This twin-centre takes in the remarkable city of Venice and the heart shaped peninsula of the Istrian Rivera. With a scenic ferry in-between, the two destinations can be connected in just 3 hours. Combine the delights of Italian charm with the contrasting culture of Croatia’s northern towns. Uncover tempting cuisine and romantic gondolas in Venice before exploring the aristocratic history and relaxed charm of Rovinj.
The beautiful city of Venice has earned its reputation as one of the best city breaks in Europe. With its winding canals, traffic free squares and romantic gondolas, Venice is truly a unique city. Travel to your hotel by boat transfer and wander through endless streets discovering boutique shops and Italian eateries along the way. With its 117 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges, there’s plenty to explore in this UNESCO World Heritage City.
The Istria Riviera includes the delightful towns of Rovinj, Pula and Porec. Evident Venetian heritage makes visiting these towns a romantic experience. Unique buildings and ornate architecture give the region an air of sophistication. Luxurious resorts line the coast with a superb offering of restaurants and delightful beaches.
Transfer time: Between 3 and 4 hours by ferry.
Where are the best places to visit in Croatia?
If you like beaches and coastal relaxation the Croatian islands or Makarska Riviera fits the bill. If you’re after some charming seaside towns the Istria Riviera is perfect. Arguably Dubrovnik holidays have something for everyone; a bit of beach, culture, rich history, luxurious hotels and easy access to other cities. Wherever you choose, luxury Croatia holidays are likely to leave you with lasting memories.
How do you get around in Croatia?
There are no rail services in Croatia and for those that don’t want to take a bus, it limits you to getting around by car. Thanks to a favourable exchange rate with the Croatian Kuna, you can get a lot further for your money by car than you would in say Italy or France. Besides travel by road, ferry travel is increasingly frequent, making a multi-centre holiday in Croatia much more flexible. There are a vast number of routes including Split to Dubrovnik, Venice to Pula and Rijeka to Split, easily connecting the main coastal areas.
When is the best time to visit Croatia?
If you’re not tied to school holidays then the months of May, June, September and October are the best times to visit Croatia. Croatia’s coastline follows a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Although be prepared, availability of the best hotels is limited in June and September so best to book ahead. (See Metoffice.gov.uk for up to date weather forecasts).
Where are the best beaches in Croatia?
When thinking of Croatia, beaches don’t really spring to mind. Yet travellers are still flocking to Croatia in search of beach holidays. The beaches in Croatia are mostly shingle, rocky platforms or imported sand. However, there are a few beach gems to add to your multi-centre holiday.
Rab Island – Sandy beaches are rare in Croatia, but you’ll certainly find a few on Rab island, some without a person in sight.
Banje Beach – A mix of pebble and sand this beach is located in the heart of Dubrovnik.
Omis Beach – The town of Omis is an attraction in itself, made ever more popular by its long golden beach.
Zlatni Rat, Brac – Croatia’s most famous beach Zlatni Rat is a distinctive ‘tongue shape’ surrounded by azure waters.
Want to find out more about Croatia’s beaches? Read more in our blog a guide to the best beaches in Croatia.