The Best Adriatic Places to Soak up the Winter Sun

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Visiting Croatia in the off-season can be a great way to spend the colder months of the year in gorgeous settings. As one of the sunniest destinations in Europe, you can visit places with 12 hours of daily sunshine, no matter the time of the year. If the sun and sea aren’t the first to come to mind when you think about winter holidays, our recommendations below will change your mind for sure.
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While swimming and sunbathing are the most popular things to do during the summer, there are many other things to do from October to March. Crowded cities become very serene and the nature is super quiet. From car destinations, Poreč and Rabac in Istria, island of Krk to the southern part of Croatia – Makarska and Dubrovnik. All these destinations are special and breathtaking when they are not so crowded, with different options and activities for children and adults. There are plenty of possibilities to spend relaxing moments with your loved ones in a heated pool or jacuzzi, taste exquisite food and wine and discover the Adriatic like a true local.

Valamar Argosy Hotel

Events and activities which will keep you warm in winter

Croatia is known as a wine oasis, but have you tried mulled wine or a winter liqueur made from Istrian red vine and gin? Enjoy the winter festivals and Christmas markets in the old town’s main streets and parks during December and January. At the weekends, discover wine cellars, oil makers or visit agrotourism locations and try local Istrian cuisine – there are plenty of them just 30-minute drive from Rabac or Poreč.

If you just want to relax, then the wellness offer at the Diamant or Riviera hotel, next to the Poreč city centre is for you. Heated pools, whirlpools, Finnish, infrared or bio saunas, a rich massage offer and beauty treatments will make you feel like new. Except for these programmes, your little ones can enjoy special treatments too. Valamar’s Maro concepts with playrooms, programmes and animated services are carefully designed to ensure your children and teens are looked after safely.

Advent Poreč

Experience the Island life

If you want to enjoy some fresh air and nature, head to the island of Krk and take advantage of the peace and quiet in winter. You can try our rich offer at the Ježevac Premium Camping Resorts – the resort is open all year round and the camping homes feel like home – just with a sea view and beach right under your terrace. High-speed internet, a multimedia game lounge, Valfresco online store for local food delivery, multi-purpose sports grounds and city centre nearby make it a great getaway idea for a short or longer holiday from October to April.

Krk Island / Insel Krk

Pearl of the Adriatic

Dubrovnik and its UNESCO heritage site with stone walls are truly a sight to see in winter! Yes, it can be windy, but you won’t regret it! No waiting in lines, no crowds when walking an amazing opportunity for a great photo and a lasting memory! The temperature rarely drops below 9 °C, so going on guided walking tours and visiting the Festivity of St Blaise in Dubrovnik are always a good idea to experience the culture with the locals. Not everything is within the Old Town, you can venture a bit outside, with a tuk-tuk tour or cable car and enjoy the magnificent panorama view of the islands or even take part in the mandarin harvest in Neretva. Or just enjoy a peaceful spa day with a view of the Elaphiti Islands from the indoor heated pool at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

When looking where and when to take your holiday, every month is perfect because every month of the year is great for a holiday on the Adriatic. Every month has its own right amount of everything you need for a great holiday = vitamin D, untouched nature and some fresh sea breeze.


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