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A Quick Look at Property in Croatia

You’ve heard of the beauty of Croatia, but worry that it’s maybe a bit too Balkan and east European? Well, it’s time to cast those prejudices aside and see what this gorgeous, easy-to-get-to country has to offer. That includes pretty, Italianate towns, their narrow alleyways choc-a-block with cool restaurants beneath red roofs – but instead of being on Tuscan hilltops, these are on their own little islands. It means rocky cliffs where you clamber down steep paths to reach a sandy bay, with just a taverna and fish restaurant to sustain you between swims. It also means affordable property. 

The most well-known options for holiday homes include Dubrovnik, down south on the Dalmatian coast. Although property in the Old Town will be prohibitively expensive for most of us – albeit with great rental appeal – there are modern developments nearby, including Dubrovnik Sun Gardens.

When buying individual resale properties away from the resorts you need to be careful that your property is legal, as ever, but particularly in Croatia which has been making great efforts to improve its regulation since joining the EU in 2013.

Croatia is a relatively small country, around 40 per cent of the size of England, but it has nearly 6,000 kilometres of coastline just across the Adriatic from Italy.

It’s roughly 'r' shaped, with a long wide stretch poking into Eastern Europe and borders with Hungary and Serbia, among others. That’s useful for scoring points in Eurovision, but most buyers are more interested in the coastal section, stretching south like a finger, and with large islands just a short ferry ride away, including the popular holiday-home island Brac.

Croatia’s main airports on the coast are at Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, Dubrovnik and Split, but most flights are spring and summer only. Fortunately this is also a country you can drive to – 1,500km from the Channel ports – or travel by train via London, Munich and Ljubljana in two (long) days. You can also fly into Venice, for example, all year, then get the ferry across to Croatia.

The north of Croatia is the romantic sounding Istrian peninsula. It looks pretty dreamy too, specializing in drop-dead gorgeous Italianate coastal towns like Rovinj and Novegrad. Travel is easy to Istria via Pula Airport, which has summer flights with easyJet.

Outside of the peninsula, tucked into the Kvarner Gulf, is the city of Rijeka, also with an airport served by budget airlines. From here you can get ferries to the islands of Krk and Cres.

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