Holidays - Croatia, an Introduction

By: Liam G

East of Italy, across the Adriatic Sea is the outstanding country of Croatia. As well as the mainland, there are 1,187 tiny islands off the coast, which also belong to Croatia.

With its intriguing mixture of architectural, cultural influences and one of Europe's most impressive coastlines, Croatia is one of the most stunning and unspoiled landscapes in Europe.

Some of the historical and cultural hotspots dotted throughout the country include; the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pula, the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian in Split and the Romanesque cities of Krk, Rab, Pag, Korcula and Trogir.

From a historical perspective, one of the most impressive areas of Croatia is the town of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a 13th century fortified city, which is immaculately preserved. With its renaissance towers, churches and harbour its no surprise to hear the entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site.

For the thrill seekers, Croatia's unspoiled countryside lends itself to cycling and hiking, along with serious mountaineering, while the expansive coastline is perfect for almost every type of water-sport imaginable.

If sailing is your thing then you won't be disappointed, as there are a myriad of marinas and islands on hand up and down the coast.

Buses are the main form of transport throughout Croatia, with the rail network being very limited. The public transport is often reliable and comfortable, and bus station' information boards are generally very helpful.

If you wish to stray a little further out onto one of the many islands then it's advised to take a ferry from the mainland, as island hoping can prove difficult.

The best time to visit Croatia is from April to October, when peak temperatures can reach 38?C. The peak seasons are ideal if you're looking for fun and excitement.

If however, you want time to relax then a visit in the autumn months would probably be best. During this time of the year the beaches are less crowded and the prices drop, weather, however, remains stable.

Whatever you're looking for, holidays to Croatia are sure to deliver. As tourism has increased, finding cheap holidays to Croatia has also become much easier. Having a quick look online is an excellent way to make sure you're getting the best deal on your holidays.

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