Why is Croatia such a hot topic, I hear you ask? Well that’s easy, Croatia is the beauty queen of the Adriatic, full stop. Still wondering why holidaymakers and celebrities love it, families, festival-goers and fun-seekers are flocking to the country in droves, and it’s on the top of most ‘must-see’ travel lists for 2012?

We’ll share the secret, and don’t worry you haven’t missed out yet. With Monarch’s flights to Dubrovnik and Pula, you can experience Croatia holidays without breaking the bank. Croatia is the land that captivated Odysseus (famous for his gadding about the Dalmatian Coast a few thousand years ago), and continues to capture hearts to this day. Our top five picks:

1. World Heritage

With Dubrovnik flights, you’ll find yourself in a UNESCO World Heritage Site in no time. Dubrovnik is a city with one of the richest histories in Europe; it’s also the ideal city to reach a holiday compromise. Fans of history and heritage can get their fill of a city rich in ancient architectural wonders, including the city walls laced with tunnels and turrets, while those looking for a relaxing time away can escape to the beach.

Monarch tip: Try the Banje beach if you’re aiming to reach a beach vs. tourism compromise. It’s close to the old town, so you’ll be able to visit both in a day.

Dubrovnik old town streets church steeple
2. Natural assets

Plitvice Lakes are simply stunning – the only thing you’ll need to agonise over is which phone app to use to capture the jaw-dropping magnificence.

Monarch tip: Bring some sun cream as you’ll be exposed to the elements if you want to make the most of a trip to the Plitvice Lakes.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

3. Looking to party?

Head to the beautiful historic island of Hvar for buzz, bars and boutiques. Hvar will soon have you shuffling in no time.

Monarch tip: After your dinner, make sure you have a coffee before heading out for a night out on the tiles. Croatia is famous for its coffee culture.

small harbour with boats and cathedral, Croatia

4. Cafe Culture

If gazing at palaces whilst languishing in a gastronomic Mecca of cafes and bars is your dream holiday, then you’ll love discovering Split. Summer festival time is July and August, which makes Split the place to be for entertainment, music, ballet, art and more.

Monarch tip: Bring some sensible walking shoes with you – nothing ruins an experience like sore feet.

Dubrovnik old town cobbled streets

5. Ancient wonders

Further up the coast, Monarch also offers hotels in Pula. This incredible ancient city boasts an amphitheatre, where you can still catch fantastic concerts.

Monarch tip: Check the Pula Tourist Office to find out what’s going on before you leave.

Amphitheatre, Pula, Croatia



  1. We’re dying to go Plitvice! So beautiful! This picture of it almost doesn’t seem real. Thanks for the other great Croatia tips!

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