Croatia Reports Increase in British Tourists in 2012
Just two hours flight time from the UK, Croatia, the 'land of a thousand islands', is a vibrant mix of European and Balkan cultures, and is fast becoming the UK's favourite holiday destination. Nestled comfortably in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, neighbouring Hungary and Slovenia to the North, and Bosnia and Serbia to the East, Croatia also shares a slice of the Adriatic sea with Italy, so it's not surprising the nation has so much to offer tourists.
The Croatia National Tour Office (CNTO) noted a significant increase in British tourists over the past eight months of 2012, including the peak months July and August, with 241,443 Britons touching down so far - a figure that is up 23% on the same period last year.
Nearly 250,000 UK visitors is a while away from the country's record in the 1990's when 500,000 British people holidayed there, but the CNTO is hopeful that it can again be achieved in light of the increased popularity and tourism boom.
From December this year British Airways are due to restart flights to the capital Zagreb from London Heathrow, and Jet2 flights from Bradford-Leeds to Pula is also set to begin in May 2013, so it's clear that Croatia is back in fashion with Britons once again, and its popularity as the number one holiday destination can only continue to increase.
Boasting almost 2,000 miles of coastline with 50 inhabited islands, the rugged, rocky coastlines Croatia is so famed for, are contrasted by the pristine white sandy beaches that can be found in Dalmatia, amongst other areas.
The country's energetic cities are steeped in Austro-Hungarian architecture and history, and feature streets lined with a myriad of elegant restaurants serving fresh and local cuisine, art galleries and museums, music venues, clubs and bars - a haven for city-dwelling travellers on the hunt for some rich European culture. One of the most popular destinations is Dubrovnik, an old coastal city originating in the seventh Century that sits at Croatia's southern tip. Walk around its huge protective city walls and along the stone-paved streets to explore the beautiful and historic Old Town architecture.
If you'd like to take in the breathtaking scenery and awesome sight of the Roman amphitheatre, or the remains of the Arch of Sergii and the Temple of Augustus, a holiday to Pula may be your chosen Croatian destination - we offer a range of package holidays to Pula, whatever your budget. Visit in the summer to enjoy the Pula Opera festival or the internationally renowned open air film festival. Another major drawpoint for British tourists are Croatia's impressive repertoire of music festivals, large and small, old and new. The famous Garden and Soundwave festivals have recently made way for new forerunners such as Hideout and Echo to entertain the masses at various venues around the country's scattering of islands.