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How come holidays in Croatia are such a great choice?

By Croatia Gems, 15th April 2023

Croatia has become an increasingly popular holiday destination over the decade or so, as if it was suddenly discovered! The fact is that Croatia was well known place, favourite among rich travellers, a long time ago. The country was off-limits for a while, but it came back with as a tour de force once that was resolved.  It is now a sought-after destination – holidays to Croatia are loved for the county’s authenticity, warm, welcoming people, and great coastline!

Whilst hotels and Croatia villas have sprung up to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists having holidays in Croatia, planning regulations on coastal development mean that the country remains unspoilt. More airlines and new flight routes are constantly being added to flights to Croatia schedules. Croatia’s airports have stepped up to the mark to cater for increasing passenger numbers.

Climate and something for everyone

So, what are the reasons that make people choose to take holidays in Croatia? First of all, thanks to its geographical location, the Mediterranean climate treats tourists to 8 months of holiday weather. And Croatia offers you natural diversity and beauty on every step of the way. Some of us like spending their holidays on the beach, enjoy water sports and everything that life on the sea can offer.

Croatia beaches

Croatia beaches are renowned for the excellent-rated quality of the crystal-clear sea water, and also because they are safe given the lack of tides and are usually gently shelving. The coastline is stunning and has real variety, with a mix of hidden coves, local beaches in fishing villages and town beaches too. From the famous shape-shifting Zlatni Rat beach in Bol, Brac island, to hidden coves at Lapad, Dubrovnik, or picturesque Brsecine beach near Orasac, there’s a favourite beach for everyone. All the coastline is open to the public, so no ‘private beaches’ here.

Throughout history, many cultures influenced Croatia and left their traces everywhere. The Greeks and Romans particularly made their stamp. Pula will surprise you with its Roman remains, especially the stunning amphitheatre, which has become a focus for year-round events. The whole Istrian peninsula is like a little Italy so don’t be surprised to hear Italian frequently mixed in everywhere around you. Istria is within driving distance of a lot of European countries, so be warned that Istrian villas are snapped up early by them.

National Parks and World Heritage sites

If you like the natural world, you will be delighted by the wealth of national parks on both the mainland or islands. many of these are also UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Plitvice Lakes, Krka waterfalls and gorge, or the lesser known Stari Grad Plain on Hvar island. So many sights and towns are recognised as exemplars of cultural heritage including Trogir old town, Split old town, Dubrovnik, Sibenik….

Croatia restaurants

Croatia is renowned for serving fresh organic fare and the Michelin star is finding it’s way to many Croatia restaurants up and down the country. Not surprisingly, fresh fish and Mediterranean influences abound, but Italian dishes (including its ice cream) will be familiar, alongside traditional Croatian food.

Summer Festivals

One more reason to head to Croatia…. Tisno near Zadar, Pula, and Zagreb and numerous festivals on Zrce beach – top place for day and night parties!


Visit Split old town and prepare for mixture of old and new, ancient and modern living side by side. The Roman emperor, Diocletian, build a  palace right on the waterfront and the old town is centred on this. Split inhabitants have made the palace their homes. Wander round the little streets and listen out for the famous Klapa acapella singers who’ll serenade you. If you like to party, we’ve got news for you as the Ultra Music Festival Event comes to Split in July!


Let’s not forget the pearl of the Adriatic, the city of Dubrovnik. It will wow you with its amazing old town, made even more famous by Game of Thrones et al. There are cultural events throughout the spring, summer and autumn, not forgetting the advent festival too, when Dubrovnik sparkles with lights, St Nicholas’ visits and joy abounds.


It’s not all about the coast and you can also come and explore charming little places in the interior or experience life of the metropolis – the city of Zagreb. Zagreb is a lovely city in the grand European style of grand architecture and boulevards, squares, pavement cafés and the like. It’s well worth a visit – maybe to the Christmas market, which is a real extravaganza, with something for everyone.


If you are thinking about holidays in Croatia, feel free to search through our villas. If you don’t find what you want there, do have a look at our ‘By Request only’ villa portfolio. Alternatively, just give us a call or email us and we’ll find a lovely Croatia villa for you.

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