If you’re looking for a great beach destination in Europe, look no further than Croatia.
This small and relatively undiscovered country in southeastern Europe is home to some of the most beautiful, and diverse, coastlines. This is where you can visit Roman ruins—truly some of the most extraordinary in the world—, explore national parks featuring wonderful waterfalls, laze the day away on beautiful beaches, and sample superb seafood.
I visited Croatia for three weeks last summer, road tripping up and down the entire coast, and it blew me off my socks. The point of that trip was to sample as many different aspects related to traveling around Croatia as possible within that timeframe, from visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites to swimming in national parks, and from tasting local food to trying out different options of accommodation in Croatia.
In my experience, this is a wonderful destination for all budgets—there are luxurious coastal resorts, but also cheap campgrounds; there are more family-owned apartments than you can count and there are even entire houses for rent. Check out this website, for example, for great apartments and houses for rent in Croatia.
No matter your budget or preference, you’ll undoubtedly find accommodation in Croatia when traveling around this marvelous country.
Accommodation in Croatia – 5 Popular Options
There are hotels, ranging in quality from one star to five stars, all along the Croatian coastline, from Istria to Dubrovnik. As the coastline continues to become more and more developed, you can now travel up and down Croatia and stay in a great seaside hotel pretty much anywhere. Particularly on the west coast of Istria and in clusters around the larger Dalmatian cities such as Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, you can find numerous excellent hotels.
Suggested hotel for a beach vacation: Hotel Maestral in Novigrad.
A typical type of accommodation in Croatia that you will see often when road tripping across the country is apartments. These are usually family-owned private apartments—sometimes located within a local’s own house, sometimes consisting of a whole building of apartments. Because of the personal interaction with locals, this is a great way to get to know the Croatian way of life. Apartment stays may also include additional perks, such as free coffee, and discounted or even free excursions. As they are generally quite affordable, this is both a cheap and comfortable option to have—the ability to cook your own meals is an additional money-saver.
Suggested apartments for a cultural visit: Apartments Kala in Šibenik.
AirBnb is taking over the accommodation world and is doesn’t skip Croatia. Every place worth visiting in Croatia has a host of AirBnb options available. If you’re comfortable with staying in someone else’s house—whether they’re there themselves or not—I can definitely recommend this option.
Suggested AirBnb for a big city trip: Studio Apartment Mijan in Split.
Trailer travel is a popular way of getting around in some parts of Europe, including the Balkans, and you can find many campgrounds all over the country, including in the larger cities. Many Croatian campgrounds offer sites to everything and everyone, from large RV sites and bungalows to basic tent sites. Campgrounds situated on the coast often have access to the beach, a pool and many other facilities. If you like camping, Croatia has got you covered.
Suggested campground for world heritage travel: Camping Solitudo in Dubrovnik.
A fifth popular option for accommodation in Croatia is staying in guesthouses, which, just like apartments, are very often run by local families. These guesthouses are generally made up of a number of rooms and have common areas, such as a living rooms and a kitchen. Bathrooms may or may not be in the rooms, depending on the individual guesthouse. This type of accommodation is incredibly affordable and offers guests the chance to meet fellow travelers, while still offering plenty of privacy as well. Additionally, you can take things a step further and rent an entire self-catering apartment, house or even villa. This is a great option to have as well, offering you absolute comfort, convenience, privacy and space.
Suggested accommodation for an independent stay: Šibenik Spacious And Seaview in Šibenik.