There are many factors that make Croatia a top swimming holiday and vacation destination. Let’s begin with a few main reasons:
1) Geographical location. The country is nestled between Ex-Yugoslavian countries and it has access to the massive and long coastline of the Adriatic sea. Not to mention over 1,000 islands that are spread out from northern Istra to southern Dalmatia. A lot of European guests travel there by car, especially Germans, Austrians, Italians, Czech, Slovak, Hungarians, Slovene, etc. Roads in Croatia are very good quality, but you have to pay for them. But what is free today?? International flights are available from most European countries. Some airports you can fly into: Zagreb, Pula, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik.
2) The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, which means warm dry summers and mild winters, with many hours of sunshine on average. In fact, it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe in general!
3) Part of the European Union. Yes, since July 2013, Croatia is a member of EU Union. For many people this represents safety, open borders to travel in and out.
4) Great ferry links between the islands. As mentioned above Croatia is a country of many islands which you can visit. You can travel by car, bus or by foot. Jadrolinija is the main Croatian ferry company.
5) The National parks. Croatia has an amazing range of national parks across the country. Both on land and totally remote on the sea.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mljet National Park, Krka National Park, Risnjak National Park, Paklenica National Park, Sjeverni Velebit National Park. The Kornati Islands National Park, Brijuni National Park. Croatia National Parks Map
6) Local currency Kuna. Despite being in the EU but not on the Euro. Going on a holiday is usually linked to how much you can spend while there. A good benefit of Croatia is to not have the Euro currency which would make this country definitely more expensive. So far, 1 Euro buys about 7.5 kuna and 1 Sterling about 9 Kuna. One beer in a restaurant costs about 15 Kuna, so around 2 Euros. This is cheaper than most EU countries.
7) Croatian food has many different influences from the past. We would describe it as largely from the Italians, then Turkish and a bit of Hungarian. All together you can call it a good Balkan mix. Peka, Brodet, Soparnik (in turkish gozleme), Crni Rizot – Black Risotto, Bakalar, Grilled Fish, Stuffed Peppers, Cobanac, Strukli, Paprikas and more. Adding a good local beer and tasty local wine make it a great dining experience.
8) Croatia offers incredible historical towns to visit along the coast. Some remarkable ones to mention: Dubrovnik, Makarska, Split, Sibenik, Zadar and more. In any of these you can spend a few days just wondering around and enjoying the beautiful architecture and sites.
9) Holiday activities while in Croatia. You can do many active holidays in Croatia. Most people may see Croatia as a beach holiday place (not many beaches are sands in CRO, they are rocky), but we would place it more towards great sea focused activity such as: sailing, cruising, boating, diving, kayaking, and of course open water swimming.
Croatia offers a very clear Adriatic sea with warm temperatures in the summer months from June – September. You can expect from 22-25C water temperatures during these months. The Adriatic sea in Croatia is also one of the countries that has not been touched by a jellyfish surge, so swimming there is very safe and pleasant. What more can you ask for when land on a beautiful island and you jump in for a relaxed swim.
10) Guest review. One of our clients that has visited a swimming holiday in Croatia in 2016 has written to us: “Just a massive thank you for such a fantastic trek in Croatia last week. All seemed so well organised, great fun guides Laura and Maja, hotel and food were perfect. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and are already pining to come back. We will most certainly look into another next year… (Annie and the Cornish gang!)