One of the largest of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands, stretching 48km long, the popular holiday resorts of Brac Island are one of the highlights of the Croatian coast. A rugged expanse of rocky coastline, shaded olive groves and unspoiled beaches, Brac is not only a holiday destination but also an important stone quarrying area – the Diocletian’s Palace in Split is one of many notable buildings constructed from the exquisite white Brac stone. The island’s Stonemasons’ School, Klesarska Skola, is one of its most unique attractions, where visitors are able to take a peek at the stonemasonry classes.
With hundreds of islands dotted along its coast, it’s no wonder that hopping from island to island has become one of the most popular pastimes among visitors to Croatia. The entire coastline is scattered with islands and whether you’re looking for remote beaches, lively resorts or untamed wildlife, you’ll surely find an island to suit your tastes.
Croatia’s second biggest city has plenty to keep visitors occupied, but if you fancy exploring further afield, here are some of the best day trips to take from Split.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Trogir is one of the most popular day trips from Split, located a 40-minute bus ride up the coast on a small island bridged from the mainland. There are plenty of things to do in Trogir but the principal attraction of the historic town is the magnificent 13th century Venetian Cathedral of St Lovro, the crown jewel of the town’s array of Greek, Roman and Venetian architecture. The embodiment of the word ‘quaint’, Trogir is the perfect antidote to city life, with its pretty town squares and clusters of cafés and restaurants serving up locally caught seafood.
The most populated island and most visited island on Croatia’s picturesque Adriatic coast, Korcula island boasts a dramatic medley of scenery, covered with lush greenery, rocky coves and dense woodland.
Island hopping in Croatia wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to Korcula and the first stop off is the eponymous main town. Allegedly the birthplace of intrepid traveler Marco Polo, one of Korcula town’s main attractions is the Marco Polo House, soon to be converted into a museum. Korcula is also celebrated as a center of Dalmatian cultural traditions and handicrafts and the last remaining island to still perform the Mediterranean sword dance Moreska, a unique experience for those who get the opportunity to witness it.
One of Croatia’s most famous stretches, the Adriatic coastline of ancient Dalmatia is a prime stop for cruise ships, dotted with over a thousand islands, islets and reefs. The principal Dalmatian Islands are Brac, Hvar and Korcula, connected by regular ferries to mainland Dubrovnik and Split, from where a vast network of catamarans, ferries and private boats run to the surrounding islands.
Many of Croatia’s best beaches can be found on the Dalmatian Islands but if you’re looking for a secluding sunbathing spot, hire a bike and explore the surrounding coves. To get you started, here are some of the best beaches in the Dalmatian Islands.
The historic heart of the city and the main tourist hub, the Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan centers. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and described by George Bernard Shaw as the ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, the Old Town is a warren of glistening limestone pavements and beautifully restored medieval architecture, encircled by ancient fortification walls. Despite suffering substantial damage from the earthquake of 1667, the city has managed to restore many of its historic churches, palaces and buildings, marrying them with the surge of modern cafés, restaurants and designer boutiques.
One of Europe’s trendiest cruise destinations, Croatia’s Mediterranean climate, historic cities and lush national parks make it a hugely popular holiday destination. Whether you’re beach lover or an intrepid adventure, there are plenty of options for a one-week vacation in Croatia, but to help you maximize your time and plan the perfect itinerary, here are a few ideas.
The shooting star of Croatia’s tourism industry, the island of Hvar is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular resorts, drawing more than its fair share of celebrity visitors. Floating off the Dalmation coast between Split and Dubrovnik, Hvar is reachable by car ferry from the mainland and thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate is renowned as the sunniest and greenest of Croatia’s many islands.
With its rising status as one of Europe’s most popular destinations, Dubrovnik can be crammed with tourists come the summer months. Here are a few ideas for escaping the crowds and exploring further affield.
Croatia can be a nature-lovers paradise. From the sublime beauty of the Adriatic Sea to the rugged terrain of the Dolomite Mountains, there is no shortage of outdoor activities people can enjoy when visiting Croatia.