Croatia offers plenty to do for everyone, whether you are adventurous and can’t get enough of the outdoors, or prefer soaking up the culture and history of a country. If you are visit in December you would be committing a crime if you didn’t check out the Christmas markets. While Germany’s are probably the most well-known, Croatia has its fair share of storybook markets. In fact, they were even voted the best Christmas market in Europe. Also, take a pit-stop at Zagreb and a trip to the picturesque stalls. There you can take in the atmospheric lights, go ice-skating, and of course SHOP!
The plane tickets will be the most expensive part of the trip, starting at around £50 from Glasgow or Edinburgh. However, booking in advance, at off-peak times, or booking a package deal will help bring that cost down.
It’s best to fly in to Split and divide your time between there, some islands such as Hvar, as well as spending a couple of days in Dubrovnik.
GO & DO
Absolutely do not miss out on taking a boat trip to Biševo Island. The caves are spectacular, and very Instagram-able.
The blue water appears to be glowing – it looks like Heaven! You can book a variety of speedboat tours around the island, depending on your preference. Choose from snorkelling, kayaking, or interact with the wildlife (including dolphins!)
Plitvice Lakes National Parks has some of the most breath-taking views in the world. Take in the stunning turquoise lakes in an electric boat, or trek along the forest trails and stare in awe at the magnificent lakeside views.
You can even enjoy a panoramic bus or electric train tour to take in as much of the scenery as possible.If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you will want to visit Dubrovnik. You can take a boat/walking tour around areas in the city where many iconic scenes where filmed.
You can even sail around the city in a boat that was actually used on the TV show! This is a once in a lifetime experience to learn about the city’s interesting history, while also getting some behind-the-scenes information about the show.
Croatia is also home to some exceptional nightlife, with plenty of cheap beer and a huge variety of music to enjoy.
Hvar islands have gained a strong reputation, having even attracted the likes of Prince Harry and Beyoncé. Zagreb offers a whole host of bars, pubs, clubs, and concerts, plenty of choice for a night out.
During the Summer, Pag Island is home to some wild beach parties. So it ticks every box for options depending on your mood!
WHERE TO EAT
If you are after some cheap but tasty Croatian food, then definitely stop by La Struck, in Zagreb.
A common favourite is the tasty strudli with cheese. Another great place that offers a variety of local cuisine for an affordable price is Presa, in the stunning coastal resort of Dubrovnik.
If you are looking for a more casual place to eat by the beach, then check out Falko Beach Bar, in Hvar.
“Uživajte u Jelu” as they say around these parts. That’s “Enjoy Your Meal” to you and me!
Currency: Kuna (HRK)
Conversion rate: £1 = 8.15 Kunas
Flight time from Glasgow: 3 hours
Time zone: BST + 1
Climate: Mostly Continental – temperature ranges from -3 degrees Celsius in January to 26.5 degrees C in July and August
Administration: Croatia is divided into 20 counties plus the capital city of Zagreb
Governance: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is the current President.
WHERE TO STAY
If you are looking for somewhere cheap but central in Split, then Design Hostel Goli and Bosi is a good bet.
It offers free wifi and is just a 10-minute walk from the beach. If you don’t fancy a hostel, a relatively affordable hotel is Hotel Villa Diana. It is right in the centre of town, and has very helpful and caring staff.