Travel to Croatia
A fascinating mix of Europe and the Mediterranean, Croatia is a cosmopolitan country of a thousand faces that will continually surprise you throughout your trip. Indeed, there are dozens of reasons to visit this southern European country with a rich past, starting with its scenery and idyllic coastline as well as its enviable climate and geographical location. Let's take a closer look at this country that will without doubt leave you with a thousand unforgettable memories of your European voyage.
If you dream of taking the journey of your life, then set your sights on Croatia. Bordered on the north by Slovenia, and on the east and south by the Adriatic Sea as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia also shares a maritime border with Italy, making it possible (and desirable!) to visit by cruise ship.
Topography and Climate of Croatia
In the shape of a crescent, Croatia benefits from a varied terrain: with plains, hills, lakes, mountains, and rocky coasts, visitors get their money's worth in Croatia. Its rugged landscapes are also one of its trademarks. Croatia's climate is Mediterranean in the south and more continental in the north. Croatia's interior climate is largely influenced by the mountains that traverse it.
The best time to visit Croatia is between April and September, when it is at its warmest, especially in the coastal area where summer temperatures reach enviable highs. The sea views are spectacular and the water is the perfect temperature for swimming. But take note, if you are looking for tranquility, don't go there during the months of July and August, as the destination is invaded by hordes of tourists – both local and foreign – especially along the coast!
Why Take a Trip to Croatia?
People go to Croatia to enjoy the wonderful scenery –especially the coast, which offers some of the most beautiful views in the world – to taste its delicious cuisine, to learn more about its history, to sip coffee on a terrace, to be caressed by breezes in neighbourhoods of picturesque narrow streets, shop in trendy boutiques, and, of course, to swim in the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Here are some essential tips to brighten up your trip to Croatia.
The mere mention of a “Croatian trip” immediately brings to mind the walled city of Dubrovnik. And for good reason: it is the most visited and most popular destinationamong tourists, since it is also one of the most beautiful. A photo will be enough to convince you to visit.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is full of historic monuments testifying to its long history of war and bombardment, including the Serbo-Croatian War of the early 1990s. Its churches, monasteries, and other historical monuments have all been rebuilt, but, here and there, you can still see traces of the war on the cultural and religious heritage of the city, which has certainly not lost its charm!
The “Pearl of the Adriatic”
That which we call the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is aptly nicknamed, since it is surrounded by beautiful fortification walls. You can explore the city by walking on those fortifications, among the most beautiful in Europe. Along the two-kilometre walk, you are beset on all sides by magnificent landscapes dotted with small hillside houses with orange roofs overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. This view often serves on postcards or pictures to promote the beauty of Croatia. You guessed it: a trip to Croatia is worth the experience of this view!
Luza Square and the Clock Tower
Also worth visiting is Luza Square, which has Dubrovnik's greatest concentration of grandiose monuments, including the 35-metre-high Clock Tower, the city's emblem.
The narrow streets of Luza Square are full of cafés and small restaurants where you can stop to take a break to admire the architecture and monuments.
Istria, Capital of Cuisine
If you are a connoisseur of food, you will find all you want in Croatia, renowned for the quality of its ubiquitous pastries (slastiarnas) and ice cream.
In the region of Istria, in particular, it is possible to taste some of the best pastries in the world. This region, shared by Slovenia and Italy, has become the gastronomic destination of Croatia due to the high quality of its cuisine, particularly its fish, seafood, truffles, and its good wine that flows generously!
The region of Istria, one of the most visited Croatia, is not famous only for its gastronomy. People visit to admire its architecture, including its baroque palaces, to stroll around and shop in the narrow alleyways, to swim in its azure coastal waters. In short, this is one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia and absolutely worth visiting!
A Cruise through the Islands
Another “must” if you are planning a trip to Croatia is to go on a cruise. Indeed, many companies allow tourists to visit some of the country's 1,244 islands, including Hvar and Brac, two of the most popular. It goes without saying that the experience is worth it and is part of one of the best travel experiences that you will take in your lifetime. So if you go to Croatia, don't miss the chance to take a cruise!