Explore Croatia holiday locations for your Croatia villa holiday and get the inside track on the best places to base yourself. With so many miles of coastline and so many islands, there are Croatia holiday locations to suit all tastes. Where is Croatia? Just opposite Italy and blow Austria and Slovenia, did you know you can do a day trip to Venice from Istria in the north of Croatia?

There are some fabulously picturesque Croatian places with sublime views across the sea, with wonderful architecture, old towns and fascinating history. Many have used Croatia holiday locations and their amazing scenery as filming locations for this very reason – it steals the show in drama ‘Succession’ for example! Of course, beaches in Croatia are a central point of most Croatia villa holidays and there are very well known beaches like Banje Beach at Dubrovnik Old Town and Zlatni Rat Beach on Brac Island but there are also so many idyllic little coves and bays to enjoy and discover, along the mainland coast and amongst the myriad of islands.


As far as Croatia locations go, Dubrovnik is top. The UNESCO World heritage Site of Dubrovnik Old Town sits at its heart of the Dubrovnik Riviera with pretty bays and charming sea edge villages up and down the coast, either side. With the beautiful Elafiti Islands just off the coast, you are spoilt for choice for where to stay and what to visit on a Dubrovnik villa holiday…Cavtat, Mlini, Lapad, Stikovica, Zaton, Slano, Konavle – See more on the Dubrovnik Riviera here..

Dubrovnik Old Town


The fascinating old towns of Trogir, Split and Primosten are just some of the many stunning places to discover in this area on a Split Croatia holiday. Pretty villages and bays are dotted along the coastline with sumptuous restaurants, great beaches, little islands just off the coast plus waterfalls, many activities and boat trips…Unesco Trogir, Split Old Town, Slatine, Seget Vranjica, Marina, Vinisce, Sevid, beautiful Primosten and Sibenik – See more on the Split Riviera here..

Kava Beach, Slatine, Ciovo, Trogir, Split Riviera


Brac Island is a fantastic choice for a villa holiday in Croatia. Take a flight to Split  & ferry hop in about an hour to Brac Island to explore unspoilt Croatian beaches, some of the best Croatian food and wine & charming sea edge villages full of ambiance…There are no shortage of activities on Brac Island, from boat trips to windsurfing or just exploring. Brac Island – Sumartin, Bol, Milna… See more on Brac Island here..


Korcula Island is a hidden gem! Easy to get to from Dubrovnik or Split, just hop on a ferry and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Well known by those who have discovered it, Korcula is a beautiful island of fabulous beaches and coves, great wines and pretty sea side villages and stunning old towns. The old Town of Korcula is known as a mini Dubrovnik and has it’s own little islands! The Peljesac Peninsula is nearby and easy to get to too…Korcula Island – Lumbarda, Rasicse, Cara, Vela Luka… See more on Korcula Island here..


Hvar Island – The Island of Hvar is home to the beautiful & cosmopolitan, yet traditional Hvar Town with its classy harbour. Dotted along the coast from Hvar Town you will find pretty little villages with that “off the beaten track” feel, but only a short drive to Hvar Town itself! Or try the other side of the island and the ambience of Jelsa or Vrboska – Hvar Island – Hvar Town, Jelsa, Vrboska… See more on Hvar Island here..

Hvar Town, Hvar Island


Peljesac Peninsula – The stunning peninsula lies approximately half an hours drive from Dubrovnik and stretches through the wine region, a further hour to its tip and the gateway to the islands of Korcula and Hvar! Beautiful scenery, lovely beaches and good value food and wine, the peninsula is a great holiday location – Orebic, Perna, Viganj, Loviste… See more on Peljesac here..


Beautiful bays, wonderful scenery, getting back to nature – Mljet Island is serenity itself… If you want to get off the beaten track and discover some of Croatia’s unadulterated coastline and untouched beauty, this is your place. See more on Mljet Island here..


The Makarska Riviera has some of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches… Quite touristy, more  hotel oriented than it’s more quaint and traditional Dubrovnik or Brac Island counterparts, it pays to go at the right time of year when it’s less busy but even in high season this area caters well for families and those seeking a week on the beach. See more on the Makarska Riviera here..


Popular with sailors, Zadar has a wonderful archipelago of islands including the Kornati Islands National Park, Dugi Otok and the Telescica Nature Park which are a delight to anyone who loves beautiful scenery and nature. See more on Zadar here..

Zadar Villas, Croatia


The Istrian Peninsula is in the north of Croatia and is more Tuscan in its charm than the much more Mediterranean southern Croatia and Dubrovnik/Split for example. Pretty hilltop villages and old stone villas with lovely sea edge towns. Istrian food and wine is also a speciality and truffles are a regional delicacy! Rovinj, Porec, Pula, Labin, Umag, Motovun… See more on Istria here..


If you’re going on holiday to Croatia, we’d recommend that Bosnia & Herzegovina should be high on your list for a day trip excursion – or even for a longer stay if you have time. The famous old bridge in the Mostar Old Tow is ‘must-see’, Sarajevo, Pocitelj, Blagaj ,Medjugorje and there is so much else to soak in and discover about this area … See more on Bosnia and Herzegovina here..

Bosna & Herzegovina

Photo 3 – Zlatni Rat Bol Brac Island © Boris Kacanvia Croatian National Tourist Board