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Croatia

Dramatic mountainous landscapes and charming pebbled beaches, lapped by crystal clear water abound Croatia. The amazing mix of ageless untouched scenery, coupled with marvellously preserved millennia-old architecture and a lively modern cultural, art scenes promise you rewarding times.
The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern attractions. The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary is Zagreb's principal landmark, and Mirogoj, its undisputable architectural gem. Walk down cobblestone streets and visit old, medieval churches and towers. Nicknamed the 'Mediterranean Flower', Croatia's second-largest city, Split's amazes with historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture, of which the Diocletian's Palace is the crown jewel. Dubrovnik is as eternal as Venice. This picture-perfect medieval walled city offers ancient stone buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fortified ramparts rising above red-tiled rooftops. Rector's Palace, the 15th-century palace is the architectural mixes both the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Set beside the glittering Adriatic Sea, Pula is home to the most complete Roman colosseum, the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.

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Things to do

Exploring the city on the Dalmatian Coast - The medieval walls afford ever-changing views out to sea and over the old town, and hark back to the 13th century. These ancient City walls are amazingly intricate and complex system of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts. The charming pedestrian-only old town is packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications.

Tour to the city Split - Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. One of the places to evolve over time is the Riva Waterfront in Split. Stroll along the Riva waterfront towards the west, along the numerous cafes and shops, enjoying the view of the south facade of the Palace and watching the boats, island ferries, cruise ships, fishing vessels and sailing rigs bob in the twinkling harbour.

The old towns of Zagreb - The Croatian capital, Zagreb has a romantic medieval old town, Gornji Grad, home to the parliament and the cathedral, and Austro-Hungarian buildings in Donji Grad, which include several excellent museums.'The belly of Zagreb', the Dolac market is the best place in Zagreb for fresh products, most often sold by local producers. What makes it unique is its red beach umbrella market.

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Best time to visit Throughout the year

Summer: June to September - The Mediterranean coast is perfect for that sun tan you have been waiting for. The beaches are busy at these times and the cafes are lively. It is also the peak season as the locals from inland throng the coasts. Mind the midday heat during these months. Early June and late September are good shoulder months to visit Croatia.

Spring: March to May - Spring starts by mid-March and is definitely a pleasant time to visit Croatia. Warm and dry weather is best suited for hiking and other outdoor adventure including cycling.

Autumn: October to November - Autumn brings with it a burst of colours in Croatia. It is the perfect time to explore Plitvice Lakes area and Krka River.

Winter: December to February - Inland Croatia becomes quite cold during winters. Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik along the coast receive plenty of sunshine and are great spots to visit during these months.

How to reach

Air

  • Other than Croatia Airlines, Trade Air and European Coastal Airlines offer seasonal services to Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Split, Zadar and various coastal and island destinations.

Road

  • Public transport in Croatia is excellent, with extensive bus, and ferry networks. Bus network is extensive, and buses are frequent, fairly reliable, and affordable.

  • Bus stations are usually in the centre of town, or within walking distance from the centre.

  • If you decide to rent a car, you'll find that roads are in great condition and driving around is pretty easy. Taxis are still very expensive in Croatia, except in Zagreb and Rijeka. Taxi service is heavily regulated, and fares are fixed. Taxi-meters are a norm, so make sure your driver turns it on. Ferries are cheap if you don't travel by car.

  • The largest ferry company is Jadrolinija, operating majority of routes with its extensive fleet of ferries and catamarans connecting the main coastal centres and islands year-round, with services extended in the tourist season.

Rail

  • Train travel within Croatia is unfortunately very limited, except some selected routes. Croatian Railways (www.hzpp.hr) can be a perfect way to travel between Zagreb and towns in the northern and inland parts of the country. Cities of Zagreb and Osijek have good tram systems.