Croatia has more than 10 million visitors a year and we can see why. In fact, it was only in the last years of the Nineties that the country started to find its feet in the mainstream market. Nowadays, though, more than 10 million people holiday here every year.
A large part of Croatia’s appeal comes from its coastline. The seaside here stretches out for 1,778 kilometres and 1,185 islands float off the shores. In places like Porec, Rovinj and the Makarska Riviera, the white sand and soft pebble beaches are backed by waves of pine groves and lined with cosy cafés and restaurants.
However, the sunbathing scene is just the start of Croatia’s story. The country is an up and coming diving destination. The shallow waters of the Istrian Riviera and Dalmatian Coast are ideal for beginners, while the deeper waters in the south offer more experienced divers the chance to explore coral reefs, caves and shipwrecks. Then there are the historical sites to consider. You could run yourself ragged in Split and Dubrovnik alone. And don’t forget, Croatia is also great walking territory. The vineyards, pine forests and spectacular national parks here beg for the tread of walking boots.
More than 550 kilometres separates north Croatia from the south, but the climate is surprisingly uniform across the country. Along the coast, you can expect a Mediterranean climate made up of long hot summers and mild winters. The best time to take a holiday here is between early June and late September. At this time of year, temperatures on the coast and around the islands range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties. When it comes to rainfall, you can expect no more than 3 to 6 showery days a month.