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All About Croatia
Stretching out over 2,000 kilometres of craggy shore, with a dramatic mountainous interior, glassy lakes, and over a thousand islands, Croatia is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts and beachcombers alike. History buffs and culture lovers are also well served here, with a wide-ranging offering of monuments, castles, monasteries, and whole cities — the historic centres of Dubrovnik and Split are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Croatian history spans Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian civilisations, so expect a fascinating mix of architecture and museum exhibits.
More contemporary attractions include open-air festivals in the summer months and buzzing nightlife in cities and at coastal resorts — both out on the water and on dry land. From vertiginous mountain trails to plunging waterfalls and secluded pebble beaches enclosed by pine forests, visitors are enchanted by this country’s diverse natural beauty. Heading back to the coast, the sailing, scuba diving, and kayaking here is deservedly lauded as some of the best in Europe.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Croatia
Temperatures are at their peak here in late summer, so be prepared with hats and sunscreen if you arrive in July or August. The coast is a great place to cool off, but be aware that you won’t be the only one at the beach. Timing your trip on either side of high summer combines sunshine — Croatia gets more hours of sun per year than Sydney — with optimum temperatures for sea swimming and fewer visitors, while ferry services and restaurants are still in operation into the autumn. Coastal resorts are likely to be quiet or closed over the winter months and into spring, when locals and European visitors tend to prefer the slopes. If you’re a winter sports fan, Sljeme near the capital Zagreb is the place to go.
Top things to do in Croatia
From idyllic vineyard landscapes to scenic cycling routes, there’s much more to Croatia than ancient cities, yacht cruises, and island-hopping. You won’t have to stray far from the coast to find towering mountain ranges, the peace and picturesque surroundings of Plitviče Lakes, and the hilltop castles of the Zagorje region.
Explore medieval Motovun
Perched high on a hilltop, this medieval town hosts an annual Motovun Film Festival, which fills the typically quiet streets with music and laughter. Walk the complete circuit of ancient walls for a 360-degree view of Motovun, the surrounding truffle forest, and Istria’s verdant Mirna Valley.
Admire natural beauty at Krka National Park
From the shimmering turquoise water to deep emerald forests, Krka National Park is a visual treat. Discover magical waterfalls — you can even take a dip underneath the park’s biggest — take a boat trip along the river, and browse the craft workshops in traditional mill cottages. With such natural beauty and tranquility, it’s no wonder that several monasteries were built here.