Croatia Welcomes Tourism
Croatia is a country of golden beaches, historic cities filled with
Venetian architecture (many towns along the coast were once part of Venice’s vast empire) and turquoise waters. Croatia is now welcoming back vaccinated travelers who have waited the necessary two-week period after their shots, exempting them from havinag to show a negative test or quarantine upon arrival in Croatia. Travelers must also show proof of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private rental, or rented vessel paid in advance.
It is good timing! There is growing interest in Croatia’s cultural and natural heritage as well as food and wine tourism. Add a coast dotted with 116 Blue Flag beaches and 1,244 islands, red-roofed coastal cities wrapped in Medieval walls, 16 UNESCO Heritage Sites and eight national parks, plus an easy lifestyle, a growing wine industry and an infrastructure of new hotels, this growing popularity is easy to understand.
Start in Istria
Suggest clients visit the Istrian peninsula, Croatia’s westernmost point, for first-century Roman sites, unspoiled natural beauty and gastronomy that includes prized local white truffles. Seafood is, of course, fresh and plentiful year-round.
Pula is the Istria’s main city, known for Pula Film Festival. The festival will be in its 68th year in 2021, making it the oldest festival of its kind in Croatia. Normally held in July, Croatian and international films are shown at various locations in Pula, including in the stunning amphitheatre (the Arena) in the town.
Finding the right hotel for those visiting beautiful old Dubrovnik will be easy. Overlooking the Adriatic adjacent to the UNESCO-acclaimed Old Town, Hotel Excelsior has been a local landmark since its opening in 1913. It is now part of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels Group.
Be sure clients allow time for historic Split’s beautiful harbor and historic center containing Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The huge complex of living space, temples and plazas is still lived in — a village inside a Roman wall.
Your clients would feel cheated without time to explore at least one of the islands, each with its own personality. Losinj’s five islands are abloom with 1,200 different plant species, reached by 150 miles of walkways
Helicopter and small plane transfers allow faster access from Dubrovnik to Hvar, an island also known for its diverse flora and fauna. Along with scenery, beaches and villages like laid-back Stari Grad, Hvar also produces some of Croatia’s best wines.
The most remote island of Vis, a two-hour ferry ride from Split and only 60 miles from the Italian coast, was once the Adriatic’s most powerful city-state. It is covered with Roman remains, but its most famous site is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave accessible only by boat. Seafood restaurants, local wines, sea kayaking, hiking, sailing and beaches also lure travelers.
Visit www.croatia.hr for trip planning advice as well as Croatia’s Covid restrictions, and up-to-date