Croatia is one of Europe’s most newest and exciting destinations that can rival its neighbors on just about anything. For anyone who has visited you will know that nestled within the clear turquois waters of the Adriatic is a sun-drenched bliss which is quickly becoming one of the most popular summer destinations. So we have pulled together our top ten reasons to visit Croatia in 2017.
Food & wine
Food and wine has remained little known aboard but this is slowly changing, with an obvious demand for Croatian wine in the UK. Croatia is full of gastronomic delights, with some of the specialties being Kulin, an organic smoked charcuterie from mainland Slavonia, truffles, seafood and they also eat octopus if you’re into that. Croatian’s believe in simple yet high quality food.
An average of 2718 hours of sun every year and roughly 12 hours of light a day during the summer is something you can’t argue with when living in the UK and only seeing blue skies once in while. Hvar, located off the Dalmatian coast is the sunniest island in Europe and possibly one of the prettiest places.
The coast & secret beaches
You won’t find a Croat who says the beaches are better anywhere else in the world and we are finding it hard to disagree. The Dalmatian coast is one of Europe’s most beautiful shorelines surrounded by coastal mountains and transparent waters. Just don’t go hoping for sand – it’s all about picturesque pebbled beaches. Zlatni Rat is probably the best known and graces the pages of just about every travel brochure. This southern part of the coast certainly hogs most of the limelight but don’t rule out traveling further up North to discover a less developed and over run part of the country.
It’s very easy to travel around island hopping with Croatia’s decent boat & ferry network and it doesn’t break the bank. Croatia is home to over a thousand islands, and has it all. Chilling on the deck of a sailing boat coasting down the clear waters of the Adriatic with regular swim stops to cool off, is possibly one of the best ways to travel and experience the country.
The ‘worlds most beautiful sunsets’.
Is this an official statement? No. But is should be. Alfred Hitchcock visited and filmed the sunset in Zadar in 1964 making it world famous. Google it, or even better take our word and go. Definitely a good one for Instagram. (Follow us @abcroatia)
No understanding of time
Making it possibly one of the most chilled places to visit. Everyone seems to run on a very different time schedule over there. Relaxing is an art form, and they have it mastered. Going for a coffee is something you schedule your day around and can take hours. Zagreb is a world away from the sun-soaked islands of the Adriatic and has a charm all of its own. Explore the medieval quarter embracing the city’s culture. So sit back, relax and enjoy
Just as good. Trust me. It’s not only about the summers in Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes hidden within the boarders of a heavily forested national park gets covered in snow crystalising the waterfall which is something you have to go and see. And is a lot less crowded in the winter – always a plus! Leading nicely onto the next point…
Croatia plays host to eight national parks, including the above-mentioned Unesco-listed Plitvice Lakes but also Krka – both famous for their incredible lakes and waterfalls (you would have seen pictures of these before, trust me). You can also jump in and swim in the waters at Krka but not at Plitvice – which is a point to remember.
Fan of Game of Thrones? This old city doubles up as the backdrop of HBO’s popular series and fans in record numbers are jetting off to see it in real life. It’s quickly become one of the countries main tourist attractions as the show has become synonymous with parts of Croatia, shedding a spotlight on the country to the global arena in way that no marketing campaign could not reach.
And, of course the festivals –
‘If Ibiza is the party mecca than Croatia is the Wild West.’
Croatia has become one of the best places in the world to visit during summer and ‘the’ music festival destination. More and more people are heading out to Croatia and its now pulling in the biggest UK crowd than ever before. There is simply no competition between jumping around in the rain and partying on a beach with the clear waters of the Adriatic as a backdrop. Drawing in some of the biggest artists on the current scene, it’s a summer you won’t be forgetting any time soon!
26/06/17 30/06/17 Zrce Beach, Novalja
28/06/17 5/7/2017 The Garden, Tisno
11/7/2017 13/0717 Zrce Beach, Novalja
6/9/2017 10/9/2017 Pula
Ultra Europe Festival
14/07/17 16/07/17 Split Stadium, Split
19/07/17 25/07/17 The Garden, Tisno
20/08/17 24/08/17 Zrce Beach, Novalja
27/07/17 31/07/17 The Garden, Tisno
30/08/17 3/9/2017 Pula