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This eastern European hotspot on the Adriatic is blessed with natural and cultural treasures. Its sparkling turquoise coastline is dotted with ancient towns and beautiful beaches and central Croatia is home to spectacular national parks and waterfalls. The country has over 1,000 islands and each offers something special, from glamorous Hvar to unspoilt Mljet. Croatia holidays are a great choice for a sunny escape.
Hot temperatures hitting the high 20s in summer, and cool but pleasant winters
Fly to: Split (SPU), Dubrovnik (DBV), Pula (PUY) and Zadar (ZAD) for Croatia's beach resorts.
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Croatia has plenty of place to stay from simple Self-Catering apartments to large all inclusive beach resorts. The Dalmatian coast stretches along the western edge of the country with Split at its central point and lovely seaside towns dotted along the shoreline. Further south you'll find Brela and Makarska, both excellent choices for a sunny escape with easy access to beautiful beaches and Croatia's stunning islands.
You can be as active or as lazy as you like on a Croatian holiday. The stunning coastline is just as appealing whether you're lounging under an umbrella on the beach or touring the neighbouring islands on a boat trip. Head south to the Dalmatian Coast for warmer weather and a selection of beautiful beaches. From here it's an easy boat ride across to the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula.
When it comes to finding a stunning beach, you can't go wrong with the Dalmatian Coast. The island of Brac is best known for its south coast beach, Zlatni Rat and Hvar's best bet is Uvala Dubovica, which features pebble beach and a shallow bay. The 61km long Makarska Riviera is home to some beautiful bays and hidden coves. In Makarska itself, you'll find plenty of water sports options including banana boats, jet skis and pedalos.
In central Croatia, Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage national park that can be visited quite easily on a half day trip from either Zadar or Zagreb. It's home to 16 crystal clear turquoise lakes and a series of spectacular waterfalls. Krka national park, around a 30 minute drive from Sibenik, is a lesser visited option with gorges, waterfalls and river rapids. Scuba divers should head to the Kornati Islands to explore the clear waters and wrecks that around 90 half submerged islands.
Dubrovnik's old town is surrounded by ancient city walls and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Much of the town's stunning architecture, including Baroque and Gothic churches, has been preserved within the walls. In Split, you can explore an impressive Roman palace in the centre of town and an archaeological museum. There's also a Roman forum in the centre of Zadar.
Beach lovers: Croatia's best beaches are located on the Dalmatian coastline in the south of the country and you'll find many of them on islands including Brac and Hvar.
History buffs: The old walled city of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as is the Historical Complex of Split.
Nature fans: Plitvice Lakes is a stunning national park with 16 crystal clear lakes and a series of dramatic waterfalls. Divers will love exploring the crystal clear waters around the Kornati Islands.
Language: Croatian is the official language but English is widely spoken throughout the country.
Currency: The Croatian Kuna.
Local Time: One hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: Zadar and Split on the Dalmatian coast; Pula on the Istrian riviera; and Dubrovnik in the south.
Flight Time from the UK: 2-3 hours depending on which airport you fly to.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Croatia can be found at http://www.croatia.hr/.
Visa and Health: Visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for travel advice.
Temperature: Late 20s (°C) in July and August
Best time to visit Croatia: You can expect between 10 and 12 hours of sunshine per day from June to September. Temperatures reach the high 20s (°C) during the summer months and occasionally hit the 30s (°C). Summers are dry and it very rarely rains. It's generally warmer in the south of the country but the weather doesn't vary too much between regions.
By Train: Although trains connect most places of interest in central Croatia, there are no services that link the coastal towns. Although there is a route that operates between Zagreb and Split and Rijeka.
By Taxi: Taxis are easy to find in the popular resorts. They're metered but it's still always worth asking for the price first to prevent drivers from overcharging you. Most drivers speak English.
By Boat: A regular ferry service runs from Venice to towns on the Istrian peninsula including Porec and Pula. Boat trips to the islands operate from several coastal towns.
By Hire Car: Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive.
By Bus: Croatia's buses are a cheap and efficient way to travel throughout the country. The bus network provides long-distance express services and connections between small villages. Most of the airports offer direct services to the popular resorts.
For a culture fix: Dubrovnik's summer festival takes place in July and August and is Croatia's oldest festival. Performances including concerts, theatrical events, dance shows and late-night parties held in and around the old town.
For music fans: Croatia is home to a number of popular festivals throughout the summer season.
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