Croatia is a stunning combination of beautiful rugged coastline, breathtaking national parks, dignified walled towns and laid-back islands. In Summer the beaches heave with happy travellers many there to dance the nights away at music festivals and buzzing nightclubs. The sea is crystal clear and although there are only a few sandy beaches it doesn't stop you enjoying the water from rocks, ledges, piers and boats.
There are dozens of islands to explore and a good ferry network to reach them. Each island has its own characteristics and charm and all have secluded bays and pretty towns and villages waiting to be explored.
The lush interior of the country has opportunities for rafting, trekking and enjoying some beautiful scenery. The Plitvice Lakes are a magical place, the lakes with their green, clear water, are mesmerising and as you follow the pathways snaking through the woods you come across waterfall after waterfall.
Dubrovnik's old town is wonderful, the castle, restaurants and shops give you loads of interesting places to mooch about in! If you have a good head for heights the cable car takes you up above the town and provides amazing views in all directions over the coast all the way round to Bosnia.
Travel to and in Croatia
Flying direct from the UK to Croatia takes around 3 hours. There are 5 main airports all on the mainland. To get to the islands there are regular ferries/Catamarans - be aware that in Croatia 'ferry' refers to car ferries and 'catamaran' refers to passenger only services. To find out routes, times and fares check out your options with Jadrolinija.
To explore the country driving is easy and hire cars are widely available, alternatively there is a reliable and good value bus network. There is a limited train system too but services tend to be unreliable and not very comprehensive.
By land & sea:
If you want to take the train check out your options here. If you want to drive it's perfectly possible although it will take at least two days. There are some ferry routes that run between Italy and Croatia.
Most popular airports:
Mainland: Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula. You can also fly to Trieste in Italy or Tivat in Montenegro. See How to Book a Flight for flight booking tips and tools.
Accommodation ranges from eye-popppingly swanky yachts moored in many of the beautiful marinas to cosy mountain cabins set in stunning mountain landscapes. There are also hordes of hotels and apartments from basic to luxurious and loads of great campsite scattered throughout the country with lots dotted along the coastline and on many of the islands.
A few favourites:
Villa Dubrovnik - perched along the coast overlooking Dubrovnik's old town this beautiful hotel is a real treat. It has its own boat to whisk you into town, huge rooms some with Jacuzzis and a fabulous restaurant.
Plitvice Chalet - beautiful little house on the river with its own private beach.
Arbiana Heritage Hotel - great customer service, comfortable rooms, and perfectly located right by the marina.
Camping Split - Bang on the beach with lots of facilities, this campsite has mobile homes and wooden cabins as well as tent and motorhome pitches.