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Best way to travel from southern France to Croatia?

We will be in Narbonne France at the end of December and will need to travel to spend 90 days outside of the EU. What is the best way to travel to Croatia? Any other recommendations about a great country or area to travel to spend 90 days outside of the EU?
Thank you, Dee

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
3211 posts

Croatia has been in the EU for a few years. They are not fully part of Schengen yet, so if you have a Schengen visa, not sure what the rules are.

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2307 posts

Although I love Croatia, January/February wouldn’t be the time I would want to be there. Many places on the islands will be closed for the winter.

You could also consider spending time in the UK, Morocco or Turkey.

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
10352 posts

Edited to expand my comments on Morocco and Ukraine.

Parts of Morocco would have lovely weather at that time of year, but 90 days might be quite a long time there (the experience is quite "foreign").

Also fascinating but with weather probably not as mild as Croatia's, you have Romania and Bulgaria. Weather-wise, Monteenegro's probably pretty close to Croatia, and it is a beautiful country.

Then there's Ukraine. Odessa (the warmest), L'viv and especially Kyiv are worth visiting. The smaller cities are also nice but often don't have tourist offices (nor does Kyiv, as far as I could tell). That means you have to do your own legwork. Public transportation--other than flying--is rather slow and the country is large. Public toilets used at breaks in bus journeys were the hole-in-the-floor type but were always clean and supplied with paper, soap and running water (more than can be said about those in some other countries I have visited).

With the availability of cheap flights I'd try for a combination of the UK (heavy on London with its many indoor attractions) and somewhere warmer, probably Morocco

Remember that you must count both the day you leave Schengen territory and the day you go back to Schengen territory in your Schengen-day total.

Posted by dhsimpso OP
2 posts

Thank you for your helpful suggestions on other places that would be great to visit. It is definitely giving us some options to check into a little bit more.
Dee