Discover the mystical land of Croatia, a country rich in illustrious history where the coastline is fringed by a smattering of idyllic islands, each as stunning as the next. The terracotta roofs of Dubrovnik and Split have been made famous by the likes of Game of Thrones and Star Wars, whilst the rural inner lands are starting to become known for producing award-winning wines and olive oil. Flashy marina island Hvar takes the stakes for luxury, and enjoys being the sunniest spot throughout the entire country where millionaires and young partygoers rub shoulders. Also known for its breath-taking National Parks, no trip to Croatia would possibly be complete without swimming in the waters of Krka National Park, which is home to azure waters of unbelievable clarity.
Croatia is a truly magical escape where your dream of an unforgettable holiday experience in the sun can really come true.
There's so much to see and do in this captivating country on the enchanting coast of the Adriatic Sea - jaw-dropping historic cities, golden sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, stunning scenery and a myriad of idyllic islands make Croatia a compelling holiday destination.
Let's take a look at some of the most popular resorts, cities and islands in Croatia and what they have to offer visitors to this wonderful country.
Dubrovnik: This mesmerising southern city which is fondly referred to as the 'pearl of the Adriatic' can't fail to impress. It's an eclectic mix of the old and new with its charming Old Town which is encircled with 13th century walls, beautiful historical buildings, glitzy bars and shops, fantastic restaurants and an imposing coastal location. Dubrovnik makes a fabulous holiday destination with verdant forests, brilliant beaches, secluded bays, entertainment galore and plenty of water sports action.
Split: You'll be amazed at the awe-inspiring landscapes, incredible history and culture and vibrant nightlife in Split, Croatia's second largest city. There are many Roman ruins and spellbinding historical landmarks including Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St.Duje and Peristyle Square. You'll discover glorious beaches such as Bacvice in the city's gorgeous coves and there's no shortage of fantastic restaurants, bars, wine cellars and shops. It's also a great base for exploring central Dalmatia and boat trips to some of Croatia's lovely islands.
Zagreb: The capital of Croatia is a dynamic and diverse city with an abundance of nightlife, museums, restaurants, shops and splendid 18th century buildings. Among the historical attractions are the twin-spired Gothic Zagreb Cathedral, Lotrscak Tower and the 13th century St. Mark’s Church. There are plenty of luxurious hotels here for a relaxing stay and excellent transport services make it really easy to get around this enthralling city. Cobblestone streets, a thriving cafe culture and vibrant nightclub scene add to the appeal of this wonderful metropolis.
Makarska: This pretty seaside resort on the Dalmatian coast is a popular getaway in the sun for families. You'll discover a bit of everything here including excellent beaches, crystal-clear waters, great nightlife and gastronomical delights. A host of cultural events, a myriad of water sports and an extensive range of days trips and excursions from Makarska mean you won't have any trouble filling your days.
Rovinj: The old fishing port of Rovinj is a great base to explore the alluring region of Istria. Among the attractions in this picturesque hideaway are the brightly-painted buildings, pebble beaches, cobbled streets and the hilltop baroque church which looks down on the port. It is a popular choice for holidaymakers with many excellent hotels. Rovinj was originally an island, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel which was filled in 1763.
Porec: This old Roman town is a bustling resort in Istria which has become a magnet for holidaymakers who love to party. There are some lovely beaches, hidden caves, a delightful marina and plenty of activity on the sea including water-skiing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, snorkelling and scuba diving. Historical attractions include the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica and a Roman square with 2 temples.
Sibinik: This is one of Croatia's most historic cities, with its Medieval town centre, wonderful squares and winding streets which rise to 3 hilltop fortresses. There's lots to see here including the magnificent Cathedral of St James, a World Heritage Site. The city is also near two national parks - Kornati Islands and Krka Waterfalls. You'll also discover some top-quality restaurants and no shortage of wonderful shops.
Osijek: The inland area of Croatia is often overlooked as a holiday destination but there are so many worthy places to consider. Among them is Osijek, the country's fourth largest city with its impressive 18th century fortress area and striking waterfront promenade along the Drava River. There's an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars and many wonderful historical attractions including the Water Gate, the Tvrda fortress and the Church of St Michael. The Museum of Slavonia is also worth a visit.
Hvar: This beautiful island covers 184 square miles and you'll be wowed by the amazing smell when you arrive as lavender, rosemary, marjoram, thyme and sage is everywhere. The main resorts on this glorious retreat which was colonised by the Greeks in 384 BC are Hvar Town, Jelsa, Stari Grad, Vrboska and Sucuraj. The island is a favourite haunt of the rich and famous so you're sure to spot some impressive yachts during your visit or stay. The delightful waterfront promenade at Hvar Town is lined with swaying palm trees and 700-year-old walls. There's also plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, a few beaches and fantastic nightlife and entertainment.
Vis Island: This is a lovely spot if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more lively resorts and enjoy a taste of typical Croatian island life. Viz Town and Komiza are the two main areas on the island which is easily accessible via a ferry from Split. A must-see nearby attraction is the spectacular Blue Cave on the uninhabited island of Biševo. Vis has several charming old churches and an excellent archaeological museum. Diving, cycling and hiking are popular activities.
The Elafiti islands: This is another great option if you are looking for some peace and tranquillity. The Elafiti islands are a cluster of 14 little islets close to Dubrovnik - the main ones are Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. All three can be reached by ferry from the city. Island-hopping by speedboat is a great way to get around these car-free mini marvels. Popular activities include swimming, sea kayaking and snorkelling and attractions include Lopud's beautiful Sunj Beach and 11th century Benedictine monastery.
Brac Island: This is Croatia's third largest island and its main resorts are Milna, Bol and Supetar. It has some lovely beaches, including Zlatni Rat, verdant mountains, rocky coves and turquoise waters. It's a divine escape for families wanting a relaxing seaside holiday. There are some excellent hotels here and jaw-dropping views from Vidova Gora, the island's highest point at 780 metres.
Croatia has so many resorts and island escapes which are more than capable of providing the ultimate beach holiday in paradise surroundings.
There’s something for everyone - whether you prefer a lively adventure in a bustling mainland resort or a laid-back and relaxing experience in a secluded beach escape on one of the idyllic Croatian islands. Amazingly, Croatia has more than 1,000 islands!
Beach holiday options range from long sandy expanses which are ideal for families with plenty of activities on the sand and an abundance of water sports action, to laid-back quiet and peaceful bays and island retreats which are perfect for romancing couples wanting some quality time together.
You’ll find stunning sandy beaches and pebbly coves all along the Croatian coastline, from Rijeka in the north to Dubrovnik in the south.
Among the most impressive beaches are Bacvice at Split, Lovrecina Bay in Brac Island, Proizd near Korcula Island, Uvala Dubovica in Hvar Island, Kupari which is south of Dubrovnik and Val Maro, a family-friendly beach on Istria's east coast.
Dubrovnik and Split are great places to enjoy a wonderful beach holiday on the sand - while also taking the opportunity to immerse yourself into the history and culture of these incredible getaways. There’s so much going in these family-friendly escapes, from sports and leisure activities to fantastic nightlife.
Couples can enjoy sun-kissed days and romantic evenings under the stars in some of Croatia’s islands including Brac, Vis and Hvar.
Finding a great place to stay is no trouble at all - Croatia is blessed with an abundance of imposing beachfront hotels and resorts, bursting with wonderful attractions and amenities, to exclusive island accommodation in idyllic surroundings.
It’s no surprise that so many people choose the all-inclusive option when booking their escape to the sun in Croatia.
Deciding to stay all-inclusive at your hotel means there’s no worrying about how much you are spending or the need to keep checking your bank balance.
All-inclusive means just that - everything is included in the price you pay. That’s your accommodation, your drinks and your meals. That’s certainly not the case on a traditional pay-as- you-go holiday.
This means you can get on with having a fantastic time from the moment you arrive at your getaway in sun-drenched Croatia.
Some all-inclusive deals also include a range of other welcome extras such as ice creams and soft drinks for the little ones, free use of the hotels’ sports and leisure facilities such as gyms, jacuzzis and spas, and even meals at à la carte restaurants.
We have an impressive choice of fantastic all-inclusive 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels and resorts to help you find the ideal haven for the holiday of a lifetime in sunny Croatia.
Croatia is a great choice for an action-packed time with your family in a phenomenal Adriatic coast escape.
Mainland Croatia has a plethora of stunning seaside resorts where families are guaranteed a feast of fun and entertainment - day and night. There’s so much for adults and children to discover in this wonderful country.
Then there’s the huge choice of island escapes which ooze beauty and charm. From small islets to larger getaways with a host of amenities and attractions - Croatia has it all.
Croatia really does tick all the boxes for a thrilling family adventure - island-hopping, water sports action, snorkelling in the bays, boat trips, visiting the national parks, partying after dark, playing games on the beach and dining in super restaurants are just some of the delights which await you in this remarkable land.