Sailing the Dalmatian Coast: A family cruise route

Sailing the Dalmatian Coast: A family cruise route

In recent years, Croatia has become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, with a study by Seenews finding that there is approximately a 16 percent increase in visitors to this diverse and beautiful nation each year. Despite its checkered history, Croatia’s beautiful pebbly beaches, turquoise waters and rich history attract tourists from around the world and its appearance in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones – couples with a growing number of high-end holiday hotel openings hotspots – have consistently made it to the top of many luxury travelers’ lists.

With around 1,000 islands, a host of historic towns and sandy coves, Croatia is a popular land and cruise destination for families. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or an active national park adventure, there’s something for everyone here, with activities to enjoy including hiking, biking, snorkeling, island hopping, or simply enjoying the beach.

Cruising through the islands and stopping to experience mainland highlights along the way is a great way to get the most out of this unique destination. Here, we take a look at the places you won’t want to miss from your itinerary.

Exploring Zadar

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Zadar offers a mix of family-friendly attractions and historic charm. Image credit: xbrchx/Bigstock.com

Zadar offers a mix of family-friendly attractions and historic charm. Its unique interactive experiences will especially delight children, especially the architectural sound art object, the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – a monument dedicated to the sun consisting of three hundred multi-layered glass panels placed flush with the paved waterfront and a circle of diameter 22 meters, with photovoltaic solar panels underneath.

Zadar’s historic Old Town adds another layer to the family experience, with ancient Roman ruins and charming streets that promise to fascinate parents and children alike.

For families looking for additional activities, a visit to the Museum of Illusions is a must, where optical tricks and mind-bending exhibits provide a fun and educational experience. Or, you can embark on a boat ride to nearby islands for a scenic adventure that everyone will enjoy..

Island Adventures

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Exploring the enchanting islands along the stunning Dalmatian coast should be at the top of any Croatia cruise itinerary

Exploring the enchanting islands along the stunning Dalmatian coast should be at the top of any Croatia cruise itinerary.

Tours to the south introduce you to gems like Hvar, Brac and Vis, known for their picturesque beaches and crystal clear waters. Bol, on the island of Brac, is particularly interesting for your family trip, with Zlatni Rat beach offering an ideal environment for relaxation and water activities such as swimming and snorkelling. Vidova Gora mountain offers stunning views and hiking options for families, and with cultural sites such as the Dominican Monastery, the Aquarium and opportunities for sports enthusiasts such as the famous Bol Tennis Center and various other sports such as football and basketball, Bol has it all.

Whether you opt for historic guided tours or private boat charters, you can enjoy flexibility and comfort, ensuring a joyful and unforgettable experience exploring these enchanting Adriatic islands.

Discover Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik
If you and your family were fans of Game of Thrones, then you must discover the impressive city of Dubrovnik

If you and your family were fans of Game of Thrones, then discovering the impressive city of Dubrovnik is a must. With its magnificent Walls and Old Town, it is an ideal destination for families offering a mix of history and adventure, with its ancient walls providing a fascinating backdrop and allowing children to learn about its medieval origins and resilient spirit Dubrovnik as they explore.

The well-maintained walkway offers stunning views and families can spot landmarks such as Fort Lovrijenac, known as the ‘Red Keep’ from Game of Thrones. In Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a medieval wonder, you can stroll through picturesque streets and alleys and visit the Stradun, with opportunities for street performers and making wishes at Orlando’s column.

The Dubrovnik Aquarium and Maritime Museum add an educational touch, allowing kids to discover marine wonders if you’re looking for something extra to occupy their time.

Take a break from the sea with activities on land

Krka National Park
Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park offer enchanting landscapes

The combination of land exploration and cruise is the perfect way to do your family tour in Croatia. Do you want to enjoy a refreshing swimming experience in nature? Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park offer breathtaking scenery, impressive waterfalls and enchanting walks where you could easily spend a whole day.

It goes off the beaten track

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Getting off the beaten track, embarking on private shore excursions and chartering smaller ships to get to the places you really want to go are your tickets to immersive cultural experiences and access to hidden gems

Taking a private and guided tour

Booking a private tour promises to be the icing on the cake of any travel experience in Croatia – and choosing the right service is paramount to ensuring maximum enjoyment of the experience. A good operator will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the culture, flavors and history of this amazing place.

Smaller places in Croatia often offer things to do, such as visiting local markets or family homes as part of a full day of storytelling and the most delicious home-cooked food, combined with lots of fun! You can hear about family stories from a different perspective and take a piece of them home with you, so if you’re looking for an authentic Croatian experience, look no further.

Charter a small ship

The beauty of small ships is where it’s at when it comes to your family cruise in Croatia. No large luxury cruise ship can reach the secluded areas that small ships can, so if you want to access hidden coves and unique locations, then this is a great option.

Not only do you enjoy the added privacy and better service on small boat cruises, but you can also truly uncover the magic of less visited locations like Korčula Island or try the oyster farm experience in the small town of Ston!

The Kornati Islands
The Kornati Islands, part of the Kornati National Park, offer a unique sailing experience with their rugged landscapes and countless islets

The bottom line

Croatia offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure for families, and from the unique experiences on offer in Zadar to island-hopping adventures along the Dalmatian coast, exploring the historical wonders of Dubrovnik and rejuvenating activities in the national parks, this all-inclusive family cruise destination promises an unforgettable cruise vacation.

Getting off the beaten track, embarking on private shore tours and chartering smaller ships to get to the places you really want to go are your tickets to immersive cultural experiences and access to hidden gems, ensuring families can create lasting memories in the enchanting destination that is Croatia.

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