Croatia has more than 1600 kilometres of coastline and over 1000 islands in the Adriatic Sea. The most popular coastline area is the Dalmatian Coast with around 560 kilometres from the south of Split to Dubrovnik.
In this region there are 17 desert islands such as Kornati, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Vis, all of them easy to reach and explore by boat.
REASONS TO GO
Croatia is stunning and has that ancient enchant of the Mediterranean cultures.
The Adriatic Sea: 25º C and the blue waters we have always dreamed of.
Sleeping in a palace with over 1700 years and drinking wine in the old town walls.
To get to know this region, a smart thing to do is flying to Split, spending there a few days and then travel heading south, by boat around the multiple islands. Then you reach Dubrovnik, where you should stay for another few days.
As well as happens in Greece, every each of these islands has its own characteristics, character, history and landscape. You will find most Croatian is very fond of their heritage.
For centuries this country has been under the domination of the Romans, the Austro-Hungarian, Venice, and then the Nazis. Croatia was declared independent from ex-Yugoslavia in 1991.
BEST TIME TO GO
The best time to visit the Dalmatian Coast is normally July and August, with temperatures rounding 27ºC. But if you decide to go in April, May, June or September, you will also get good weather and fewer tourists. From October, is possible that you will find many of the nightclubs closed and more restrict boat timetables.
HOW TO GET THERE
The most important centre in the Dalmatian Islands is Split. In the Port of Split you can catch busses, trains, and boats to the other parts of the region and also Europe (there are public transports connecting the centre to the airport).
Sailing is an excellent way to visit the Dalmatian islands and the small archipelagos. Ferries are not expensive, take people and cars, and frequently link many places by the coast. Even though they are not fast they are perhaps the best way to see the stunning Croatian islands of the Adriatic Sea.
Renting a car is not absolutely essential, but is of course a good way to better explore the islands. At the Split Airport you will find many rental agencies.