Travel to Croatia
A charming mix of 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts in Croatia helps create a perfect honeymoon, family vacation or European getaway.
If one word could sum up the European country of Croatia, picturesque might be it. With a coastline along the Adriatic Sea, a mountainous interior and nearly 10 national parks, it’s no wonder this country often tops travelers “places to visit” lists.
Known for great beaches, clean water, gorgeous scenery, historic cities, charming villages, striking architecture and Roman ruins, Croatia is a wonderful way to get off the beaten track of Europe and discover a fascinating (and beautiful) part of the world.
The 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Croatia live up to the country’s charm and are sure to make a private getaway, family vacation or honeymoon a memorable one.
CROATIA – AN OLD-SOUL HONEYMOON DESTINATION
It’s hard not to be captivated by Croatia’s old-world charm and character. Its cities are medieval, its sites are historic, and it doesn’t hurt that many of them line the beautiful coastline of the Adriatic Sea. Be sure to choose a 5 star hotel or luxury resort in Croatia for your honeymoon to truly help you lose track of time and enjoy the wonders of this unique country.
CROATIA TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Sightseeing in Croatia – There is no shortage of amazing sites throughout Croatia. The coastal city of Dubrovnik alone could consume several days of your European vacation – and each day would be worth it. Walking the 1.2 miles of Dubrovnik’s city walls is a wonderful way to get a flavor of the area (taking a cable car to Mount Srd gives you another great vantage point). While in town, Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral are must sees. The Roman palace of Diocletian in Split and the medieval buildings on the island of Hvar are also popular sites for travelers.
Nature in Croatia – Many travelers to Europe don’t realize that Croatia is home to 8 national parks teeming with birds, wildlife, waterfalls and much more. One of the most impressive of the eight national parks in Croatia is Paklenica National Park, on the southern side of Velebit, which boasts the largest mountain range in Croatia. Plitvice National Park is the oldest and most popular Croatian national park, with a series of waterfalls, connected lakes and trails to explore throughout the park.
Beaches in Croatia – The Adriatic Coast of Croatia and its numerous islands offer some of the most pristine beaches, with clear turquoise and azure water. The beaches vary from small pebble to rocky inlets and cover more than 3,800 miles of coastline.
Boating in Croatia – The waters around the Adriatic islands between Rijeka and Dubrovnik are a prime boating and yachting reserve. With 66 islands, 652 inlets and 78 reefs, Croatia is a bit of paradise for sailors. Hire a yacht, sailboat or motorboat (with or without a skipper) from one of the 50+ marinas throughout the mainland and islands.
Nightlife in Croatia – Croatia offers an eclectic nightlife. Whether you seek a jazz café, an Irish pub, a dance club playing techno music, a romantic café on the cliffs or something in between, there’s a choice for you on the streets of the larger cities (Dubrovnik, in particular, has many great evening-out options).
Shopping in Croatia – Croatia has a thriving folk-art industry with crafts that make great gifts (check out one of the many open-air markets). Also watch for Dalmatian lace, woodcarvings, ceramics, woolens, wines, tapestries, leather boxes, filigree jewelry, handmade carpets and other locally made items.
Dining in Croatia – At restaurants along the Adriatic coast, you’ll find excellent seafood, especially oysters, prawns, prstaci (date mussels) and Dalmatian brodet (various types of fish, stewed with rice). Spider crab is a delicacy found throughout the islands. Fish is often served grilled whole, and then drizzled with a persillade (olive oil, garlic and parsley). Italian pizzas and pastas are readily available as is other international cuisine, including Chinese, Czech, Hungarian and more.
CROATIA FAST FACTS
Population of Croatia – 4.5+ million
Languages in Croatia – Croatian
Predominant Religions in Croatia – Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Islam
Time Zone in Croatia – 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.
Voltage Requirements in Croatia – 220 volts
Currency in Croatia – Kuna (HRK) is the official currency and is divided into 100 lipa.
Weather in Croatia – May-October is the country’s warmest and driest time (great beach weather), but you may need a sweater in the evenings, even in summer. In the north and interior regions, winters can be particularly cold, drizzly and snowy.
Croatia Geography – Croatia has a very diverse landscape. The interior showcases mountains that are sprinkled with vineyards, castles, lakes and waterfalls. The spectagular, rugged Dalmatia coast has towering mountains that a backdrop for the long, narrow strip of land and rock that is washed by the Adriatic Sea. Offshore, 1,000+ islands are waiting to be explored, some uninhabited and others home to ancient villages.
Safety in Croatia – Croatia is a very safe place to travel in, but always exercise caution and common sense. Don’t leave valuables in the open or unattended, always lock your car doors and stick together at night if you’re walking around the cities.
CROATIA – INSIDER TIP
If you travel to Croatia in June, July or August, don’t miss a klapa competition (small a capella choirs performing traditional songs). Most coastal towns and main towns on the islands Klapa festivals.
CROATIA FUN FACTS
- Croatia has worked hard to define itself as an independent country. In June 2011, the country was given permission to join the European Union (membership will likely start in 2013).
- The post-war restoration of Dubrovnik has become an international project, literally. The red tiles that replaced those destroyed by shelling came from France and Italian artisans did much of the reconstruction of bas-relief sculptures on the cathedral.
- Dubrovnik is believed to be the location of Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.
- Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Caves near the towns of Krapina and Vindija, near Zagreb, hold evidence of habitation by Neanderthals.
- The modern man’s tie is a direct descendant of the red scarves worn by Croatian soldiers in the 17th century.
- You may hear locals refer to a specialty dish called janjetina na zaru. This Croatian tradition features young lamb roasted whole on a spit.
- Croatian wines are often strong, so the local tradition has adapted to mix wine with other beverages. Bevanda is red or white wine mixed with plain water, and gemist is white wine mixed with sparkling water.