A small and beautiful country in Eastern Europe, Croatia is a great choice for your next holiday. Whether you like bustling cities, national parks or historical architecture, Croatia is ideal if you want a varied trip and some sunshine.
When’s the best time to visit Croatia?
Whilst July and August are the busiest times to visit Croatia, September may be your best bet if you want to miss the crowds but still enjoy warm temperatures of up to 26℃. So you can enjoy a dip in glorious Adriatic waters with a little more peace and quiet!
Experience the romantic city of Dubrovnic
Potter around the centuries-old limestone streets, taking in castles, bridges and statues. Then, have dinner as the sun is setting over Dubrovnic’s stunning harbour on the Adriatic.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnic is a must see if you enjoy historic buildings and culture. There is evidence of a city here since the 7th century and many of its buildings are hundreds of years old. The imposing Pile City Gate dates from the 15th century.
If you’re looking for unique nightlife, make sure you stop off at Revlin, a nightclub set in a 15th Century fortress that includes a terrace with a view out to the sea.
Take in some natural wonders
If you want to be awed by nature, you’ve picked the right country. Croatia boasts some of Europe’s most breathtaking lakes and waterfalls, with the majority being in their two most famous national parks – Plitvice and Krka.
Plitvice is a UNESCO World Heritage site with no fewer than 16 lakes, all interconnected by captivating waterfalls set in a forest rich with wildlife. Widely considered the #1 place to visit in Croatia, the only downside may be the crowds. Thankfully though, at 296km² there’s plenty of room for everyone!
Krka is around half the size of Plitvice but is far less crowded and, more importantly, allows you to jump into the shimmering water for a swim as you approach the end of the walking tour!
See the table below for entrance fees for both Plitvice and Krka national parks.
Game of Thrones fans will recognise this as the setting for the gardens in Kings Landing. The Arboreum features a wide range of plants, trees and water features, and dates from the 15th century. The Arboreum is proud to host two Oriental Plane trees that are over 500 years old!
What money should I take to Croatia?
The local currency of Croatia is the kuna and the current exchange rate against the pound is 7.726HRK*.
The next question is; cash or card? Cash allows you to avoid the likes of transaction and withdrawal fees that are incurred when using debit or credit cards which can really add up over the course of a holiday.
Another good option is a prepaid currency card as they do not incur transaction fees, offer a low ATM withdrawal fee and, as of this year, cannot be subjected to Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC).
Dealing with an unfamiliar currency like the kuna, especially if you’ve only been using Euros on your trip so far, can be confusing. So we’re here to help you get an idea of some benchmark costs…
|Purchase||Cost (kn)**||Equivalent in £*|
|Meal for 2 (mid-range, 3 courses)||220kn||£28.48|
|Water (1.5ltr bottle)||6.83kn||£0.88|
|Bottle of wine (mid-range)||40kn||£5.18|
|Domestic beer (0.5ltr)||7.86kn||£1.02|
|Imported beer (0.33ltr)||10.76kn||£1.39|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||10kn||£1.29|
|Plitvice national park entrance fee||250kn||£32.36|
|Krka national park entrance fee||200kn||£25.89|
*FairFX rate correct as of 14th August at 16:00
**Source: Numbeo – Cost of Living in Croatia