Holidays in Croatia
Blessed with one of the undisputed jewels in Europe, more than a thousand islands and some of the most unspoilt nature, Croatia is an ideal place to spend your summer holidays.
Tailor-Made & Luxury Holidays to Croatia
The beautiful medieval walled Unesco World Heritage Site Dubrovnik has become a major tourist site in its own right, but it is just one of the many architectural delights in Croatia, including Split, Korčula, Zadar and Zagorje. Each of these is worthy of a visit during your holiday in Croatia.
However the real delight of the country lies in its long Dalmatian coastline with a myriad of islands competing for your attention. Sailing in Croatia is a spectacular way to experience the country, whether you stop off at an island or one of the many beautiful ports along the way.
Alternatively, hire a Croatian villa and relax to enjoy similar weather, food and classical delights to Italy just across the Adriatic Sea. The two countries have much in common apart from the waters that drift between them.
Although Croatia may be a relatively young country, founded in 1991 after the dismantling of Yugoslavia, the land itself has a rich long history that stretches back to the kingdom of Illyria in the 4th Century BC. There are great examples of the Roman influence across the country.
But the main attraction of Croatia has to be in its most amazing scenery. Nature lovers will enjoy the range of natural parks across the country including the wonderful Kornati National Park archipelago and Plitvice Lakes National Park inland.
Read on to discover the wonderful attractions that await on your Croatia holidays.
Our favourite Croatian Stays
Here is a selection of our most popular places to stay in Croatia.
These hotels and villas are to get your creative juices flowing, but if you already have a place in mind, we would love to help tailor make your dream holiday.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik
7 NIGHTS – BASED ON 2 SHARING
This multi-award winning, contemporary 5* resort offers breath-taking Adriatic views and not far from the medieval Dubrovnik Old Town. Nestled in a stunning location along with unrivalled service, facilities, and dining, it simply exudes romance.
Dubrovnik is a medieval city known for its Old Town surrounded by stone walls built in the 16th century. With its cobbled streets, character and a variety of shops, restaurants and a museum – it’s perfectly picturesque.
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Zagreb
7 NIGHTS – BASED ON 2 SHARING
A supreme luxury hotel that encompasses the spirit and senses in the heart of this historic city. You will be allured by it’s Art Noveau architecture and dating back to 1925, The hotel is one of the most famous and gracious buildings in Zagreb.
Renowned for its highly personalized and impeccable service, has been the centre of Zagreb’s social life since it opened, welcoming presidents, politicians, film stars and musicians among its many distinguished visitors.
Hotel Croatia Cavtat, Cavtat
7 NIGHTS – BASED ON 2 SHARING
Laying in an exceptional stunning, waterfront location, rising above the pine forested peninsula overlooking Cavtat Bay and enjoying easy access to the halcyon treasures of the Adriatic Coast and only a short distance to Dubrovnik. Soak up the sun on two quiet beaches, one facing Cavtat Bay the other the crystal-clear Adriatic.
As one of the leading five-star properties in the area, it is an idyllic, design award-winning base from which to explore the region’s historic charm.
Villa Oaza, Hvar
7 NIGHTS – SLEEPS 10
Villa Oaza has been recently restored to a state of absolute perfection. Set in a thriving residential district at the heart of Hvar Town, it combines traditional features with modern design to create a welcoming but bold lifestyle statement.
Spoil yourself with soothing spa treatments: a sauna, Jacuzzi and massage room. The indoor pool’s windows slide open to bring in the scents of lavender.
Prime Villa, Primosten
7 NIGHTS – SLEEPS 8
Occupying a stunning seafront location close to the charming town of Primosten, Prime Villa is the perfect escape on the shores of the Adriatic.
Contemporary in design, this sophisticated four-bedroom, five-bathroom villa effortlessly combines natural stone and modern architecture. while the airy monochrome interior pops with splashes of colourful décor throughout.
Villa Mali Raj, Mali Losinj
7 NIGHTS – SLEEPS 20
Villa Mali Raj offers the perfect combination of elegance and sophistication, and it delivers it right beside the Adriatic sea. The characteristic Austro-Hungarian exterior of this Croatian villa belies a crisp, modern interior styling.
Overlooking the pinewoods of Cikat Bay, and set in beautifully landscaped gardens, there’s a sense of utter perfection that surrounds you.
Places to visit in Croatia
Most people who travel to Croatia visit Dubrovnik. The medieval walled city is in the far south of the country almost in neighbouring Montenegro. Dubrovnik is crammed full of wonderful squares, baroque churches and medieval monasteries, testament to the city’s rich history. But it also has a thriving modern café scene with great food. Take the cable car up to Srđ for the most beautiful view of this jewel on the Adriatic.
While nothing can quite compare with Dubrovnik, the city of Split is a reminder of how life has been lived for thousands of years here, especially in the Diocletian’s Palace, a maze of streets full of life. Zadar is another wonderful town with a rich Roman heritage and the most amazing Sea Organ where you can literally listen to the sea play music.
Alternatively, the 14th century Trakošćan Castle in Zagorje is replete with history while Motovan is a mesmerising hilltop town seemingly untouched by the current century.
Hvar has the most wonderful restaurant scene that attracts many yachters while sailing through Croatia’s glorious waters. While Istria is the must eat place to visit in Croatia. Dine in some of the country’s most upmarket restaurants by the sea or in family-run taverns in the hills, and try the quite magnificent truffles.
If you want to get away from it all, hire a villa on the island of Vis, and mingle with the locals. Or perhaps you might wish to hideaway on sleepy Cres. Whichever you choose you will not regret your decision to visit Croatia.
Sailing in Croatia is a wonderful experience. Just lay back and drift through the glorious islands off the Dalmatian coast and experience Croatia at its finest. Pop into the idyllic island of Cres and enjoy wonderful hospitality and cuisine, or have a cocktail at the harbour in Hvar.
Exceptional Croatian Villas
If adrenaline is your thing then you can even go windsurfing at Bol on the southern tip of Brač Island. Or for a more relaxed time on the sea take a boat trip through the magical Kornati National Park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Hikers head inland to trek through the amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park with its numerous lakes and gushing waterfalls. Alternatively, walk along the River Krka through the Krka National Park and watch the many fish before dipping your toes beneath the amazing waterfall.
Birdwatchers will be in paradise as they take a boat ride through the Kopački Rit Nature Park to see some of the almost 300 species of birds, including black storks, eagles, purple herons and woodpeckers. Or set off on a trail through the surrounding forests to see wild boar and red deer
While Croatian food bears comparison with that of Italy across the waters, with Istria seen as the country’s foodie capital, the actual capital Zagreb has a great coffee drinking culture that will make you feel as if you are in Rome, especially during the Saturday morning špica, where coffee drinking and people watching are compulsory.
With so much to explore why not hire a villa in Croatia and arrange a series of daily excursions to ensure you maximise your holiday in Croatia.