Why You Need to Visit Croatia

About Croatia

Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary in the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south; the country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea.

It seems as though everyone and their mother has been on holiday to Croatia. And while you may be wondering what all the palaver is about, we can’t say we’re surprised. From the beautiful Game of Thrones scenery and incredible beaches to the homegrown wine and unforgettable culture, there’s a never-ending list of reasons to visit Croatia. It was a tall order, but we’ve narrowed it down to just 10, enjoy…

1. It’s easy to reach

WIth direct flights from Toronto to Croatia, connections from Halifax are easy. In no time you'll be arriving in charming Zagreb. If your Mediterranean fantasies feature balmy days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality.

2. Knock-out beaches

Of which there are plenty – just don’t bank for sand. Croatia is famed for its scenic pebbled beaches, which are beautifully lapped by crystal clear water. One of the most well known is Zlatni Rat, also referred to as the Golden Cape, given that the tip of the beach is ever changing its shape thanks to the elements of wind and water. It’ll then come as no surprise that the location is a protected area as well as a tourist magnet attracting visitors from all around the world.

Zlatni rat beach aerial view, Island of Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia

But if you’d prefer to escape the crowds, you can rent a boat from Hvar to enjoy Stiniva Bay. This beach is a hidden gem and only reachable by boat!

3. The Game of Thrones appeal

Fans of the show will need no convincing! You can visit your top locations and recreate pictures of your favourite scenes. It just depends on how much you want to spend, and personal preference – but the latter does sound much more entertaining. Among the attractions to have been featured are Dubrovnik’s city walls, which became King’s Landing; The Fortress of Kliss which is the City of Meereen and Trsteno Arboretum which became the Garden of Red Keep. All that’s left is to find a dragon…

4. Wine, wine and even more wine

Engrained since day dot, the Ancient Greeks grew wine on the islands of Dalmatia which has since been a great service to Croatians. The two main destinations to tick off are Istria and Pelješac. Although the majority of the wine is white, there are also extremely good reds to try. But besides getting your hands on a sample, you can also follow vineyard trails, go on cellar tours and meet the people behind the bottle. As an extra tip, if you see something you like, buy it directly from the producers – it’ll be considerably cheaper. It’s a win-win for wine buffs.

5. Because Dubrovnik

Which is quite possibly the most important reason to visit Croatia. Utterly enchanting, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic‘ has to be experienced, even if just once. Despite the crowds, we guarantee it will still be one of the most beautiful cities you’ll ever see.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

But the best way to see Dubrovnik is to get on top of the city’s walls. The walls stretch around the Old Town, a distance totalling 1.2 miles, but the view you get – let me tell you, it’s something else. From high above, you can see the damage of the war up close, all the while admiring the cities ethereal beauty. If you leave Croatia without seeing Dubrovnik, it’ll only be your loss!

6. Climate

Is so important when you’re deciding ‘where to next’ and thankfully, Croatia won’t disappoint. But please take into consideration the time of year and the noticeable difference between the coastal and inland temperatures. The coast typically consists of a hot, dry summer, and mildly wet and windy during winter. And further inland, expect sweltering temperatures of up to 30°C in the summer and temperatures falling to below 0°C in winter. When you go is up to you, but May and September are our safe bets.