From Toddlers to Teens – Top Spots for Family Holidays in Croatia
by Saron Lease 28th February 2022
Easy Locations with Teenagers & Little Ones make all the Difference to your Croatia Villa Holiday
One thing is for sure, a Croatia villa holiday is a brilliant option if you have children of any age. Croatia is small and mostly on the coast with a host of nearby islands that are quick, easy and fun to get to. For toddlers there are quiet little beaches and shallow, calm water to paddle in, and for teenagers there is enough independence and ‘cool’ in the locations to allow everyone to do their thing. Croatia is very good at being multi-faceted in this way!
Still, it is a good idea to choose a location which is more child friendly than not if you want to keep the small people happy, and that is where Croatia again does well. With so many miles of coastline, Croatia beaches are aplenty, and it has lots of bays, coves and beaches to go around from hip beach clubs with lounge bars and music to serene, hidden bays and more family oriented.
If you have children, go for a bay with sea activities like a big sea bouncy castle, or water slides, pedalos, kayaks and boats! Supetar Bay on Brac Island is ideal and has great inflatables, water slides and plenty of places just next to them for the adults to sit with a beer or sunbathe. Stay somewhere near the fun but nice & quiet like Villa Bianca or one of our favourites Villa Sinatra in lovely Sumartin bay – no inflatables there but it’s a joy to rent one of the little fishing boats and set off on an adventure so many little coves too discover – and with the sea non tidal – it’s a great place to mess around in.
The joy of Croatia is that it generally has small beaches that don’t get overcrowded and so going to the beach or on a day trip is all very easy and bite size. Slatine Bay and Okrug Gornji, on the Split Riviera near Trogir, also have beaches with beach activities and beach bars perfect for older teens.
The clear sea also makes Sea Kayaking very popular and if you are in the Dubrovnik Old Town area, take the opportunity to do it in view of the old town itself. You can actually row from a beach just next to the old town, around the old town walls which is an awesome experience.
For example, stay at Villa Anamaria for some breath-taking views, from there you can catch a water taxi or bus into Dubrovnik old town or head back towards Cavtat Bay which has lots of little bars and restaurants too. It’s a super place to head for your morning coffee as you can sit there and watch the super yachts moor up – great for star spotting! If you have younger children with little legs not used to hills, then Villa Nectara is in a great spot with an easy walk to the beach, and there is a badminton court in the garden for the older ones to use up some energy. For young children have a look at our Child friendly collection of villas, some of which have gated pools, some with gardens or play areas for example. If you don’t see what you want there for your Croatia villa holiday, don’t miss our other ‘By Request only’ villa collection, or just give us a call.
From anywhere in Dalmatia, the southern part of Croatia, a ‘must-do’ is a boat trip to an island – you can take a group trip and there are any number advertised locally in most places, but by far a better experience is to join a small excursion of about 10 people. Swishing past islands, caves and coves surrounded by turquoise water is fascinating and such a different perspective – head for Vis Island and its Blue Caves or Hvar Island and its archipelago of Pakleni islands. Or check out the Elaffiti Islands just off the coast of Dubrovnik – little gems with pretty harbours and no cars, just a magical array of paths around the island to beautiful bays and beaches – all you can hear are crickets and you’ll see glimpses of sea as you make your way around. For little legs you can hop on a golf buggy to transport you too! Perfect for getting you to those pina coladas and wonderful beaches!
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