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Croatia for Families: Off-the-Beaten-Path Locales

by Eugenia Lazaris

Feb 23, 2020

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Destinations / Europe

Croatia is quickly gaining popularity as a destination of choice for family-friendly vacations. As tourists seek roads less traveled, this amazing country on the Adriatic coast is getting its chance to show the world its rugged beauty, beautiful coastline, impressive collection of islands, and picturesque cities and villages that rival even the most tried-and-true vacation destinations.


This fascinating European nation is awash with history, culture and outdoor adventure — perfect for families. Fun festivals, delicious cuisine and charming locals are just some of the myriad reasons to visit Croatia.


Nature is a big draw for adventurous families. The fact that the name of the local currency is derived from a native animal (the kuna is Croatian for the marten, a small weasel-like creature) is a strong indication nature is a big part of life in Croatia and it is easy to see why the local landscape entices visitors. More than 10 percent of the country is occupied by the nation’s park and wildlife preserve system, giving families plenty of ways to explore the local ecosystems.


Outdoor adventures are a popular draw for tourists looking to explore the pristine wilderness. Throughout the country, there are ample opportunities for hiking, camping, biking or backpacking, not to mention countless opportunities for water sports along the coastline.


If your family is looking for an island vacation, Croatia has plenty to offer. With more than 1,200 islands of various sizes and populations, there is a seemingly endless supply of coastline to explore with opportunities for swimming, fishing and sailing.

Some of the most popular islands among tourists are Hvar, Brac and Korcula.


Croatia’s big cities are ideal places to learn about the local lifestyle and culture. Zagreb, the nation’s capital, lies to the north and is an eclectic mix of old-world charm and modern convenience. The city, the largest in Croatia, is actually a combination of two settlements that eventually merged into what is now modern Zagreb. These old settlements of Kaptol and Grabec are great places to explore on foot.


Visitors will enjoy wandering among the cobblestoned pedestrian streets exploring the traditional architecture and modern shops and cafés that line the sidewalks.


Read on for foodie locales and more insider intel on Croatia for families.


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