Croatia Overview

About Croatia HOLIDAYS This enchanting destination, located on the Mediterranean coast, is a country steeped in both culture and history. Central Croatia is abundant in medieval fortresses and fairy-tale castles, while the coastlines boast well-preserved Romanesque architecture and are beautifully lined with Renaissance towns and busy ports.    The richness of Croatia’s heritage has undoubtedly influenced its continental cuisine from its early Slavic origins as well as more recent, Hungarian, Viennese and Turkish inspiration. The coastal regions are more dominated by a fusion Roman, Greek, Italian and French cuisine, with a speciality in fresh seafood. The wines of Slavonia were traditionally favoured by noblemen and emperors and still today Slavonia is renowned for its excellent winemaking skills.   The importance of legacy and history are evident in Croatia; they have 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites ensuring the protection and preservation of their natural and cultural heritage. It is a fantastic place to visit for tourists looking to step back in time to the Mediterranean, as it once was.  

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  • The first Greek colonies were founded on the Adriatic Coast around 400BC.
  • In 614AD Croats settled in the area between the Adriatic Sea and the Rivers Sava and Drava.
  • Founded in 925AD, Croatia saw King Tomislav crowned the first king and founder of Croatia by the Catholic Church.
  • The smallest town in the world according to Guinness World records is Hum in the central part of Istria; it has only 23 inhabitants.
  • Nikola Tesla, father of alternative current and world famous for his seemingly miraculous inventions was born on 10 July 1856 in the small Croatian village of Smiljan.
  • William Shakespeare’s play The Twelfth Night was set in Illyria (on the Dalmatian coast). The Elizabethans knew nothing about Illyria; this made it mysterious and foreign which played in well with the ‘shipwrecked and alone’ storyline.
  • Croatia is home to a staggering 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites that ensure the protection and preservation of their natural and cultural heritages.
  • Neckties originated in Croatia, they were given to soldiers by their wives to remind them of her. In the 1630’s Croatian mercenaries came to France to support Louis XIII and the French readily accepted this new fashion. The French word for necktie - ‘Cravate’ - is just a mispronunciation of the word Croat.
  • Croatia is the homeland of the world renowned traveller, Marco Polo.  Folklore says he was born on the island of Korčula in 1254 to a family of merchants. The surname is still found on the island.
  • Legend claims that Ulysses was stranded on Mjlet’s rocks, after which he hid in a cave that still bears his name today. Back then, the island was ruled by a beautiful nymph named Calypso whose charm Ulysses could not resist and who entrapped him on the island for seven years.
  • The downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in World War I sees Croatia become part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later proclaimed Yugoslavia.
  • After World War II, the monarchy becomes a communist republic under Prime Minister Tito. Tito's tight rein on Yugoslavia keeps ethnic tensions in check until his death in 1980. Without his Slavic influence, ethnic and nationalist differences begin to flare.
  • The election of the first Croatian President, Franjo Tuđman, took place in 1990 and a year later Croatia proclaimed independence.

  • Walk around the Dubrovnik City Walls and enjoy the views over the town and sea
  • Local markets with fresh fruit, vegetables and fishes
  • Explore the impressive Diocletian's Palace
  • Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace & Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik
  • A ceremonial Peristyle entrance court to the imperial quarters in Split
  • Papalić Palace in Split (one of the most beautiful examples of Late Gothic architecture)

Croatian Airlines provide international flights from London to Dubrovnik and Split. Airport Lounge in London is available to Business Class passengers. On board services include in-flight meals.
Economy Class – 23kg luggage allowance
Business Class – 2 pieces of up to 32kg per bag

British Airways have daily flights from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik.  There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, mobile and airport check-in options, free seat selection 24 hour in advance, in-flight entertainment and meal on board.
Economy Class – Seat pitch approx. 31, luggage allowance 23kg
Business Class upgrade – Club Europe from £150 each way, seat pitch approx. 34, luggage allowance 2 bags of 32kg each

Club Europe Benefits:
  • Separate check-in area and Fast Track security at London Heathrow
  • Relax before your flight in one of the BA lounges; enjoy complimentary hot/cold snacks and refreshments
  • On board enjoy good food, wine and more personal space in a separate cabin
  • 50% more BA Miles when flying Club Europe

Thomson and Monarch charter flights flying from London, Birmingham and Manchester to our resorts in Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Pula) during the summer months. Services on offer include extra leg room seats, pre-book seating together and meals.

There are a number of low cost carriers flying from London and regional airports to our resorts in Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Pula) during the summer months. Flights operate from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Services on offer include extra leg room seats, pre-book seating together and meals.

Language: Croatian is the official language. However English is widely spoken in tourist resorts.

Currency: Croatian Kuna. Sterling and major credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels and major stores.

Time Difference: + 1 hours GMT
Visa Requirements: UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Croatia. Non-UK passport holders should check with the Croatian consulate. Tel: 020 7387 2022, or, as different rules may apply. 

Passport: A valid 10 year passport is required with a minimum 6 months remaining on your passport from the date of arrival back in the UK.
Voltage: 220v - usually round 2 pin plug.

Religion: The majority of its population is Roman Catholic.
Airport Tax: No Airport Tax.

Health/Vaccinations: Recommended EC Inoculations: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Consult your doctor for the latest information or visit

Water: Bottled water is recommended.

Tourist Board: Croatian National Tourism Office, 1 The Lanchesters 162-164 Fulham Palace Rd London W6 9ER; Tel: 020 8563 7979 or
01 Jan: New Year’s Day
06 Jan: Epiphany
31 Mar – 01 Apr: Easter
01 May: Labour Day
30 May: Corpus Christi
22 Jun: Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 Jun: Statehood Day
05 Aug: Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
08 Oct: Independence Day
01 Nov: All Saints' Day
25 Dec: Christmas Day