Croatia is having something of a renaissance. After years of being overlooked by travellers for neighbouring giants Italy and Greece, those in the know are heading to the Adriatic gem to discover its endless coastline and stunning parks. When you’re not marvelling at it’s natural beauty, soak in the culture of Croatia’s capital city Zagreb and its most famous city, Dubrovnik. If you want the full experience, it’s best to stay in an apartment and pretend you’re a local, even just for a little while.
Tucked away in a quaint street just off the Stradun in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Apartments Eleganca is a chic spot for your next city break. Here, three apartments are stacked neatly inside a baroque building that dates back to 1680. The family-owned apartments were fully renovated in 2015 but left some original features intact, like the old stone walls and large shuttered windows.
Wedged between Dubrovnik Cathedral and Rector’s Palace, Celenga Apartments is ideal for exploring Croatia’s most famous city by foot. This spot is steeped in its own history too – the massive arch next to the building used to be the city entrance. Each of the five apartments are individually designed and named after the main Dubrovnik fortresses: Minčeta, Lovrijenac, Revelin, Bokar and St John.
Just a short walk from pebbly Cista Luka 1 Beach in Cavtat, Residence Alpha offers luxe accommodation for anyone wanting to stay further outside of busy Dubrovnik. Each of the modern apartments have vast sea views, kitchenettes complete with a coffee machine and most come with a balcony too. When you want to make the most of the views, make a beeline to the rooftop jacuzzi or simply lounge in one of the sun chairs provided.
Sitting pretty on the Lapad Peninsula, one of Dubrovnik’s quieter districts, Pervanovo Apartments offers a quiet break still close to central Dubrovnik (the Old Town is just 10 minutes away). Eight restored villas house 18 apartments, each with fully-equipped kitchens, washing machines and spacious balconies to enjoy an al fresco breakfast with sea views. Don’t mind if we do.
In central Zagreb, just around the corner from the beautiful Zrinjevac Park and the main square, Irundo Zagreb’s Downtown Apartments is an ultra-modern option for a city break. Expect tiled bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The large lounge is the ideal place to flop after a day exploring the Croatian capital. With the option of two- and three-bedroom apartments, it’s a great spot for groups too.
Steps from Kvaternik Square, where florists, bakeries and an open-air market line the streets, Apartments Kruc is well-placed for a Zagreb walkabout. When you’re not visiting the nearby woods of Maksimir Park or window shopping outside your front door, retreat to these art-centric apartments. Our pick is the ‘studio with gallery’ for its skylight-dotted high ceilings and mezzanine-style bed nook.
Close to Zagreb’s Dolac Market and the lively Ban Jelačić Square, Apartments City & Style is a family-owned collection of apartments in the centre of the Croatian capital. The well-appointed apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, expansive lounges and bathrooms fit with spa baths. The team here can also arrange activities – whether you want to go on a day trip to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes or a foodie tour of Zagreb.
Plonked in the heart of downtown Zagreb, the Markiz Luxury Apartments date back to the 19th century. Fully refurbished, the building retains some of its period features like the large windows and high ceilings with original moldings. Art adorns the walls and each of the three apartments, which sleep between two and four guests, are fitted with a washing machine, dishwasher and a coffee machine.
A minimalist haven nestled in eastern Zagreb, two of the Dub Apartments sit on a quiet street in Dubrava while the third is in Paruževina, a small village just outside of the capital. If you opt for the latter, named ‘Viska’, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Croatian countryside. The terrace here is really something, complete with beautiful vistas over the rolling hills and a hot tub to watch the sunset from.