A new destination for us. Initially just a toe-in the-water approach with just one hotel featured, the deluxe rated Sun Gardens located just north of Dubrovnik. We shall be adding a few additional hotels within the Dubrovnik region within the next month.
Croatia is known for its crystal clear Adriatic waters, numerous cove bays and off shore islands – there are apparently almost a thousand stretching from the northern border with Slovenia down to Montenegro in the south. Inland you have pine covered mountains and traditional villages.
We focus on the area around Dubrovnik which is in the south of the country. Rich in history and culture, and undoubtedly one of the most charismatic port cities in the region. Cobbled streets and buzzing cafes and restaurants. During the summer season the city hosts many art and music festivals, attracting local and international artists.
Travel time from the UK is just over 3 hours. Croatia is an EU member state so UK passport holders do not require a visa; however your passport must be valid for the complete duration of your holiday.
Although part of the EU, and Euro’s are widely accepted, the official currency is the Kuna, available from local banks and ATM’s.
The most popular time is spring and summer, so essentially late April through to early October. During this time the days are usually bright and sunny, with temperatures in the mid-20’s Celsius rising to over 30 in the peak July & August months. The early spring and late autumn periods are particularly good, less crowds, more attractive prices although the water might be a bit on the bracing side on entry, especially in spring. During the winter months, the temperatures drop to around 40 degrees and increased rainfall and the focus should be on sightseeing, spa and cuisine although many restaurants do close between November to March.
Although UK tourism has grown considerably in the past few years, Croatia still retains an exclusive image that sets it apart from many of the other countries in the Mediterranean region. It still has an air of mystery, a dinner table cachet. The water quality is outstanding, clear shimmering turquoise. Plus of course the history, both ancient and modern. Traditional villages, and in Dubrovnik one of the most attractive and alluring cities.
If We Were To Be Critical
The beaches in the south tend to be more shingle than soft sand, but this just seems to enhance the water contrasts. Dubrovnik is one of the most popular ports of call on the cruise circuit, it can show.