There are plenty of interesting historic towns and villages in Croatia, as well as fortified towns and castles, beaches and idyllic islands...
To travel around in Croatia car hire is the best option, giving you the freedom to explore this former Yugoslavian state at your own pace. You can easily arrange to pick up your car at one of the airports - Dubrovnik (DBV), Pula (PUY), Rijeka (RJK), Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD) or Zagreb (ZAG).
The seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Old City of Dubrovnik, which has the oldest arboretum in the world and the oldest still-operational pharmacy in Europe it was started in the 14th century.
Croatian culture is a colourful blend of its history and its view of itself as a country today. This is reflected in its festivals and events. Pula Film Festival is a great opportunity to see Croatian films.
If your visit coincides with October the 18th then you can celebrate International Necktie Day in the country in which the tie was invented! There are music, dance and arts festivals in the summer months. The country also has many interesting museums and its theatres are increasingly popular.
It's not just the history and culture that make Croatia popular with tourists, the climate and geography are attractive.
From majestic mountains and pine-clad forests to a rugged coastline, there is much to see with a hire car in Croatia...
Make the most of your car hire in Croatia by visiting the coastline and beach resorts as well as the many islands - there are over 1100 of them off the Adriatic Coast, which is the sunniest part of the country. The first resort there was opened at Opatija in the 19th century and the region soon became a popular health resort.
Nowadays, there are numerous seaside resorts along the coast, some catering to general tourists and others to those looking for more specialised holidays. When you've spent some time on the coast its well worth heading inland mountains such as Velebit, the highest mountain range in Croatia and Gorski Koter.
The mountains, waterfalls, lagoons and rivers are ideal for outdoor activities. Popular ones include water sports, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and sailing. You can try white-water rafting in Plitvice Lakes national park, an outstandingly beautiful World Heritage Site.