The peninsula of Istria is one of Croatia's most popular family holiday destinations. Its western stretch boasts dozens of family-friendly hotels and beach resorts, many overlooking white-pebble beaches and the warm aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Choosing a Family Hotel in Istria
Expedia offers a variety of three- and four-star family-friendly hotels, from relaxed beachfront lodgings with sea views in Rovinj to lively apartment complexes in Poreč and Rabac. Many of Istria’s family-friendly hotels and resorts offer outdoor pools, tennis courts or kids' clubs, and some have nightly entertainment and casual, kid-friendly restaurants.
Poreč: A Historic Resort with Family-Friendly Beaches
Poreč is a popular resort with pebbled or rocky beaches and an historic old town famous for its stunning 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica. The beaches offer water sports including windsurfing, banana boats and pedalos, as well dive schools for scuba enthusiasts. Fancy something a little different? Head inland and admire the dramatic stalactite formations in the Baredine Caves.
Family Fun and Fine Food in Novigrad
Novigrad on Istria's rugged western coast is also popular with the family crowd. A peaceful fishing town with a colourful waterfront, Novigrad boasts a number of family hotels and long, sweeping beaches lapped by safe, shallow waters. Visit the Gallerion Austro-Hungarian Navy Museum or the waterfront Lapidarium Museum, which displays a variety of stone sculptures and historic artefacts. For some family fun, hit the waterslides at Aquapark Istralandia and the Rovinj Aquarium, which are all easily accessible from here.
Rabac: Istria’s Family Holiday Hotspot
Rabac has long been a popular holiday hotspot for families who come for the safe beaches, warm, shallow waters and family-friendly holiday resorts. As the biggest resort on Istria's eastern coast, Rabac is known as the 'Pearl of Kvarner' thanks to its glorious clear waters and sweeping white beaches. There are plenty of beach bars, cafes and ice cream parlours, along side bustling seafood, pizza and pasta joints.
Expedia’s family-friendly Istria accommodation ranges from affordable forest campsites to all-inclusive beach resorts with kids' clubs and swimming pools. So whatever your budget, you can be assured of a brilliant base for your family trip.