When the Romans came, they brought the main hallmarks of their civilization with them. They built roads to link waterways and trade routes, incorporated new towns, and organized urban planning. While the Romans did manage to last 500 years in the area they called Dalmatia, it was not meant to be. As the Empire was declining all around Europe, Slavic tribes began making their way to the Adriatic coast.
The territory changed hands many times again after that, depending on which empire had the momentum at the time. Despite all the turmoil and change, a lot of the Roman architecture persevered.
Today, if you go to cities like Split, Zadar, and Pula you are sure to pass by some of this stunning architecture. It might seem funny, to be walking through a Slavic country and to suddenly stumble upon something that looks like it matches the Colosseum in Rome!
I went to Zagreb and Split in summer 2014. The weather was perfect for July (high 20s and sunshine every day), while the people were perfectly friendly and the Adriatic Sea was particularly beautiful with its deep blue shimmer.
In the era of budget airlines, you can easily make your Croatia your summer getaway. Just by browsing through my flight matrix, I was able to find round-trip, direct flights from Rome, Amsterdam, and Paris for under 200 Euro to Split. Or, if you have a car and love road tripping like I do, grab a group of friends and hit the road along the Adriatic coastline for a week or two, you won’t be disappointed!
You should also know that there are tons of options when it comes to accommodation. Right now, for peak summer season, I’m seeing hostel prices in peak summer season for 10-15 Euros per night. Of course there are also tons of AirBnb’s available too, it just depends on where you want to stay.
Lastly, be aware that while Croatia was the most recent member to ascend to the European Union, it is not in the Eurozone. That means that they still have their own currency, the Croatian Kuna. The exchange rate as of writing this article is 1 EUR to 7.50 Croatian Kuna. With all that in mind, it’s never too early to start thinking about that summer holiday!