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Villas in Croatia

Emerald-blue waters and secluded pebble shores sit effortlessly beside historic cities and natural wonders. Abounding in natural beauty, Mediterranean climes and unique character, our villas in Croatia are the perfect hideaway for your holiday. Further inland, romantic hilltop towns rich in culture and hospitality warmly embrace visitors with home-cooked cuisine - offering rustic retreats ideal for rest and relaxation.

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Croatia - A Jewel of the Adriatic

The idyllic countryside of Istria is a rural delight, while the Dalmatian Islands offer unique twists on Croatian tradition. The Dubrovnik and Split Regions are fascinating melting pots of culture, history and stunning beaches. Whichever destination you choose for your Croatia villa holiday, you're sure to receive a warm welcome from the locals.

Ideal for relaxation and sight-seeing, Croatia’s beautiful shoreline overlooks numerous islands in the Adriatic Sea. Terracotta rooftops and quaint towns give it a timeless feel, while our handpicked villas in Croatia open the door to a modern way of life born out of a rich heritage. Croatian villas are perfect if you're looking for a relaxing beach holiday, or wish to soak up some culture and history. Staying in a villa gives you the opportunity to get out and explore the best of Croatia during your holiday.

  • Your Croatia Villa Holiday

    With a villa holiday in Croatia, you can spend blissful days enjoying the peace and tranquillity of your own private accommodation, while taking in the beautiful beaches, charming towns and mesmerising culture.

    Take a dip in your villa's private pool for a morning swim and soak up the glorious sun in the garden, enveloped by the sweet smell of lavender.

    Enjoy the flexibility of self-catering in Croatia – an amble through the Croatian markets will offer up some wonderful local specialities to create delicious family feasts, dining al fresco in the balmy evenings.

    There are many fantastic villas to rent in Croatia and many more benefits to staying in a villa. Let us give you some inspiration...

  • About Croatia

    Croatia enjoys a varied landscape of 20 different counties, over 20 regions and is surrounded by 300 beautiful islands glittering in the Adriatic Sea, giving you a wealth of options when exploring this captivating country.

    The Dalmatian city of Split is much-loved because of its historic heritage, charming architecture and magnificent views. Many ferries travel to and from Split to the surrounding islands, with Hvar being one of the most popular because of the warm, crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches.

    In Istria you can journey to the many wonderful towns and cities, rich with history and culture. For a taste of the good life, head to the Istrian town of Rovinj, brimming with pastel-coloured houses, pretty parks, and fantastic harbour restaurants that serve delicious and fresh seafood dishes.

  • When to go to Croatia

    Between the months of May and September the Mediterranean weather is at its best. Not only do the summer months enjoy long, idyllic days of sunshine, there are also additional ferries available to sail you to the different islands.

    Between June and September is the best time to take advantage of the idyllic weather, with temperatures reaching up to 30°c as you wander along the golden beaches and unwind beside your villa's private pool.

    In the autumnal months, you can enjoy the picturesque parks of Istria, such as the Nature Park Škarline, when the lush forests will be at their best. Sightseeing in the big cities such as Dubrovnik and Zadar can be enjoyed all year round - you can still enjoy a dip into your villa’s private pool too, as many of them are heated free of charge.

  • Cultural Highlights

    For a real Croatian treat, visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split - a stunning piece of marble architecture that was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian as a place to enjoy his retirement. Nowadays, it is home to many shops and restaurants, and a great place to spend a lazy summer afternoon.

    Take the ferry to Hvar and head to the town square - the largest and most impressive in Croatia. Meander along the rows of quaint restaurants and cafes, or take a tour of Venetian Renaissance-styled St Stephen’s Cathedral with its four-storey bell tower, which you can visit before and after Mass.

    During your stay in Croatia, head to your local restaurant to enjoy a delicious traditional beef dish called Pašticada. The beef is marinated in red wine, garlic, rosemary and sage for 24-hours, and then cooked with dried plums, vegetables, cloves and nutmeg until the meat is covered in a rich dark sauce. Pašticada is normally served with homemade potato gnocchi, and enjoyed with a glass of red for a mouth-watering, indulgent experience.

  • Croatia Holidays - Points of Interest

    • Enjoy a family bike ride up into the hills and take in the lush greenery, amazing views of the coast below and the sweet scent of lavender from the fields around you.
    • Take a stroll around Croatia’s coastal wine region that runs from Istria to Dalmatia. Sample the dry white wines of Istria, and the robust reds of central and southern Dalmatia.
    • Travel to the Plitvice Lakes National Park where you will be surrounded by cascading waterfalls, blue and emerald pools and a blossoming forest.
    • Dig out your snorkelling gear and go swimming just off the beach near Split harbour, admiring the exotic fish darting in amongst the reefs of the Adriatic Sea.
    • Walk the walls of Dubrovnik through amazing historic fortresses and allow yourself to take in the sights from all around this charming, ancient city.
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Let's face it, when it comes to reviews you want to hear from straight from the holidaymaker's mouth! They're the ones who've been there, done that and swam in their own private pool. That's why we use independent review service Reevoo – giving you the good and the bad from genuine James Villas' customers. Honesty is the best policy after all…

Croatia reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Sights / Places to go
8.9
Night life
7.4
Overall rating
9.1
Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 146 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Simon

London Family and friends
+
Pretty Hill top villages, good food and friendly locals
Pula airport struggles to cope with multiple flights arriving and departing, leading to very long queues.
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019
Published on: 23 June 2019

Istria

10 out of 10

Lisa

Livingston
+
Beautiful villa with wonderful decor. Outside kitchen was great! View unbeaten. Locals very friendly. Wine very cheap but very nice indeed!
Pool doesn’t have a shallow end and so not easy access for elderly or non swimmers
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019
Published on: 19 June 2019

Istria

8 out of 10

Norbert

Couple
+
Local sights and dining
Poor road access to villa
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019
Published on: 19 June 2019

Dalmatia

8 out of 10

Kelly

Surrey Family (with only pre-school children)
+
Beautiful scenery
Great weather
Lots of local supermarkets nearby
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019
Published on: 19 June 2019

Istria

10 out of 10

Susan

Worcester Couple
+
The food, the people, the countryside, the beautiful beaches, the prices - fantastic quality but great value. Such a warm welcome to the island, we'll definitely be going back (and we don't 'go back' to places so it really is something special.)
No. Lower score for nightlife as it's not that kind of place -quite sleepy, although probably some fun to be had around Bol.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 13 June 2019

Dalmatian Islands

10 out of 10

Kirandeep

Stonehouse Family (with only pre-school children)
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Beautiful crystal clear waters, with islands to visit a short boat ride away.
Not as many sight seeing big hitters as Dalmatia.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 09 June 2019

Istria

8 out of 10

Robert

Rayleigh Couple
+
Trogir is a good place to visit
Limited local facilities
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 09 June 2019

Dalmatia

10 out of 10

Peter

Staffordshire Family (the eldest child is at school)
+
Location was in county side. Local pub and restaurant were just a short drive. Just as we wanted and we expected. If you want a quiet and relaxing experience.
Finding villa in the dark late at night we thought was difficult, the villa owner called us to give final directions, Croatian roads are very tight with 2 foot drops into drains either side. Early checkout was our biggest problem our flight was 10pm we had to leave villa st 10am. This meant having to move to another hotel for the last day costing more. We have a son with autism, thats why we went for a villa and he found it very upsetting.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 09 June 2019

Dubrovnik Region

10 out of 10

Geoff

Devon Friends
+
Very reasonable prices and great views
No
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 09 June 2019

Istria

10 out of 10

Graeme

Family (the eldest child is at school)
+
Quiet and loads to see and do.
If visiting in low season not all attractions are open, only an issue if you have kids that want to visit the water parks.
Confirmed stay: 01 June 2019
Published on: 03 June 2019

Istria

Views and opinions in these reviews are solely of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of James Villa Holidays (JVH). JVH provides no assurances regarding the accuracy of the information and cannot accept liability for complaints, loss or damage resulting from the article. It does not form part of the contract made when a holiday is booked with JVH and the information provided is not intended to be a rider or replacement to the booking conditions. Reference to the service or product of a third party, is not an endorsement or recommendation and JVH accepts no liability as a result of complaints, loss or damage arising from their use.

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