Holidays in Croatia

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Croatia Overview

Visiting Croatia

Endless beaches, a myriad of small islands, spectacular national parks, ancient towns, Roman ruins, fragrant pine forests and the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Add Croatia’s popular resorts and you’ve just the setting to rediscover the joy of a family holiday.

Feel Croatia

Mediterranean life as it used to be, even in the height of summer, meant quiet beaches, secluded coves, tranquil villages with a local cafés and bars occupied by friendly locals. Well it’s back to the future… Croatia is largely one of the few destinations where you can experience what it was like before the rise of the high rise and the party that never ends (well ‘til 6am anyway).

Explore Croatia

For more than 400 years, the entire Istrian peninsula was ruled from Venice and, even today, a strong Italian influence exists in the architecture and cuisine of the region (though there’s not a gondola to be seen)! From Neolithic settlements to Roman ruins there’s plenty to entice you away from your sunbathing, but don’t get confused, as just about every town has both a Slavic and an Italian name. A tale of two Cities?

Places to visit - Sightseeing

With endless sunshine, perfect beaches and some of the finest Roman remains you will see outside Italy, camping in Croatia offers you a host of things to do, and to discover.

Porec
Arguably the premier tourist town in Croatia, Porec offers a lively nightlife and great restaurants, as well as a host of ancient Roman remains and gothic palaces. It is also home to the stunning Euphrasian Basilica.

Euphrasian Basilica, Porec
the 6th century Euphrasian basilica in porec is not only one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a must-see attraction while you are in Croatia.

Caves of Baradine
These spectacular caverns are one of the wonders of Istria, where you will see a multitude of vast stalagmites and stalactites, with some of the formations thought to resemble shapes such as the Virgin Mary and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Pula
A charming town in its own right, Pula is also home to an immaculately-preserved Roman ampitheatre. Built in the 1st century, its walls are still completely intact, and it is one of the largest Roman remains in the world.

Rovinj
Once an Illyrian settlement, Rovinj has a simply gorgeous old town area, and of course the 18th century Church of St Euphemia, which is the largest Baroque building in Istria, with a bell tower that replicates the one at St Mark’s basilica in Venice.

Umag
This small port on the north-west of Istria is sometime called Croatia’s gateway to Europe. Sleepy and picturesque, it is also home to many fine buildings from the era of the Venetian conquest of the Istrian coast.

Brijuni Archipelago
This lovely archipelago of islands off the Istrian peninsula includes Brijuni, a National Park that is home to more than 600 plant species and 150 bird species. You will also find the fascinating 19th century Brijuni Minor fortress here.

Great for younger kids

Porec Aquarium
Right in the heart of the city of Porec you will find this lovely aquarium where children can discover fish, crabs and more than 70 species of marine life that are indigenous the Adriatic coast.

Brijuni Safari Park
Lying within the Brijuni National Park, this very natural safari park is spread over nine hectares and includes a variety of exotic species including Indian elephants, llamas, zebras and camels.

Great for older kids

Kart Cross
Offering a choice of off-road karts complete with roll cages, Kart Cross enables you to sample high speed thrills on a bumpy, muddy, twisting race track; to race radio-controlled karts, or even explore the countryside on quad bikes.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Diving
The seas off the Istrian coast are famously clear, making this an ideal diving location; especially with a range of ancient artefacts under the sea. Courses are available at a number of centres here, though even experienced divers will need to seek a permit.

Tennis
Tennis is highly popular on Croatia, especially since Goran Ivanisevic’s successes, so there are plenty of courts here, including the superb Tennis Camp Umag, where there are more than 60 courts.

Hiking
Croatia really does offer breathtaking scenery, so walking and hiking here are a pleasure. You’ll find trails everywhere, but the pick of them tend to be within the national parks such as Brijuni, Mijet and Plitvice Lakes.

Windsurfing
A combination of calm seas and reliable winds means that Croatia is the ideal place to learn or practice windsurfing. There are many schools here, though Kamenjak, to the south of Pula, is considered one of the best windsurfing areas.

Unmissable events in Croatia

The Garden Festival – Early July, Petrcane
Nothing to do with gardening, this festival of modern music and disco is nonetheless one of the most popular of the many music festivals now taking place on Croatia.

Porec Summer – Mid June to mid September
Porec town plays host to a number of musical and dance events throughout the summer, with details announced on billboards around the town.

Pula Film Festival – Mid July
For more than 50 years now, Pula has held this festival of International and Croatian cinema, with some screenings taking place within the spectacular Roman arena itself.

Street Art festival, Porec
Every August, Porec plays host to some of Europe’s premier street entertainers, with exponents of dance, theatre, art, acrobatics and even escapology entertaining visitors to this exciting town.

Places to visit - Eating out

While Croatian cuisine tends to be quite simple and hearty peasant food, there are a number of local specialities you really should try:

  • Bregovska pita – a nine-layered pie containing apples, raisins, poppy seeds and cinnamon.
  • Fuzi – a delicious pasta dish served in a rich venison sauce.
  • Fiš Paprikaš – river fish such as trout, stewed in a rich, peppery broth and often served with Blitva, a type of kale.
  • Wine – Croatia produces a number of very palatable wines, with those made from the Plavac Mali grapes very highly regarded, as is Croatia’s own version of Italy’s Prosecco.

Campsites in region

Camp Lanterna, Porec, Croatia
Camp Lanterna | Porec

Few areas in Croatia are graced with as much superb natural beauty as the Lanterna Peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, between Porec and Novigrad.

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Location reviews

Croatia reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.6
Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 50 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10

Timothy

Newton Abbot
Croatia is a beautiful country with lots to do. We visited Pula and the amphitheatre, Vrnice fir the day( a very well organised tour) and Porec. The people are very friendly.
Confirmed stay: 18 August 2013
9 out of 10

Mark

Banbury
Beautiful coastline and Istria interior was uncrowded and unspoilt. Plenty to do, excellent quality food in local restaurants and good value for money. Croatians very friendly - many speak English.
Confirmed stay: 18 August 2013
8 out of 10

Michael

London, England
Needs better road connection-Koper is a disaster!
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2013
8 out of 10

Anna

London
Croatia is a beautiful place. Some of the towns are incredibly picturesque. The coastline is beautiful, all rugged and rocky. The weather in August was lovely, really hot. The food was great, a lot of squid!
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2013
9 out of 10

Fiona

Alcester
Croatia is beautiful and well worth a visit. But, they need to do some work on their service culture. Service was poor in a lot of the restaurants and shops.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2013
9 out of 10

Claire

Very cheap to eat out, buy drinks and ice-creams, very cheap water activities (water skiing etc). Not too much to visit unless you are prepared to travel further a field. lovely quaint local towns with history attached. Stoney beaches need 'water shoes' for swimming. Great inflatables in the sea for the kids to play on.
Confirmed stay: 12 August 2013
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