Croatia is fast becoming a new favourite for European holidays, with its fascinating history, stunning coastlines and vibrant cities making it an endlessly interesting country to visit. If you’re interested in hiking through lush mountains and forests, exploring Roman ruins or yachting on the glistening Mediterranean sea, holidays to Croatia are ideal. And they offer so much more too.
Fantastic cheap holidays to Croatia can be found for stays in the historic cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Pula, but if you’re looking for really stunning package holidays in the area, the island-dotted coastline is definitely worth exploring too.
Croatia’s such a great destination to visit that we named it one of our top 10 summer holiday destinations this year. If you’re interested in finding out why, or looking for a bit more inspiration for where to go next, you can find the full list here.
If you're travelling as a family or you just want a beach escape, the Croatian summer has it all. The best months to book all inclusive holidays in Croatia run from May to October. May to late June are ideal for romantic visits, as the summer school holidays haven't kicked in. But you'll also find cheap holidays to Croatia in the "off" season. Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar are all appealing at any time of year (though swimming and kayaking may not be on the agenda until the summer). Similarly, if you just want to lose yourself in Plitvice or other national parks, spring and autumn work well - and offer opportunities to save as well.
If you're thinking about visiting Croatia from the UK, flying is definitely the best way to travel, and it's not a hard destination to reach. Flights to Zagreb leave from London Heathrow, while seasonal flights depart for Split from Bristol, Luton, Glasgow, Newcastle, and many other UK airports. Flight times tend to be around 2 hours 20 minutes, but remember: Croatia is 1 hour ahead of London, so set your clocks before arrival.
Aside from punching above its weight in the footballing world, Croatia has a lot of other attractive aspects. The coastline if famously unspoilt, sun-soaked, and photogenic, while cities like Zadar and Dubrovnik have kept their historical core intact in a way that other destinations have failed to do. Culture fans may appreciate Croatia's tradition of hosting live music festivals (Sonus and Hideout being particularly well-attended). And gastronomes will be in seventh heaven, with fine seafood, meat dishes, local wines, and sweets like rozata competing with any European cuisines. So there's a lot to enjoy when you book holidays in Croatia with Lastminute.com.
Can't decide where to stay in Croatia? Here's a list of five popular Croatian holiday destinations:
Croatia’s coastline is idyllic and often pristine; a real effort is made to preserve the natural beauty and local identity of the ports and beaches. There are hundreds of islands along the coastline, meaning plenty of beaches to choose from. Fortunately, island hopping is very easy and quick with the numerous boats and ferries operating. Krk, known as the golden island, is the biggest and most popular with families and those seeking a traditional – but very special – beach holiday. As well as relaxing on the soft sand, Krk’s beaches are a popular place to try out jet skiing and paragliding.
A country rich in history and keen on celebrating and maintaining its traditions, you won’t have to travel very far on a Croatian holiday to come across fascinating ruins, quaint old villages or monuments. Zagreb, a city in the Central Croatia region, is a great choice for culture-vultures for its tremendous architecture and sights. Its medieval Old City, complete with winding little streets, squares and cafes, is a great place for a city break. Wander the streets and soak up the friendly atmosphere, visit one of the numerous museums or stop at a local restaurant for a Central Croatian delicacy such as strukli – delicious cheese-filled pasta.
Around 150km outside of Zagreb is one of the most incredible natural sights in the whole of Europe. Plitvice National Park is a natural complex consisting of a breathtaking landscape of forestry, mountains and 16 inter-connected, turquoise lakes. The area was preserved as a national park in the 1940s, and later became an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes have existed and even been inhabited for thousands of years, and have long-since been famous for the wildlife, flora and fauna and views. Well-kept paths lead you around the lake and there are even boat trips available.
Holiday packages that are all-inclusive are going to deliver great evening entertainment as standard, but for nightlife hotspots, the best places to stay during the winter are Zagreb, Split and Zadar. These cities offer relaxed but vibrant bar scenes and non-pretentious clubs with modest entrance fees which keep going till the early hours. In the hot summer months, people head to the island to party. Hvar and Tisno and the city of Pula rock with a series of crowd-attracting music festivals such as the Outlook dub-step and drum-and-bass festival.
The weather for Croatia on the Adriatic coast is pleasantly Mediterranean with average August temperatures ranging from 21°C to 39°C. Upland regions are popular for skiing as the winter weather is seasonably cold and snowy.
Whatever you want from your holiday this year, Croatia is one of Europe’s unexpected marvels, and is bursting with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. With an endless choice of great beaches, colourful cities and rolling natural landscapes, there really is something for everyone. When you book your holiday to lastminute.com, you can enjoy it all for amazing value.