Cheap Holidays to Croatia
Popular Destinations in Croatia
Croatia Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Croatia
The beautiful country of Croatia offers so many different types of accommodation it is sure to satisfy any type of holidaymaker. Whether it’s a luxury hotel with a seaside view, self-catered apartment in the city centre or your own rented yacht in the marina, there is something for everyone.
With big cities and beach resorts, and historic villages in between, you’ll be able to see the lot on holiday in Croatia. Whether you’re after a relaxing vacation by the pool in your own villa, or fancy driving around the coast staying at local guest houses and inns, it’s all available in Croatia.
Where to stay
When traveling on holiday to Croatia, one place that’s definitely worth visiting is the country’s capital, Zagreb. It’s the largest city in Croatia and is a cosmopolitan metropolis which has an impressive array of both modern and historical attractions and hotels. Dating all the way back to the 11th century, this buzzing city has vastly developed into a cultural hub and a centre for academia and government, which makes it a brilliant place to go sightseeing. The beautiful architecture of the Upper Town boasts stunning medieval churches and charming cobbled streets, while the Lower town is the more modern part where you can see how much of a growing city Zagreb really is.
A popular destination in recent years and the second largest city in Croatia, Split has plenty to offer its visitors. Boasting the rather romantic nickname of the ‘Mediterranean Flower’, this Croatian city lives up to its name with a beautiful setting on the Dalmatian Coast and the stunning Diocletian’s Palace which was built all the way back around 300AD. There is plenty to see on walking trips throughout the city of Split where you can take in impressive Gothic and Renaissance, go shopping at Green Market, walk along the seaside promenade and even take a dip in the sea at Bacvice beach. A Split holiday is guaranteed to be a jam-packed one.
A visit to Dubrovnik is any history buff’s dream and therefore has become a hugely popular sightseeing destination. With another lovely nickname, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, this beautiful Croatian city was founded in the 7th century and has one of the most impressive and memorable collections of palaces, churches, defensive walls and cobblestone streets all located in the Old Town. Famously, this is also the filming setting for the hugely popular TV show, Game of Thrones where you can visit King’s Landing and channel your inner Lannister. With a stunning setting right by the sea you can take in the views of the orange tiled rooftops contrasting against clear blue skies and glistening Adriatic. Relax at a luxury hotel or one of many cheaper apartments, most of which are close to the array of lovely beaches and all within walking distance from the Old Town, where you can soak up the sun and have a refreshment or three.
What to see
Croatia has an absolutely beautiful landscape with many natural wonders including parks, lakes, miles of coastline and bustling beaches. Plitvice National Park boasts and impressive 16 connected lakes which vary in size and intensity of colour, and can be explored by wooden walkways or by boat.
The Krka National Park, located within driving distance of Split, features breathtaking waterfalls, amazing wildlife and hiking trails along the clear pools where you can even take a dip.
Venture away from the mainland to the beautiful island of Korcula, which is known as the birthplace of famous historical traveler Marco Polo. The lush green island also features an array of sandy beaches, quaint villages and scenic vineyards making it the perfect place to get away for a relaxing time. Korcula Town will also tick the boxes for history fanatics who can take in the Venetian Renaissance architecture and enjoy some shopping in the colourful markets.
From the cute tavernas on the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik to big clubs in Split, there is a bustling nightlife to be enjoyed in Croatia. The islands of Hvar, Pag and Vis are very popular in the summer months, with tourists and locals alike, who jump on ferry boats to enjoy themselves in a lively party environment.
If your idea of a perfect night out is a pub crawl, some great cocktails, live music and a cool city hot-spot, then look no further than Zagreb, Zadar and Rijeka. There you can enjoy some culture as well as some fun on your Croatian holiday. The Croatian islands are ideal for the ravers who want to party until dawn and repeat all over again the next day.
What to eat
Croatian food is a veritable mix of cuisines influenced by neighbouring countries such as Hungary and Turkey as well as a strong historical Slavic feel, especially in the mainland. With vibrant cities such as Dubrovnik and Zagreb there are many different restaurants to choose from, including local, international and of course the ever present fast food places.
If you really want to explore the best of what Croatia has to offer we suggest you try the seafood. Because of its long coastline, wherever you go in Croatia you're likely to find eateries serving fresh fish and crustaceans. Octopus salad, black risotto and the brudet sarma are among some of the best local delicacies. Meat eaters can opt for the cabbage filled with mince and rice, or the prolific spit-roasted lamb, which is extremely popular among the people of Croatia.
A holiday without souvenirs for family (or treats for yourself) isn’t a holiday at all and there are many great places to shop while on holiday in Croatia. For a proper spree head to City Centre One Split or the Mall of Split, both modern shopping centres offering up high street brands, designer gear and tech. The Dolac market in Zagreb offers a more authentic Croatian feel with a mix of old and new and a great buzz in the air. Another popular shopping destination is Dubrovnik which boasts designer shops, outdoor markets as well as all the touristy souvenir shops your heart desires on the main street of Stradun.
Fast Facts about Croatia
- Direct flight time: 2.5 hours from London
- Time Zone: CET (+1 hour)
- Currency: Croatian Kuna
- Language: Croatian
- Average price of a domestic beer: 15kn
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 40kn