Villa holiday Croatia – A less expensive holiday for 2023 or looking ahead to 2024?

Britons looking for the perfect cheap holiday this summer should consider a break in a villa holiday Croatia. We don’t need research to tell us that UK  holidaymakers are increasingly looking to save money on their travels this year as a result of rising inflation and a crunch on available cash. It is being reported though that a holiday abroad is a priority for many, and Croatia is a country that can help keep costs as low as possible.

Like many UK holiday favourite locations, Croatia is a Mediterranean country, so a visit will provide sun and beaches that don’t require a cost outlay. The coast is public, accessible and free to use.  A Croatia villa holiday usually means a villa with private pool, or apartment with shared facilities allowing you to buy local produce to BBQ or cook. The tap water is safe to drink, tastes like you get at home and is free, so no need to buy expensive bottled water.

This is probably the first full season since the Pandemic and people are set to enjoy it. However, this year will bring added pressures and with them a greater demand for relaxation, space and time away. Croatia villas tick all the boxes.

Dubrovnik is one destination which is likely to be popular this summer, with many holidaymakers travelling to the Adriatic resort each year to experience its stunning blend of climate and culture. Split too is increasing in popularity due to its proximity to the national parks and islands. With both destinations only a two and a half hour flight from most UK airports and with Croatia’s proximity to Italy – so benefitting from the same golden sunshine, it’s high on people’s hit list.

Croatia has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years or so with both luxury and family villas – Michelin star restaurants like 360 in Dubrovnik old town, and award winning wines, but also affordable family-run restaurants found in every town and village, and delicious home-produced wines and grappa. It’s also one of the safest countries in Europe for families, and tends to be far less resort-style locations than many popular destinations. There are beautiful beaches in Croatia to explore (there are still empty beaches to find) – the sea is clear as a bell and non tidal so great to explore with a snorkel, by kayak and it is amazing for fishing. Sea water quality

Also, look to the islands and whilst some like Hvar Island and Korcula have added prestige (and are hence pricier), for some reason Brac remains affordable for that Brac villa for rent. It is the easiest of the large islands to get to, a shorter cheap transfer from the airport (just a 50-minute ferry hop from Split old town), and is just delightful, with stunning coves and beaches, and lovely, traditional and charming villages.

It’s also reasonable to self cater (lots of markets and road-side stalls selling home grown produce) and eat out with surprisingly reasonable menus to suit everyone’s pockets and tastes. Excellent local transport abounds with cheap bus fares and water taxis – no need for car hire in most places!

A lot of the villas come with free bikes or kayaks, to help you explore the beautiful coastline & stunning bike routes so no need to sign up for expensive excursions if your pocket won’t stretch. And if you have smaller children there are usually free inflatable fun parks to be found on many of the beaches, anchored in the shallows for them to enjoy, and plenty of parks in the shade of the pine trees for them to run around while you sit back and supervise with a coffee or a cold drink.

Finally, flights to Croatia can be cheaper on weekdays, so you might find it more than cost effective, and sometimes a lot cheaper, to travel midweek and stay in a small hotel or apartment for a few nights, or maybe find a villa that will do a weekday start to the holiday.

So a villa holiday Croatia – a less expensive holiday abroad for 2023 or 2024 should be one for your bucket list!

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