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Beach apartments in croatia

Hi

Can you help please, we are 6 over 60's who would love to go to Croatia. We like the small villages with bars and restaurants, but we also love to have the beach and sea with sun beds (for our backs).

We have been looking on line but are totally confused Please would you be able to recommend any places for us.

Your help would be great fully appreciated, I know we might be asking a lot

Thankyou, and I look forward to your reply

Steve and friends

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
9425 posts

What time of year? How many nights in Croatia? Is that your only planned stop in Europe? Will you be flying in from the US/Canada?

How much interest do you have in seeing places other than whatever town you decide to stay in? Are you prepared to rent a car or two to do that sightseeing, or do you want to move around by train and bus?

Posted by Paul
Sioux Falls, SD, USA
1005 posts

OK, not much info.

Croatia has many seaside towns, and was the "riviera" of the Communist world. It's tourist-oriented. When you say "small villages", you probably don't want "small" in Croatia. The smallest I would go to would be Sibenik/Trogir/Zadar, all of which are midsize cities in Croatian terms. I've never been to the Istrian peninsula, so have no comments about those town (Pula, Rovinj).

Most places do not have sand beaches. Most are pebble or stone. In Split, there is a fine sand beach. Split has many nice restaurants. It's easy to walk around, not hilly. Depending on when you are going (high, shoulder, off-season), costs will vary. You can easily find a tourist apartment in Split for 6. We stayed in one for 5 for about E125/night (in 2011 - costs may have risen).

Dubrovnik has nice places to stay. It's very popular. I would not go there in June-September. Cavtat (a short boat ride away) has a nice sand beach. You could also stay in Cavtat, and take the boat to Dubrovnik. Really depends on your interests, of which you have said little. My wife and I are also in our 60s. We like Dubrovnik, but the sobes (vacation apartments) can be many hundreds of steps (300-400) from the main street in the middle of the old town. Some old knees can do it. Some can't.

It's also unclear how long you want to stay. I think Dubrovnik is a 3 night place, Split 4-5 nights. There is also Zagreb, in the interior.