Booking Direct

Nobody likes having to pay extra for their holiday.  An increasing number of apartment listing sites online charge a traveler’s fee of at least 6% with some charging much more than this (15%-20%!).

We are are urging customers to save some money by booking directly with us and we’re offering a discount too.  Here are a few tips for finding your rental outside of the likes of AirBnB, Home Away, Owners Direct and (also check out the infographic above)

- Use property names and descriptions to find owners contact details elsewhere online. 

- Check the area of the property on google maps and find website details for owner.  (eg.  If you’re looking for our Penthouse Paulina if you put the keywords “Apartment Paulina” and “Okrug Gornji” into Maps our details will pop up)

- If you have booked using one of the above sites then keep the owners details so if you return you can contact them direct - more than likely you’ll be offered a better rate too (we always offer a discount to customers that contact us directly)

- Check reviews online and always pay using credit card or Paypal or something similar

So keep those tips in mind and if you or any of your family/friends ever want to avoid this fee you are always welcome to contact me directly to book your holiday letting in Croatia.  If Croatia is on your sights for the future get in touch with me, I’m always happy to help with your plans.

Alison McDonnell

ARC Rentals Croatia

+ 353 86 801 8264

Leonardo Ciovo

We have been eating at Leonardo Restaurant in Okrug Gornji on Ciovo since 2003! It is hands down the best restaurant on the island.  The food is always superb and their own wine always leaves you wanting more….

The staff are always so friendly and accommodating.  It doesn’t matter who serves you, you are always greeted with a warm welcome from Luca, Jadranka, Vlad, Valentino and the owners Snezana and Karlos (who is also the fab chef) and the rest of the staff.

Year on year our guests rave about the food here, Leonardo offer a large variety of options from Beeftek (fillet of beef) to Seabass to gorgeous shellfish.  Their pizzas are to die for and they offer a take out service which is always hopping.

We are veggies and they always have something tasty on the menu from macaroni and cheese to veggie risotto.  Top Tip: It’s not on the menu but ask for the mushroom carbonara - Karlos will cook it for you and it is AMAZING!

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Trogir Market

One of the nicest things to do in Trogir is visit the lovely market.  The market sells everything from cherries to sports jerseys, oils to sunglasses.  The fruit and veg is of a different quality in Croatia, no joking, everything just seems to taste better and the bonus is it’s all organic. You could nearly buy a handful of beef tomatoes, put them on the heat and have a beautiful tasting soup half an hour later. Well not quite but it’s a start at describing the quality of the produce in Croatia. A good stock you’ll find in the supermarkets is “Vegeta” (You’ll find it in a blue air tight package).

You’ll find everything from bananas to passion fruits, fresh flowers to figs to alcohol.  The sellers offer an array of cooking oils which are to die for so we highly recommend these. They have some of the most amazing cherries and you’ll get a large bag (1 Kilo) of them for 30 Kuna (€3/€4).

Right beside the market in Trogir you’ll find a number of butchers with meats, fish etc. The veal and beeftek (fillet steak) are some of our guests favourites. Also a fish market is located across the street. It’s advisable to arrive early morning to get a good choice of the best pieces. It opens as early as 6am.

If you think Trogir and this stunning part of Dalmatia are somewhere you might like to visit do get in touch with us at ARC Rentals.  We specialise in holiday lettings on the island of Ciovo. Since 2004 we have managed a variety of 3 & 4 star properties, awarded by Croatian Tourist Board, on behalf of property owners. We carefully select the apartments that we promote as they must meet our high standards and they are only 15 minutes from Split airport.  Find out more at our website -