Croatia is a beautiful country with so much to offer – from crystal clear waters to old towns bursting with history, excellent food to local wines – the country is definitely worth visiting. It’s somewhere I would like to return to – next up on my list is Dubrovnik! Croatia is ranked in the top 20 tourist destinations in the world for good reasons – and hopefully I’ll be able to persuade you to visit Croatia soon.
Firstly, let’s start with a few facts about Croatia that might be useful if you decide to visit. Croatia is part of Europe, and their currency is the Croatian Kuna. Croatia shares borders with Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro, and shares a maritime border with Italy. The capital city is Zagreb.
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Now for a couple of fun facts! Did you know that a lot of scenes on the Game of Thrones series are filmed in Croatia – more specifically, Dubrovnik? Now that alone is a brilliant reason to visit Croatia! Also, there is a scene from the Mamma Mia 2 movie that is filmed on the Croatian island of Vis – not as cool as Game of Thrones, but another interesting fact.
So, with this in mind – here are my reasons why you should consider visiting Croatia for your next sunny holiday.
Affordable & Easy Travel
Do you see what I did there? It really is ‘Easy’ to get to Croatia, especially from the UK. There are plenty of direct flights available with airlines like Easyjet – on our trip we flew from Gatwick to Split which was a breeze. It’s also incredibly affordable! From the flights and accommodation to the food, everything was budget friendly and it was easy to keep costs down.
You can fly to the following airports in Croatia:
Just look at some of the views you can expect to see in Croatia – it’s a beautiful country with lots of islands to explore, crystal clear waters to swim in and rolling landscapes to admire. What’s not to love?
If you’re after some scenic spots, traditional towns and secluded bays, here is where we visited on our trip:
- Milna (Brac Island)
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Croatia is known for its clear Mediterranean waters, beaches and sheltered bays for swimming – so it’s no surprise that it’s also known as a great place to go sailing! Whether you’re visiting for a week long sailing holiday or you just fancy a one or two day sailing trip as part as your holiday, there are plenty of opportunities for you to go sailing, and a range of companies to choose from.
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Visit Croatia for the Food
If you know me, you won’t be surprised to know that – of course – the food in Croatia is a reason to visit! If you’re a fan of fresh, plentiful seafood, great pizza and all at a purse-friendly price, Croatia is definitely somewhere to consider for your next sunny holiday.
The Croatian cuisine is heavily influenced by Italy and other Mediterranean countries, as well as Austrian, Hungarian and Turkish influences – the style of food varies depending on which region you visit. Personally, I was all about the seafood on our trip – and when you’re dining by the marina, why not order the freshest food possible?
If there’s wine, I’m there! Only kidding – but if you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur, you’ll love Croatia. We sampled some red wine so good that we brought a bottle back with us to the UK – and we’re a little sad we can’t get hold of it back home!
If you’re interested in heading to a local vineyard and tasting some wine, Hora Farm on Hvar needs to be on your list of places to visit. And they don’t just produce wine either! They grow and cook homemade organic food onsite, served with their own olive oil. It’s a proper farm to table experience, and one of the highlights of our trip.
You can read my post all about Hora Farm here
Who can resist plunging into water this clear? Perfect for those who like to paddle or snorkel, the Mediterranean sea is clear, warm(ish…) and full of colourful marine creatures – and a lot of sea cucumbers! The water is actually so clear that the depth can be deceiving – at one point we went for a swim in a harbour where the water was around 20m deep, and we could still see the bottom! Crazy, right?
If you’re a fan of watersports, the water is perfect for paddle boarding and anything a little more adventurous.
Visit Croatia for the History
Croatia has a lot of interesting history, and one of the sights we visited while we were in the country was the old submarine tunnel on the island of Vis. We took our dinghy to the end of the tunnel which was very dark and echoey – as you can probably imagine! The tunnel is around 120 metres long (wow) and around 12 metres deep. It was a little daunting!
Croatia – and specifically, the islands – has lots of small towns for you to explore, with a lot of the towns on the islands being more traditional, rather than a little touristy as you’ll find on the mainland.
Our favourite town from the trip was probably Vis – popular with cruise ships, but not too busy – Vis was a perfect spot to wander around, exploring cobbled back streets with an ice cream in hand. Plus, there’s a great pizza spot there for dinner!
So, there are my reasons for why you HAVE to visit Croatia – but there are probably plenty more! Croatia is an interesting country, bursting with beautiful scenery and undiscovered secrets. We visited in October, right at the end of the season – it was still warm, but not very busy which was perfect for us.
If you have already been to Croatia, I’d love to hear about where you visited on your trip! Leave me a comment with your favourite places to visit – and hopefully we can visit them as well on our next trip.