Croatia is a country of more than 1,000 islands, a long and sunny coastline and rich history. A visit to Croatia is a treat for the senses, with each region showing a new face, from unspoilt islands to Roman ruins and sprawling vineyards.
Croatia can be visited all year round but our favourite months are April – June and September/October.
My affinity with the sea is matched only by my affinity with lying around in the sun, swimming in crystal clear waters, and sipping coffee at sidewalk cafes in picturesque Adriatic villages – I was bound to love Croatia! I spent an incredible week aboard a traditional sailing ship, weaving in and around the gorgeous islands and coast line of southern Croatia. Days were spent sunning ourselves on the deck, reading, relaxing, and swimming when the heat of the day hit. We would pull in to a different island each day, into picture perfect whitewashed villages with terracotta roofs, olive groves and vineyards on rocky landscapes. Simple, but good, food could be had in the local tavernas in the evening, where locally produced wines and equally fruity local characters made for a fantastic and authentic atmosphere, feeling totally immersed in the experience. On the bigger islands you can find absolutely ancient walled cities just oozing with history. The island of Korcula was a favourite. Allegedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, the old walled town is a veritable history book with a strong arts and culture heritage. I will return! Brett
Why we love it Azure, turquoise, aquamarine, royal…never have I seen so many shades of blue than in the Adriatic. Add to that small villages of white washed houses and terracotta roofs, olive groves and vineyards on rocky landscapes, hundreds of picture perfect islands, and ancient walled cities oozing with history, and you have why we love Croatia.
Weather Croatia is best visited during April and October – months which are generally dry and warm. July & August can be quite hot during the day but pleasant at night.
Festivals and events Two of the best are the Rijeka Carnival and the Dubrovnik Carnival, where the streets absolutely come alive.
Thousands of visitors come to Croatia for the celebration of the Rijeka Carnival which goes back years. They come for the ‘ugly masks’ reputed to chase away demons and evil spirits, the street parties, a famous International Parade with participants representing countries around the world, a Children’s Parade, and large-scale eating and drinking. The celebration begins on January 17 and runs for five weeks.
Closely followed by the Dubrovnik Carnival celebrated every February in Croatia for the last 600 years in the heart of Dubrovnik. You will see locals in fabulous costumes or futuristic get-ups, riders in medieval armor carrying lances, street theatre performers and bands.
We've travelled a lot and think overall, that this is possibly the best holiday we've ever had. It worked out perfectly. The time of year was fantastic - before the really crazy busy time in Croatia. The weather was amazing every day. The boat was beautiful and our lower cabin was really good. We checked out the upper ones and we think that ours was more roomy and better laid out. The small crew were very professional, friendly and helpful. We had a great bunch of fellow travellers. Food and wine was excellent and of course plentiful, and there was a lovely balance of relaxing time on board, and activities on shore. It was perfect after the busy time we'd had at the conference in Rome.The arrangements with our rental car worked well. At pick up in Split the agent was very helpful in getting the GPS set to find our village. And at the other end in Zagreb the agent could not have been more helpful, dropping us to our hotel in the inner city after we dropped the car back.The land tour was equally fantastic. Much busier than on the boat, but just perfect. Our bus driver was also the guide and was such a great guy. He was interesting to listen to, and drove that big bus round those little windy coastal roads with such consideration to all the passengers. Again a nice mix of fellow travellers. There was a bit of physical exertion required some days which was great to balance the amazing wine and food. A few of the guests on the trip were not prepared for this, but Zoran the guide kept the group going and gave options for those who could not keep up. Croatia is stunning and I would go back in a heartbeat.