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Is Croatia Expensive to Visit in 2024

Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It’s always been recognized as a country with beautiful beaches, top gastronomy, and affordable prices. However, in recent years, this perception has changed. Nowadays many tourists are wondering if vacationing in Croatia has become too expensive. So, is it true? Let’s discuss.

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Is Croatia a luxury destination? The most obvious answer is: it depends! But let us explain why.

First, you should consider your travel style. For example, where you’ll be staying and dining, and what experiences you’d like to enjoy.

Croatia offers a variety of options for all travelers. It’s a beautiful country on the Adriatic Sea. The warm climate, friendly people, and incredible local cuisine will delight you. The charming towns with old city centers will tell you stories from past centuries (find them in this blog), and untouched nature will be a rest for your soul and body. Besides, Croatia is a very safe country so you’ll feel in paradise.

Kvarner bay Croatia

Beautiful Kvarner Bay, Croatia

With all this in mind, Croatia isn’t a hidden destination. Each year, more people discover its charm and book their holiday in Croatia. It’s definitely become a premium summer destination.

Maybe the best question you should ask is: is vacationing in Croatia a luxury?

Things You Should Consider

The two most important variables are: what time of year you’re traveling and where you’re staying. Of course, there are other things to think about, too. So, let us help you find the best arrangement for you.

When to Visit Croatia

The high season in Croatia starts in June and lasts until the first half of September. Summer is the most popular time to visit it for a luxury vacation, especially in July and August. The sea is warm and welcoming, all premises are open and buzzing with life. You can take boat tours, enjoy water sports, wine tasting, and more.

Yet. the high season is not the only time to visit Croatia. From April to May and September to October, the weather is warm, many premises are still open, and there are fewer crowds.Besides, the prices are significantly lower too, especially for accommodation.

Destinations in Croatia

Hvar town Croatia

Hvar town, Croatia

Furthermore, some parts of Croatia are more expensive than others. In general, bigger towns directly on the coast and bigger islands are the most luxurious. Some of them are Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split. The most expensive are accommodations with all amenities and entertainment within walking distance.

Jet Ski Trogir Croatia

Jet Skiing in Trogir, Croatia

But, don’t overlook staying in the quiet areas and renting a car. Croatia is a relatively small country. Thus, you can experience these premium destinations while booking accommodation in their vicinity. For example, you can stay in Kastela or Trogir area. It is not too far from Split (up to an hour's car ride), and you will get just as splendid accommodation for a lower price.

Rovinj town in Istria, Croatia

Rovinj town in Istria, Croatia

Istriais another mention-worthy destination for a luxury vacation. This charming region is close to big European cities. There’s a variety of attractions, activities, and culinary experiences. What's more, Istria has many lovely holiday homes with a pool. They are perfect for a more affordable luxury vacation.

Accommodation in Croatia

You should also consider the type of accommodation you choose. We have already touched on this topic in the previous paragraphs, but let’s get into more details.

Luxury Villa Korcula Diamond Croatia

Luxury Villa Korcula Diamond with two pools, Korcula Island, Croatia

Croatia has plenty of luxury villas and holiday homes with a pool.They are ideal for an unmatched luxury vacation. Many villas with a pool are only a few steps from the beach. Some are situated in hidden bays, away from the prying eyes and tourist crowds. Others are located in the city, in the very center of events. There’s something for everyone.

Of course, if you emphasize comfortable, carefree experiences, expect to spend more. For example, renting a luxury villa will cost you around €1,000 per night in high season. Even though it’s on the pricier side, villas usually host 8-12 guests. This makes them popular among families and friend groups. So, the prices come down to about €100 per night per person.

Therefore, a luxury vacation in Croatia may not be as expensive as you think!

Food in Croatia

Croatia has a very diverse culinary offer, which mainly has Mediterranean influences. As we all know, it’s one of the most healthy diets in the world!

Tavern Trs Meal Croatia

Meal in Tavern Trs, Trogir, Croatia

You can find many restaurants with exceptional menus. We advise avoiding “tourist traps” on main streets and squares. Instead, spend more time researching restaurants locals frequent. They are usually away from the big crowds and more affordable. Yet, the quality of food is almost always better.

For a luxury experience, visit the fine-dining restaurants. The prices start at around €50 per person. You can expect top-quality service from friendly, knowledgeable staffas you pay more. Of course, meals are prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Certainly, you will get excellent value for your money.

Activities and Sightseeing

How much can you expect to pay for activities in Croatia? Often, the prices depend on the time of the year. This is especially true for the most popular tourist attractions. So, let’s start from the South to the North and cover all the most popular sites.

Dubrovnik City Walls, Croatia

Dubrovnik City Walls, Croatia

Dubrovnik City Walls are one of the most world-famous attractions in Croatia. It will take you about 2 hours to fully discover it. Your reward will be breathtaking views of the Old Town, Lovrijenac Fortress, and the beautiful Adriatic Sea. In high season this experience costs €35 per adult. Students, children, and groups get discounts. However, in the off-season, prices deflate to €15 per adult. Here is more information and the full price list. Also, make sure to check our itinerary for a memorable one-day trip in Dubrovnik.

Krka Waterfalls National Park, Croatia

Krka Waterfalls National Park, Croatia

Croatia is very popular for its national parks. Don’t miss a lovely circular walk up and around the Krka River. Take your time to admire the beautiful Krka Waterfalls National Park. It’s best to make a day trip out of it so check out our guide here. This trip will be a perfect refreshment in summer. The ticket for a full experience per adult in high season is €40. Needless to say, children, students, and groups get discounts. In the off-season, the ticket is only €7 per adult, and even lower for other groups. Check out the price list on the official website.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes is one of the best national parks in Europe. Enjoy the spectacular waterfalls, lakes, and diverse flora and fauna. We already have an in-depth guide on Plitvice Lakes that you can check out here. You can either pay for the entrance tickets or request a guided tour. The entrance tickets are up to €40 per adult during summer and rush hours. Yet, in the off-season, you can pay as low as €10 per adult. Students, children, and groups get special discounts during all periods. You can find more information on the official website of the park.

Pula Amphitheater, Croatia

Pula Amphitheater, Croatia

If you find yourself in Istria, visit the magnificent Pula Amphitheater. In Roman times, this magnificent monument hosted gladiator fights. Today, it often hosts concerts. You can visit it for €10, and students and children will pay €5. But, keep in mind that the opening hours vary depending on the season. Check it all out on this page.

Boat Tours, Croatia

Boat Tour, Croatia

In Croatia, many hidden beaches and bays are only accessible from the sea. Our guests love boat tours to various islands, from Dalmatia to Kvarner and Istria. Private tours are fully flexible and tailored to your needs. Our skipper waits for you at the prearranged meeting point or picks you up from your villa. You will discover Croatia from a completely different angle in the next few hours.

For example, you can take a one-day island hopping tour. The most popular tour to discover Central Dalmatia is the 5 Islands tour. It includes a visit to Blue Cave, Hvar Island, and the Paklinski Islands Archipelago. The price for the small group tour starts from €99. In North Dalmatia, we recommend the one-day sailing tour of the Kornati Islands Archipelago. A day in this nautical paradise will cost approximately €130. Visit Croatia Island Hopping and Private Day Tours for more info.

One of the top luxury choices in Istria is a private yacht cruise from Rovinj. It includes exploring the Lim Channel and dolphin watching in the Rovinj archipelago. It’s an excellent option for groups of up to 12 guests, and prices start from €1800 which comes down to €150 per person. This is still a bit pricey, but it’s for those who seek an unparalleled VIP experience. Don’t hesitate to search for more Luxury Yachts and Speedboats for day rent in Croatia and send us your inquiry.

We recommend using a VIP concierge service for your luxury vacation in Croatia. Your concierge agent will help you arrange your vacation to the smallest detail. Without a doubt, it will make your holidays unforgettable.

Prices in Croatia Compared to Other Countries

Now, it’s time to compare prices and experiences in Croatia to other European countries. You may already be familiar with these places so it will give you a clearer picture of what to expect in Croatia.

Croatia and UK

If you’re traveling from the United Kingdom, you’ll be delighted to find that Croatia is a lot less expensive. This includes dining out, groceries, accommodation, and entertainment. On your vacation in Croatia, you should try water sports and hiking. Also, visit beaches and national parks. You can have a holiday in Croatia full of activities and spend less than you would in the UK.

Croatia and Germany

On average, the cost of living in Germany is more expensive. Food and transportation are more affordable in Croatia. However, entertainment is often more expensive, especially in the summer months. Of course, if you’re seeking a fun vacation with many activities and outings, you will spend more than if you’ve stayed home.

Bacvice beach in Split, Croatia

Bacvice beach in Split, Croatia

Croatia and Turkey

Croatia is more expensive than Turkey for most things (food, accommodation, and entertainment). However, although your money will go further in Turkey, don't skip on Croatia. For example, Croatia is in the EU and Schengen Area so it’s easier to get there and around. For sure, you won’t regret visiting Croatia’s gorgeous coastline and unique islands. They are priceless!

Croatia and Greece

Both Croatia and Greece are popular Mediterranean countries. Both have a rich history, culture, and great food. The accommodation prices are pretty similar. But, Croatia is a smaller country so you will need less time and money to get around all the top attractions. Croatia is also less pricey in terms of eating out. So, for tourists, on average Greece costs more.

Croatia and Spain

These countries are among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. So, it’s fair to compare them from a traveler’s point of view. Both Croatia and Spain are more affordable than most European countries. Also, accommodation, food, and transportation are more affordable in Croatia. An average tourist will spend less money compared to a holiday in Spain.

Final Thoughts

Luxury villa Diamond One Primosten Croatia

View from Luxury Villa Diamond One near Primosten, Croatia

Let’s wrap this up! Is Croatia more expensive now than it was a few years ago? Yes, absolutely. Do you still get good value for the money you spend in Croatia? Again, yes. It’s a country of over 1,000 islands and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The country abounds with untouched natural beauties, countless lovely beaches, and bays. History fans will enjoy all the great preserved historical monuments. Foodies will be delighted by unmatched culinary delicacies from fresh, local ingredients.

Our advice is to read the blogs written by locals. With good research and planning, you can save quite a lot. You will still get a memorable, luxurious experience while vacationing in wonderful Croatia!

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