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Villa Holidays In Croatia
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Introduction to Croatia
Croatia is rich in culture and history, with an array of activities and places to visit not to mention National Parks. Our villas in Croatia offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a great [more] base from which to explore, or comfortable accommodation where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings. All of our villas are well-equipped and you can choose from something contemporary to the more traditional. Combining crystal clear waters and rugged coastline, Istria in Croatia has become a sought after destination. This villa holiday favourite on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast is a place of unforgettable countryside, culture and cuisine. Our selection of delightful villas in great locations mean that you can have the best of the Istrian region whilst enjoying the comfort and convenience of private accommodation and private pool. [less]
Best for...
  • Spectacular countryside scenery.
  • A rich history, with a Venetian influence
  • A delicious selection of food, similar to Italy
  • Great for snorkelling
  • Visit the Roman Amphitheatre
  • Take a ferry to Venice

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Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, is a treasure trove of diversity. There’s lush green rolling hills with small towns perched on hilltops overlooking lush wheat fields, olive groves and vineyards, whilst other resorts are located close to the long picturesque coastline with numerous islands and bays. This, along with the pleasant climate, make it an ideal holiday destination. [more]
The Istrian Riviera has some spectacular countryside scenery. The beaches around Istria are mostly shingle with some sandy coves and paved bathing platforms also to be found. All nevertheless great for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. The mountains of Istria provide a playground for outdoor enthusiasts in Croatia. The hiking trails in the Ucka and Cicarija mountains are particularly good, and adventure-seekers flock to Vranjska Draga Canyon every year. The beautiful coastline around Istria is not just popular with sunbathers, it’s a big draw for divers too.
The new toll road makes travelling through Istria easy which means you can see everything that Istria has to offer. You can also connect to other major highways throughout Croatia if you want to venture further afield. Whichever way car hire is essential for getting around. [less]
Croatia Villas
The villas here range from beautiful, traditional houses made from authentic stone to modern, stylish properties with sleek interiors - something for everyone! The tourist resorts of Pula, Porec and Rovinj all have a rich history with Venetian architecture, churches, beautiful cobbled streets, museums and art galleries to explore, whilst the smaller inland Istrian villages give you a taste of real Istrian hospitality.
Our handpicked Croatia villas are equipped with facilities to make your villa holiday as relaxing as possible. Along with staple features like a private pool, satellite TV and air conditioning, we pack more added extras into our villas than other providers. From pool heating to pool tables we have a whole range of things to make your holiday extra special. The villa to suit your preferences is just a few clicks away.
Meet The Team
Olwyn Trifunac
Olwyn Trifunac

Olwyn Trifunac is the manager of the team working for Villa Plus in Croatia. Olwyn and her team have a wealth of knowledge and experience of the local area and provide customers with first-hand knowledge of the best places to visit in Istria. The team live year-round in Croatia as part of the local community so can speak the language and know their way around which makes the job of making sure your holiday runs smoothly so much easier. The overall service includes [more] making pre -arrival checks at all villas to ensure that things are ready and running smoothly for your arrival.
“My team and I love our jobs and love Croatia, we do our utmost to make sure all Villa Plus customers have an enjoyable stay. We are extremely hardworking and our aim is to make sure our customers love their holiday that little bit more.” [less]
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  • Beach 3 miles
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Villa Tammy, Pula, Croatia
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  • Beach 2 ½ miles
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Villa Lina, Pula, Croatia
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Croatia Resorts

The resorts in Croatia offer a huge choice of activities and facilities catering for everyone. The areas offer some spectacular scenery over the sea, with some beautiful architecture in the old towns also not to be missed. For anyone wanting something more active, a number of sporting activities can also be found including water sports, and a huge choice of dining options and festivals are a great way to enter into the traditional spirit!

Pula is home to Istria’s airport and is the closest one to our resorts. For those who are feeling more adventurous, there are also options flying into nearby airports in Italy, including Trieste or Rijeka.

We highly recommend that you hire a car, in order to get the most of your villa holiday in Croatia. Our houses are in beautiful locations in small villages surrounding the resorts of Rovinj, Porec and Pula, but in order to make the most of the beautiful countryside a car is essential.

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The resort of Porec, on the western coast of Istria, has a huge choice of beaches and bathing platforms, a wealth of shops and places to eat, and a number of attractions including the church, museums, the aquarium as well as a choice of sporting activities.
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Pula is the largest city in Istria and is also home to this region’s airport. Situated towards the South of Istria, it enjoys a mild climate and a beautiful countryside. The city has many surviving ancient buildings from the Roman times, the most famous one being the amphitheatre.
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Rovinj is on the mid-western coast of Istria, roughly halfway between Pula and Porec. Rovinj is known as the pearl of the Istrian Peninsula. If you're feeling energetic, you can take a walk up to the hilltop church in the old town with stunning views over the resort and then relax in one of the marina-side restaurants or cafes.
Things to do in Croatia

If you’re looking for a holiday destination with plenty to see and do, Croatia is the ideal choice! The area is steeped in history with a number of beautiful churches and architecture to explore. There are also a number of activities and places to visit for a great family day out, fabulous beaches for sun-worshippers, amazing scenery for photographers and sporting facilities for anyone wanting to try their hand at something more active.

Brijuni National Park
The only National Park in Istria, Brijuni National Park is a group of islands off of Pula. Boats from the town of Fazana take around 15 minutes, although sight-seeing tours of the islands by boat also run from Pula. There is also a safari park which has various animals including zebras, elephants, llamas and ostriches, and a golf course on the coast overlooking the mainland.

Image: Credits to Croatian National Tourist Board
Church of St. Euphemia, Rovinj
Located in the heart of Rovinj, the Church of St. Euphemia has an impressive display of Baroque architecture and artwork and is also home to the sarcophagus of the patron saint of the city, St Euphemia herself!
Euphrasius Basilica, Porec
The Basilica of St. Euphrasius in Porec is definitely worth a visit for anyone wanting to enjoy an authentic taste of Croatia and learn about its rich history. The Basilica has a collection of Byzantine art and architecture dating from the 6th century, included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. The building is also easy to identify from the exterior, dominating the skyline of Porec, and is one of the most photographed sites in the area.
Pula Amphitheatre
Without a doubt, the main attraction of Pula is the magnificent amphitheatre, the sixth largest in the world. Originally designed and built to be a gladiatorial venue, the amphitheatre is now used as a setting for concerts and theatre productions.
There are 2 good waterparks in Istria: Aquacolors Waterpark and Istralandia Waterpark, both around 30 minutes drive from the centre of Porec. Both parks have a great atmosphere and cater for all ages with pools, rides and slides galore! Please note, Aquacolours is open in high season only.
Beaches in Croatia
Sun worshippers will be completely spoilt for choice of beaches in Istria! The majority of the beaches are either paved or pebbly but a few sandy ones can also be found. The beaches on the whole have good facilities &ndash, life guards, catering facilities, watersports etc &ndash, perfect for wiling the hours soaking up the sun and enjoying the laid back atmosphere.
Porec Beaches
The beaches in Porec tend to be either pebbly or paved so having a pair of jelly shoes is essential! The water along this stretch of coast is very clean and perfect for swimming. The beach platforms have good facilities, with sunbeds and parasols for hire, showers, changing areas and of course, cafes and restaurants where you can take a break from the sun for a drink or bite to eat. Most likely you will need a car to reach the beaches in this area [more] but the parking facilities are good with plenty of trees for shade! [less]
Pula Beaches
The Verudela Peninsula, 2km South of Pula centre, is the place to go if beach fever grabs you! The beaches are mostly rocky or paved but the water is ideal for swimming for all ages and capabilities. Valkana, Hawaii and ,Kolumbarica beaches are the most popular and Debeljak ,is the best sandy beach in the area. A choice of watersports can also be found at most of the beaches here, along with cafes or restaurants for when you decide to take [more] a break from the sun! For serious beach-goers, take a boat from Pula across to the island of Brijuni which has a spectacular beach with beautiful scenery. [less]
Rovinj Beaches
Almost every beach in Rovinj is made of either pebble or paving, but the entrances into the water are good and swimming is still very popular along this area of coast. There are many small hidden rocky bays and platforms that you can explore and make your own little haven! The bays of Skaraba and Cape Rusi have high rocky areas, popular with people wanting to jump into the sea, while Cuvi Bay, Lone Bay and Moulin Rouge Beach have a flatter appearance [more] with fine stones, much better for sunbathing and swimming. Sport and food facilities at most of the beaches are good, as well as parking for your hire car and many also have a lifeguard in high season. [less]
Food & Drink in Croatia
The food and cooking will vary from one region of Croatia to another. Croats generally pride themselves in their hospitality, both in restaurants/cafes or in their homes. They prefer to buy fresh ingredients from their local markets and every village and town in Croatia has its market where the local people visit daily.

As a tourist, when you are strolling through these markets, which are typically held in a village or town square, you will get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the locals. The markets are very colourful with the fresh produce of vegetables and fruits. The markets also have stalls for fish, meat, cheese, bread, wine and even handmade baskets or tablecloths.

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Croatia might not be known as a major shopping destination when it comes to designer names and high street brands but, at its heart, Croatian shopping isn’t really about these things. In this country of sunshine, natural beauty and antiquity expect good local markets, a trendy arts and crafts scene and a thriving natural cosmetic industry. Keep your eyes peeled around Croatia’s open air markets and specialist shops and you should come home with truly unique souvenirs. You will also find that Croatia has many excellent wine shops and fresh fish, while local vegetables and meats are never too hard to find either.

On your villa holiday to the resort of Pula, Porec or Rovinj, plan a day out visiting the local markets. The market in Porec is very colourful with all the fresh produce laid out across the stalls. It is busy with the tradesman, local people and tourists, which adds to the experience and atmosphere of the place. You will need to get there early to see the place in full swing – if you find some stalls shut, it could be because they have sold out for the day. Istria is popular for lavender, and in Porec you will find these in small fabric bags which you can bring home as a souvenir.

The market in Pula is bigger than the one in Porec. The tradesmen have taken it upon themselves as their duty to provide fresh produce to the Croats daily between 6am and 1pm. The traditional shops all line the streets facing the main square and some of the souvenir shops can be quite hidden away. The Art Nouveau is a market building where you can buy meat, fish and any of the local specialities. It was built in 1903 and is an architectural attraction in Pula.

The greens and fish market in Rovinj is close to the main square. Fruits and vegetables produced locally are sold here and in the fish market you will find the catch of the day. Elsewhere in the town you will find small shops selling handmade jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and artwork.

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Speciality Dishes
The dishes in Croatia can vary by region. Meat dishes, which can be either grilled, baked or roasted, are very common and soup is eaten with almost every main meal all year round. The location of Croatia also lends itself to excellent fish and seafood dishes. Special traditional breads are made for special occasions like Easter. Istria is very famous for its truffles.

Brodet – is a fish stew that is made with mixed fish, normally including eel. It is usually served with polenta or rice.

Fritaja – is a kind of omelette made with vegetables, herbs and sometimes meat.

Burek – is a baked pastry dish that contains numerous layers of filling and pastry – the most common fillings are ground meat, spinach and cheese, although you can also find sweet options. This dish originates from Turkey but is very popular in Croatia and is a light meal to buy and eat when you are out and about.

Local Recipes
If you’d like to give some local recipes a try before you set off on holiday, these traditional delicacies can be made at home easily.
Croatian Pancakes
Croatian Pancakes
  • For pancakes
  • 9 cups of flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mineral water
  • 3 eggs
  • For filling
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Peel of one lemon, grated
  • 3 eggs, separated
Make pancakes:

1. Beat eggs with a pinch of salt.

2. Gradually add flour, milk, and mineral water until the mixture forms a thin batter.

3. Heat a small amount of oil in a small frying pan. Pour about ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cook the pancake until small holes appear in the surface.

4. Loosen the edges of the pancake and flip it over carefully. Cook on the other side about 30 seconds.

Make filling:

1. Separate eggs, pouring the yolks and whites into two different bowls.

2. Beat egg yolks and sugar together until thick.

3. Add grated peel from a lemon.

4. Beat in softened cream cheese.

5. Beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.

6. Carefully fold (mix using a gentle stirring motion) egg whites into cheese mixture.

Assemble pancakes and filling:

1. Spread about 2 tablespoons of filling near one side of the pancake. Roll the pancake up to enclose the filling. Place the filled pancakes, side by side, in a buttered baking dish or casserole. Keep warm in a 250° F oven until ready to serve.

2. Serve warm. May be topped with jam (a Croatian favourite is plum jam), powdered sugar, or sour cream.

Burek (Meat pie)
  • Filo pastry
  • For the filling:
  • 150g lean beef
  • 150g onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 40g oil
Fry the finely chopped onions and minced meat in oil. Add the salt and pepper. Grease a round baking tray and put a layer of pastry in it. Cover with a thin layer of filling and cover this with another layer of filo pastry which must be well coated in oil. Put another layer of filling and cover with pastry. When you have five or six layers, cover with filo pastry, bake at 200ºC/392ºF for half an hour and cut in quarters and serve.

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