There's more to Croatia than just beaches. The remarkable cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir are at your disposal, and a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park will be sure to keep you occupied. Over the summer months, there is a huge temptation to simply arrive at your Croatian paradise and relax for the duration of your break. We have some enticing suggestions to get you out and about experiencing some of the local culture and customs in Croatia.
Zagreb Summer Evenings held annually from June 1st to July 31st, allows you to enjoy a selection of both national and international ensembles. The main hub of the event is in the Upper Town where a variety of venues are used. You will be able to enjoy an array of concerts including violin, organ, piano and chamber music. This festival is a great reflection of Croatian culture, and is a fantastic way to while away a few bright summaer nights.
The Split Summer Festival occurs between July 1st and August 31st each year. Visitors can enjoy a fusion of dance, music and drama within this diverse Croatian city. This is a fantastic celebration, giving the city a real buzz, definitely one not to be missed if you're staying in this area.
Split isn't the only city to hold a summer festival; Dubrovnik also gets in on the act from July 1st – August 31st. A diverse display of theater, dance, music and folklore can be seen during this period. The largest of these events in Croatia, many international stars are set to perform at a collection of indoor and outdoor venues throughout Dubrovnik.
Why not visit the Zagreb Baroque Festival from July 1st – July 31st? Baroque music is a traditional part of Croatian culture, performed in the many churches littered throughout Zagreb. A memorable display of why Croatia offers that bit more than a traditional holiday.
The International Folklore Festival in Zagreb will be held from July 20th to July 24th 2011. This provides a unique opportunity to watch folk dances from an assortment of European countries with participants in national dress. If you are planning a short break to Zagreb over this period, car hire in Croatia allows you to take the time to explore further afield.
Days of Diocletian takes place in Split in August for ten days, although the exact dates are yet to be confirmed for 2011. This celebration is in honor of the Roman Emperor Diocletian who retired to Split in 293AD. The festivities are held in his palace and are supported by a mass of other events across the city. The reappearance of the emperor in period dress is considered to be the highlight of this celebration.
If you do choose Croatia for your holiday this summer, make the most of the many events and festivals that occur each year. The stunning coastline should also be appreciated and with car hire Croatia, the magnificent scenery can be enjoyed whilst getting a taste of the real Croatia.