Although it has only been independent since 1991, Croatia, a young nation, is a country with a long and troubled history. Born of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, the vestiges of this conflict are still numerous. But Croatia should not be reduced to this war. Young nation of the Balkans, located in front of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia becomes a major destination of tourism in Europe, a destination to visit. The country makes you dream thanks to its numerous islands on the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea that you will find in this travel guide: Krk island, Rab island, Cres archipelago... But it is also the country of a preserved and protected nature (one tenth of the territory!): mountains, forests, waterfalls, lakes, maritime areas... the Croatian natural heritage is exceptional and would be worth a stay by itself. A nature destination, all right. A cultural destination? Of course! Croatia is full of architectural treasures to visit, from different periods: Roman (amphitheatre in Pula, Diocletian's palace in Split), Middle Ages and Renaissance (monasteries and churches in Dalmatia and Istria in particular), Ottoman period, communist period, modern period... These different periods give the cities of Zagreb, Split, Pula, Zadar or Dubrovnik an astonishing and unique architecture, which must be discovered. Finally, to visit Croatia is also to immerse yourself in a little-known part of European history, to meet a people with mysterious origins, still scarred by its history, which claims a strong national identity but which joined the European Union in 2013. Follow the Croatia guide to discover this fascinating destination!
When to go to Croatia?
The best time to visit Croatia is from May to September: it is a hot and sunny period
However, if you have the opportunity, you may want to avoid July and August. The Adriatic coast is experiencing an influx of European holidaymakers who are mixing with the local population. Beaches are crowded, as are historic sites and national parks, especially from July 15 to August 15
Prefer to visit Croatia in May, June and September. Most of the family tourism has not arrived or has already left, making the atmosphere less stifling. Hotels and private rentals generally apply "low season" rates
In April and October, it is sometimes a little chilly to sleep in a tent or swim, but the Croatian coast continues to enjoy bright days, perfect for hiking, although the rains are sometimes heavy
In Croatia, swimming is possible from early June to early October (water temperature between 21 and 24 °C)
In recent years, the tourist season in Croatia has extended until the end of the year and begins in spring, especially in cities with a rich cultural or gastronomic heritage. It is above all a tourism of well-being, heritage and lifestyle (discovery of Croatia, visits, hikes, sports activities, congresses, cruises, gastronomic stays, etc.)