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Introduction

Hip and happening Croatia combines the best of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean to devastating effect. Wooded hills, traditional villages, idyllic islands, walled medieval cities and Roman ruins are amongst the attractions in region's such as Dalmatia and Istria. Then there's the stunning, unspoilt coast and the archipelago of islands lying offshore.

Dubrovnik, dubbed the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a city of terracotta roofs, Baroque churches and winding cobbled streets that conceal all sorts of discoveries. Split, built around a Roman palace is a lively, cosmopolitan centre full of Venetian Gothic stone buildings. Zagreb, inland, is an historical city dating back to the Middle Ages; full of monuments and fine buildings, it's a vibrant, bustling place.

Elsewhere, it's all mountains and forests, waterfalls and lakes, encapsulated in the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Then there are the islands; over 2,000km of coastline straggle more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs, meaning that there's somewhere for everyone. Take a Croatia cruise or island hop to see several destinations at once; traditional Brac with its brilliant beach, Zlatni Rat, glitzy Hvar, medieval Korcula, wild Kornati, unspoilt Mljet and beautiful Vis compete for your attention.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
2 hours

Time Zone
GMT +1

Currency
Kuna (HRK) = 100 Lipa

Language
Croatian

Visa
(UK/US) None

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Where to go in Croatia

Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia's capital city, is situated inland away from the more well-known regions of Dalmatia and Istria. Although not generally on the beaten track, this area still has plenty to offer visitors.

Korcula

Korcula, the largest in the chain of Dalmatian islands, is an island of quiet coves and sandy beaches. With scenic drives along the southeast coastline Korcula is also one of the less touristy islands in the region.

Hvar Island

Hvar, the sunniest place in Croatia, is easily the country's most luxurious island. Considered to be among the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar should be on the itinerary of anyone interested in rubbing shoulders with the glitterati or discovering a fresh up-and-coming island paradise.

Brac Island

Brac Island's greatest attraction is Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, which juts out into the clear seas of the Adriatic; this sloping pebble expanse is one of Dalmatia's premiere bathing spots.

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When to go to Croatia

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The Adriatic coast experiences a Mediterranean climate, which means warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters - thus the Northern Hemisphere summer is the best time to visit for tourists in search of a beach holiday. The interior of Croatia is classified as a Continental climate, which means a greater range between summer highs and winter lows than is seen on the coast. The Dinaric Alps experience the most precipitation, and in the winter this can appear as snow.

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Top itineraries in Croatia

Adriatic Paradise Cruise

8-day cruise

This seven-day, seven-night cruise of Croatia's Adriatic coast and islands is the ultimate in luxury sun, sea and city relaxation. You'll cruise through the coast's stunning archipelago of islands aboard the intimate 17 air-conditioned cabined MB Nikola, a delightful motor-sailboat.

Dalmatian Odyssey

8-day tailor-made journey

Idyllic beaches, ancient ruins and some serious old warm charm are just some of the highlights of this tried-and-tested journey along Croatia's sensational Dalmatian Coast.

Best of Croatia & Slovenia

11-day tailor-made journey

Image a magical, sun-kissed coastline, dotted with islands and medieval towns. Imagine an unspoilt landscape of craggy, limestone cliffs and sparkling, sapphire lakes.

The Golden Eagle Balkan Explorer

12-day luxury rail journey

Enjoy the highest standards of luxury accommodation, cuisine and service as you travel from Istanbul to Venice aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, passing through the historic towns and cities, verdant landscapes and sparkling coastline of the Balkans.

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Top places to stay in Croatia

Hotel Adriana, Hvar

Contemporary hotel

Between decadent fine dining, contemporary rooms and an upscale rooftop bar – complete with pool, terraced gardens and sea-facing massages – this is Hvar at its indulgent best.

Hotel Lafodia, Lopud

Contemporary resort

Lafodia balances island beauty in its beach, bay views and nearby ancient sights with international-standard luxury, best seen in its superb dining options and spa.

Hotel More, Dubrovnik

Small & intimate hotel

This is a fabulous boutique hotel, found on Croatia's sparkling Dalmatian coast, just over three kilometres from UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dubrovnik. The restaurant provides panoramic views from its terrace, while there is a spa, Roman bath, outdoor pool and beach, amongst other facilities.

Rixos Libertas, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Contemporary hotel

Originally built in the early 1970s when Croatian modernism was at its peak, Rixos Libertas is spread across a steep hillside in a succession of curving terraces, near the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik. The hotel was damaged during the 1991-2 siege but reopened in 2007 having been restored to …

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Special offers in Croatia

Hotel Orphee, Plat, Croatia

Accommodation from £685 pp incl. flights

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offer

Save £87 per couple per week
Book by: 28 February 2017

This comfortable three-star hotel offers superb value for money and access to some of the very best beaches on the beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera. Located in the small resort of Plat on the shores of Zupa Bay, 35 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and ten minutes from Cavtat, Hotel Orphee is an unpretenti…

Pucic Palace, Dubrovnik

Accommodation from £655 pp incl. flights

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2017 Rates
Book by: 30 April 2017

Located within the old city walls of the picture-postcard Croatian town of Dubrovnik, the Pucic Palace is a luxury boutique property oozing character, charm and style.

Verona to Barcelona

13-day stay, opera & cruise from £5,089 pp incl. flights

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Special fly, opera and cruise fares

Be transported from one magical moment to the next on this memorable journey, beginning with 2 nights in spectacular Verona for a breathtaking performance of Nabucco at the internationally acclaimed Arena di Verona.

Rome to Verona & Madame Butterfly

13-day cruise & stay from £4,969 pp incl. flights

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Special fly, cruise and opera fares

Begin your incredible journey taking in the best of Italy and the Adriatic as you spend 10 nights cruising aboard the newly refurbished Seven Seas Voyager®.

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Croatia articles

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  • Adventures beyond the beach

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  • How to see Lonely Planet's Beautiful World

    As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the world's number one travel publisher has handpicked the most magnificent sights across the globe for a pictorial collection, Lonely Planet's Beautiful World. The resulting book celebrates the most spectacular places on the planet, from Botswana's Okavango Riv…

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What our clients say about our Croatia holidays

  • Overall, we very pleased with the service we received from Wexas Travel, in particular, Miranda, who dealt with our request. We did have a thoroughly enjoyable holiday, hotels were excellent, Croatia very beautiful and the people very welcoming. We would have no hesitation in recommending this destination to others and will definitely return ourselves.

    Linda L

  • As a long term member I have always found service and expertise excellent. For this trip we combined two recommended itineraries and the various locations selected were ideal.

    Anthony H F A

  • It was a great trip, thanks for your help with the admin of making all the bookings. It was great to not have to do it all myself.

    Shelley S

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