Once a sleepy family resort, Novalja is fast earning a reputation as one of the top destinations in the Adriatic. Nicknamed the ‘Ibiza of Croatia’ it offers an ever-growing choice of clubs, bars and entertainment options. With crystal-clear waters and picturesque beaches just a stone’s throw from the action, it’s easy to see why Novalja is becoming such a popular destination.
July and August are the busiest months in Novalja. Book flights to the resort during the summer months and you’ll find busy bars, packed clubs and crowded beaches.
If you prefer to travel at quieter - and cheaper - times of the year, look for airfares to Novalja in late May, June or September.
Winters in Croatia can be surprisingly cold, so unless you don’t mind a bit of rain or even snow interrupting your time on the beach, it’s probably best to travel at a warmer time of year.
As Novalja is very much a seasonal destination, you’ll probably be traveling in the late spring or summer months. This means you’ll need to be flexible if you want to find cheap flights to Novalja.
When searching for flights on Expedia, make sure you select ‘All airports’ from the drop down menu when typing in your departure details. This will ensure you’re shown all possible departures to your destination.
Click the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the results page to reveal prices for flights on alternative days and see if you could save money by changing the dates of your trip.
Zadar is the closest international airport to Novalja. Almost all direct flights to Zadar are seasonal services, with most only operating between late spring and early autumn. From the airport, you can hire a car and drive to Novalja or catch a bus to the resort from Zadar city centre.
A number of airlines offer seasonal services to Novalja.
The centre of Novalja is small enough to explore on foot. Local shuttles are available to take you to nearby beaches or you can hire a car or a scooter if you want to get out and see the region under your own steam.
The main attraction in Novalja is Zrce Beach. This vibrant stretch of sand is home to no fewer than four 24-hour clubs as well as a number of smaller bars and venues. Minivans connect the beach with the town centre and destinations in the local area.
If you’re looking for something a little more cultured, visit the town’s Roman Aqueduct. Chiselled out of solid rock, the structure is over a kilometre long and is open to visitors throughout the week.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Croatia for stays of less than 90 days. Croatia is one hour ahead of the UK.