With shimmering waters and Roman ruins, Croatia is calling you to its shores.
Croatia has steadily grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, but many people have yet to discover its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Of course, destinations like the walled city of Dubrovnik or Korcula Island attract many admiring visitors to the Dalmatian Coast, not to mention the cascading waterfalls and epic mountains of Plitvice Lakes National Park. From the intricate medieval churches in the capital city Zagreb, to the country's unsung but undeniably delicious food and wine scene, Croatia cruises can make you feel like you've stumbled upon a hidden paradise.
Shimmering waters and beautiful ruins are calling you to its shores
From ancient amphitheaters to preserved palaces, Croatia proves that Roman relics aren't only found in Italy. Step into the past as you visit expansive ruins and stroll through the walled city of Dubrovnik to the ancient ruins of Istria.
Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is one of the most picturesque corners of the Mediterranean. From relaxing beaches to coastal cities and bracing inland adventures and attractions, time spent by the water in Croatia during your vacation is time you won't forget
Hike through Krka and Plitvice National Parks, where you'll find countless waterfalls and abundant forests. When you're itching to reenter city life, try some hearty Croatian cuisine in the underrated city of Zagreb, which blends Eastern and Western European cooking styles, with Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil and rosemary as well as root veggies and dumplings.
Croatia remains shrouded in mystique, even though it's more popular than ever. Dock at the walled cities of the Dalmatian Coast, then explore the surrounding islands that offer a unique version of paradise.
Savor Croatia's coastal jewels with an Adriatic cruise from Venice (Ravenna). The water off the coasts of Dubrovnik, Split and islands like Hvar and Korcula is as crystal clear as the bottled variety.
Pair your Croatia cruise with an adventure in one of its Mediterranean cousins. Explore Croatian ports like Dubrovnik and Split, then head to Italy and see the Colosseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Or pair Croatia with Greece: Hike to the Acropolis in Athens or the volcano and hot springs in Santorini.
The best part about Croatia is its versatility. Although the country is more popular than ever, its crowds are tolerable even in peak summer months. The most popular times to visit are in April, May, September or October, when temperatures are warm and the sun is bright, but most European tourists are stuck at home.
While it rarely gets cold along the Dalmatian Coast, Zagreb and other inland destinations have four distinct seasons. If you cruise to Croatia during the shoulder seasons — April and October — make sure to pack accordingly.
With around 1,200 islands along the coast of Croatia, there are many public ferry options to get around and island hop. Always be sure to check schedules beforehand, as some ferry companies don't run frequently during the day or throughout the week.
Many Croatians speak English. However, saying zdravo ("hello") and hvala ("thank you") in the local language will make the locals smile.
Take care when diving into water, as its clearness can make it appear deeper than it is. Also make sure water is not too deep for children.
Some local businesses accept the euro, but the official currency is the Croatian kuna. Change some of your dollars or euros to kuna when you arrive.
Croatia sits at the intersection of the Latin and Slavic parts of Europe, and its cuisine reflects this. From Italian-inflected rice dishes, to meat-stuffed peppers that evoke lands farther east, to a local take on flan, Croatia is as delicious as it is beautiful.