Croatia with kids

Tips for a holiday in Croatia with children and teenagers: the best family-friendly locations and attractions.
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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.

General advices

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.



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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.

Northern Dalmatia

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!



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