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Activity holidays in Croatia

When it comes to amazing activity holidays, a holiday to Croatia is right up there. Renowned for its natural beauty, crystal clear water, fantastic food and wines, and an abundance of historic sites, there’s plenty to love about a Croatia activity holiday. 

You’ll find the Alana Beachclub in a beautiful spot on the beach beside the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by fragrant pine trees and landscaped gardens, it’s a heavenly spot at the foot of the soaring limestone peaks of Paklenica National Park.  

It could be those spectacular national parks that make activity holidays in Croatia so special. Paklenica covers a vast 95km² of staggering natural beauty including dramatic river canyons, towering crags and gorgeous leafy paths. Consider it your outdoor playground, perfect for hiking, biking and rock climbing.  

Or perhaps it’s life by the sea that makes a holiday in Croatia. The beaches here are mostly pebbly, making for beautiful clear waters and fantastic water sports conditions. It’s also pretty nice relaxing on a rooftop cocktail bar watching the sun go down over the bay. Just sayin’.  

Our beachclub in Croatia
  • Flights, transfers and accommodation included
  • Breakfast and lunch daily plus four evening meals included
  • Alana Beachclub is in a beautiful location between the Adriatic Sea and Paklenica National Park
  • 14 inclusive activities to choose from including sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, tennis, fitness classes and climbing
  • Inclusive kids' clubs for 2-17 year olds

Whether you’re travelling solo, holidaying as a couple or searching for family activity holidays, sunny Croatia is a hit with little kids and big kids alike. And there’s plenty of opportunities to design your holiday to keep everyone happy. Make use of our exciting kids’ clubs, get stuck into some inclusive activities or just chill out by the pool. 

If you fancy taking in some sights during your activity holiday in Croatia, you’ll find no end of cultural attractions, rustic towns and stunning countryside to explore. In fact, thanks to its rich history this beautiful country is home to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as famously featuring in more contemporary cultural hits like Game of Thrones.  

Holidays in Croatia may be action-packed, but there’s plenty of downtime too. So why not enjoy some mouth-watering local food and wine? We love the Italian influences and sun-drenched Mediterranean produce you’ll find in Croatian cuisine. Sounds like the ideal holiday recipe…  

Family activity holidays to Croatia

Family activity holidays to Croatia

We think we’ve found the ideal base for Croatian family activity holidays. Our Alana Beachclub has a pebble beach, leading to a beautiful bay, with a kids’ pool at the hotel for little ones to splash and play in. Situated on the coast, but still close to the Paklenica National Park, families have the chance to explore, play and get involved in all sorts of outdoor activities. 

Our large sailing bay is the perfect spot to learn some new water sports skills. Neilson’s activity team is on hand - along with our team of nannies, to make sure everyone makes the most of their holiday. 

Kids will love exploring their adventurous side on our climbing wall or taking to the water for a stand up paddle boarding lesson. The six tennis courts onsite are great for improving your forehand or challenging the family to a holiday tournament.

If all the activities leave you feeling in need of some relaxation, the kids can get involved with the Neilson run kids’ club while you hit the spa for some downtime, before you all meet for dinner to catch up on what the day held. 

Couple's activity holidays to Croatia

Couple's activity holidays to Croatia

Croatia’s the place to mix a holiday packed with activities, culture and breath-taking natural scenery. After a morning swim in our new 50m swimming pool, couples can head into the nearby Paklenica National Park. Adventures here can be as fast-paced as you want them to be. Hike, bike or climb the 95 sq km of wild terrain before heading back to our private beach to catch a sunset. 

Adventurous couples can learn to windsurf or dinghy sail together, or paddle around the bay on stand up paddle boards and kayaks.

Of course, every couples’ holiday needs those luxurious pampering and relaxation moments too. Our Alana Beachclub spa has a specially designed couples room where you can enjoy treatments - or relax in the hot tub, saunas or hydromassage whirlpool.

dinghy sailing in Croatia
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Activities to do in Croatia

Take your pick from a huge range of sports at our Alana Beachclub. And the best part? They’re (almost) all included!

If you love the water, choose to spend your days on the sea with inclusive dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing and wakeboarding. Or have a go at our thrilling new water sport of wakesurfing for a small supplement. The large, beautiful bay at Alana tends to be calm and flat in the mornings, with a good cross on-shore breeze arriving in the afternoons.

Back on dry land, you’ll find six tennis courts, a choice of indoor and outdoor pools, a climbing wall, a luxurious spa with a lovely range of treatments and a fantastic fitness studio and outdoor fitness deck where you can join anything from a circuits session to a Pilates class. 

Or why not head out into Paklenica National Park to hit the mountain bike trails or awesome rock climbing there? Those rocky peaks are in constant view from the shore, just calling out to be explored.     

Couple walking on seafront at sunset

When to visit Croatia

The coastline of Croatia has a lovely, sunny climate throughout the summer months. You should expect to see the sunshine for around 10-12 hours per day with temperatures in the mid to high 20s, reaching into the 30s in July and August. May and September bring more manageable temperatures - though the sea will feel a little cooler.

June, July and August tend to offer the most predictable conditions. The breeze at the Alana Beachclub typically picks up after lunch, when beginners and intermediate sailors can take advantage of the cross on-shore winds (with a typical force of 3-4) most days.

You’re never far from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, and diving in is the perfect way to cool off, while in the mountains of the Paklenica National Park, there are streams and natural plunge pools for a refreshing dip. 
 

Split

Culture

Croatia is known for its picture-perfect towns, stunning natural beauty, tons of history and rustic architecture. More recently its popularity has surged thanks to a more modern cultural highlight - Game of Thrones. Pop culture fans are flocking to the film locations to catch a glimpse of their favourite on-screen creation! Of course, it’s home to many World Heritage Sites too, one of the best known is Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of Split. The Roman era Palace is 30,000 m2 in size and one of the main draws of Split. The second largest city along the coastal region of Croatia, Split is a buzzing and lively town; well worth a day’s exploration. We can arrange a taxi from Alana, and have you there in around 1 hour 45 minutes. While you’re there - Split’s seafront is worth discovering. Flanked by the Old Town, this promenade - along with its magnificent views, is said to the inspiration for Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace.

If the sea air inspires you to investigate more Roman architecture, Zadar’s the place to explore next. Best known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its old town, there’s another modern culture element proving popular. Art installations - the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation bring life to the waterfront that was left in ruins after WWII.

Croatia food and drink

Eating like a local

Eating in Croatia is a feast for the tastebuds. Not least because the cuisine is influenced by so many flavours! Mediterranean links are the easiest to spot - as are the Italian notes. You’ll find at least one excellent pizzeria in most Croatian towns. But you’ll also find an ever-changing menu if you travel around the country. Each region has its own take on the food of Croatia. Fantastic for foodies, it means you can try so many new ingredients, flavours and recipes.

Of course, there’s much more to Croatian food than the pizza. In coastal spots you’ll find lots of fish and seafood - with a Croatian twist. Fish is generally served simply grilled; but you’ll also spot lots of octopus salad and black risotto – made using the black ink from squid, much tastier than it sounds!

There’s no need to be squeamish about Croatian menus - many dishes are simply prepared. Meat tends to be grilled or baked over open wood fires or charcoal BBQs. A sure fire hit any diner will love are the fritule, which are deep fried dough balls - with a touch of lemon and schnapps to liven them up. Sweet, moreish and found on most coastal menus, get ready to get stuck in. 

Wherever you eat, you must try the Croatian wines; it’s an industry that is positively blooming with family run vineyards producing some excellent wines.

Croatia travel info

Travel info

Language: Croatian

Currency: Kuna

Local time: GMT/BST+1

Flight time from UK: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes
Visa info: Visa is not required for UK passport holders.
Additional info: Before you travel visit www.gov.uk/foreign-advice-travel/croatia for recommendations and advice for your holiday to Croatia.

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