This eight day holiday on the Dalmatian coast combines the history and culture of the UNESCO cities with a beach stay, making it an ideal break for families with active kids. This Croatia family holiday explores the southern Dalmatian region including the coastline between Dubrovnik and Split and the islands of Vis and Hvar.
- Walk the marble streets and soak up the baroque buildings on a walking tour of Dubrovnik
- Discover hidden beaches on the island of Lokrum with a guided sea kayak adventure
- Cycle through orchards and vineyards, alongside the rivers of the Konavle Valley
- Island hop around Vis, Bisevo and Hvar in a privately chartered motor boat
Split is one of the Adriatic's most amazing seaports and Croatia's second-largest city. Not only does this 1700- year-old harbour have its share of historic monuments, museums and galleries, but from here you can visit dreamy Adriatic islands, and isolated stretches of coastline. Diocletian's Palace, as the ancient heart of Split, is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet. Built on the seacoast of Split around 295 AD, the structure features sixteen towers, three temples and an emperor's mausoleum.
George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik", as well as famously describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With direct flights from the UK, Croatia is by far one of the most family friendly destinations. Easily reached with a flying time of under three hours the UNESCO cities of Dubrovnik and Split deserves to be on the school national curriculum. Most importantly, Croatia is undoubtedly child friendly.
With over a thousand islands to choose from, your little ones can play out Robinson Crusoe within a stone’s throw of the coastal cities.
Hiring a motor boat is exhilarating and memorable giving a greater freedom to explore at your family's pace, stopping for lunch at beachside restaurants on a whim. While the most interesting thing they will see are likely to be small fish, sea cucumbers and urchins, snorkelling in Croatia makes a great place for your kids to get started and practice how to put their head underwater as the waters are very calm.
Hvar, not Stratford-upon-Avon, is the home of the world’s oldest public theatre.
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