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Holiday villas Croatia – Choosing your hot spot on the Adriatic for the perfect Croatia Villa Holiday

by Croatia Gems, 26th March 2024

Choosing your hot spot on the Adriatic for your Croatia villa rental? We are happy to help..  Here are some of our favourites.

Croatia Gems is a Croatia villa specialist, so we know the areas and villas well in all the Adriatic coastal locations. We are always here to help you choose the perfect one for you. If you know the location you want you could search for a villa, or read on for some guidance.

Dubrovnik Riviera

Everyone recognises a photo of Dubrovnik old town, but there is so much more to Dubrovnik than the old town. It’s lovely to visit and experience the narrow streets full of culture and history and eat out at one of its amazing restaurants.  But explore further out and there are islands to discover, maybe book a family sunset kayaking experience or a Game of Thrones tour, or catch the sunset from the Buza Bar. Maybe you need to work off some energy, so head into the heart of Konavle countryside and have some fun at one of the Adrenalin parks. Alternatively, a few minutes ride gets you to a zip wire experience, advertised as the “longest coastal Zipline above Adriatic Sea“!

Just outside the old City Walls, you can take the cable car up to to the top of Srd Hill. From there you can take Buggy Safari tour, or maybe just enjoy the view from the restaurant or visit the gift shops.

There are some wonderful beaches too. One of the favourite spots outside the city is the little harbour town of Mlini, really popular with families staying at their lovely Croatian Family villas. Beautifully clean beaches and crystal clear sea. And when it gets too hot, find one of the new little beach restaurants sheltered by the pine trees to have a nice relaxing lunch. Or catch the water taxi from your Dubrovnik villa‘s local harbour into the old town! It’s a fantastic way to see the old town and definitely the best way to travel. For a selection of villas in Mlini Bay check out our summary. There is also a useful article here about Mlini Bay as a family villa location, and some more Mlini holiday information here that may give some helpful context to the area.

Dubrovnik Old Town
Brac Island

One of our favourite island places to stay is the charming island of Brac. If you need help choosing your hot spot on the Adriatic, this unique island has so much to see and do. It has villas for all group sized and pockets. The island is perfect for water sports and extremely popular with cyclists with routes for beginners and experts alike. Brac has great food  – and new restaurants are everywhere. The island speciality is its mountain lamb usually served slowly cooked over coals in a ‘Peka’. However restaurant menus make the most of the local seafood too. And there is always plenty of pizza and delicious Italian ice cream to keep all ages happy. For holiday villas Croatia on Brac, check out some lovely Croatian Villas with Pools for your stay The island is so easy to get to as it’s just a short 50 minute crossing from Split, or get to your villa in style with a private boat transfer straight from the airport jetty.

Island of Hvar

Hvar is famous as the sunniest Croatian island. It attracts visitors from all over the world with its untouched nature, hidden coves and bays and award winning wines. It also has a great nightlife in Hvar Old Town – stay in a Luxury Croatia villa in town or head for the quieter side of the island. There are some lovely Croatian Family Villas by the sea – check out Hvar villas here. There’s no doubt that Hvar is gorgeous but there are other islands which are also stunning…


There are more than 1,100 islands lying along the Croatian coast but for many visitors, Korcula is the jewel of the Adriatic. The island is mostly covered with pine forests and olive groves, and has developed some wonderful cycling routes over the last few years, it has some amazing beaches too. For a night out wander into Korcula old town and try one of its excellent restaurants. Korcula villas come in all sizes and for all budgets, and you are never far from a beach.

Peljesac Peninsula

Just across from Korcula Island is the charming Peljesac peninsula – still largely undeveloped, it has miles of wild beaches – lots of vineyards and authentic villages.  Once there, try some of the local restaurants  and of course a glass of the famous wines  like Dingac and Postup.  If you like shellfish  – hop down to Ston and its medieval city walls, second only to the great wall of China! The oyster farms are said to produce the best oysters in Croatia. Then work it off with some windsurfing – the channel between Korcula and Orebic (head for Perna or Viganj) produces the best conditions in the afternoons (choose mornings if you are a beginner, when the winds are less fierce). Peljesac villas can be found in the towns and villages or some in dramatic sea edge locations.

Split Riviera & Trogir

More and more people are exploring this part of the coast as there are such a lot of places to see and things to do. You can explore the Cetina River near the old pirate town of Omis – and go canyoning or white water rafting, or a drive over the new high bridge may be enough for some! Drive up to the Krka Waterfalls near Sibenik and walk along the boardwalks above the waterfalls. Do take your camera as it’s a stunning day out! Maybe take a boat trip out to the islands and spot some dolphins! Or wander around the colourful markets in UNESCO protected Trogir old town and shop for that BBQ evening at your Split Family Villa.

Trogir Old Town Croatia villa rental Trogir Beach Croatia villa rental

If you need help choosing your hotspot on the Adriatic give us a call, or if you have decided, you’ll find our main collection of holiday villas Croatia to search here, and our other ‘By request only’ villas here! We know the areas and villas well and are always here to help choose.