Croatia summer holidays 2014

Romantic, family friendly and stunningly beautiful


Russell Bowes

Russell Bowes
HomeAway travel expert


Croatia Summer HolidaysCroatia: sitting on the Adriatic coast and rising into the mountains, it's a land dripping in history and culture, an exquisite country of beautiful landscapes both natural and manmade. Croatia has been a great inspiration for innumerable writers and artists over the years. The ruggedly beautiful landscape of Dubrovnik was described as “paradise on Earth” by George Bernard Shaw; Dante was enthralled by Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Dubrovnik is home to a beautiful old town which is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and boasts endless galleries and museums. For culture and history, Croatia is truly second to none. 

Croatia’s coastline is stretches over 5000 kilometres and includes 1000 islands of differing sizes. Along the Adriatic and Dalmatian you’ll find the perfect blend of old world fishing villages, traditional towns and modern resorts. All have beaches wonderful for sunbathing, water sports or diving, ensuring that whatever type of summer holiday you want, you will be able to find it here. The summer weather in Croatia is just as you would expect from a country bordering the Mediterranean, with t-shirt appropriate summer highs of 35°C; but if you're travelling into the cooler inland it's a good idea to pack something a little heavier. 

 

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Split Summer holidays in Split

Split is the heart and soul of the Dalmatian coast; rich in culture, and buzzing with energy. It is Croatia’s second largest city, and the largest on the Adriatic. The city is lively, dynamic and eternally young; but also, and like Croatia as a whole, full of history, and peppered with protected UNESCO sites. Stroll along the seafront, or through the winding cobbled streets, and enjoy the cafe culture. The best sunbathing is found on Bacvice beach, which is a short walk from the city centre. Here you’ll also find night clubs to party the evening away after a day spent enjoying the deep blue sea, and activities such as diving or boating. It is highly recommended that you see the city from the water! 

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Dubrovnik Summer holidays in Dubrovnik

Known as one of the most enduring and popular destinations of the Adriatic coast and of Croatia, Dubrovnik is always a fantastic destination. Whether you're looking for summer sun, or for the culture and history of fine museums and galleries, you'll find it at Dubrovnik. A particular highlight are the winding streets of the old town area, now a protected UNESCO heritage site, which you will find brimming with excellent examples of local architecture. In the summer the city does tend to get a bit full, so a day trip to one of the surrounding islands can be a great idea. To get the best views take the boat to Lokrum Island and see it from the sea, or take a cable car up the mountain to visit the Homeland war museum, which is housed in the Napoleonic fort. From bustling squares such as Luza, to markets, or the reflective Dominican monastery, you can also view around the city from above by walking the city walls.
 

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Istria Summer holidays in Istria

The Istrian peninsula is the seat of Croatian history. The region is filled with architectural and cultural remains from the many great civilisations and cultures who have passed through and made Istria their home. Ancient Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and the more modern Venetians and European empires - Istria has captivated them all! The Roman amphitheatre at Pula still stands, and is a can't-miss example of Istrain history. Istria is also a great destination for natural attractions. Caves, such as those at Baradine, are home to spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, as well as great atriums carved out by water and underground lakes. The beaches of Istria come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate pebbly hidden coves, to bays and sun drenched reefs. All of these are pristine and very well kept with excellent resorts to stay in.  
 

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Kvarner coast Summer holidays in Kvarner coast

Sitting next to Istria is the glamorous region of Kvarner, with its Riviera and gorgeous town. Kvarner is centred on the town of Rijeka, a lively place home to many cultural sights and great entertainment, like the yearly carnival. The Riviera has a long history as one of the elite tourist destinations of the 19th century. The town of Opatija is a wonderful upmarket resort, which has been known as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Croatia. You'll adore its chic atmosphere. And close by, there are several islands worth visiting, including Cres, Losinj, Krk and Rab.
 

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Dalmatian coast Summer holidays in Dalmatian coast

Winding their way along the Dalmatian coast, from Istria to Dubrovnik are over a thousand islands. Whilst most are small and uninhabited, there are dozens of larger ones which make perfect destinations for relaxing beach holidays when you really want to get away from it all. There are both sand and pebble beaches, though sand is in the minority, but either is great for sunbathing. Those close to Split are in the warmest part of the northern Mediterranean. Try Solta for its quieter beaches off the main tourist path.
 

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The islands of the Croatian coast are stunning, beautiful and diverse. If you have a chance during your summer holiday in Croatia, it is well worth island hopping your way along the coast or taking one of the many boat tours through the island chains. Though excellent for summer holidays, with its warm Mediterranean climate, and fresh, wonderful sea food, Croatia has so much more to offer. It has been a cultural nexus for hundreds of years, with archaeological remains from dozens of ancient civilisations. Between trips to the beach, wonderful cafes, restaurants, and bars, the major historical sights should not be overlooked. From apartments in the city, or overlooking the Riviera, to villas and secluded houses, we have a fantastic selection of accommodation to make your stay in Croatia perfect.

Summer Holidays in Croatia

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Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk To Nearest Beach

Charming Hydra Island property, lovingly restored. All modern amenities. Weekly housekeeper. Ideal for couples and/or extending family.

Million Dollar View! Beautiful, Large Lakehouse Over-Looking Lee's Ford Marina

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Sleek Elegance in a Central Location

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