Destination guide

Croatia ticks all the right boxes

Croatia’s gorgeous Adriatic coastline has transformed this hospitable country into one of Europe’s hottest vacation destinations. The heritage landmarks of Dubrovnik, the glittering marinas and glamorous beaches of Split, the unspoiled islands of the Dalmatian seaboard, and the vibrant culture of the capital, Zagreb, tick all the summer vacation boxes. It's easy to make the most of the diverse attractions in Croatia—vacation rentals let you swap the tranquility of the beach for the buzz of the city at the turn of a key.

Things to do

Dubrovnik—Croatia’s heritage showcase

The old town of Dubrovnik was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1979. Renaissance masterpieces such as the Sponza Palace and St. Saviour’s Church share the limelight with the iconic Baroque cathedral and Dominican monastery, which today contains an art museum. The city walls are among the best-preserved structures of their kind in Europe, dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors can learn more about the origins of the old town in the Archaeological Museum, while the Maritime Museum showcases the importance of sailing and shipbuilding to the city’s prosperity.

Activities

Croatia by land and sea

Croatia’s abundant marinas cater for crafts of all shapes and sizes, so it’s no surprise that the Adriatic resorts have found favor among sports sailors. The picturesque city of Split is one of the highlights of the Dalmatian coast, with its idyllic waterfront promenade shaded by palm trees and lined with welcoming restaurants. The palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian and the 4th-century cathedral are among its best-known landmarks. A guided tour of the historic center introduces the main sights, while a gentle climb to the summit of the pine-covered Marjan hill is rewarded by spectacular panoramas across the city to the glittering ocean beyond.

Weather

The sun always shines on Croatia

Vacation rentals on the beach in Croatia provide the perfect setting for soaking up the country’s fabulous climate. Sunshine is rarely far away, especially over the Dalmatian islands of Hvar and Korcula, which regularly record summer averages in the mid 20s. The Dinara mountain range attracts cooler, wetter weather patterns, with snowfalls occurring over the high ground during the winter months of January and February. Happily the majority of Croatia vacation rentals are in areas where the climate is typically drier and more temperate, offering ideal conditions for summer sightseeing.

Natural features

A wide angle on Croatia’s rich wildlife

Thanks to the wide geographical spread of Croatia vacation rentals, nature lovers can easily find properties in locations that are convenient for exploring the country’s diverse wildlife landscapes. Habitats range from dense forest to open wetlands, while the rocky coastline makes an ideal resting place for migrating birds. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s oldest and most famous reserves, encompassing a series of lakes, waterfalls, and limestone canyons. A network of walkways and hiking trails enables visitors to observe indigenous wildlife at close quarters, including deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare birds.

Where to stay around Croatia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 90,336 vacation rentals near Croatia. From 13,004 Houses to 6,261 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Croatia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Croatia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Croatia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dubrovnik: 4,137 vacation rentals
  • Split: 10,081 vacation rentals
  • Branimir Centar: 519 vacation rentals
  • Zagreb: 537 vacation rentals
  • Hvar Island: 2,894 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Croatia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Croatia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Croatia:

  • Dubrovnik: 4,137 rentals
  • Split: 10,081 rentals
  • Zagreb: 537 rentals
  • Pula: 11,364 rentals
  • Zadar: 5,920 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Croatia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Croatia are:

  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV): 4,099 vacation rentals
  • Zagreb Airport (ZAG): 516 vacation rentals
  • Split Airport (SPU): 12,489 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Croatia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Croatia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Branimir Centar: 519 rentals
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - Entrance 3: 268 rentals
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - Entrance 1: 266 rentals
  • Zrce Beach: 6,118 rentals
  • Orlando's Column: 4,254 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Croatia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Croatia

Istria
22,958 vacation rentals
Dubrovnik-Neretva County
8,261 vacation rentals
Zadar County
10,312 vacation rentals
Split-Dalmatia County
20,761 vacation rentals
Šibenik-Knin County
5,800 vacation rentals
Zagreb County
38 vacation rentals
Karlovac County
189 vacation rentals
Lika-Senj County
3,276 vacation rentals
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
19,325 vacation rentals
Varaždin County
33 vacation rentals
Osijek-Baranja County
27 vacation rentals
Krapina-Zagorje County
55 vacation rentals
Međimurje County
16 vacation rentals
Puglia
15,131 vacation rentals
Umbria
4,726 vacation rentals
Abruzzo
2,028 vacation rentals
Veneto
10,021 vacation rentals
Marche
3,238 vacation rentals
Lazio
12,857 vacation rentals
Tyrol
6,938 vacation rentals