Croatia in July
Stunning coastline, calm seas, plenty of culture and tradition, gorgeous national parks and welcoming people - all the reasons you need to visit Croatia.
And less than four hours' flight from the UK, it's also a quick and affordable destination for a July break.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: active families who are keen to enjoy nature
- Flying time: under 4 hours
- Time difference: GMT+1 (no difference in summer)
- Average temperature in July: 24°C
- Tourist information: Croatian National Tourist Board
How to get there
- Various airlines head to the country: Croatia Airlines, BA, easyJet, Wizz, Flybe, Jet2 and bmibaby all offer routes from various regional departure points.
Where to stay
- Choose between the mainland, one of Croatia's many islands or a combination of the two.
- For a one-centre holiday either stay on the mainland or head for the larger islands with good hotel options and transport: Krk, Cres, Mali Losinj, Rab, Brac, Hvar or Korcula.
- If you're combining different destinations, then hiring a car is by far the easiest option. Roads will be busy during the summer months, but not typically as bad as the M25 on a summer Saturday.
- Hotel: Thomson offers packages to mainland Croatia and the islands of Cavtat and Lopud.
- Camping: Eurocamp has a large campsite in Porec right on the coast, which is an ideal base to explore from. The site has a good range of shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent swimming pool and other sports facilities.
What to do
- Visit the many stunning national parks
- Go rock-climbing
in the Paklenica National Park. There are more than 240 routes, catering from beginners to experienced climbers.
- Visit a Roman amphitheatre
Visit Pula and its enormous Roman amphitheatre, the sixth largest in the world (of those that still exist). Other great ruins to explore include temples and a cathedral.
- Visit Dubrovnik
Don't miss the pedestrian-only old town, chock-full of history, shops, restaurants and galleries.
- Go sailing
The coastline is perfect for gaining your sea-legs. You'll find boat hire and organised tours in pretty much every coastal town.
- Visit the islands
If you're staying on the mainland, then take a day trip out to one (or more) of the islands. From Dubrovnik, take a short boat ride to the lovely little island of Lopud, which has shady, wooded walks, fine beaches (one of them naturist) and a ruined fortress. From Split, head to Solta and swim or snorkel in one of its 24 bays, which mostly remain uncrowded.
- Beaches are covered in small stones, not sand - manage expectations before you arrive! Whilst this does mean no sandcastles, it equals crystal clear blue seas, so leave the buckets at home and pack snorkels instead.
- Croatia has excellent olive oil, cheese and wine - so it would be rude not to sample it! The local Plavac Mali is a relation of the Zinfandel.
- Wear something on your feet whilst in the sea, the sea urchins here are notoriously painful if stepped upon.
- There is a strong Italian influence, so there will be plenty of pizza/pasta dishes to keep children happy.
- Depending on where you stay (or how how far you want to drive) day trips to Italy and Slovenia are possible.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Croatia
- Dubrovnik is a fabulous base for a holiday. There are beaches near the town and you can take wonderful boat trips to different islands, kayak trips, water sports, all sorts. Lizzywishes
- We've been to Croatia twice and loved it (esp the food). Dubrovnik is fantastic. We were near Split the first time and went on day trips to a couple of the islands. The second time we stayed in Makarska, which was a lovely town. Totallyeggflipped