Alongside France, Spain and Italy, Croatia has been high on the list of popular holiday destinations in Europe in recent years. From azure-blue water and historic cities to beautiful nature parks. Croatia has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. Celebrate summer in Croatia!
This year, Croatia is once again a very popular holiday destination for sun, sea, beach and culture lovers. Especially families with children are driving towards the Croatian border again this summer to discover the country. Croatia is therefore an ideal destination for a family holiday. For example, you and your family can stay in a holiday home with a swimming pool, a fenced garden and a trampoline. The children will have fun for hours while you enjoy a lovely book and a well-deserved cold drink in the sun. Discover the region around the holiday home by car; visit one of the cosy bays during a beach day or go on an adventure in a Nature Park.
We will zoom in on the three regions, Istria, Zadar and Split-Dalmatia. These regions in Croatia are located along the coastline and all have something unique to offer for a family holiday during the summer in Croatia. Croatia is also a great holiday destination for other groups. Are you curious? Read more for local tips and unique places to visit below.
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Things to do in Istria
Croatia’s westernmost province, Istria, is almost completely surrounded by the sea. In Istria, you will find beautiful beaches, idyllic bays and the most pleasant coastal towns. Besides a wonderful beach holiday, Istria has a lot more to offer. We would like to help you discover the beautiful coastal region.
One of the first things that come to mind is walking through the old streets of the town of Rovinj. The centre consists of a maze of authentic little streets, colourful houses and romantic terraces. Rovinj is located on a peninsula, so you can combine a city visit with a lovely day at the beach. Tip: visit one of the fresh fish restaurants in the harbour area for the ultimate Croatia experience! Besides the beautiful cities in Istria, it is a pleasure to explore the inland.
We also recommend a visit to the picturesque coastal town of Poreč. Poreç is located on the west coast of Istria. Due to its cosy holiday accommodation, pleasant town centre and unique beaches, Poreč is one of the most visited places in all of Croatia. Especially during the summer months, there is a lot to do in the coastal town. From concerts and cultural events to small festivals. The old town has a wide variety of cosy cafes where you can enjoy the unique and sometimes boisterous atmosphere.
A plus for renting a holiday home in this region is that from Poreč you can easily visit the Krka waterfalls or National Park Plitvice. Can you already see it for yourself? A holiday home with private swimming pool, close to the beach and surrounded by beautiful nature parks. Would you like to know more about what there is to do in Istria and what is the best time to travel? Read more here.
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What to do in Zadar?
Zadar is a centrally located county in Croatia, the city is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Croatia. The first traces of human life in the area of today’s Zadar date back to the late Stone Age. In 59 B.C. the city became part of the Roman Empire, in this period Zadar acquired the traditional characteristics of a Roman city. After the fall of the Roman Empire, this region was in the hands of Italy, France, Hungary and Austria. Today, Zadar is a historical centre of Dalmatia and is the main political, cultural, commercial, industrial, educational and transport centre of the Zadar region. Because of its rich heritage, Zadar has been declared one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations. The fortified town of Zadar is also included as part of the Venetian defences in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The old town is worth visiting. Here, you will discover the city’s historical past. The old centre is located on a peninsula and is an atmospheric city where you can walk around for a whole day. The city is full of cosy restaurants and bars, which you will find on a square or in the narrow alleys. When you are in the old town, the sea organ is worth a visit; the sea organ makes music through the waves of the sea. At the sea organ you also have a large dance floor that works on solar energy, this is also called ‘Greeting to the sun’, because of the waves at the sea organ you can see a unique light show. A tip! Go here for the sunset, some people swear that this is the most beautiful sunset in the world.
There are several islands off Zadar, which are also worth visiting. For example, there are the Kornati islands with beautiful beaches and clear blue water. In the city you have several boat cruises, where you go in one day along the different islands and you can enjoy the unspoilt nature. You can also rent a boat in the harbour and set off on your own, although you will need a licence to do so. Would you like to know more about what there is to do in Zadar and what is the best time to travel? Read on here.
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Things to do in Split-Dalmatia
Located in the south-west of Croatia is the Split-Dalmatia region. The most important city in this region is Split. Split is also called the “white city” and has more than 200,000 inhabitants, which makes it Croatia’s second city. Split is not the only place of interest in this region. The city of Trogir is located 25 kilometres north of Split. Because of its rich history, Trogir is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most beautiful beaches in Split-Dalmatia are located 60 kilometres south of Split in the seaside resort Makarska Riviera. Some of the beaches here are kilometres long and consist of white pebbles. The combination of beach and mountains makes the area unique – there are few places where beach and mountains come so close together. Some describe it as a ‘dramatic and magical landscape’. Had enough of the mainland? Plenty of choice. From Split, car ferries and catamarans depart to various islands. The largest islands are: Hvar, Brač, Solta and Vis.
Split city and islands
Split, the main city of Split-Dalmatia, is a city where you can easily spend a few days. There is a lot to do in the city and the atmosphere is nice. Split has a beautiful old town centre with a lively boulevard. The cosy feeling within the old centre is characterised by the many squares and narrow streets. When you walk down the main street, you will be enchanted by the beautiful marble stones. For those who do not mind walking, climbing the Marjan Hill is a fun activity. The reward is at the top: a beautiful view. But of course, this beautiful region offers more than just Split. There are plenty of nice villages/towns to visit. A well-known one is Primošten, which is a peninsula located in the sea about 60 kilometres from Split. The previously mentioned island of Brač is also highly recommended by Poolincluded. Brač is the third largest island in the Adriatic and is ideal for hiking. The highest point on the Adriatic, Mount Vidova gora, is also located on this island. From this mountain, you have a great view and you can also see the island of Hvar. The most famous beach on Brač is Zlatni Rat, a pebble beach with a v-shape.
Game of Thrones fans do not necessarily have to travel to Dubrovnik to admire something from the series. In the village of Klis, you will find the Klis Fortress. Several scenes were filmed here. Another city with UNESCO heritage is Šibenik. In this city, you can admire the St. James cathedral. This cathedral, built in the fifteenth century, was included in the UNESCO heritage list in 2000. Fan of waterfalls and are you in the Split-Dalmatia region? Then visit the Krka waterfalls! This area is less well known than the Plitvice Lakes, but not inferior in its beauty. This park is teeming with different waterfalls and cascades. A nice difference compared to the Plitvice Lakes is that you are allowed to swim at Krka waterfalls in a fenced-off area! The Krka waterfalls are about 80 km from Split.
Do you want to know more about what to do in Split-Dalmatia and what is the best time to travel? Read on here.
Poolincluded has a varied selection of holiday homes in Croatia. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about a holiday home or if you would like assistance in finding your perfect holiday home with swimming pool.