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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…

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Overall rating
Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 142 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10


Pula a wonderful town, with lots of history. Walking round the narrow streets with a great selection of bars,restaurants and shops made for a great day out.
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019
Published on: 15 September 2019


10 out of 10


London Group
Lovely coastal towns to visit.
None. We were advised to take beach shoes and and these were essential for swimming in the sea and paddling.
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019
Published on: 15 September 2019


10 out of 10


Edinburgh Couple
Beautiful town. Lovely restaurants. Clean. Easy parking and driving. One of nicest towns we have visited on holiday.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019
Published on: 15 September 2019


10 out of 10


Halifax Group
The villa, Rovinj and the countryside and coastal scenery.
Confirmed stay: 10 September 2019
Published on: 11 September 2019


6 out of 10


Belfast Couple
Villa and central location
Late flight arrival and departure
Confirmed stay: 08 September 2019
Published on: 09 September 2019


8 out of 10


Stafford Group
Dolphin trip in Rovinj Amphitheater in Pula
Eating out
Confirmed stay: 08 September 2019
Published on: 09 September 2019


10 out of 10


West Sussex Parents with adult children
Confirmed stay: 07 September 2019
Published on: 08 September 2019


9 out of 10


Glasgow Friends
Peaceful location, friendly locals, within easy reach of plenty towns and villages to explore and enjoy local cuisine. Loved coastal towns and markets, especially Rovinj. Enjoyed lots of nice meals in picturesque locations. Local wine and produce were most enjoyable and affordable.
Roads well signposted but found driving on smaller, narrow roads challenging with cars hogging middle of road and overtaking cyclists on blind corners.
Very warm and humid during first week of stay.
Confirmed stay: 07 September 2019
Published on: 08 September 2019


10 out of 10


Taunton Family (the eldest child is at school)
Trip to Pazin to see the ravine
Good local food
Close to Italy and Slovenia for day trip
Pula worth a visit for the amphitheatre alone
Not too many sandy beaches
Mosquitoes a plenty
Confirmed stay: 31 August 2019
Published on: 01 September 2019


9 out of 10


Hertfordshire Family all adults.
Large pool with outside shower and toilet. Large outside space gives seclusion. BBQ and outdoor dining (large table) under shade. Good access to Porec and local vineyards and sights. Friendly owners.
Top floor bedroom could do with a bit more hanging space for clothes and all rooms with something to put a suitcase on (like they have in hotels?). To be perfect add a second fridge and hairdryer and a larger or second grill on the bbq. But all minor things.
Confirmed stay: 31 August 2019
Published on: 01 September 2019


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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