LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2012) - This year, Croatia has become a top destination for British holidaymakers, with visitor numbers up by nearly a quarter, according to figures from the Croatian National Tourist Office.
Nearly a quarter of a million Brits visited the Baltic nation between January and August - up 23% on 2011. And tourism minister Velijko Ostojic says that Croatia could see a record-breaking year for tourism if the trend continues over the final months of 2012. Furthermore, the good news could continue well into 2013, with the introduction of more flights, new routes and holiday packages set to open up Croatia to even more tourists.
There's still some way to go before Croatia returns to the record-breaking figure of 500,000 visitors in 1990, but it seems that more and more Brits are recognising that the country has something to offer everyone. Whether you fancy a short break to get away from the stresses of everyday life for a few days, want to spend some much-needed relaxation time on the beach, yearn to explore the landscapes of its many islands or escape for a few nights of partying, Croatia has it all.
Located at the crossroads of Europe, Croatia has some 5,835 kilometres of coastline coupled with Mediterranean-style culture and food, not to mention plenty of historical interest. The country has retained influences from all of its previous rulers, from the Romans to the Hungarians, so there's plenty to see and learn about, with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit, including the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Roman Palace of Diocletian and the sprawling Plitvice Lakes National Park.
The beautiful shoreline also brings with it fantastic fresh seafood, and to wash it down there are a number of home-grown Croatian wines to choose from, making the country a haven for foodies and wine buffs alike.
But what really puts the icing on the cake is the weather - Croatia benefits from temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s during the summer months but with low humidity, so being out in the sun is pleasant rather than baking. Plus, you can always take a dip in the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea to cool off!
With flight times of just two hours, Croatia really is only a hop away - and with fantastic package deals available from Cosmos, now is the perfect time to book your next 2013 break. For a range of affordable Croatia holidays, with deals starting from just £229 per person, visit Cosmos.