Rent a vacation apartment or vacation home in Croatia and enjoy paradisiacal beaches
Croatia is also called "the land of 1000 islands". The chain of islands stretches from the north with Krk to the very south with Mljet. The islands differ in many ways and are home to unique resorts. Fantastic beaches are guaranteed on all islands, no matter if north or south. What you would not expect is that the nature in Croatia is one of the most diverse in Europe.
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The most beautiful destinations in Croatia
You have decided to spend your vacations in Croatia, but you don't know yet where exactly to go? Here you can find some tips from our site about the most beautiful vacation destinations in Croatia. The most popular vacation destinations in Croatia are Istria, Dalmatia, the Kvarner Bay and the Croatian archipelago. The water quality in Croatia is the best in the whole Mediterranean. The unique country has to offer not only beautiful beaches: Also picturesque towns that have existed for centuries and have a long history. Pula has one of the largest Roman amphitheaters. The old town of Dubrovnik is also part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
Hvar - the sunny island
Hvar belongs to the Croatian archipelago and is located in the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the crystal clear sea water, the port town has a city wall from the 13th century, a proud fortress and a cathedral from the Renaissance period. The most popular hotspots on the island include Dubovica beach and the inland lavender fields. In addition, a trip to the Hell Islands is recommended.
Istria - region of diversity
Istria forms the largest peninsula in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea between the Kvarner Bay and the Gulf of Trieste. The name Istria comes from the Histrians, who inhabited this region in ancient times. Istria has a very varied landscape. Bathers, nature lovers and hikers will enjoy a pleasant vacation here. On the island group Brijuni in Istria you go on safari. Here, the national park is even home to zebras, llamas and elephants. There are also many excursion destinations for city fans and history buffs, such as the old town of Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Pula. In addition, the smallest town in the world, Hum, is located in the region of Istria. The Mediterranean and historical atmosphere can be felt in these towns, especially if you look at the old architectural style. Among the most popular beaches in Istria are Bijeca, Stoja and the two bays Valsaline and Valkane.
Dalmatia - history and vacations combined
The south of the country is home to historic Dalmatia. The region stretches from the north with the island of Pag to the Bay of Kotor in the south. In the northeast the region borders on Bosnia and Herzegovina. With Split, Zadar, Sibenik and Dubrovnik Dalmatia has important Croatian cities. Tourism has developed rapidly here in recent years. Due to the tourist boom, many new vacation homes have been built. The second largest city in the country owes its liveliness to tourism. Colorful house facades, a beautiful waterfront promenade - also called Riva and pleasant folk music adorn Split. Be sure to take a boat trip to the surrounding islands and visit the Krka Nature Park. Dubrovnik also has a beautiful old town.
Pag - The moon on earth
The landscape on the island of Pag resembles a lunar environment with barren rocks and overlooking vegetation. The region is famous for Pag lace and Pag cheese. The pebble beaches around the island are exceptionally beautiful and highly recommended. Due to the pebbles, the sea water never gets cloudy, but remains crystal clear. In the north you will find the, popular with travelers, town of Novalja and its main attraction, the party beach called Zrce Beach. To the south is the old town of Pag with the ruins of a Franciscan monastery.
Mljet - The forest island
One of the most forested islands in the Mediterranean has paradisiacal beaches and turquoise lakes. It is the southernmost island of Croatia. Mljet is about 37 km long, about 3.2 km wide and a natural paradise on the whole surface.
Krk - The golden island
Krk is one of the largest Croatian islands and offers Stara Baska, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Other popular beaches such as Oprna Bay and Vela Plaza are also on the wish list of all tourists. The name golden island is not just a made up name, but comes from the fact that the island has many hours of sunshine. The Biserujka Cave in the north and the town of Krk are possible excursion destinations throughout the day when you have had enough of sunbathing.
Plitvice Lakes - The largest national park in Croatia
Croatia has many nature reserves to preserve native animal and plant species. One of them is the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The area is located on the mainland inland. Due to the lakes, the forested mountain slopes and the great difference in altitude of the lakes, the nature allows a breathtaking abundance of animal and plant species. Plitvice National Park is also the location of a famous movie called "The Treasure in the Silver Lake". The most famous characters in the film are Old Shatterhand and the Indian Winnetou.
Cities in Croatia
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is located in the northwest of the country. The old town represents Austro-Hungarian architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The popular Twin Towers and St. Mark's Church with its colorful roof are located in the upper town of Gronji. But be sure to pay a visit to the numerous street cafes on Tkalciceva Ulica Street. Here you can enjoy the local specialties and taste the typical Croatian beer.
Dubrovnik is famous for its Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most impressive is the completely preserved stone wall around the old town. The different architectural styles range from Baroque to Renaissance and Gothic. For a good meal or a little shopping tour, the pedestrian zones Stradun or Placa are highly recommended. For a historical experience, visit Dubrovnik Cathedral with its winged altar and gold relics. Dubrovnik also has stunning beaches. Most are made of gravel and have high water quality. Art has a high priority in the southern city. Therefore, Dubrovnik also represents a cultural center in Croatia.
Split is located on the Dalmatian coast just north of Dubrovnik. A well-known sight is the mighty Diocletian's Palace in the center of the city. Once it consisted of thousands of buildings. Today there are still more than 200 buildings in good condition. Riva is the waterfront promenade with palm trees and various restaurants. It represents the modernity of the city. The central meeting point can be found on Narodni Trg square, with white marble stones that cannot be overlooked and an impressive clock tower. Split also has beautiful beaches to offer, such as the large sandy beach Bacvice or the slightly smaller Ovcice with pebbles.
Zadar is located in the Dalmatia region on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The old town of Zadar is famous for Roman and Venetian ruins. To enter it, one must pass through one of the impressive Venetian gates. As in Split, there is a popular waterfront promenade in Zadar for walking and watching the sunset. An unusual structure at first sight, located directly on the sea, is called the Sea Organ. It resembles steps leading down into the sea. Wind and waves create sounds inside, which escape through small cracks on the surface. Although we are in a city, nature also has a lot to offer. An example of this is the pebble beach Kolovare east of the old town with numerous bars and restaurants. Along the coast there is a national park, which is ideal for sailing, diving and snorkeling.
The most beautiful destinations for families in Croatia
Croatia offers exciting and action-packed activities for families. We recommend a large vacation home near Porec, a child-friendly area with ample opportunities for day trips. For example, the stalactite cave of Baredine or Funtana Dinosaur Park with life-size dinos and a huge pirate ship are perfect for children. Another interesting activity for the young adults: a visit to the filming location of the series "Game of Thrones". The surroundings of Dubrovnik appear several times in the TV series in the fictional world of Westeros. With a guided tour you will see numerous filming locations and landscape images.
Croatian vacation apartment by the sea or with pool
Vacation apartments by the sea or directly on the beach are especially popular. But if this is not the case, then there should certainly be a pool. Especially in summer, the temperatures in Croatia can quickly shoot up and then you are glad to be able to enjoy a short cooling. Our vacation homes in Croatia come in all shapes and colors. From cheap to luxurious, cozy-traditional to modern villa for the whole family and gladly also for the four-legged companions - there is simply everything! Spend a wonderful beach vacation in one of our vacation homes or apartments in Croatia!
Climate & best time to travel
Croatia can be divided into three climate sectors. In Dalmatia, in the southern part of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, there is a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild, rainy winters. The northeast, on the other hand, is dominated by continental climate with high temperature differences between dry, hot summers and snowy, cold winters. The Dinaric Alps separate the two climatic zones. There, the climate is mountainous with short summers and long, rainy winters. On the Adriatic coast, the warmest months are in June, July and August with average temperatures of 25-28°C. In the southeast of Croatia the average temperature is even up to 30°C.
Flora and fauna
Almost 40% of the Croatian land area is covered with forests, 85% of which are deciduous. On the coast, hardwoods such as pine and pine forests are most common. Wetlands are also not uncommon in Croatia, where rare species of water lilies grow. The mountainous regions and nature reserves are home to animals such as the brown bear and the golden eagle. On the coast, if you are lucky, you will observe turtles swimming through the sea waves.
Croatia has a variety of delicacies and regional specialties. The meat and sea cuisine of the Adriatic does not promise too much. Cevapcici (minced meat rolls), raznjici (skewers), pljeskavica (meatballs) are meat dishes with a long tradition in the country. Popular sea specialties such as octopus, tuna, scampi, lobster, lobster and mussels are without a doubt part of the Croatian menu. Other products from the region are Kulen (salami sausage) or the Pag cheese (sheep cheese). Blitva and Ajvar belong to every meat and fish dish. Blitva is made from potatoes and chard, while Ajvar is a spicy vegetable paste.
Our insider tip: The 3 most beautiful beaches of the country
It is probably the most famous beach in Croatia and juts out into the sea with several hundred meters. The fine sand on this beach is so light that you can accurately see the contrast of the blue tones. You should be prepared, because the beach drops relatively quickly and becomes quite deep.
In terms of idyll and beauty, Punta Rata deserves to be the top beach. The landmark of this beach is formed by a massive rock in the water with trees sticking out at an angle. The beach is often listed among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
The beach is located in Istria in a shallow bay - perfect bathing conditions for children. and is one of the most beautiful in the country. However, water sports are also popular here, especially jet skiing and windsurfing. Advantage of the sandy beach: long walks on foot are no problem.
Important information for pleasant vacations in Croatia
Arrival to Croatia and mobility on the spot
The ideal means of transport for traveling to Croatia is by plane. By car you have about 8 hours drive from German-speaking Switzerland to the Croatian border. On the spot, however, it is advisable to rent a car. With it you can quickly get to the remote beaches, villages and restaurants. The buses do not serve all the smaller towns and villages. Nevertheless, the bus network is in no comparison to the rather underdeveloped rail transport. The various islands are also easy to reach by bus, as there are various car ferries. Unfortunately, the distances from one city to another are relatively long, which costs a lot of time. So you should think twice about traveling by public transport. The coast in Croatia is very steep and stony, so there is no possibility of building a rail network at all. So the railroad runs only inland.
Croatia has been a member of the European Union only since 2011. However, Croatians have not adopted the euro and still pay with the currency kuna. 6-7 kuna is approximately equivalent to 1 Swiss franc.
Croatia with dog - helpful information
Croatia is generally considered a very dog-friendly country and is therefore popular with dog owners. This is also ensured by the numerous vacation apartments and vacation homes in which pets are allowed and which, with fenced gardens, ensure that your four-legged friend can romp around freely.
Dogs are not allowed on the big city beaches like in Dubrovnik or Split. However, there are many lovingly maintained dog beaches and secluded bays where your four-legged friend can splash around in the water undisturbed. Most of them are not sandy beaches, so you don't have to brush sand out of your dog's fur. A real hit among the dog beaches is located near Rijeka and even has its own bar for dogs. Nevertheless, always follow the local instructions regarding the leash requirement.
What to bring: Vaccination card (your dog must be vaccinated against rabies) and a passport with your dog's microchip, confirming that your dog is healthy.