photo by Romanski

Christmas in Croatia: Old World Charm and a Festive Atmosphere

If you're looking for a new destination in which to spend the festive period then the Republic of Croatia should be on your list of choices. Here are 10 reasons why this country is worth visiting over Christmas.

The Picturesque Settings

Croatia's 1 000 km coastline offers some incredibly beautiful cities and towns, including Rovinj, Makarska and Dubrovnik. Yes you can cherish the beaches and sea views if you wish to, but the winter season means you're more likely to be wandering the charming old town streets and soaking up the medieval atmosphere.

A Relaxed Seasonal Destination

Croatia is in Europe and exudes a laidback atmosphere over the winter season compared to the tourist heavy summer months. This means you can avoid the queues and take your time at popular sightseeing attractions such as the cable-car ride to the top of the Srd Hill in Dubrovnik.

The Food and Drink

The many restaurants and bars will provide the perfect festive ambience in which to enjoy some traditional Croatian cuisine and delicious local wines. If you're a fan of Mediterranean or Italian food you won't be disappointed with the dishes on offer and your money stretches a lot further in this country.

The Christmas Markets

Most Croatian cities and towns will have Christmas markets, which you may well catch if you book with First Choice. Try out Zagreb for something extra-festive. The capital city has one of the largest markets in the country and the city square's open air stage provides concerts, children's performances and of course beautiful illuminations.


Croatia boasts some marvellous skiing and snowboarding resorts, including Platak, Velika and Bjelosica. If you're staying in Zagreb you'll have easy access to the beautiful Sljeme Ski Resort, which is located only 20 minutes from the capital.

Visit the Islands

Winter may be the low season but that doesn't mean you can't catch a ferry to little islands such as Hvar, Rab and Solta. The islands can be explored by foot or by bicycle and the hospitable locals are more than happy to greet yuletide visitors.

Inexpensive Luxury Hotels

Croatia is an inexpensive destination and visiting in winter means you can obtain superb hotel accommodation with discounts of around 50%. You'll find a variety of options in major cities such as Zagreb, Split and Rijeka. If you fancy that touch of Christmas indulgence, why not go for a five star hotel?

Rejuvenating Hot Springs

Warm yourself up during your winter trip with a dip in the famous Croatian hot springs. There are numerous thermal spas and the mineral waters are a well-known treatment for respiratory and dermatological problems. Istarske Toplice, Krapinske Toplice and Krapinske Toplice are three of the best spa towns in the country.
photo by Liga Eglite

Stay Until the New Year

It may be a well-kept secret but Dubrovnik is a superb place to see in the New Year. Head down to the Old Town's main street and enjoy the party atmosphere complete with traditional dancing, live music and a glass or two of rakija.

Not to be Missed

Additional sightseeing options should include the natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a sailing trip to on the Adriatic Sea and the spectacular sunsets from the coastal city of Zadar.

Croatia definitely exudes a magical atmosphere in winter and will easily provide unforgettable experiences this Christmas.

Photos by Romanski and Liga Eglite, Creative Commons license

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November 15th, 2014

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