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Best Places to Visit

Dubrovnik is by far the most popular destination on Croatia holidays. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the town is nestled on the south-west coast. Between the historic city walls lie marble streets lined with quaint coffee shops, architectural gems from the Baroque period and historic churches and museums showcasing the city's lively and often turbulent history. Dubrovnik provides plenty of variety for tourists on cultural breaks and sightseeing opportunities. Close to the city walls is the Dominican Monastery. The monastery is extraordinary not only because of its 15th-century architectural design but because of its significance in the history and cultural heritage of Dubrovnik. The attached museum houses an outstanding collection of Renaissance art which should not be missed. All of these attractions together help to explain why Dubrovnik dominates Croatia's tourism market. However, there are plenty of other destinations worthy of visiting too, from its inland cities to its coastline, beach resorts and islands.

Hvar, the most fashionable island off Croatia's coast, boasts not only the trendiest of spots but also breath-taking natural beauty. From rolling hills and bursting vineyards to boutique fashion outlets and first class nightclubs, this island has it all. Because of its popularity, it is becoming one of the pricier islands but if you're willing to look hard enough, you could find accommodation and activities that won't break the bank.

Those who are looking for an area of Croatia that is relatively untouched by tourism should consider the islands of Cres and Losinj in the westernmost point of the Kvarner Gulf. Spend lazy days in the rustic fishing village of Losinj and explore the lush vegetation and deciduous forest of Cres.

Don't get caught up on the islands for too long because Zagreb, the centrally located capital of Croatia, has just as much to offer. As the largest city in Croatia, it is the perfect combination of history, culture and nightlife. Visit the uptown, with its narrow cobbled streets and 18th-century architecture, for a reminder of what once was, and downtown for a taste of 21st-century comforts.

Just north of Zagreb is Varaždin, Croatia's old Baroque capital. Home to ancient pastel-coloured palaces, ornate churches and a famous graveyard which is now a historical monument, the town is well worth a visit on package holidays to Croatia.

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Need to know

Language

Croatian is the official language of Croatia, with the vast majority of the people speaking it. A large percentage of inhabitants speak English, which is widely used in commerce, throughout the tourism industry and in the coastal areas of the country. German is also spoken by some Croats, as is Italian, largely because of the influx of German and Italian visitors during peak seasons. This is good news for English-speakers primarily, although French visitors might find their language unusually scarce here.

Currency

The local currency is the kuna (Kn). While euros are accepted for some items, this is completely at the discretion of the service provider. The euro is not official currency so it is best to keep a cash supply of kuna or use debit cards, travellers' cheques or credit cards to withdraw the appropriate funds. ATMs are readily available in Croatian cities, towns, resorts, banks, supermarkets and airports. Money can be easily exchanged at post offices, travel agencies, banks and exchange bureaux. Try to stay away from changing money at hotels, which are notorious for offering bad exchange rates.

Visas

A 90-day visa-free exemption can be obtained on arrival for EU, EEA and Schengen region citizens. Nationals of other countries that do not qualify for this exemption will need to apply for a short-stay visa from the Croatian embassy in their home country before travelling. The fee for this short-stay visa depends on where you are travelling from and you will need to make sure the visa does not expire before your planned return journey.

Climate

Weather in Croatia differs vastly from inland to the coast, with the former areas experiencing more of a continental climate and the coast more of a Mediterranean temperature. During summer (July to September), temperatures are around 30°C in coastal areas like Dubrovnik. Tourists are everywhere and prices are sure to skyrocket. During winter (December to February), inland cities like Zagreb are best avoided if you're looking for an outdoor vacation as temperatures drop significantly.

Main Airports

The main international airport is in Croatia's capital, Zagreb. Sometimes referred to as Pleso Airport, Zagreb Airport is well-equipped to handle international traffic. Other international gateways in use are located in Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka. Pula Airport is used for regional travel while Osijek Airport in Slavonia is popular with low-cost airlines and can be handy for travel into Croatia.

Flight Options

A national carrier flies direct from London to the capital, Zagreb. Travellers will find direct flights from London Gatwick to the coastal city of Dubrovnik. Alternatively, travellers could choose a cheaper airline, which flies between London Gatwick and Split, or from Exeter and Birmingham to Dubrovnik. The travel time between London and Zagreb is approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Travel Advice

The highest prices for airfares are between May and September, and over the Christmas and Easter holidays, so book early or consider moving your trip outside of peak season. It’s not possible to fly directly into Croatia from outside of Europe, so visitors coming from elsewhere will need to catch a connecting flight from a major European hub.

Other Transport Options

Travelling from London to Zagreb with a rail ticket is possible but the journey will cost as much as, if not more than, a direct flight. For European residents, a better option is an inter-rail ticket which will get travellers into Croatia at a reduced price via a more scenic route. Prices vary according to age and duration of travel.

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Feiten

  1. De lange Adriatische kustlijn van Kroatië is onderdeel van de westelijke kant van dit vlindervormige land en sluit het naburige Bosnië-Herzegovina vrijwel geheel af van de zee. De korte Bosnische kust snijdt in het zuiden een gedeelte van Kroatië af van de rest van het land, waaronder ook Dubrovnik.
  2. Het centrale gedeelte van het land wordt smaller tussen zowel de noord- als de zuidgrens. Het smalste gedeelte ligt ter hoogte van de stad Karlovac, waar de grenzen maar 50 km van elkaar verwijderd zijn.
  3. De naam van het land is waarschijnlijk afkomstig van een oude stam die eeuwen geleden in het gebied woonde, maar niemand weet waar die op hun beurt hun naam vandaan hadden gehaald.

Feiten

  1. De lange Adriatische kustlijn van Kroatië is onderdeel van de westelijke kant van dit vlindervormige land en sluit het naburige Bosnië-Herzegovina vrijwel geheel af van de zee. De korte Bosnische kust snijdt in het zuiden een gedeelte van Kroatië af van de rest van het land, waaronder ook Dubrovnik.
  2. Het centrale gedeelte van het land wordt smaller tussen zowel de noord- als de zuidgrens. Het smalste gedeelte ligt ter hoogte van de stad Karlovac, waar de grenzen maar 50 km van elkaar verwijderd zijn.
  3. De naam van het land is waarschijnlijk afkomstig van een oude stam die eeuwen geleden in het gebied woonde, maar niemand weet waar die op hun beurt hun naam vandaan hadden gehaald.

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