Continental Croatia is a gem for many visitors who are looking to rest and recharge their bodies and souls. This fascinating region lies within the mainland of the country. From vast lowlands and forested mountains to river valleys, waterfalls and hidden lakes, the region's natural beauty welcomes you in all shades of relaxing green. History and culture are specific to the mainland of Croatia and include numerous medieval and baroque castles, folklore events and unique culinary offerings at authentic country estates. Whether you are looking for luxury in the midst of rural idyll, an active holiday filled with hiking and canoeing, or want to admire the architecture of country houses from ancient times, continental Croatia has the dream destinations for your next holiday.
Villas amidst the beauty of Croatian hinterland
Continental Croatia enchants visitors from all over the world with its incredible natural beauty. The Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the region's most famous natural treasures, looks like a scene from a fairy tale and can be explored along various adventure routes. Mountains such as Medvednica, Žumberak and Papuk offer excellent opportunities for hiking, cycling and winter sports. If you like nature, many forests and nature parks such as Kopački rit, home to wild fauna and many rare birds, will delight you. Canoeing, rafting and fishing on the green beauties of rivers such as the Drava, Kupa, Korana and Mrežnica will provide adventurers with lifelong memories. Slavonia, the eastern part of continental Croatia, is the proud home of endless plains and vineyards, and welcomes you with traditional village charm and renowned hospitality.
After a day of exploring these natural beauties, there is no better feeling than relaxing in a comfortable villa surrounded by nature. Here you can continue to enjoy the fresh air and take in the green views from the luxurious comfort of your terrace or pool with a view. Our villas in nature are close to protected natural areas and are surrounded by meadows, forests, rivers and walking paths. They are superbly equipped - they have swimming pools, saunas and facilities for children, and will provide you with the best experience of absorbing the natural beauty of continental Croatia.
Villas with pool, all year round
The climate in continental Croatia has a wide range of temperatures - winters are colder than in the coastal regions and summers are quite warm. During the summer, temperatures can reach over 30°C. So there is nothing better than cooling off in our luxury villas with outdoor pools during the warmer months. Dive into the refreshing water and relax in the deckchairs by the pool. Enjoy the peace and quiet with a beautiful view of nature.
If you want to swim during the colder months and still enjoy the experience of swimming in the fresh air of continental Croatia, have a look at our villas with heated pools. Whether it's winter or summer, the experience of relaxing in your own version of paradise will enhance your well-deserved holiday in this beautiful region.
Combine family holidays and cultural exploration
Situated in the heart of Europe, continental Croatia has a rich cultural heritage dating back centuries. One of the most prominent elements of continental Croatia's cultural heritage is its rich history of art and architecture. Stunning baroque, renaissance and neo-gothic buildings tell visitors about different periods of Croatian history in cities such as Zagreb, Osijek and Varaždin. Visit the beautiful baroque castle in Varaždin, the medieval Veliki Tabor in Zagorje or the Renaissance Erdödy Castle near Zagreb to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of Croatia's noble families and rulers.
In addition to its architecture, continental Croatia also prides itself on its traditional customs, national costumes and music. At festivals, events and family celebrations, many throughout the region perform traditional dances and proudly wear national costumes to preserve and pass on their heritage. Visit a local heritage festival, learn to dance kolo to the joyful sound of tambura and admire the beautiful embroidery, beadwork and ornamentation of traditional clothes.
Such events have traditionally been a meeting place for all the generations. If you want to experience them with the whole family, our top family villas offer an ideal combination of comfort and facilities for the youngest. There are often swings, slides and bicycles in the fenced green gardens. Family villas often have games rooms with table football, board games and games consoles. If you don't want to leave your four-legged companions out of your family holiday in continental Croatia, pet-friendly villas with spacious yards and lawns are a good choice.
Continental Croatia, a foodie's paradise
During your holiday in continental Croatia, the tempting culinary offer will awaken the gourmet in you. One of the most popular dishes is Slavonian čobanac, a rich soup made from various types of meat, vegetables and spices. Next on the menu is another original Slavonian speciality, the spicy dry sausage called kulen. Štrukle, delicious stuffed pasta pillows filled with cheese, are not to be missed in Zagorje. Roast turkey with mlinci is also most associated with Zagorje, but is popular throughout continental Croatia. For dessert, try krempita - creamy cake with crispy pastry - and gingerbread cookies, which can also be taken home as a souvenir.
Continental Croatia is home to many vineyards and wineries that produce top-quality wines. Zagorje, for example, is famous for its Belje and Krapina wines, which reflect the specificity of the soil and climate. Visitors can take a number of tours of wineries and country estates, where they can enjoy an authentic gastronomic and oenological experience.
The capital of Croatia is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage. Visitors can explore the charming Upper Town with its ancient core and visit numerous galleries and museums, such as the popular Museum of Broken Relationships. The Dolac market in the heart of the city offers a special experience of tasting local products, and in the winter months, the magic of the Christmas market transforms the city into a fairytale destination with festive content and glittering decorations.
A visit to the Plitvice Lakes, the most famous natural phenomenon in continental Croatia, is an experience you will never forget. The national park consists of 16 beautiful lakes connected by waterfalls and footpaths that lead through pure, unspoilt nature. Walking along the wooden paths and bridges you can get close to the turquoise lakes and admire the crystal clear water.
Varaždin, a picturesque baroque town in the northern part of Croatia, offers tourists a unique combination of historical charm and lively atmosphere. Wander through the cobbled streets of the old town and discover beautiful baroque buildings, churches and colourful facades. The city hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, including Špancirfest, the largest street festival in Croatia. Do not miss a visit to Trakošćan, a 13th century Romanesque castle not far from Varaždin.
This picturesque town in eastern Croatia is famous for Đakovački vezovi (meaning, "the Embroideries of Đakovo"), a traditional folklore festival that revives the region's rich folk heritage. It is also home to the renowned Đakovo Cathedral, a masterpiece of sacred architecture. But what really sets Đakovo apart is the State Stud Farm, where you can admire the elegant Lipizzaner horses in action and even take a carriage ride.
Papuk Nature Park
Papuk is a mountain and nature park located in the heart of continental Croatia, which offers tourists a unique opportunity to explore the forests, waterfalls and trails. Thanks to its beautiful cycling and hiking trails, this destination attracts active holidaymakers from all over the world. Papuk is also rich in cultural and historical sites, including medieval castles and ethnographic museums. You can also visit the water park at the foot of Papuk, which will delight adventurers of all ages.