CROATIA

Has the wow factor … all the way from north to south!

Opatija

We’re proud to be the specialist to Croatia. We have the biggest and widest choice of holidays to one of the most amazing countries in Europe. Fact. Simple apartments, self-catering, huge choice of hotels from three to luxury five stars, tours, fly-drive and cruises. Neighbouring Montenegro and Slovenia too.

A breathtakingly beautiful coastline, 1244 islands and around 50 inhabited, this is a country where you’ll feel different. A wondrous, unspoilt place. Natural beauty prevails. Clean sea and over 130 Blue Flag awards due to this. Roads are rarely crowded.

Croatia’s history includes Venetian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian cultures. These can be enjoyed today in medieval walled cities, churches, palaces … in styles from Byzantine to Baroque.

Modern day Croatia is stylish and cultured with a Mediterranean lifestyle. Service standards are usually high. Wherever you are on the coast or islands, you can reach a different world inland within around two hours: you’ll find pristine forests, waterfalls and national parks. Don’t delay – book your Croatia holiday now!

Looking for something special or tailor-Made? Why not talk to our Croatia specialist team who would be happy to put your dream holiday together for you. 

From our Croatia Expert - Julia Berg

“There is nowhere quite like Croatia. It took me about five minutes to fall in love with it and that was 22 years ago. Where to start? Croatia has a Jaw-droppingly beautiful coast and islands, green inland plains and mountains and valleys. Preserved, nature in National Parks. Mediterranean lifestyle. A feeling of beautiful preservation. Stylish too.

Dubrovnik’s ramparts and history, Istria’s wine and festivals, Kvarner’s gastronomy and culture, Dalmatia’s whole joy of life. And Zagreb, the truly undiscovered capital city. I never tire of any of them. So close to stunning Slovenia and Montenegro too. Easy to enjoy several countries in just one holiday. Closer to the UK than many people imagine. No long flights. Manageable small airports.

I’ve carefully inspected every property in the brochure and have stayed in them all. Descriptions are honest and fair.

I have a home in beautiful Croatia. You’ll see why. Enjoy your holidays … Uzivajte u Hrvatskoj! (As we say).” 

It's time for you to experience Croatia, everybody is talking about it!

From the air, Croatia’s coastline is breathtakingly beautiful as deep, emerald pine woods descend to the shore, then white stone beaches and islands sparkle before the bright sapphire blue of the Adriatic Sea hits your eyes. This is Croatia’s wow factor.

For many years the tourist board has used the slogan “the Mediterranean as it once was”. It’s a perfect description of this amazing little country of 1,244 islands of which approximately 50 are inhabited. 

There are few destinations less than a three hour flight from the UK that offer the diversity of Croatia. Many visitors head for the coast and islands where the pristine waters of the Adriatic are some of the cleanest in the world. More than 130 beaches and marinas have .been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status.

This new country became independent in 1991, and joined the European Union in 2013. It has a long and colourful history as liburnian, Illyrian and other tribes, the Romans, Venetians, Hungarians and Ottomans have all left their cultural stamp. 

In some places, tiny stone houses and temples are still standing from Illyrian times and national treasures also include Roman relics, medieval walled cities, churches, basilicas, palaces and temples in styles from Byzantine to Baroque. 

Exquisite stone carvings are seen on buildings in even the smallest cobbled streets. Quaint villages and towns usually lead to a hidden cloister here or a beautiful piazza there. Simply stunning. 

So what of contemporary Croatia? Croatians on the coast enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle with the flair and charm of the Italians just across the water. Customs such as the afternoon siesta in summer and the ‘corsa’ evening walk are all here, as are festivals of dance, music and tradition using the open-air treasures as a stage. 

Service is usually of a high standard in even the simplest of restaurants and many of the world’s brand names are available in quality shops and stores.

Temperatures in July and August, the hottest months, are 28-32ºC. May, June and September are usually sunny and between 22-25ºC, April and October are often around a pleasant 16-21ºC and nights can be a little cooler. The sea usually remains warm until mid October. Water is of high quality and is drinkable everywhere. 

Closer than you think too. Flight times are short. London to Pula, Rijeka and Zagreb is usually two hours 15 minutes and to Dubrovnik two hours 30 minutes. 

Whatever you choose on the coast or islands, less than a two-hour drive inland will take you into a different world of national parks, forests, waterfalls, mountains and rural traditions. We strongly recommend taking some excursions or hiring a car to explore.

FACTS ABOUT CROATIA

Modern country, joined European Union in 2013. High standards in tourism, healthcare and education. Population of 4.6 million. English widely spoken. Average 11 million tourists a year, around 400,000 from UK. Tap water safe to drink. Two pin round plug as elsewhere in Europe/220v

Money

Not the Euro in Croatia! Croatian currency is the Kuna divided into 100 Lipa. Available in UK but best rate obtained in Croatia. Use cash machines, banks, bureaux de changes and hotels. Credit cards accepted in larger businesses/restaurants and in hotels. Euro is the currency in Slovenia and Montenegro.

Driving & Car Hire

There’s absolutely no need to be nervous about driving in Croatia. This is a small country - from Dubrovnik in the south to Zagreb in the north is 242 miles.

Toll motorways are excellent and connect Zagreb with coastal resorts and an excellent ferry network links islands to mainland stays .Roads are well signposted and traffic police usually speak English. 

The Adriatic coast road and some of the roads on the islands twist here and there. Hiring a car, even for a few days of your stay, will allow you to see more of the country off the beaten track and self-drive from your arrival airport is sometimes quicker than a transfer. 

Excursions & Activites

Many boat trip options from everywhere. Fish picnics. Both small coves and long beaches. Excursions include historic places, national parks, cities and islands. Book with our local representative. Istria and Kvarner Riviera bases permit Venice day trip and twin-centre with neighbouring Slovenia are easy.

From Dubrovnik area, visit Montenegro to the south. Amazing coastline and water-based activities go hand-in-hand: diving, kayaking, boat hire, most watersports. Big on tennis. Horse-riding and swimming with horses (for stays in Pula and Fazana).

Eating Out

Proximity to Italy means great pasta, risotto and pizza! Big on seafood and fish on coast. Superb dried ham (like Parma ham) and local cheeses. Much organic produce. Famous Kvarner Bay scampi (langoustines) and Ston mussels and oysters. Award winning olive oil. Superb named wines and cheaper local carafe selection. Good local and international beers. Restaurants, konobas (rustic/less formal) and fast food options. Inland more meat-based dishes. Choice.

Culture,Heritage & Festivals

Croatia is predominantly a Catholic country with many celebrations and religious festivals. In addition, there are often music, film, drama, sporting and festivals of gastronomy. If you are in Istria during truffle season (mid September to late October) you’ll see how this ‘Istrian gold’ is celebrated!

The Split Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (both July to August) are probably the best known events where Croatian and international artistes perform. Tickets are reasonably priced.

The Festival Kvarner is now in its fourth year and is the dream come true of a young Austrian conductor. Our clients staying in Opatija or Lovran on the concert dates in September will receive complimentary tickets. Most resorts (even the smallest) have a summer festival of some kind celebrating music and tradition so look out for posters and details.

The Ulysses Festival on the Brijuni islands takes place in August and includes performances of Shakespeare’s works in stunning open-air settings. 

The beautiful, truly Croatian town of Omis south of Split has a number of “klapa” events in summer (a capella singing which originates from this region). 

Croatia has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: Split and the Palace of Diocletian, the old city of Dubrovnik, the complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, the historic city of Trogir, Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, the Stari Grad Plain on the Island of Hvar and the Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

Here is a rough guide to whats on in Croatia this year.... Festivals & events.

Representatives

We have representatives in most resorts with the exception of the islands of Rab, Krk, Cres, Brijuni, Sipan, Mljet, in Zagreb, Otocec Castle in Slovenia and at some self-catering properties. We provide a telephone contact for any emergencies. 

Today, many people often want to be independent, are well travelled and do not want a representative holding their hand. With this in mind, and in order to keep costs down so that you get better value, our representatives will meet you on arrival and will give you an information envelope with details of excursions, their contact details and availability. 

Our representatives do not attend at hotels on a daily basis and you will usually meet them at your hotel once during your stay. However, please feel free to contact them at any time. Where hotels allow, there will be a Prestige Holidays information book in the hotel reception and this contains useful information for your stay.

For details about transfers and ferries please refer to our brochure – you can download it from this website.