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While sandy beaches are rare in Croatia, the shingle or pebble beach’s make for some of the clearest waters to be found anywhere in Europe. In fact, one of the wonderful things about the coastline is that almost any little space alongside the sea is suitable for bathing, swimming and relaxing on, no matter how small. Croatia’s beaches often have super surroundings – adjacent to crops of trees or vegetation, close to picturesque harbours, or overlooked by stunning scenery all providing the perfect setting. It also has a rich diverse history with clear architectural influence from the Romans, Venetians and Greeks. Tiny mountainside villages with quaint cobbled streets blend with some of the most breath taking scenery inland to make a holiday destination with something for everyone.

The official language is Croatian, and the local currency is the Euro. See our Croatian for Travellers guide for a more detailed guide and an introduction to the Croatian language!

The main resorts in Croatia are

Zagreb – The capital of Croatia – is a dazzling place, known as the city of museums.  So enjoy the history or simply relax in outdoor cafes watching the world go by.

Istria – Located to the North, its nearest neighbour is Italy. Istria is world renowned for truffles which is often served in thin slivers with fresh pasta or tossed into the pasta as an oil.  Enjoy driving along quiet roads in some of the most unspoilt verdant countryside

Kvarner Riviera  – Enjoy contemporary luxury yet revel in the history of one of the earliest European playgrounds of wealthy Victorians

Croatian islands  – One reason, in our opinion, that the Croatian coastline is so beautiful is that it contains more than one thousand dazzling islands.  There are too many to name but you may recognise Krk, Korcula, Hvar & Brac.  20 years ago I visited Krk and it was simply stunning.

Northern Dalmatia  – The area of North Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera down to around Split. Sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of the more famous resorts and islands further along the coast, the North Dalmatian region has much to offer visitors. The area contains the beautiful coastal towns of Zadar and Trogir, both of which are lovely to base yourself in. Pag island is also in this part of Croatia – the longest Croatian island, it is home to the lively party resort of Novalja

Split – Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Coupled with its strong history – it emerged from a settlement around a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, and the city was also important within Yugoslavia – this lively city sure is worth a visit, however brief

Dubrovnik – An ancient walled City, steeped in history and culture, surrounded by hundreds of islands in a turquoise sea have we whet your appetite for exploring this fascinating region?

Makarska Riviera – Makarska has a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as some superb sea views and a fascinating hinterland a great all round combination for all a good Croatian holiday can offer

Plitvice Lakes – The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Located roughly halfway between capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast, the lakes are a definitely must-see

Climate in Croatia – Coast
Croatia has two climates, as you may well expect. The coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, and relatively mild – though sometimes wet – weather in winter.

Average temperatures during summer should lie in the mid-to-high 20s °C/77-86°F, although it is more likely that you’ll have temperatures well into the 30s °C/high 80s or low 90s °F.

Winters are obviously cooler, although temperatures never really get below about 5°C/41°F. Anything colder than this is considered freak weather, though technically not impossible – February 2009 saw snow in parts of Dalmatia, such as Zadar and Split – see photos of the snow from that time! During winter 2010, some very, very light snowfall even fell as far south as Dubrovnik. (Although it really was a very light dusting of snow.) Late summer and early autumn 2011 has been unusually warm, with temperatures regularly reaching the high teens °C/mid 60s °F, with some people (perhaps the braver ones) still swimming in the sea!

In general during autumn and winter on the coast, you will still experience some sunny days, although it can sometimes get quite rainy




Private Apartments Dubrovnik

Price: £209pp

Enjoy the lovely atmosphere with selection of cafes, cellar bars and restaurants. Most of the private apartments in Dubrovnik are fairly close to the sea (some 1,300 metres) and are all comfortably furnished and equipped.

Category: 3 stars

Board Basis: Self Catering

Other Boards Available: Self-Catering


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