With 1800 km of coastline and over 1000 islands, diverse landscapes, and plenty of outdoor activities to choose from, Croatia is the ideal destination for families who love the sea, nature, and active holidays. This beautiful country on the edge of the Adriatic Sea is particularly child-friendly: family is important in Croatian culture, children are given lots of attention, and many hotels and service providers cater to families with amenities and fun activities geared towards kids. From toddlers to teenagers, there are plenty of activities and things to do that are bound to entertain all age groups.
For a family holiday to remember, here are 5 things to do in Croatia:
1. Explore the National Parks
Croatia boasts eight scenic national parks, with the best known being Plitvice Lakes, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning natural scenery of waterfalls and crystal-clear turquoise lakes make it popular with visitors of all ages. At Krka National Park, there are walking trails, boat trips to the island of Visovac and its monastery, and the chance to swim in the pristine lake with waterfalls as a backdrop. Mljet National Park on the island of the same name is also popular with families. The best way to explore it is to rent bicycles at the ferry terminal. A boat trip to St. Mary’s island is a must-do: here lunch can be enjoyed at one of the restaurants before or after a visit to the church and monastery.
2. Hop Over to the Islands
Children will love riding the ferries connecting Croatia’s many islands to each other and the mainland. A sailing boat can also be easily chartered for a tour of some of the most scenic Adriatic islands, each with something unique to offer. Vis is off the tourist track and has great beaches perfect for families, and scenic seaside towns to explore. One of the biggest islands is Brač, famous for its magnificent white pebble beach called Zlatni Rat. Sailing through the Kornati Islands is an unforgettable experience: this is an archipelago of over 100 islands, most of them uninhabited and part of a national park.