So You’re Thinking of a Croatian Family Getaway…

Sun, sand and narrow cobblestone lanes– there’s no debating Croatia’s beauty, but how does is fare as a family holiday destination? This week, we break down the best places to holiday in and the highlights you can’t afford to miss. Read on to learn about our favourites, Istria, Dubrovnik and the Makarska Riviera, and why you should start planning your next getaway…

Destination

Istria

Located along the Adriatic coast, Istria is the place for your picture-perfect family escape! A popular spot for holidays during the summer, Istria boasts many coastal resorts, particularly in Porec, Pula and Rovinj. With quaint towns where the buildings have terracotta roofs and the beaches have sparkling crystal clear waters, this area has it all.

Highlights

  • Enjoy numerous options for family-friendly accommodation, many of which will have onsite activities for children.
  • It is a fantastic place for cycling. If there are any avid cyclists in the family, the many bike trails of Istria will suit them perfectly!
  • Cool off in one of the many waterparks Istria has to offer– perfect for when the kids get tired of the beach!
  • For those that love nature and adventure, Istria has plenty to offer. Explore Mramornica, one of the biggest caves in Istria or Baredine, a cave that is home to some incredible forms (such as the Virgin Mary!) If you like to stay above ground, zip lining and horse riding are also popular activities.
  • For the older ones, Verudela Underwater Park is a totally unique experience. Cycle, swim and walk your way through an underground promenade. A special oxygen helmet allows you to feed fish, view shipwreck remains and admire the scenery.

Destination

Dubrovnik

When you think of Croatia, it’s quite likely one of the places that spring to mind is Dubrovnik. And trust us, there’s a reason for that! This charming city overlooks the Adriatic and boasts history, natural beauty and stunning views. With something for everyone in the family, Dubrovnik is a must see…

Highlights

  • Explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage site. Be transported back in time as you explore this fascinating medieval city. Oozing history from each stonewall and narrow cobblestone lane, this truly is a captivating place! It is also pedestrian only, which is great for kids.
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Mt. Srd. The peak can be reached by either cable car, hiking trails or the local bus. However, if you have little ones and wish to enjoy the views best we suggest taking the cable car. Although the trail only takes about half an hour, it is incredibly steep.
  • Visit Lokrum Island. If you are already in need of a city escape, this is perfect for you! Relax in the shallow turquoise waters, watch your children chase after the peacocks and rabbits that inhabit the island, and visit the ruins of a beautiful 12th century monastery.
  • Take a Game of Thrones tour! One of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik, this is something for mum and dad. One of the most suitable ways to see the filming locations is a self-guided walking tour, which allows you to explore in your own time.

Destination

Makarska Riviera

One of Croatia’s most beloved holiday regions, the Makarska Riviera is an idyllic getaway destination. Located between Split and Dubrovnik, the Riviera is located on the mainland coast. Wander down white sandy beaches, explore secret coves and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of these seaside villages.

Highlights

  • Great beaches for kids! The Makarska region is home to many white sand beaches, unlike the common pebbly Croatian beach. Some of our favourites include Punta Rata and the famous Zlatni Rat. Kick the thongs off and fling out the beach towel, because these are some of the most stunning beaches in the world…
  • Visit the breathtaking Krka National Park, located just an hour and a half from Makarska. There’s no better way to spend the day than visiting this spectacular park. Known for its iconic waterfalls, every member of the family will enjoy spending the day swimming and hiking in the surrounding forest.
  • Explore the Riviera by bike. Perfect for older kids, explore the coast as well as the towns by cycling. A great way to go at your own pace, it’s easy to get off and explore anything that catches your eye! Some towns also have a bike sharing system as well.
  • Take a day trip to Split. About an hour and a half from Makarska, this is a great adventure for the whole family. Split combines history, fantastic beaches and incredible scenery. Explore the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, the beautiful Marjan Park and enjoy breathtaking sights from Klis Fortress. Split also offers great beaches.

Our Top Tips

  • We recommend staying in a self-catering apartment. This will allow you lots of freedom and there are many family-friendly spaces available!
  • Croatia has a strong Italian influence; this means pasta, pizza and delicious ice cream. In terms of food, there are plenty of kid-friendly options.
  • Be prepared for hot weather if you are travelling in summer. Depending on where you are, the temperature will generally be in the high 20s ­– 30s, with some areas reaching up to 40°.
Resources: Venezia Lines, Holiday Hypermarket, Istra, Croatia Week, Everything Everywhere, Family Can Travel, Earth Trekkers, Hello Jetlag, Jetsetting Fools, Huffington Post, Visit Croatia, Curious and Geeks, Sail Croatia
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