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Family Holidays to Croatia

Croatia's selection of beaches and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide countless opportunities for both fun and educational days out with the whole family. This once-overlooked holiday destination is fast soaring to the top of many families' holiday wish lists.

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With flights to Croatia from the UK coming in at around two and a half hours, the kids can take a nap and wake to a world of cultural and natural delights.

Summer temperatures reach about 25°C on average in July, so sunbathing and sightseeing are viable options during a fun-packed family holiday. A host of beach resorts promise lazy days, the historic town of Dubrovnik lends to educational excursions and inland beauty makes for plentiful hiking and walking. The Istrian Riviera is a good choice for active families, with the Plitvice National Park offering a delightful backdrop for exploration, nature walks and picnics.

A number of resorts on the Istrian Riviera appeal to families of all sizes. Rabac has a bustling promenade lined with seafood restaurants serving the freshest catch of the day, and boat trips from the harbour provide a fun day out with the possibility of dolphin spotting. Porec, dating back to prehistoric times, is now one of Croatia's most popular family resorts, with Aquacolors Water Park jam-packed with thrilling flumes, a lazy river and toddler pools. The Venetian towers, Euphrasian Basilica and countless shops and cafes of Porec Town are a delight to explore, too.

Pula is a historic treasure trove for the kids to explore. The amphitheatre in the centre of town is high on the list of attractions, along with Pula's Aquarium. Just a 50-minute drive from Pula is Rovinj, an iconic Croatian port town with candy-coloured buildings, pretty coves and old world charm. Boat trips, ganders around the old section of town and hikes through the nearby woodlands will create ample opportunity for leisurely picnics and memory making.

Best family friendly beaches

Pula's Valkane beach is great for families with its Blue Flag status and sandy section. Travel a bit further afield to reach Ambrela Beach, which offers soft sands and good sea quality – it's another Blue Flag option for those with small children. Rovinj has an array of beaches within its reach as well. Lone Bay is ideal for families, with its selection of loungers and umbrellas and a smooth shingle beach.

For something a little quieter, Borik Beach on the north side of the city is a good choice. The beach is partly gravel and pavement, with a lot of shade provided by the surrounded pine forest. Children can swing and tumble on the beach's playground, while the rest of the clan competes in seaside mini-golf.

In Rabac, Girandella Beach offers a pebble beach set in a sheltered cove, ideal for little ones. It's Blue Flag status promises high standards of cleanliness and safety, while a variety of shops and cafes on the promenade sell sustenance in the form of ice creams and snacks. Porec has a number of beach options – the City Beach, located in the centre, is popular with locals and tourists and offers a wide selection of restaurants and cafes.

Other family holiday destinations

If you're not sure about Croatia for your family break, but know you want to go, check out these various destinations worldwide. For the ultimate adventure Florida's magical theme parks and natural beauty may appeal. For sunshine and beaches galore the Canary Islands offer modern resorts and fun-packed beach days. Or consider Cyprus, which boasts a mix of historic sites, day trips and sunbathing. But, if Croatia has captured your imagination check out our handy travel guide to find out more. Below are a few family-friendly hotels to start you off.

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