MEMORABLE HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA
Has the wow factor … all the way from north to south!
We’re proud to be the specialist in holidays to Croatia. We have the biggest and widest choice of holidays to one of the most amazing countries in Europe. We can help you with apartments, self-catering, a huge choice of hotels from three star to luxury five stars, tours, fly-drive itineraries and cruises. We also sell neighbouring Montenegro and Slovenia which can compliment holidays in Croatia with a possible twin centre.
Croatia has a breathtakingly beautiful coastline that includes 1244 islands, of which around 50 are inhabited; this is a country where you’ll just feel different. It's a wondrous, unspoilt place where natural beauty prevails. It has a very clean sea, with over 130 Blue Flag awards because of this, and roads are rarely crowded.
Croatia’s history includes Venetian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian cultures. These can be enjoyed today in the medieval walled cities, churches and 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, where you’ll find pristine forests, waterfalls and national parks. Don’t delay – book your holiday to Croatia now!
Looking for something special or tailor-made? Why not talk to our Croatia holidays specialist team who will be happy to put your dream holiday together for you.
Greetings from Our Croatia Expert - Julia Berg
“I’ve been spreading the word about stunning Croatia since I first fell in love withthe country 23 years ago. I have a home in Lovran, speak the language and adore the place – all of it!
A couple of important things to say about Croatia:-
The hotel classification system is a touch curious to put it mildly! Sometimes a fabulous hotel which really is four star superior is awarded only three stars just because some of the rooms are barely one metre too small for the four star standard! I have stayed in every hotel and apartment in this brochure and I’d happily choose every single one for my own holiday.
It’s a wonderful place for a simple relaxing holiday (what some people might call “fly and flop”). If you want to do nothing more than relax by the pool, sunbathe on the beach, swim in the glorious Adriatic with only a seafood lunch as a distraction, then Croatia is for you. The cultural heritage is memorable and even a day trip out will enable you to see aspects of the country’s rich history.
Istria’s award winning wines, pretty coves and Roman history, Kvarner’s amazing gourmet offering and lovely pebble beaches, Dalmatia’s striking coastal backdrop, more Roman history, more excellent beaches and the truly undiscovered capital of Zagreb where a few days can be added to anywhere else in Croatia.
Venetian palaces, islands and boat trips, festivals of food, wine, music, hidden bays, mountains, valleys, time warp villages and that truly amazing coast. It will take your breath away … just as it still does mine.
“Uzivajte u Hrvatskoj” – enjoy yourself in Croatia – 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 that can be found on holidays to 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. It is 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.
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 on your holidays in Croatia.
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
It's not the Euro in Croatia! Croatian currency is the Kuna, divided into 100 Lipa. It's available in UK but the best rate can be obtained once you arrive on your holidays to Croatia – you can use cash machines, banks, bureaux de changes and hotels. Credit cards are accepted in larger businesses/restaurants and in hotels. Euro is the currency in Slovenia and Montenegro.
Driving & Car Hire on Croatia Holidays
There’s absolutely no need to be nervous about driving while on holidays to 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 holidays in Croatia, 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
There are many boat trip options from everywhere. You can enjoy fish picnics and 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 allow you to include a Venice day trip in your Croatia holidays, and twin-centre holidays with neighbouring Slovenia are easy.
From the Dubrovnik area, you can visit Montenegro to the south. The amazing coastline and water-based activities go hand in hand and you can enjoy diving, kayaking, boat hire and most watersports while on holidays to Croatia. It's also big on tennis, horse-riding and swimming with horses (for stays in Pula and Fazana).
Croatia's proximity to Italy means great pasta, risotto and pizza. They're big on seafood and fish on the coast, while inland areas have more meat-based dishes. Delicacies include superb dried ham (like Parma ham) and local cheeses, much organic produce, famous Kvarner Bay scampi (langoustines) and Ston mussels and oysters. There's also award winning olive oil, superb named wines and cheaper local carafe selection, along with good local and international beers. Choose from restaurants, konobas (rustic/less formal) and fast food options. There's plenty of 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 gastronomy festivals. If you are spending your holidays to Croatia 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 artists perform. Tickets are reasonably priced.
The Festival Kvarner is now in its sixth 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 what's on if you're planning Croatia holidays this year..... Festivals & events.
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 that may arise on your holidays in Croatia.
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 from your Croatia holidays, 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 holidays to Croatia. 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 on your holidays in Croatia please refer to our brochure – you can download it from this website.