Winter might seem like an odd time to visit Croatia’s liveliest beach resorts, but with dramatic reductions on flights and accommodation and milder temperatures than the rest of Europe, a surprising number of out-of-season travelers are venturing to the coastal city of Split. Many of the resorts and attractions of the summer months close down throughout the low season, but there are still regular ferries and discovering Split’s islands in winter offers a rare chance to enjoy their beauty unmarred by the tourist hoards.
One look at the designer-label-clad locals and you’ll be in no doubt that Zagreb is a city that loves its fashion and with everything from homegrown designer boutiques to international high street chains, the capital is Croatia’s top shopping destination.
There are few European cities as undeniably picturesque as Dubrovnik, with its remarkably preserved medieval city walls soaring above the coastal cliffs, a crumbling fortress looking over endless swathes of glittering blue ocean and an expanse of orange-tiled roofs laced together by marble-paved boulevards. Not only is this one of Croatia’s most beautiful walled towns, but it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and, most recently, a top filming location for HBO drama Game of Thrones.
It might be one of few Croatian holiday destinations without a beach, but what Zagreb lacks in sand and surf, it makes up for with timeless charm and an effortless sense of style, and it’s hard not to be won over by the lively capital. The city is split into two main areas – Donji Grad, the ‘Lower Town’, and Gornji Grad, the upper town – so with just one day in Zagreb, you’ll need to plan your itinerary carefully to maximize time and make sure you don’t miss anything.
Croatia is all-to-often written off as a summer-only destination, but visiting out of season does have its advantages and winter in Croatia is the time to bag a serious bargain, make the most of the country’s many spas or enjoy sightseeing without the high season crowds. Whether you want to make the most of the snow with a skiing trip, enjoy the last of the sun along the Adriatic coast or celebrate the festive season in the capital – here are 5 of the best winter destinations in Croatia.
Whether you’re seeking an idyllic destination for a couples weekend, planning a honeymoon cruise around the Mediterranean or just want to make some unforgettable memories, the dazzling ocean views, top-end restaurants and secret island retreats offer plenty romantic things to do in Split.
You might have to do some convincing to drag the family away from the coast, but whether you’re entertaining toddlers or traveling with teenagers, there are plenty of things to do in Zagreb with kids. Here are some ideas.
September 12, 2014 by Zoe Smith
The summer holidays might be over for most of us, but Dubrovnik still hasn’t lost its appeal and the pearl of the Adriatic makes an ideal choice for a fall getaway. Still not convinced? Here are 4 good reasons to visit Dubrovnik in autumn.
Croatia’s second-largest city and a worthy rival to Dubrovnik for the title of Dalmatia’s top cruise destination, Split is much more than just a gateway to the islands. Whether you’re taking a whistle-stop shore excursion or have time to discover all the city has to offer, here are 10 top recommendations to help you see the best of Split.
With its grand, white limestone boulevards and harbor lined with glitzy yachts, at first glance Dubrovnik might not seem like a good choice for budget travelers, but there are still plenty of ways to stretch out your money. From organizing a DIY city tour, to admiring Dubrovnik’s best ocean views, here are some ideas for free things to do in Dubrovnik.