Coast & Plitvice

Pick your spot for a week of rest and relaxation on Croatia’s coastline then extend your holiday with a short stay in a villa or hotel in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The location of the Park, around 60km inland, means that it is easily accessible (between one hour 15 minutes and three hours drive) from much of the coastline between Split and the Kvarner Riviera.

With 16 dazzling lakes linked by cascading waterfalls, the Plitvice National Park is one of Croatia’s must-see destinations.

Plitvice walkways Baska town

Where to stay

On the coast: The stunning coastline between Split and Rijeka incorporates towns such as Trogir, Sibenik, Primosten and Zadar and pocket-sized bays with views across glistening seas and offshore islands.

To the south of Rijeka, Crikvenica is a popular holiday resort, with sandy beaches and within easy reach of the islands of Cres, Rab, Krk and Pag.

Continuing along the coast towards Istria, Opatija and Lovran are elegant seaside resorts with fabulous architecture, seafront promenades and some great waterfront cafes and restaurants.

In Plitvice: Choose from villa accommodation or the delightfully rustic Little Lake Boutique Hotel just 20m from the boundary of the national park.

Sample holiday: A week at Villa Maccarena (sleeps 5-6) followed by a 3-night stay at the Little Lake Boutique Hotel starts at £1445 (GBP) exclusive of any travel arrangements.

Getting there:

The best airports for Crikvenica and the Kvarner Riviera are Pula, Rijeka or Zagreb. If you choose to stay further south, there are flights to Split and Zadar.

The most convenient airports for the Plitvice National Park are Zadar, Zagreb, Rijeka and Split.

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