With a beautiful coastline that stretches for more than 1,000 miles and home to picturesque towns and cities, Croatia makes for a perfect holiday destination, whatever the time of year.
Even during the busiest months, Croatia’s huge number of islands means nowhere feels totally overrun. Brac and Losinj are great options for families, with good beaches and pleasingly unspoilt inland. Cavtat, on the mainland south of Dubrovnik, makes for a romantic week.
Spellbinding: Zlatni Rat beach in Brac is a long, golden sandbar that stretches out into the sea
Losinj: One of Croatia’s loveliest islands, Losinj is best for active families, with diving, watersports and cycling all on offer, as well as more white-knuckle options, including parachuting and rock-climbing (visitlosinj.hr). There are surf and dive schools on Cikat beach, while the lush and shady Cikat Forest Park is a gentle place to cycle or walk.
Younger families will love Veli Zal, a shallow shingle beach with loungers – for lunch, eat delicious pizzas overlooking the water at Restaurant Veli Zal. Linked to Losinj by a short road bridge, the neighbouring island of Cres is also worth exploring, with walking trails through the Tramuntana Forest and a quiet beach at Sveti Ivan…