Home to centuries-old mediaeval towns and vibrant cities, a magnificent Adriatic coastline with idyllic islands and no less than eight spectacular national parks, it’s no wonder that Croatia is fast becoming one of Europe’s must-visit destinations. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the glamorous walled city of Dubrovnik is steeped in history and culture, while in Zagreb, the country’s capital you can visit Gornji Grad, the historic heart of the city. Due to Croatia’s increasing popularity as a holiday hotspot over recent years, you’ll find many airlines fly south to a variety of different Croatian airports from all over the UK. Some of the most popular destinations you can fly to from the UK include Pula, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb and it’s becoming easier than ever to get your hands on cheap flights to Croatia.
The best months to get your hands on cheap tickets to Croatia and avoid the crowds are January and February when temperatures are lowest. July and August are the peak summer months when visitors flock to the beaches to enjoy the balmy weather. This is also a great time to explore offshore on an island-hopping cruise. Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular hotspot for music festivals held in the sultry summer months, which attract world-famous DJs, music bands and artists. INMusic takes place in Zagreb in June and is Croatia’s largest open-air festival. In July there’s the Ultra Music Festival, a house music fest in Split on the Adriatic coast. In August the eclectic Soundwave Croatia festival takes place in Tisno, while in September it’s time to head to an abandoned fort in Pula for Outlook Festival featuring some of the biggest names in electronic dance music.
You’ll find a vast array of direct flights to Croatia from many UK airports. British Airways, the UK’s flag carrier, offers flights to Split and Zagreb from Heathrow as well as to Dubrovnik from Gatwick. Croatia Airlines operates flights to Split from Gatwick and to both Split and Zagreb from Heathrow. Budget carrier Ryanair flies to Pula from Stansted and to Zadar from Manchester and Stansted, while easyJet lands in Pula, Dubrovnik and Split from a large variety of UK airports on a regular schedule. Other low-cost carriers with direct flights from the UK to Croatia include the British airlines Jet2 and Monarch as well as Norwegian Airlines and Hungary’s Wizz Air.
A variety of transport options await you at Croatia’s major airports. The most convenient option is to book a private or shared door-to-door airport transfer before you travel. Taxis are always available from the airport and the fares will generally be slightly cheaper than pre-booked transfers. Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik airports offer airport express buses that depart on a regular schedule or are synched with flight arrivals. Car rental is also widely available at each airport and may be the best option if you plan to tour around the country.
If you’d like to visit a museum that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, look no further than Zagreb’s quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. This award-winning museum is dedicated to failed relationships and houses mementoes, souvenirs and other personal items that remain after the love story ends. Exhibits have been donated from people all around the world along with anecdotes or descriptions of the relationships and how they ended. Prepare to experience a range of emotions as you wander around and discover intriguing little insights into people’s love lives. At the end of the tour you can visit the museum shop which stocks a variety of relationship breakup-related products including an “anti-stress pencil”, which can be snapped in half and an accompanying “bad memories eraser”.
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