Family holidays to Croatia

Beaches, mountain resorts and a lot more besides

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

CroatiaIt seems bizarre to think that only in recent years have the general public truly started to appreciate Croatia as a holiday destination. Since peace was declared back in the mid ‘90s, after a bitter war of independence, this fledgling nation has flourished, capitalising on its natural beauty to entice flocks of visitors every year. Fusing traditional summer holiday sensibilities with a distinct Eastern European flavour, Croatia is a truly unique destination for a family holiday.

Whatever you’re looking to get out of your family holiday, chances are high that you’ll find it in Croatia. Blessed with stunning natural scenery, a range of historical and sporting attractions, beaches and no end of kids’ clubs, there’s plenty to keep the entire party happy. In terms of accommodation, you needn’t look any further than HomeAway, where you’ll find an impressive range of rental properties the length and breadth of the country. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve provided a guide to some of Croatia’s most appealing aspects.


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Korcula Family holiday homes in Korcula

Among the most picturesque spots in the entire country, Korcula is an island separated from the Croatian mainland by the narrowest of straits. Local legend will tell you that infamous explorer Marco Polo was born on the island, and the house where he was allegedly brought into this world is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Elsewhere, the Gothic Cathedral of St Marco is an incredible sight. The island is small and reserved, so if you’re looking to relax and take a look at some wonderful and unique architecture, this might just be the spot for you. To keep the kids entertained, indulge in a spot of snorkelling, before visiting one of the many medieval fortresses scattered about town.

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Dubrovnik Family holiday homes in Dubrovnik

Of all of Croatia’s destinations, Dubrovnik is perhaps the most historically heralded. Upon arriving in the country, getting to Dubrovnik is in the forefront of many holiday makers’ minds. It’s little wonder. The city is dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, offering splendid coastal views and a rich history. One of the highlights for any visitor is a walk along the ancient city walls, a 2km expanse that will give you the most accurate representation of what the place is all about. Within the confines of the walls, you’ll find a stunningly charming centre, encircled by magnificent churches, forts and towers. While mum and dad will be pleased by Dubrovnik’s simple pleasures, the little ones can have fun on the water chutes at Copacabana; nearby Valamar Club Dubrovnik offers an extensive summer programme for kids, including parachute boat rides and jet ski excursions.

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Plitvice Lakes Family holiday homes in Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice is the oldest national park in southeast Europe. Declared public property in 1949, the jaw-dropping mountainous terrain is endowed with some of the most colourful flora you’ll find on Earth. A cavalcade of azure, green and crystal blue rolls amongst the crashing waterfalls and the park’s craggy peaks. If you’re a nature buff, you’ll be in your element; brown bears, wolves and golden eagles call Plitvice home. There are 16 lakes all in all throughout the park, each interlinked with scenic walkways that guide you around the most picturesque parts. With 300 square km to explore, not one member of the family will get bored in a hurry!

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Hvar Family holiday homes in Hvar

Sun worshippers, you have found your holiday home. Hailed as the most sun-blessed oasis in Croatia, the island enjoys a staggering seven hours of heat each day throughout the summer months. As such, this is a fertile land; lavender fields stretch out as far as the eye can see, olive groves and vineyards are aplenty, and the ancient town of Stari Grad lets you delve into the past. If you stroll along the harbour, you’ll be greeted by the mesmeric sight of hundreds of luxurious yachts drifting lazily through the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, as well as snorkelers and scuba divers indulging in the wonders of the deep. If the kids get bored of the beach, take them to the popular Saturday morning art class in the hilltop village of Dol. There’s also a large playground and tennis centre in in Hvar; or why not take a sailing trip to the Pakleni Islands?


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Zagreb Family holidays in Zagreb

What would a visit to any country be without checking out the capital city? In Zagreb, the Croatians have a flagship they can genuinely be proud of, with the buildings every bit as endearing as the charming residents. Zagreb is large and vibrant, yet the quaint and rustic charms that make the city what it is have been maintained. This gives scope for a range of activities; try out the local cuisine on one of the many restaurants that line the cobbled streets, and keep the little ones from getting restless by paying a visit to Zagreb Zoo. Spending the day in castle at the Eco-Village Gresna Gorica is another awesome family trip in waiting.

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Holiday Homes in Croatia

Penthouses beside 2400 yr old Medieval town Trogir, excellent location

Penthouses on the Island of Ciovo. 15 minute drive from Split airport. 3 minute walk to secluded beach. We have 2,3 and 4 bedroom penthouses available for rental. All have large living/dining areas, fully fitted kitchens with microwave, full cooke...

5 Star Villa with Heated Pool, Large Garden & Privacy!

Spacious 5 Star accommodation situated in the prime location just five minutes by foot to the beach while surrounded by the air of vineyards, olive trees, forests, and sea, is bound to offer you an unforgettable stay. The atmosphere fuses traditio...


Magnificent 4**** four semi-detached Villas - the best in Dubrovnik area. 2 and 3 double bedroom Villas with en-suite bathrooms and two Villas with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open-plan living area, breakfast bar and kitchen benefits from arc...

Sea front design apartments

We are located in the quiet bay next to Stomorska, directly on the sea front. Gornja Krušica is a quiet village in green bay with mainly holiday houses. If you just want to get from it all, than this is right place. Even during high season, it is ...

Luxury Villa with wellness & large pool in a great location

Located in the exclusive part of Rovinj, Borik, 100 meters from the sea , Villa Valsavia offer you three newly built apartments suitable for an amazing vacation, year-round. It is a quiet resort, which is ideal for friends and families that want...