July 1st was a big day for Croatia, as it celebrated its long-anticipated entry into the European Union.
However, while the country hopes its seat at Europe's top table will probably mean increased levels of tourism for the country, and more holidays to Dubrovnik and other Croatian locations, the truth is that Brits have already fallen in love with the nation.
This is no better highlighted than the continued growth of Croatia's three main airports, in Split, Zadar and of course Dubrovnik. Together, the three coastal gateways saw more than 370,000 passengers in May alone.
Touch Down in Dubrovnik
By far the busiest of the airports, and one to which Jet2.com fly thousands of British holidaymakers each year, is Dubrovnik.
In the past month, the airport saw nearly 180,000 passengers fly through; a hefty increase of more than 15% on the same time last year.
It is not hard to understand why cheap flights to Dubrovnik with Jet2.com are so popular with British holidaymakers though. Many are attracted by the sun, and there is no better place to responsibly enjoy the warming rays of the Adriatic coast than on Banje Beach. Conveniently just a few moments’ walk from the Old Town, it is a hive of local fashionistas soaking up the atmosphere in the cafe bars and restaurants.
From the stunning panoramas atop Mount Srd, to the vibrant Luza Square, location for the popular Summer Festival each year, and on to the busy central Stradun with its shops, restaurants and clubs, Dubrovnik really brings the modern European world inside its historic city walls.