Croatia

59°
58° - January
60° - February
64° - March
66° - April
71° - May
77° - June
81° - July
82° - August
80° - September
72° - October
64° - November
59° - December
Dec avg
$176
Avg Hotel
$929
Est. Airfare

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Despite its reputation as the hottest vacation spot in Europe, Croatia hasn't let its popularity go to its head. Sure, it's beautiful, fun, and smart, but there's no need to be jealous of this perfect destination. Croatia isn't here to brag. It's here to provide a vacation that's the perfect balance of historical refinement and Mediterranean beach entertainment. It's a multi-faceted country. Some cities boast a glamorous nightlife complete with celebrity visitors, yachts, cocktails and high-end shopping. Other cities capitalize on the coastline that includes over 1,000 islands and experience a true European touch on beach life. While others have retained the sweet innocence of the early rural farmlands where outdoor adventure is the name of the game.
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Juraj Kopac
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Josip Madracevic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Mario Romulic and Drazen Stojcic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Josip Madracevic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Damir Fabijanic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Milan Babic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Ivo Pervan
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Ivo Pervan
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Ivo Pervan
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Milan Babic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Juraj Kopac
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Ivo Pervan
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Milan Babic
Photo Credit: Croatian Tourist Board Juraj Kopac
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    Undiscovered beauty

    09/30/13
    History, culture, language, Nature (Plitvice, Brac), best ice-creams, cold and calm water, stunning views, safety, exploring, astonishment, peace, discovering...: Lijepa Hrvatska. Beautiful Croatia.
    Ruth Damaris

    come to experience this beauty!!

    09/29/13
    I've been through the whole coast this summer and I can really say: come to experience this beauty! anybody can find something beautiful: in Istria there are several small, historical cities on the coast where you can spend hollidays quietly and explore inside of peninsula where you can eat the best domestic food in tipical small restaurants, konobas; if you are party animal, go to Zrce on island Pag where party never stops; good balance of parties, historical city, amazing nature you can find in Vodice, close to Sibenik, close to national park Krka (inside) or Kornati (small islands); or you can go to Dubrovnik, where "The Game of Thrones" was filming and where you can meet many famous people..and city is so romantic, go with your special person there! My favorite place is island Hvar with perfect balance of everything I need for good vacation: untouched nature, beautiful city built in white stone, several clubs where you can party whole day and night if you want, and you can meet interesting people from the whole world there!
    nina

    A Secret Haven for Bird-Lovers and Conservationists

    09/21/13
    Croatia is undergoing a boom in tourism, making authentic, meaningful experiences a bit harder to come by. While Island Hvar and Dubrovnik show up on many a tourists "not to miss" list, the Northern part of the country is often overlooked. Easily access via bus from Trieste, Italy, Rijeka and Opatija are port cities where the majority of Croatians make their livelihood.
    Not far from Rijeka is the Island of Beli, which houses the Eko-Centar for the endangered Griffon Vulture. This very large bird is extinct in many European countries, with the last one being released into the wild in Croatia in 2009. The Eko-Centar offers a unique opportunity to assist in conscious tourism as volunteers can assist in tracking the birds, watching them, and trail reconstruction on the island. This incredible opportunity allows for other cultural experiences, such as olive picking, hiking among ruins dating back to the Roman era, and learning about Croatia's history.
    Croatia does not have an efficient railroad system as much of it was destroyed during the Civil War in 1992. Buses are a good bet for short distances; if hopping down the coast, an overnight ferry right on the affordable Jadrolinija line is an excellent way to save a day's worth of travel time. Search around for povitica bread and Ojusko beer - both Croatian staples. Have egg on your pizza with Dalmation ham (prosciutto). Oftentimes, locals will rent a room of their own for travelers - you can find them at any bus station. It's perfectly safe and an unbeatable cultural experience.
    Erica

    Don't Underestimate Croatia!

    09/21/13
    Croatia is one of the most beautiful and affordable places I have ever been. The waterfalls here are simply breathtaking as well as the beaches. I definitely recommend renting a car as Croatia lends itself to road trips to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik. Each one has something special to offer and are beautiful! Croatia is one of those places that many might miss when touring Europe but if you are looking for a great time especially on a budget Croatia is the place for you!
    Matt

    Split - Makarska - Dubrovnik - Plitvice

    08/30/13
    Croatia has so many things to offer, it is so much more than just a coastline. You will quickly realize that when you go to Plitvice. The Plitvicka Jezera are really breathtaking. When you walk around in the park, you will be amazed at every turn you make. It is a must-see! The prices are not too expensive but it might be wise to bring some food and drinks with you for the road. You can easily stay in the park for a day. Then if you would take the drive to the coast from there, you will be able to enjoy the nice scenery that Croatia has to offer. Arriving at Split already gives you an idea of the other side of the country, the coast. Yet this is not the only thing Split has to offer. The centre of Split is actually an old roman palace built around the year 300! Not far from Split you can go to the Makarska Riviera, here you have some very nice beaches and a lot of activities you can do (Jet-skiing, rafting, boat-trips,...). Already in the evening (or late afternoon) the city unfolds itself as a real party place!
    In Dubrovnik we set aside parties and beach for some culture again. The old centre is really rich with history and beautiful buildings. However if going in the heart of summer, beware of doing the walk on the walls, make sure to stay refreshed, it can get really hot there! (also don't be surprised if prices are a little more elevated than in the rest of Croatia... All these beautiful things come at a price)
    Steven

    Dubrovnik & Plitvice Lakes

    08/25/13
    During my most recent travels, I found that Dubrovnik as well as Plitvice Lakes were two of the most beautiful places I had ever had the privilege of visiting! If you are looking for a relaxed pace and welcoming people you have to visit Dubrovnik. Not only does the crystal blue water call your name but the little shops and friendly atmosphere make you want to extend your stay.
    While visiting Dubrovnik it is imperative not only to tan your heart out on one of the many stunning beaches but also make sure to get lost walking around the old city. If you want to snack on some delicious goodies or soak up the sun on one of their famous cliff bars they have it all.
    If nightlife is what you are after then check out the local scene within the old city. Winding steps lead to bars and an atmosphere that won’t be beat. Music playing loud and locals mingling with tourists, you’ll find it all in this wonderful city.
    Plitvice Lakes is the type of place you get lost in. This incredible hiking trail that could lead to a 3 hour hike or a 6 hour hike depending on what you like will sure to amaze. Every photo you take will look like it was from a travel magazine. It definitely should be on everyone’s travel to do list! It will surely take your breath away!
    Chelsea

    Dubrovnik & Plitvace Lakes

    08/25/13
    During my most recent travels, I found that Dubrovnik as well as Plitvace Lakes were two of the most beautiful places I had ever had the privilege of visiting! If you are looking for a relaxed pace and welcoming people you have to visit Dubrovnik. Not only does the crystal blue water call your name but the little shops and friendly atmosphere make you want to extend your stay.
    While visiting Dubrovnik it is imperative not only to tan your heart out on one of the many stunning beaches but also make sure to get lost walking around the old city. If you want to snack on some delicious goodies or soak up the sun on one of their famous cliff bars they have it all.
    If nightlife is what you are after then check out the local scene within the old city. Winding steps lead to bars and an atmosphere that will not be beat. Music playing loud and locals mingling with tourists, you’ll find it all in this wonderful city.
    Plitvace Lakes is the type of place you get lost in. This incredible hiking trail that could lead to a 3 hour hike or a 6 hour hike depending on what you like will sure to amaze. Every photo you take will look like it was from a travel magazine. It definitely should be on everyone’s travel to do list! It will surely take your breath away!
    Chelsea

    Cruise of the Elafiti and Green Islands from Dubrovnik

    Enjoy a Croatian cruise aboard a historical galleon, a pirate-style sailing ship that offers the best way to discover the Elafiti Islands and Green Islands. Savor traditional cuisine, and bask in the tranquil ambiance and natural beauty harbored off the coast of Dubrovnik.
    Cost: USD $53.52
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    Adriatic Explore

    Go beyond your travel expectations with Adriatic Explore excursions and day tours.
    Cost: Varies
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    Marjan Hill

    From the Mestrovic Gallery it's possible to hike straight up Marjan Hill (123m). Go up Tona Petrasova Marovia on the western side of the gallery and continue straight up the stairway to Put Meja. Turn left and walk west to Put Meja 76. The trail begins on the western side of this building. Marjan Hill offers trails through the forest, lookouts and old chapels.
    Cost: Free
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    Language

    Croatian

    Currency

    [HRK] Croatian Kuna

    Airports

    Pleso Airport [ZAG]