Family holidays to CroatiaBeaches, mountain resorts and a lot more besides
HomeAway travel expert
It 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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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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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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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!
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?
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.