You have decided to buy a villa by the sea in Croatia, but you do not know where exactly to buy? Nothing unusual, because the Croatian coast is long and indented and there are really an infinite number of possibilities.
Croatia is generally a great choice for real estate investments, and not just because of the crystal blue Adriatic Sea. There is also the fact that Croatia is well positioned in the heart of Europe and that it takes only a few hours to travel to many European destinations by car or plane. Although constantly rising, real estate prices in Croatia are still significantly lower than in similar countries, such as Italy and Spain.
You are not a Croatian citizen? In most cases, the process of buying real estate will not be much more complicated than for Croatian citizens. Read all the details about what foreigners need to buy real estate in Croatia here.
Further in the text we bring you the advantages of each of the top locations for buying a villa in Croatia and a brief overview of real estate market statistics.
For many, Dubrovnik is the first association with Croatia - not without reason. This beautiful fortified city of incredible history has positioned itself as a top tourist destination. The surroundings of Dubrovnik are equally interesting: the city is close by, and you are surrounded by the beauty and peace of the Mediterranean landscape. In addition to cultural sights, Dubrovnik region offers a handful of restaurants and wineries to discover local cuisine.
Prices of villas by the sea in Dubrovnik range from one million euros to more, and about €500,000 outside the city.
The average price per square meter of an apartment in Dubrovnik is € 3628, and the price per square meter of a house is €4117.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia, in 2020, building permits for 449 apartments were issued in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
Prices for renting villas in August for two range from €250 per night to more. For the price of €2500-7500 per night it is possible to rent a luxury villa on the beach with six bedrooms, infinity pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
Zadar is a city with a rich history and glorious sunsets, located in northern Dalmatia. In the vicinity there is a magical mountain Velebit and numerous national parks. Many small, picturesque places around the city offer the opportunity for a pleasant and peaceful vacation by the sea. Close to Zadar, between Bibinje and Sukošan, is the largest marina in Croatia, which has 1200 berths.
If you decide to buy a house in Zadar, you will pay an average of €1577 per square meter. A square meter of an apartment in Zadar costs on average €2259.
According to the report of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Zadar County, in the year 2020 building permits were issued for 1900 new apartments.
Prices for villas for sale in Zadar start at €300,000.
Prices for renting villas in August for two range from €85 per night to more. In high season for €1600 per night you can find an exclusive villa on the beach with four bedrooms, gym, swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
The city of Split is famous for its palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, remains of are bustling with Mediterranean life for 17 centuries already, and had developed into a picturesque, modern city on the Adriatic coast. Apart from the incredible history and the palace of the Roman emperor at its core, Split is today a city of rich tourist, gastronomic and cultural offer.
The average price per square meter of a house in Split is currently €3122, and for an apartment per square meter €2987.
In the Split-Dalmatia County, 1996 building permits were issued for new dwellings in the year 2020, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia.
Prices for villas in Split and the surrounding area range from €400,000.
Prices for renting houses in August for two range from €200 per night. For something more special at the price of €1250-1908 per night you can rent a villa by the sea with a beautiful view of Split, five bedrooms, gym and a heated pool.
Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia, and it is adorned with numerous beaches and hidden coves. In Istria, everyone will come to their own, regardless of whether you are looking for top gastronomic pleasures, an active vacation or you want to discover a rich cultural and historical offer.
An additional plus of buying real estate in Istria is certainly the proximity of the countries from which the largest number of tourists arrive: Slovenia, Austria and Germany.
The average price per square meter of an apartment in Pula is €1832, and a house €1594. In Poreč, the average price per square meter for an apartment and a house is almost the same and amounts to €2162.
In 2020, building permits were issued for 2056 apartments in the County of Istria. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, this is the second-largest number by county - only the City of Zagreb is ahead of the County of Istria.
In Istria, almost half of the real estate sold is bought by foreigners, mostly Germans, Austrians and Slovenes.
Prices for villas by the sea in Porec range from €500,000 to more.
Rental prices for houses for two in August are €200 and more per night. For the price of €1500-2100 per night it is possible to rent a 5* villa on the beach with five bedrooms, heated pool, fitness, billiards, sauna and two outdoor jacuzzis.
Buying a property, and especially a villa by the sea in Croatia is a great investment. Wherever you decide to buy a property on the coast, you can’t go wrong.
The reasons for this are the excellent geographical position of Croatia in the center of Europe, political and economic stability of the country, quality transport infrastructure, significantly lower real estate prices than in similar countries and the constant growth of tourist interest in Croatia. All this is reflected in the statistics that even every fifth real estate in Croatia is bought by a foreign citizen!
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