As a holiday destination, Croatia is dominated by Dubrovnik. And
little wonder, as it's one of those places so beautiful, you
struggle for words to describe it. But this is a country with so
much more to offer besides.
In the north is Istria, a heart-shaped peninsula with so much
Italian influence you could believe it was Venice or Tuscany.
Picturesque hilltop villages inland give way to rich scenery on the
coast, with Pula's stunning amphitheatre and the living history of
Rovinj's old town particular highlights.
Central Croatia offers variety galore, from its idyllic national
parks to the stylish charm of the capital Zagreb; and then there's
the Dalmatian coast.
Great beaches and crystal clear waters combine with ancient
castles and quiet ports make this a perfect choice. Although
centred on the resorts of Split and Dubrovnik, the islands are
equally fascinating; particularly über-fashionable Hvar, its
gorgeous main town and chic nightlife attracting the rich and
This natural beauty continues further south into Montenegro, one
of the world's newest countries and fast becoming a favourite
destination. Its sandy beaches and historic walled towns such as
Budva, Kotor and Nerceg Novi are set against a backdrop of
dramatic mountains, their ales and canyons perfect for winter
skiing or summer hiking.
Like neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro can be summed up in one
word - unspoilt.
Flying time: Tivat - 3 hours. Dubrovnik - 2
hours 50 minutes.
Time difference: GMT +2 hours.
Getting there: Direct services operate to Tivat
with Montenegro Airlines and to Dubrovnik with British Airways
& Croatian Airways.
Currency: Croatian Kuna & Euro in
Vaccinations: Not required. However, please
contact your doctor for up-to-date information.
Visas: British passport holders do not require
a visa. All other nationals please check visa requirements with the
Best time to visit: Croatia - Most people visit
Croatia between April and September. Although the coast is too cool
for swimming in April, you'll enjoy warm, clear skies south of
Split. Hvar and especially Hvar town is one of the most popular
destinations in the Adriatic. During the season (May to September)
it can be very busy, especially during August when large numbers of
Montenegro - The coast has a Mediterranean climate with short
cool winters and long dry summers. Inland, the winters are longer
and colder, and the summers shorter and hotter, while the mountain
regions have cold, snowy winters and warm summers. And just to let
you know - the summer sea temperature is 25°C to 28°C.
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