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Croatia's geography and climate


The Croatian countryside

Croatia, a small country, has an instantly recognisable croissant-like shape. Its landscapes are varied, split into two parts.

The Krupa river, Croatia

To the North and East of the country, you'll find plains, lakes and hills. That's also the case for the central region, where Zagreb and Slavonia are located. The latter is a region not often visited by tourists, quite far from the coast and surrounded by Bosnia-Hervegovina, Serbia and Hungary. Nevertheless, with its picturesque scenery and warm climate, it's worth a visit.

The second zone is of course made up of the 1,777 km of rocky coastline, its many coves reminiscent of the scenery of Southern France, but on a much larger scale! This is the main draw for the tourists, who come here to make the most of the translucent water and underwater landscapes, which are mostly very well preserved. On top of that, there are no less than 1,244 islands and islets to explore. Between the two zones is a densely wooded mountain range. This zone is the wildest in the country, and wild animals such as bears, chamois and lynx can still be found here. The diversity of its terrain is what makes Croatia a country with a large variety of scenery, and therefore a destination well worth discovering.  

The green lake in the National Park of the Plitvice lakes, Croatia

Croatia's climate

You can visit Croatia all year round, although many choose to holiday here during peak season, so as to make the most of its coastline and beaches. With its largely Mediterranean climate, it's warm from April to October, and between June and August, it gets pretty hot. Winters are mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 0°C. It gets colder away from the coast, but even there, temperatures are completely bearable.

The best season for a trip to Croatia: opt for Spring and Autumn for milder temperatures and fewer crowds. If you're planning a walking or hiking break, nothing's better than that end-of-season lull!

A beach with a view over Dubrovnik

On the other hand, if you're exclusively planning trips to the beach or days out, opt for July and August. The night clubs and other clubs are open every day, the water is warm and festivities are in full swing in all the towns and villages. 

Emmanuelle Bluman
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Updated 8 April 2016

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