Croatia is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Europe. With so many idyllic islands to explore, the best way to make the most out of your time in Croatia is to plan an island hopping adventure!
When to go: You can island hop in Croatia all year round, but if you can, try to opt for late Spring or early Autumn to avoid the surge in accommodation prices during mid-summer and for less swelteringly hot weather.
Planning your route: A good starting point for planning your trip is to come up with a loose route outline. You could book your inbound flight to Split and outbound from Dubrovnik and plan to go via Brač, Hvar and Korčula, three beautiful islands that will not disappoint. It is easy to get from island to island via ferries or catamarans, which you can book, online before your trip or when you arrive in each destination. Ferry prices tend not to change whether you book in advance or last minute, allowing for more spontaneity in your trip. As such, consider adding other islands to your route like Stupe Island near Korčula.
What to do in Split: Although it is often just seen as a jumping point to get to other islands due to its great ferry connections, Split is a lovely town to wander around. It is full of history as it is built around the remains of Diocletian’s Palace and is very picturesque with its mountainous surroundings. Climb to the top of the bell tower to get amazing views of the city or stroll down the stone-paved streets to the harbour in the evening.
What to do in Brač: Brač is easily reached by ferry from Split and is famous for its white-pebbled Zlatni Rat beach, which is used on most of Croatia’s tourism posters. There are several towns and peaceful villages to explore such as Splitska, Milna and Pucisca, which will give you an authentic insight into island life.
What to do in Hvar: Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular islands with the stunning Hvar Town being one of the main attractions. There are many amazing restaurants to choose from such as Marinero, a seafood restaurant hidden in the back streets of the harbour. Try Fig Café, peacefully tucked away in the back steps of Hvar, for a delicious and affordable brunch. If you’re looking to dance the night away, head over to Carpe Diem, an island used purely for parties!
What to do in Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. There is so much to see and do here, but the best way to get a feel for the city is to walk around the walls that enclose it. Visit the clock tower and the Onofrio Fountain and admire Dubrovnik’s beautiful architecture. There are also gorgeous beaches nearby with crystal clear water.
There are so many more amazing places to visit in Croatia; you’ll want to go back again and again!