See The Authentic Adriatic At Croatia\'s Best B&Bs

Forget the often disagreeable experience of staying in a large resort — a handful of small, independent Croatian bed and breakfasts offer something infinitely more authentic and memorable. 

Their enthusiastic owners provide hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities that show off Croatia’s stunning natural landscape, both on and away from the coast. 

There’s an emphasis on serving only the finest-quality local food, wine and olive oil, and all of them are united in their genuinely warm hospitality — of a kind that most large hotels can only ever dream of — and determination to provide the best possible service for their guests. 

All of this means that they are all places you will want to return to. 

Lobagola, Zagreb 

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The Croatian capital really needed a B&B such as Lobagola to offset the prevalence of large hotels and lack of smaller guesthouses. Set in a quiet residential street a 15-minute walk from the main square, Lobagola is a wonderfully relaxed place with tastefully furnished rooms and a big, comfortable lounge. Hiking and cycling excursions are available, motorcyclists are well catered for, and the food served at breakfast is first rate, from carefully selected local producers., doubles from €75 B&B

Kuća Bajlo, Zadar 

Kuća Bajlo is a vegetarian B&B, serving delicious and exquisitely presented food with the fruit, vegetables and herbs picked from the owners’ organic garden. The modern, spotlessly clean house is located near Zadar’s main bus station, a short walk from the beautifully preserved old town. Guests have free use of well-maintained cycles, and there are guided hiking and other local trips., doubles from €70 B&B

Tiramola, Trogir 

Tiramola sits among narrow labyrinthine streets and alleys, in the heart of Trogir’s Unesco-listed old town centre. As well as offering beautiful rooms in a restored 600-year-old stone house, Tiramola can arrange boat trips to the islands, and though no breakfast is served, pastries and coffee can be bought from the café and restaurant below (run by the owner’s brother) to enjoy on the small terrace area by the front door., doubles from €49

Wake-up call: independent B&Bs such as Tiramola, above, and Casa Matiki offer genuine Croatian hospitality

Casa Matiki, Žminj

Casa Matiki is a beautifully renovated old farmhouse in central Istria — an area known for its truffles and producing the best wines and olive oils in Croatia — far from the crowds but only a short drive from the coast. The delicious breakfast includes produce from the owner’s garden and her own freshly baked bread. Mountain bikes are available for guests and there are forest walks nearby, you can learn how to make bread … or just chill out in the outdoor swimming pool amid lush gardens., apartments from €70, breakfast €8.50

Linden Ranch and Retreat, Velebit 

Linden Retreat is a luxury ranch in the Velebit mountain range, Croatia’s largest and a Unesco World Biosphere reserve, known for horse riding but offering other outdoor activities. The wood to build the ranch is locally sourced as part of a sustainable forestry programme employing a local carpenter. Ten per cent of profits are reinvested in local nature conservation and community development., from €80 per person B&B

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