Your journey to Croatia
1. RouteThe fastest route by car is via Passau in direction Linz, then using the Pyhrntal-motorway to Graz, further on via Maribor to Zagreb, Karlovac, Zadar and Split. Only a couple of kilometres in Slowenia still need to be constructed.
This route will lead you via Salzburg, Villach, Karawankentunnel, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Karlovac to Zadar and further on to Split. This route consists of motorway only. The second tunnel of the Tauern-route was opened mid 2011.
Passing by Istria and driving into the Zadar region as follows: Salzburg, the Tauern-tunnels, Villach, from there further on in direction to Italy (Udine, Triest), then Rijeka and then using the winding coastal road in direction to Zadar/Split. This route is due to the many turns alongside the coast and at the foot of the Velebits the most time-consuming and longest route of all.
Flight and ship connections
Pula, Zadar, Split verfügen über international angebundene Flughäfen, die inzwischen von sehr vielen Linien- und Charterfliegern angeflogen werden. Von Ancona ist Zadar und Split 4 x die Woche über eine Autofähre zu erreichen. Auch viele andere Schiffe und Tragflügelboote verkehren täglich von der Nordadria nach Dalmatien.
90% of all low pressures influencing our middle-European region come from the West. The Alps form a natural barrier and keep smaller lows from moving into the Mediterranean region. Extensive depressions however cross the mountains. That leads to heavy rainfalls on the south side of the Alps. In this case the famous „Genua-Low“ is built. Until the North Adria the weather will then be bad.
Applying Croatian standards, this means the following for sun-seekers:
Pula, Rijeka as well as the peninsula of Istria, are especially in spring and autumn influenced by the rough Alp-climate. The coastal mountains (Velebit) with its highlands produce a lot of stormy winds (Bora). 60 kilometres behind Zadar these mountains are ending in the East. That means one can only find real Mediterranean climate from the Zadar region onwards, where the land is only 100 metres above sea level. On average the temperatures are milder than in opposite Italy. Even in December temperatures of 20° at noon can be reached. Water temperatures of above 20° in December are normal for the region around Zadar and its islands.
The eventual reason for this beautiful winter weather on the Croatian coast is the air pressure situation. A constant Mediterranean high guarantees a mild winter weather along the coast. Once an extensive low with extremely cold air crosses the Alps one can even reckon with snow. The snow will however only stay for a couple of hours. Actually, the temperatures in the ZADAR- or SPLIT-region and on the ISLANDS do not differ too much. Only on the Istrian peninsula and in the Velebit-coastal region south of Rijeka one can have a real harsh climate in winter.