Until recently, the absence of charming and comfortable places to stay meant that the only agreeable way to visit the Dalmatian coast was by boat. Many visitors will still wish to spend time afloat, but a new crop of luxury hotels provides a fine choice of pre- or post-cruise options. A spell on land also makes it easy to take escorted tours to places such as the exquisite medieval town of Mostar in Bosnia. An ideal itinerary would contain a mixture of sightseeing and pure relaxation. Split and Dubrovnik merit at least two days each of exploration. Afterward, an excursion to the lovely island of Hvar (reached from Split) is virtually mandatory.
After a chilly and rainy winter, spring comes to Croatia at the beginning of May. Summer is hot and sunny.
Six hours ahead of New York (EST).
Croatian Kuna (HRK). Fluctuating rate valued at HRK6.50 = US$1.00 as of February 2019. Note: Most of our recommended hotels quote rates in euros (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.14 as of February 2019.
Zagreb, Tel. (385) 1-661-2200.
To phone hotels in Croatia, dial 011 (international access) + 385 (Croatia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.