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For many people, a holiday in Croatia is all about sun-filled days relaxing by brilliantly blue waters in the shade of an ancient walled town. Yet, when you hire a car in Croatia, the experiences on offer just get better and even more idyllic.
Undoubtedly the Croatian coast is a main attraction. Its clear waters are dappled with tiny islands that are all just a short hop away on a ferry. Fantastically white pebbles line its beaches, and there are wonderful stretches of sand to be found as you cruise the coast by car. Pull over to lounge in tranquil settings, or take the opportunity to try one of the many water sports offered here, including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing.
But drive away from the beach and there are many rich cultural treasures to explore. Situated between the Balkans and central Europe, Croatia bears testament to its history with the Venetian palaces, Napoleonic forts, Roman ruins, Slavic churches, Soviet sculptures and Viennese mansions that pepper its beautiful landscapes.
Those who choose to drive into the interior, away from the lure of the coast, are also in for a natural visual feast. Imposing mountains dominate, with the Dinaric Alps stretching throughout the country. Among all this limestone karst is a beautiful collection of peaks, caverns, river canyons, waterfalls and impossibly picturesque lakes. This is where you can hike or bike to your heart’s content, or where you can experience dramatic rock climbing, rafting and ziplining adventures.
Wherever you are based in Croatia, you can book your car hire through Expedia in advance. We partner with a network of providers to offer great deals on car hire in the cities, resorts and airports of Croatia.
It’s easy to arrange your car hire in Croatia. Simply enter the dates that you will need the car for and select the most convenient location to pick up your vehicle from. Thanks to our network of providers you will always find a great choice of cars on offer, from mini-class to SUV, and you’ll be able to take advantage of all the latest deals.
If you are flying in to Croatia you can arrange to rent a car from Zagreb Airport, Split Airport or Dubrovnik Airport. This means that, once you have picked up your luggage, your car will be waiting for you as you stroll through the arrivals hall. You’ll be able to start your scenic drive straight away, or head to your hotel to plan your Croatian adventures.
Dubrovnik never fails to impress. Its white limestone streets and baroque buildings are reflected in the shimmering Adriatic, and its ancient city walls tell of its antiquity. Yet, you’ll find all the best contemporary hotels and fine dining options here too.
Coffee lovers will adore Zagreb. A small coastal city made for strolling, Zagreb offers bohemian cafes, museums and galleries to explore as you get in touch with your arty side.
You can see how the other half live in Hvar Town, the haunt of the fashion-conscious and well-heeled yacht owners. This is a great place to party the night away and stroll in the endless sun through lavender fields by day.
At Plitvice Lakes National Park you can park up and explore its maze of paths, woods and meadows – and each will lead you to one of its 16 scenic lakes or its dramatic waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for the bears, wolves and more than 120 species of birds that are sharing this beautiful space with you.
The world is not short of Roman ruins, but Diocletian’s Palace must be one of the most impressive. It forms about half of the old town of Split, and is Unesco-protected for very good reasons. Astonishingly it is made much more than an archaeological site by the fact that people continue to live inside the beautiful structures here.
Zadar may not have the fame of many other coastal towns in Croatia, but that’s just another reason to drive out and experience its lively cafes and fascinating market. The old town is traffic-free, so find somewhere to park and follow its Roman street plan to its numerous bars, restaurants and shops and experience the town in all its marble-clad glory.
Fancy splitting up your road trip with a scenic ferry ride to soak in the rugged shoreline views and admire islands like Hvar and Korčula? With Expedia you can hire a car to get from A to B, then you can leave that car there, and when you arrive at C you can arrange for a brand new car to be there waiting for you. So why not experience the beauty of the Adriatic by travelling between Split and Dubrovnik on a Dalmatian coast cruise?