The easyGuide to Croatia

croatia-flagLow-fares airline easyJet is encouraging Brits to explore the delights of the Dalmatian Coast after it was revealed that less than three per cent of the nine million tourists that visit Croatia each year come from the UK.  With summer temperatures ranging from 26 to 30°C, a stunning coastline dotted with hundreds of beautiful islands and the Croatian kuna still providing exceptionally good value for British tourists, the reasons to visit Dalmatia are seemingly never-ending.

This year easyJet has expanded its routes to Croatia and now operates regular flights from Liverpool and Gatwick to Dubrovnik, and flights from Bristol and Gatwick to Split.  Both destinations have a flight time from the UK of less than three hours and offer the perfect starting place for island hopping beach holidays, with regular water taxis operating up and down the coastline.  Dalmatia has a long rugged coast, backed by high mountains with hundreds of offshore islands, each one with its own character from trendy hotspots to secluded getaways.

Hvar

Hvar Island is one of Dalmatia’s most popular islands with a combination of beautiful sandy and pebbly beaches, olive groves and pine forests, quiet secluded coves and larger bustling beaches littered with bars and cafes.  Hvar Town is one of busiest resorts, with some of the best bars and clubs in Dalmatia. Its regular beach parties are infamous, as are its chic bars and restaurants.

Pag

Pag Island is often compared to Ibiza for its wild nightlife, and activity packed beaches. Novalja is Pag’s hottest resort with some of Europe’s most popular DJs performing in open-air clubs, and beach parties that last until the small hours.

Hvar

Hvar

Brac

Brac Island is home to one of Croatia’s most spectacular beaches, the vast, golden shingle sandbar, known as ‘The Golden Horn’or Zlatni rat – near the town of Bol.  Its unique shape and popularity makes it a perfect location for those water sports with windsurfing, scuba diving and boat rides available. The resort is known for its lively nightlife.

Brac

Brac

Sightseeing

For those wanting to combine heritage with their beach holiday, cities Dubrovnik and Split are perfect places to start. Dubrovnik is itself a UNESCO world heritage site, and is abundant with historical gems such as the infamous city walls and the inspiring Sponza Palace which was built in 1522.  Further along the coast lies Split where roman emperor Diocletian built his palace in the second Century, now a registered UNESCO world heritage site.

The Stradun - Dubrovnik

The Stradun – Dubrovnik

The Riva - Split

The Riva – Split

Fast Facts

Money – Prices remain lower than most other countries in Europe, and the Croatian Kuna provides good value against the Euro.

Weather – Temperatures in summer range from 26 to 30°C, lowering to 15-25°C in the spring and autumn

Flight Time – Less than three hours from the UK

Language – Croatian but English, German and Italian are widely spoken

Accommodation

Villa Javor ***
Situated just outside of the city of Split, Villa Javor is a charming small hotel with a modern meditteranean style. Rooms are very affordable, with doubles priced from just £39.09 per night

Villa Adriatica ***
The small family-run boutique hotel Villa Adriatica is in in Supetar, on the northern part of the Island Brac. It offers air-conditioned en suite rooms with an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. The nearby beach is just 100 metres away. Double rooms with a balcony and sea view start from £102.50 per night.

Hotel Bracka Perla ****
A luxury option is the Hotel Bracka Perla on Brac Island. The traditional Dalmatian villa has a beachside location in the lovely Supetar cove and an outdoor pool.
Double rooms start from £198.87 per night

Getting There
easyJet flies to Dubrovnik direct from London Gatwick from only £33.98 , and from Liverpool from £26.99
easyJet also flies direct to Split from London Gatwick from £31.99 and Bristol from £17.99
Prices are one way and include all taxes and charges
For more information visit www.easyJet.com

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