MEMORABLE HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA

Enjoy the Wow Factor from the North to the South of the Country

Opatija

As the leading specialist in the industry for holidays to Croatia, we're proud of our extensive range of options to explore one of the most beautiful and historically rich countries in Europe.

We offer a vast range of cruises and fly-drive itineraries (see below), with accommodation from 3-star up to luxury 5-star hotels, as well as apartments and self-catering options. We also cover neighbouring Montenegro if you're interested in a twin centre break.

The extraordinarily beautiful coastline includes 1244 islands, only about 50 of which are inhabited. Amidst the unique, unspoilt natural beauty of the landscape, the roads are rarely crowded, and this is a place where you just feel different. The surrounding ocean is renowned for its cleanliness, and the gorgeous beaches have more than 150 Blue Flag awards.

The country's rich heritage is punctuated by influences the Ottoman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian cultures left behind. The very tangible evidence of this can be enjoyed in the Byzantine and Baroque architecture of the well-preserved medieval walled cities, palaces and churches. Today the country exudes a laidback Mediterranean lifestyle with a cultured, stylish edge reflected in its service standards.

No matter where you choose to base yourself on the coast or islands, you'll only ever be about two hours from the stunning inland regions. Here you'll find a different world - one of lush national parks, pristine waterfalls and verdant forests.

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Cruises - The breathtakingly beautiful Croatian Adriatic

Get ready to be overwhelmed. The Croatian coast and her islands are beautiful beyond belief. The sea and everything and anything “maritime” is part of the Croatian soul. Locals constantly talk about their boats, telling tales of the sea.

All of our cruises are casual cruises. It’s all about relaxing. No Ritz of the Seas, no ball gowns. Leave your dinner jacket and tiara at home. Not needed here. Casual clothes and a relaxed attitude are order of the Adriatic!

Our Expert - Julia Berg

“I’ve been spreading the word about stunning Croatia since I first fell in love with the country 24 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 the Country Everybody is Talking About!

At first sight from the air, the country's wow factor hits you right between the eyes. The coastline is astoundingly beautiful, with dense emerald pinewoods spilling down to the white stone beaches, and the scattering of islands sparkling like jewels in the sapphire velvet of the Adriatic Sea.

The slogan "the Mediterranean as it once was", used by the country's tourist board, is the perfect description for this stunning country that encompasses 1,244 islands – only 50 of which are inhabited.

Holidays in Croatia offer a breadth and diversity of attractions that you won’t find in many other destinations that are under three hours from the UK. Many visitors base themselves on the islands or along the coastline, where the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic rate among the cleanest in the world and the coveted Blue Flag status has been awarded to more than 130 beaches and marinas.

Gaining its independence in 1991, this brand new country became part of the European Union in 2013. With a storied heritage influenced by ancient tribes including the Illyrians and Liburnians, then later by the Romans, Ottomans, Venetians and Hungarians, many cultures have left their indelible stamp on the country.

In many places, tangible evidence remains from Illyrian times in the tiny stone houses and temples, and amongst the other national treasures scattered throughout the country are Byzantine and Baroque basilicas, churches, palaces and temples, medieval cities and Roman relics. Wander through any of the quaint villages or towns, and the small cobbled streets usually lead to secret cloisters, hidden piazzas and exquisite stone carvings. It is, in a word, stunning.

But this is a country that's also remarkably contemporary, with a laidback Mediterranean lifestyle tinged by the charm and flair of the Italians just across the water. The traditions like the “corsa” evening stroll and the afternoon siesta are charmingly adhered to, along with the customs of al fresco dancing and music set against ancient landmarks.

Even in the most humble of restaurants, service is usually of a high standard and many luxury brands are available in the shops.

The hottest months are July and August, when temperatures reach around 28-32ºC. May, June and September are usually sunny and pleasant, with temperatures of 22-25ºC, while April and October are a little cooler at around 16-21ºC. The sea maintains a comfortable warm temperature until mid October. The drinking water is potable and of high quality.

The country may be closer than you think, with flight times from London to Dubrovnik taking around two hours 30 minutes, and to Pula, Rijeka and Zagreb around two hours 15 minutes.

Wherever you choose to base yourself on the coast or on any of the islands, you're never more than a gentle two-hour drive from the spectacular inland region, where you can explore the lovely rural countryside of forests, national parks, waterfalls and mountains.

Holidays in Croatia can be greatly enhanced by taking some day trip excursions, so we highly recommend hiring a car while you're there.

FACTS ABOUT CROATIA

The country is modern and progressive, becoming a member of the European Union in 2013 and maintaining high standards of education, tourism and healthcare. English is widely spoken throughout the 4.6 million-strong population, and it is visited by around 11 million tourists a year - around 400,000 of them from the UK. The two-pin round electrical plug is used, as elsewhere in Europe (220v), and the tap water is safe to drink.

Money

Although it's part of the EU, the currency is not the Euro but the Kuna, which is divided into 100 Lipa. You can obtain Kuna in the UK before you leave, but you'll get a better rate once you arrive. Currency is available in cash machines, banks, hotels and bureaux de changes, and credit cards are accepted in hotels and larger businesses/restaurants. Slovenia and Montenegro use the Euro.

Car Hire & Driving | Croatia Holidays

It's easy to get around this compact country by car so there's no need to be nervous when driving. 

The toll motorways that connect Zagreb with the coastal resorts are in excellent condition, and there's also a very reliable and regular ferry service linking the islands to the mainland. The traffic police usually speak English and the roads are well signposted.

Along the Adriatic coast road and on the islands you'll encounter some twists and turns, but nothing to make you too nervous. Holidays to Croatia allow you to explore some wonderful off-the-beaten-track places, so you should consider hiring a car even if it's just for a few days. Self-driving from the airport to your final destination is often quicker than a transfer.

Excursions & Activites

Wherever you stay you'll be able to take advantage of the many options for boat trips to take you to secret coves and beaches. Other excursions that you can book with our local representatives include day trips to national parks, historic sites and the cities and islands. If you stay in Istria or the Kvarner Riviera, you'll be able to include a day trip to Venice, and twin-centre holidays with neighbouring Slovenia are easy to include with Croatia holidays.

Holidays to Croatia based around the Dubrovnik region make it easy to visit Montenegro in the south and, of course, the incredible coastline offers a wealth of water-based activities, including kayaking, boat hire, diving and most other watersports. There are also opportunities to play tennis, go horse riding - and even go swimming with horses, for stays in Fazana and Pula.

Eating Out

Naturally, the country's proximity to Italy means you'll be able to enjoy plenty of great risottos, pastas and pizzas. Coastal areas make full use of the abundant fresh seafood on offer, and in inland areas you'll find lots of traditional meat-based cuisine.

Some of the gastronomic delicacies not to be missed include local cheese, the special dried hams (like Parma), fresh organic produce, Ston mussels and oysters and the famous Kvarner Bay scampi (langoustines). You may also be tempted by the excellent wines (as well as some cheaper local ones by the carafe), award-winning olive oil and local and international beers. For dining out there's plenty of choice, from fine restaurants to the more rustic konobas and fast food options.

Culture,Heritage & Festivals

This predominantly Catholic country plays host to a great number of religious festivals and celebrations. You'll also be able to participate in any number of sporting, gastronomy, drama, music and film festivals. If you're planning on visiting Istria, come during truffle season (mid September to late October) and you'll be able to celebrate the “Istrian gold” with the locals in the most delicious way!

The best known events in the country are the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Split Summer Festival, both of which are held in July and August. Tickets are reasonably priced and there are performances from both local and international acts.

The Festival Kvarner is the realisation of the dream of a young Austrian conductor. We offer any of our clients staying in Opatija or Lovran on the dates of the concerts complimentary tickets.

Even the smallest resorts usually put on a summer festival of some kind to celebrate with wonderful food, music and traditions, so keep an eye out locally for details.

The wonderful Ulysses Festival takes place on the Brijuni islands in August and comprises Shakespeare’s famous works performed in various picturesque open-air settings.

The very authentic town of Omis, south of Split, gets into festival spirit a number of times throughout summer with their "klapa" events, featuring the a capella singing that originated in this region.

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

Here's a rough guide to what's on if you're planning to visit this year.
Festivals & events.

Representatives

We have representatives in most of the resorts, with the exception of the islands of Rab, Krk, Brijuni, Cres, Sipan, Mljet, in Zagreb, Otocec Castle in Slovenia and at some self-catering properties. For any emergencies that may arise during our clients' holidays in Croatia, we provide a telephone contact.

We find that many well-travelled people enjoy their independence and don’t want the presence of a representative every step of the way. Bearing that in mind, and in the interests of keeping costs down so we can offer exceptional value Croatia holidays, our representatives will be there to meet you and provide an information envelope containing details of all excursions, along with their contact details and availability.

You'll usually only meet our representatives once at your hotel during your stay, and they are not around on a daily basis. However, where the hotels allow, you'll have use of the Prestige Holidays information book in reception, which contains useful information for your stay. You are also free to contact our representatives at any time.
For details about ferries and transfers, please refer to our comprehensive brochure, which you can download from this website.