This sun-drenched country of warm stone architecture with implausibly clear coastal waters offers a wealth of attractions for those who visit. Adventure combines seamlessly with stunning scenery; island hop through crystal clear Adriatic waters then wander the ancient cities before swimming beneath glistening waterfalls. The historic beauty of Dubrovnik and Split Croatia’s cobbled streets never fails to inspire. Climb towering city walls and dine in hidden alleyways of Diocletian’s Palace. With as much on offer in the surrounding waters as on land, Croatia’s island-speckled coastline boasts a wealth of wonderful sights. Relax at a beach club on glamourous Hvar, visit the lavender fields of Korcula or swim in the saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park.

To the north envelope yourself in the vibrant culture of Zagreb, visit the turquoise waters of Plitvice Lakes or head for the Italian-influenced Istrian Peninsula, with vineyards and Venetian architecture adding to its natural beauty.

Top Recommendations

  • Dubrovnik, with its limestone walls a stark contrast to the blue hues of the Adriatic
  • The sparkling lakes, waterfalls and walkways at Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Diocletian’s Palace in Split – a former Roman Complex now teeming with cafes plazas and boutique shops
  • Zagreb’s galleries, churches museums and pumping nightlife
  • Sail, catch a ferry or paddle a canoe along the subline Adriatic coastline – sampling its many beaches, coastal towns and islands

When to Visit

April through to October are by far the best time to visit the country, although it can get busy during the peak summer months, plus a little too hot for some. During this time the temperatures are warm and peak during July in the low 30s. Rainfall becomes rarer and the days draw out. All of which provide glorious conditions to sample the country’s many delights.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Split.