Tips for a holiday in Croatia with children and teenagers: the best family-friendly locations and attractions.
Croatia is an ideal destination for families with children: sheltered beaches in which to swim quietly, many natural parks full of attractions for direct contact with nature, interactive museums for learning while having fun, and many villages rich in history that the whole family is sure to enjoy!
Moreover, the Croatian people are very fond of children: they will always have a smile and a kindness for you and appreciate families travelling with small children.
Croatia has both extremely quiet seaside resorts, ideal for families with very young children, and livelier coastal towns with clubs and entertainment on the beach more suitable for those travelling with teenage children.
Croatian towns have plenty of green spaces, playgrounds and pedestrian areas with no traffic, where children can run around freely. The towns by the sea all have a pedestrian promenade called riva where they can walk, run, cycle or skate.
You need to choose well the seaside areas you are going to visit: not all beaches are sandy and many descend abruptly into the sea.
The best time of year is definitely the beginning and end of the summer season, i.e. June and September, when the beaches are less crowded, the weather is less scorching and the towns come alive with many family events such as the International Children’s Festival in Sibenik with puppet shows, music, dancing, handicrafts, theatre performances, parades and children’s films.
Croatian hotels devote a certain amount of attention to families but few are really equipped with special services.
Many have cots and cots available at a surcharge on the standard rate.
An ideal solution for those travelling with small children is to rent a flat where you can have complete freedom of schedule and movement.
The restaurants in Croatia are informal and warmly welcome children with dedicated dishes such as pasta and pizza.
There is the possibility of ordering half portions for all the dishes on the menu.
However, not all establishments have high chairs and areas reserved for mothers who need to change the little ones.
What to pack
Remember that nappies can be found almost everywhere and that the Konzum supermarket chain is well stocked with baby products.
Electric sterilisers and some expensive accessories are not available.
If you plan to stay on the islands, take all the medicines you might need with you as pharmacies are not very well stocked.
Don’t forget hats and good sunscreen against sunburn: the sun in Croatia is very strong.
What to visit with children
Are you planning your family holiday and don’t know which areas to choose? Here are the ideal destinations to choose from if you are planning a trip to Croatia with your children.
Dubrovnik and southern Dalmatia
In this area you will find the most child-friendly beaches, which gradually descend into the sea and with plenty of sand to play on, many museums to explore and original things to do in the city to keep the little ones entertained.
Split and Central Dalmatia
Your children will go crazy visiting the labyrinthine Diocletian’s Palace and the marble-paved Riva as well as playing on the calm beaches of the Makarska Riviera, which are equipped with plenty of family facilities and entertainment for young and old.
While Zadar offers plenty in the way of family tourism, during the summer Sibenik organises several festivals dedicated specifically to children and young people and is close to a number of truly enchanting islands, ideal for cycling.
Your children will have a great time exploring like little Indiana Joneses natural caves, dinosaur parks, spectacular fjords and sheltered beaches.
You can involve your children in fun and unusual activities such as taking the funicular railway, renting a pedalo on Lake Jarun, climbing to the top of Mount Slijeme and visiting the city’s museums.
You can play travel back in time by visiting the area’s magnificent medieval castles, observe rural life and discover the interactive museum in Krapina.
If you are planning your own itinerary, we have gathered for you the best of Croatia as seen from a family perspective!
Baska, island of Krk: this crescent-shaped cove is ideal for families thanks to its 2 km of sand!
Lopar, island of Rab: you can relax by leaving your children to play at the well-equipped facilities, swimming in the shallows and on the sandy beaches.
Punta Rata, Makarska Riviera: a pebble beach surrounded by pine trees for easy play.
Crveni Otok, Rovinj: unleash the children’s imagination with these two islands connected by pebble beaches.
Lapad, Dubrovnik: just a stone’s throw from the old town centre, a beach equipped with deckchairs, cabins, slides and parasols for a classic, relaxing holiday for mothers and fun for children.
Neanderthal Man Museum, Krapina: older children can explore this interesting interactive museum dedicated to ancestors.
Bunari Museum, Sibenik: an old reservoir has been converted into this fun interactive museum about the history and life of the city.
Technical Museum, Zagreb: inside you will also find a planetarium and a replica of a mine.
Staro Selo Museum, Kumrovec: with its reconstruction of a traditional Croatian village, you can understand and admire a slice of ancient, rural life.
House of Batana, Rovinj: an eco museum dedicated to the town’s maritime tradition with an interactive multimedia exhibition.
Plitvice Lakes National Park: Enchant your children with turquoise lakes, beautiful forests and breathtaking waterfalls!
Krka National Park: Don’t hesitate to take a dip with your kids in the waters of the lakes and admire stunning waterfalls!
Mount Medvednica: you can choose from many trails just a stone’s throw from Zagreb.
Lokrum: a beautiful island with the possibility of visiting a medieval monastery and botanical garden.
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