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The shoreline of Croatia covers over 1000 miles from Istria in the north to Dubrovnik on the southern Dalmatian coast. Croatia is located in the centre of Europe and gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The country has been lovingly restored after being devastated by civil war. As one of Europe’s newest countries it’s history is fascinating and helps you begin to understand the Italian influence and Mediterranean culture that exists today.
The Croatian coastline contains more than one thousand dazzling islands. However, most of the islands are small and uninhabited and there are therefore only 20 or so larger islands which are popular holiday destinations.
Brac Island is the largest island at 150 square miles. It is the third largest in the Adriatic, and is one of the sunniest with 2,700 hours of sun per year. With its proximity to the mainland, to the city of Split in particular Brac island is also very easy to reach. View our Brac Hotels.
Hvar Island is the fourth largest island at 182 square miles. It is even sunnier than Brac Island, with almost 2,800 hours of sunshine per year.
Dubrovnik is renowned for its stunning ‘Old Town’ – a Unesco World Heritage Site and often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The ancient city walls protect this fascinating place which features cobbled streets and stepped narrow alleyways, a 14th century monastery and an 18th century cathedral, a number of museums and many Gothic Renaissance landmarks. Along the main ‘Placa’ promenade there are a range of sophisticated boutiques and art galleries. In the quieter back streets one will find a wide choice of restaurants offering both local Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine.
The world famous Summer Festival runs throughout July and August featuring a wide range of music and drama events. A visit by day is a must and to take in the history and culture of the place and by night it becomes a romantic dreamland.
Light Blue Travel offer a selection of hand selected stunning luxury hotels in Croatia.
British Airways from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik. Easyjet from London Gatwick to Split. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
2 hours 40 mins From London Gatwick
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £135 per person, each way.
Capital : Zagreb
Language : Croatian
Time Difference : +1 hour
Currency : Kuna (exchange rate approx K 9.15= £1)
Voltage : 220 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk
Croatia Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.croatia.hr/en