“Croatia isn’t quite the undiscovered gem it once was, but it’s a gem all the same. And one aspect of this beautiful country remains relatively unknown to most people in the UK – Croatia is the perfect destination for a family holiday.
Not only does it have everything you need to keep the kids amused – beaches, amusement parks, outdoor adventures like rafting, cycling and zip-lining – but it’s also somewhere you can find fantastic last-minute deals on hotels and self-service apartments.
Croatia is rightly celebrated for its long coastline on the Adriatic Sea, not to mention the many islands scattered nearby, but the country’s interior exists in marked contrast to its coastal life, and provides a great destination for families less inclined to head for the beach.
Few people are aware that the Alpine chain of mountains runs down through Croatia, and while the mountains here are more modest, they’re perfect for those who enjoy hiking and cycling. The country has a wealth of national parks, but for hiking trails, Paklenica and Risnjak are both excellent, while the Ucka Mountain range near the coast offers stunning views of the Adriatic.
Croatia’s interior is also home to stunning lakes, sunken forests and sparkling white rivers. Get the crew to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its abundance of waterfalls, not to mention the longest zip-line course in Europe, spanning 1700 metres. When it comes to rafting, the low-grade rapids of the Cetina, Zrmanja or Una rivers are perfect for kids.
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