Beach holidays on the Makarska Riviera, island hopping, city breaks or wild mountain adventure, what Croatia doesn’t do for family holidays isn’t worth mentioning.
With a gorgeous Adriatic coastline, some of Europe’s most fascinating historical sites and warm, sunny weather from early spring until well into autumn, the country really is an incredible all-rounder and works for kids of all ages. Younger children love the friendly, barefoot atmosphere in seaside villages. Teenagers are reliably thrilled by Split and Dubrovnik. And nobody is ever less than enchanted by islands which mix up deserted coves with bustling towns, great water sports and rugged outdoor action.
Direct flights from London to Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb all year round.
Over 1000 islands and dozens are holidays in their own right or hop-able from the mainland for a day – or two.
The historic centre of Split is an Ancient Roman palace built for Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd
Dramatic Dubrovnik doubles as King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Plitvice National Park is a World Heritage site with 16 interconnecting lakes, vast waterfalls and a wilderness of forest. It’s less than two hours from Zagreb with some of the country’s best family camping.
Dugi Rat on the Makarska Riviera is known as one of the loveliest beaches in the world.
One of Europe’s top eco-destinations, Croatia has over 500 family campsites on islands, across eight national parks, in protected nature reserves, on the coast and in the country.
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Croatian cities are compact to explore on foot and have good public transport outside the historic centres. There are regular daily ferry services to the main Adriatic islands from both Split and Dubrovnik. Makarska also has ferry for island day trips. Hiring a car is a plan for visiting the national parks and touring around the coast and into the countryside.