One of the most popular places to go for a European break at the moment is Croatia. The country has a perfect blend of amazing beaches, beautiful scenery and cities that are both historic and modern. But when the holiday in question is a family one, the matter becomes a little more complicated. Do you go for a hotel or villa to stay during your visit?
The family perspective
If you have kids, particularly younger kids, then the flexibility of a villa can be a big plus. For starters if your kids are fussy eaters and don’t always take well to food away from home, you can bring your own supplies or pick some up locally and make dishes you know they will eat. You can keep your meal times similar to at home in a villa, whereas hotels can dictate this a little with serving times.
The other big plus with a villa over a hotel is that you don’t have to worry if the kids get a bit noisy or there is a crying fit or temper tantrum. Even if they run around the room, you feel conscious of the neighbours below in a hotel but this isn’t an issue in a villa. It can, in a sense, be a home away from home.
The main plus sides of a hotel is that you don’t have to cook and that some hotels even have child minding services so if the adults want to go out for a meal or a drink, the hotel can offer child minding services.
Things to do with the kids
So once you have selected between a hotel or a villa, your next thing to study is the things to do with the kids in the area of Croatia you are considering. If you want a city location, then the city of Dubrovnik is a great one to try. It has the blend of the Old Town with its fierce gargoyle on the main gate as well as the beach being just a short distance away.
Split is another popular city location and is dominated by the Roman ruins. One emperor, Diocletian, loved the place so much he built a huge palace here and it is still mostly standing. He even brought real Sphinx from his Egyptian province to decorate the place.
Away from the cities, Croatia has loads of beaches that suit all tastes. Whether you like to lie on the sands while the kids make sand castles or enjoy paddling or water sports, there are various locations to suit all tastes. Zadar is great for the novel – there is a sea organ producing strange and eerie music that the kids will love.
The rural countryside inland is worth touring around too with placed such as Buzet, the truffle capital of the country and the ‘world’s smallest village’ called Hum which only has around twenty inhabitants. Motovun is the birthplace of famous racing driver Mario Andretti while Pazin is said to be the spot used in Dante’s ‘The Inferno’ as the entrance to hell – great to spook the older kids a bit.Read More