Why visit Croatia?
Croatia is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations among British holidaymakers and not just for its ‘Game Of Thrones’ appeal. What most families go to Croatia for are the secluded beaches lapped by crystal clear water, outdoor activities, the rich history and ten Unesco World Heritage Sites. Most towns have historical centres with typical Croatian architecture.
An ideal destination for a summer holiday, whether you prefer a large resort or secluded getaway to a car free Adriatic island, there’s so much to see and do. With so many fun family activities in Croatia and so many regions to explore, you can’t see it all or do it all in one trip. If you are feeling overwhelmed, then pick a package deal!
Why should you go? We recommend going to Croatia because of…
Croatia varies from a Continental to a Mediterranean climate depending on location. Winters are cold but mild coastally – prices are low but transport such as ferry schedules are reduced. Snow is common in the interior and higher elevations, giving Croatia a ski season. In spring and early summer, the strong, steady westerly wind makes for great sailing. Over the peak season, summer months temperatures often reach the mid to high 30s in areas without the cooling sea breeze. For water sports lovers, the temperature of the sea raises to 26°С. If you are not tied to school holidays, locals suggest the best time to visit are the ‘shoulder’ months of May and September to avoid crowds. You can expect sunny weather with warm temperatures, with all the tourist facilities open.
The coastal city of Šibenik hosts a renowned International Children’s Festival in late June/early July, with craft workshops, music, dance, children’s film and theatre, puppets and parades.
#Croatia is easy to reach.
Flying from the UK to Croatia takes between two and three hours. Direct scheduled flights are operated by Croatia Airlines and British Airways, who run year-round direct flights. Wizzair, TUI, Air Lingus, Jet2 and Ryanair operate seasonal services to Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Rijeka, Pula and Osijek from a variety of UK airports. You can find budget return tickets for just over £100 depending on the month.
Croatia is one hour more than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) so you don’t have to worry about jet lag.
#It is a family friendly destination.
Hotels are particularly hospitable for family holidays with most offering children’s entertainment, pools, babysitting services, kids’ clubs, etc. Under threes often stay for free in places like Rovinj’s Amarin Family Hotel. Nappies are readily available in pharmacies which also stock baby formulas and baby food. Tap water in Croatia is safe to drink. Dining in Croatia is casual and whilst ‘children’s menu’s’ may not be available at smaller restaurants plates of pasta or risotto are standard starters. For families with younger children highchairs are not readily available and dining establishments are rarely equipped with nappy-changing facilities. Pedestrian zones mean there is little traffic and overall Croatia is very safe, clean and relaxed.
Children under five years old are required to travel in a suitable child seat, so make sure you’re very clear with your hire-car company about your needs before you turn up.
#It offers good value for money.
Croatia has been a member of the EU since 2013 but kept its currency, the Kuna. 1 Pound Sterling =8.57 Croatian Kuna. Compared to other Mediterranean destinations it has a reputation as a cheap destination, though prices have been rising with its popularity. Dubrovnik and Zagreb are the most expensive cities. Museums and galleries are inexpensive having most tickets sold for around 2€ average price plus discounts for your children (under the age of 12). For a family on a budget, all-inclusive holidays are well worth a look.
Children will also love the huge variety of ice-cream that sell for 7 kn (a little less than a Euro).
#There are hundreds of family activities to do in Croatia.
Croatia is gaining a reputation as something of an ideal place for an activity holiday. We’ve already mentioned sailing, but what about a holiday based around cycling or hiking?
For adventurous families there are eight incredible national parks, including the Unesco-listed Krka, famous for its stunning lakes and waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park has the longest zip-line course in Europe, spanning 1700 metres! Brijuni National Park has a safari park. The entrance ticket includes a tour on a small train to discover the island and the animals. When it comes to rafting, the low-grade rapids of the Cetina River are ideal for families with kids aged eight and up. Istria is a beautiful seaside retreat with a sprawling Dino Park! Should the kids get restless, there are plenty of island trips that use Dubrovnik as their jumping off point – Vis or in Omiš, on the Split Riviera, boasts a cliff top castle.
Combine all of this and it’s difficult to see how you could better Croatia when it comes to a family holiday.