatures may be in the low 20's(°C) and there will be a good amount of sunshine. Swimming is possible then too, although it may be on the chilly side (especially early in the month). The further south you go, the warmer the sea will be.
September will still see very good weather and the sea will be warm enough for swimming. The pleasant swimming weather often stretches into October.
The months of June, July and August are of course the height of summer with near-perfect weather. This is the peak time which attracts many crowds and prices are at the highest.
Croatia enjoys three different climates:
- Coast - A pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild and wet.
- Inland - Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate.
- Mountains - Once you climb above 1,200 m, you will be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.
Welcome to Croatia! Zdravo! Croatia has precisely 1244 islands, islets, and rocks, but what makes them special is not their number, but the fact that they shape numerous small and large coves, beaches, caves and cliffs, and these places of unspoiled beauty are interwoven with charming coastal towns. This unique archipelago spanning less than 250 nautical miles has a mild Mediterranean climate which makes sailing fun and enjoyable.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
Croatia has a wealth of different beaches, and the majority have blue-flag status, guaranteeing water quality, safety, and services. In fact, 97% of 884 samples were qualified excellent for bathing. Whether you want some adventures in the wild, sailing in search of romantic hidden beaches or you wish to relax under the sun with your family it is time to choose Croatia as your next paradise to help you hit the reset button!
Things to Do in Croatia
Croatia rewards travellers with myriad breathtaking sites and unique experiences.
Enjoy a relaxing or adrenaline-inducing experience as you raft on the Cetina River. The river has pockets of calm where you can enjoy birdsong and do some sight-seeing. It also has third-grade rapids if you’re into an exhilarating white water adventure. The whole rafting experience covers 11,000 metres of distance and 31 metres of altitude from start to finish.
Something unique about Croatia is the Museum of Broken Relationships found in its capital Zagreb. The museum has numerous items from different failed relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendly. Browse the exhibit and hop on an emotional roller coaster ride!
Truffles are a top Croatian delicacy and are used in various local dishes. In fact, the country is touted as the world’s “cradle of truffle hunting.” Widen your culinary knowledge by joining a truffle hunting tour to see how this precious ingredient is harvested.
Must-visit Attractions in Croatia
Croatia has many historic cities and pristine natural sights. Make the most of our Croatia holiday deals as you explore this beautiful European country.
Travel back in time and learn the country’s rich history as you visit popular tourist attractions, such as the Mediaeval Gornji Grad, the well-preserved Pula Arena and centuries-old pre-Romanesque churches.
Travellers can also enjoy the fresh air and appreciate Croatia’s beauty as they explore its stunning natural sceneries. You can visit the Kornati, Mljet and Brijuni national parks to appreciate the diverse wildlife in the country. Apart from these parks, you must also include Cape Kamenjak and Zlatni Rat Beach in your itinerary.
Best Time to Visit Croatia
The best time to get our Croatia holiday packages is from May to September when the weather is fair and sunny. But take note that climates can vary across the coastal, inland, and mountainside areas of Croatia. Expect a Mediterranean climate and many days of sunshine per year with hot and dry summers and wet winters. As you move inland, the temperature drops and the weather becomes continental. The mountainous regions welcome you with low temperatures during the summer months.
Known Destinations in Croatia
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Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the quaint Old Town area. Dubrovnik has baroque churches, restaurants with white limestone cobblestones and other must-see attractions. Go back in time when you explore its old fortresses, towers and cannons within its mediaeval walls.
The Diocletian Palace is one of the most acclaimed sites in Croatia. The structure is found in the country’s second-largest city and is more of a fortress than a palace since it housed the Emperor’s personal garrison. The streets are also filled with concerts and other forms of entertainment.
Indulge the nature lover in you when you go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It has steep forested hillsides, 16 emerald-blue lakes and numerous waterfalls. Explore the park through its network of footpaths and wooden bridges and marvel at the beauty of the great outdoors.
Best Hotels in Croatia
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Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik with its magnificent Mediterranean gardens and majestic Adriatic seafront location. The hotel is a top choice for many travellers because of its numerous amenities, such as 16 restaurants and bars, an award-winning spa and freshwater pools.
Situated in Ikat Bay and surrounded by a lush pine forest, the Boutique Hotel Alhambra offers guests bespoke accommodation. The hotel is a lavish 1912 residence refurbished to elevate its interior. Inside, you’ll find glass walls and inspired decor to add to the original design’s ageless elegance.
Post-Lockdown in Croatia
Travellers from Australia must present a vaccination certificate with the required doses completed within 270 days.
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 must present a certificate of recovery and proof of at least one vaccination shot within eight months of contracting the disease. Otherwise, they must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test administered within 48 hours. If these documents can’t be presented, travellers must get a test or self-isolate for ten days upon their arrival.
Flying to Croatia
The average travel time from Australia to Croatia is 18 hours. Travellers can catch a flight from different parts of the country, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Nine international airports offer commercial flights throughout the year. Three of these are located on an island, namely Rijeka Airport, Brac Airport and Losinj Airport. It’s best to pick the airport closest to your destination to save time.
WHY WE LOVE IT!
If you are looking for a beach vacation, Croatia is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It has over 1,000 islands with relatively untouched areas like Mljet (half of which is covered by forest). It also has some of the most famous beaches in all of Europe. Croatia has both rocky and sandy beaches. Zlatni Rat Beach is one of the Mediterranean’s most famous beaches. It has water on both sides (and restaurants and kids’ activities in the middle). On one side of the island we watched waves crash into the shore, while the other side was calm - a unique beach experience.
Croatia’s vibrant streets are rich with history. Reflecting the various periods from the third century BC to the present, it includes classical and Renaissance styles. Enjoy strolling on the cobblestone streets surrounded by walled forts and visiting churches, castles, town squares, and promenades. The walled towns look stunning against the backdrop of the turquoise Mediterranean. Because of Croatia’s architecture and medieval towns, the popular HBO TV show “Game of Thrones” is shot there. The show tours in Dubrovnik are popular among fans.
There is a strong Italian influence thanks to Croatia’s proximity to Italy. You will find different varieties of pasta dishes on almost every menu - with lots of truffles, which are native to the Istria region. If you enjoy these natural delicacies, you will like fuzi, a pasta dish with Parmigiano cheese and truffles. You will also find plenty of stews on the menu, like pasticada, which is stewed beef prepared with gnocchi, and any seafood cooked buzara style. Both are a must try! If you get tired of Croatian food, you will also find other cuisines. To go with your food, Croatia offers various local and imported wines, which are also worth a try.
One of the most popular ways to explore Croatia’s islands and coastline is by boat. With over 3,000 boats available for rental, a number that continues to grow, it’s common to charter sailboats, catamarans, and yachts in this region. The waters are perfect for yachting. In fact, Croatia hosts a famous yacht week every year, which is excellent for cruising and partying.
Croatians are friendly, happy to help, and most social interactions are carried out with a smile. Croatians know the natural riches they have at their disposal - a pristine coast, beautiful national parks, unspoiled landscapes – and are justifiably proud of this bounty. Tradition plays a huge role in Croatian society, people hold on to familial and folk roots that may have been lost elsewhere.
Heritage on the UNESCO list
Given its size, Croatia has a large number of sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among them are the historical complex of Split and Diocletian's Palace, the Old Town in Dubrovnik, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Euphrasian Basilica complex in the historic centre of Poreč, the historic town of Trogir, the St. Jacob's Cathedral in Šibenik, the Stari Grad Field on Hvar, stećci (medieval graveyard tombstones), defence systems of the Republic of Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries in Zadar and Šibenik, and natural beech forests.