Croatia family holiday in August
Hi Tobias - many thanks for your useful site. We are a family of four with two boys of 5 and 6. We came to Croatia last year and had a great time in Stari Grad on Hvar and Orebic. This year we are flying to Split in the middle of August and staying until 6th September. We would like to find somewhere similar to those places where we don't need a car and where we can walk to beaches and restaurants. We were thinking of maybe Brac or Vis or Trogir - can you recommend anywhere in particular. We would prefer somewhere with not too many tourists, but with enough life to be interesting.
first of all, thanks very much for your kind words about my site!
You will fly to Split in August? As you might know from your previous trip to Croatia, Split is a great location - and a great starting point to other Croatian places (for all, Split is a coastal city and is located somewhere in the middle of Croatia which makes it an excellent starting point. Here are some photos of Split with comments and tips).
Andy, you mentioned that you will be in Croatia in August. Please note that August is still high season and therefore there will be a lot of tourists in Croatia (just wanted to mention that).
You also mentioned three possible spots:
1) Trogir: Trogir is in my opinion a fantastic one-day-trip. I wouldn't recommend to stay there for two weeks or so (of course, you could do that but personally I wouldn't do that). Please also note that Trogir is a major tourist spot - maybe a bit too much with your children. Here are some photos of Trogir.
2) Brac island: I love Brac - especially the southern part around the charming village called "Bol" - AND right besides Bol there is one of the most popular beaches in Croatia - the "Zlatni Rat beach" (USAToday once rated this beach under the top 50 beaches worldwide!).
You can reach Brac easily from Split via ferry - something around 45 minutes or so. Once there you could take a taxi to reach Bol (you will need to get to the other side of the island which takes another 45 minutes or so via the taxi). I think it's great for kids and you have a couple of restaurants, some souvenir shops etc. To see some photos of the Zlatni Rat area click here.
3. Vis island: Vis is a beautiful island, really. It takes a bit longer to reach Vis via ferry and it might not have what you called "but with enough life to be interesting", if you understand what I mean.
Andy, please note that this is just my personal opinion based on your writing (this is my disclaimer so to speak :-) ).
I think that Brac island could be a great spot for you and your family based on what you are looking for (not too many tourists, great beaches, some restaurants etc.).
Also, with two children - Brac is very reachable if you consider your arrival in Split (also a plus point).
Hope that helps!
All the best,
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