Island Hopping in Croatia: 14 day Itinerary - Liza VS the World

Island Hopping in Croatia: 14 day Itinerary

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Croatia is the most beautiful country I have ever visited. The sea is sooo blue, the towns are soo quaint and everyone is so lovely. The one and only problem with Croatia is … where to go?! Every town, city and island looks beautiful!

In my opinion, the best way to explore the country is by island hopping.  There are hundreds of islands spotted around the country, each one unique.  This itinerary is perfect for a 14 day trip, however, if you want to stay longer, I have also recommended other places to visit!

14 day Itinerary summary:

  1. Fly into Dubrovnik. Spend a couple of days exploring the city.
  2. Catch a boat to Mljet. Spend a few days exploring the salt lakes, caves and the beaches.
  3. Take another boat to Korcula. Spend a day or two chilling by the water and exploring the old town.
  4. Hop on a boat to Hvar. Spend a few days partying, cliff diving and exploring the island by a dune buggy.
  5. Take your last boat to Split. Spend a couple days exploring the city and national park.

 

First stop – Dubrovnik.

Suggested length of stay:

I suggest staying 2-3 days if you are planning a 14 day trip. However, there are lots to do and see if you want to stay longer!

Overview:

This beautiful city has something for everyone. You can go hiking, kayaking, sightseeing, swimming, sunbathing, shopping, yachting etc etc. We had only planned two nights unfortunately, but you can easily spend your whole holiday exploring everything this city has to offer.

Accommodation:

Dubrovnik is one of the more expensive places to stay so we decided to stay outside the city centre and travel by bus every day to the city centre.

We stayed at the Cosmopolitan House.

Personal star rating

*****

Read my review on the Cosmopolitan house here (Spoiler alert: Cosmopolitan cocktails are involved!)

Things to do:

  • Game of thrones and Dubrovnik Tour – The one and only thing I wanted to do was the Game of Thrones tour (Dubrovnik is used for the setting of Kings Landing from season 2 onwards). However, Stephen dislikes GOT so I found a tour that was the best of both worlds – Game of thrones and Dubrovnik Tour. This tour combined the rich history of Dubrovnik and revisits the scenes of the most famous events in King’s Landing
  • Walk on top of the City Walls – With the tour, we received a 20% discount to walk on top of the city walls. However, if you also have a student card, you can do it for FREE!
  • Take the cable car to Srd Hill – You can either hike up the mountain or take the lazy way up and take the cable car. The views at the top so beautiful and definitely a must-do if you visit this beautiful city!
  • Explore the old town – the old town is surrounded by the ancient city walls. The old town is tourist central. It’s full of souvenir shops, sight seeing tours, restaurants and, of course, tourists. If you walk to the other side of the old town, there is a harbor. This is the prefect place to book yourself on a excursion to a nearby island or rent a boat. If you don’t have a boat license, no problem, you can still hire a boat!
  • Kayaking- Don’t like the sound of hiring a boat? No problem, there are regular kayaking tours that will bring you around the city and give you a chance to explore some caves too!.
  • Visit the botanic gardens – One of the closest islands to Dubrovnik, Lokrum, is one huge botanic garden. If you have  spare day, I highly suggest taking a boat out this island and enjoy the scenery, flowers and everything else it has to show off! In Game of Thrones, Lokrum is turned into Qarth, the ‘Queen of Cities’ on the continent of Essos, and the setting for much of Daenerys’ story in season two.

Other tips:

  • If you can’t climb stairs, reconsider going to Dubrovnik. The city has a grand total of 4,343 steps within the perimeter of the wall. The city wall has a grand total of 1,080 steps which includes the three entrances.
  • If you are looking to island hop in the high season – BUY YOUR BOAT TICKETS ONLINE BEFORE YOU GO! It gets really busy in high season and there is limited seating in the ferries. Buy them on http://www.krilo.hr and http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia.



Next Stop: Mljet

Suggested length of stay:

I suggest spending 3-4 days. Even though it is the smallest island, I think it is far too gorgeous to rush! There is much to see and do and you don’t want to miss anything!!

Overview:

Mljet, beautiful Mljet! Mljet was my favourite island that we visited. It has a National Park which is an UNESCO heritage site that features two salt lakes. You can hike, cycle, swim, explore caves and walk on along the beach. It is 90% trees, so if you aren’t a nature lover, Mljet might not be the place for you.

Accommodation:

If you are travelling in high season (June to August), you are able to get a bus/taxi to all parts of island. However, if you travel in Low/Mid-season like us, there are no buses so I advise you to book a place near where your boat leaves you off. Or, hope a local will see your distress face and offer you a lift (like us!).  We stayed in a town called Sobra which is a 15minute drive away from where the foot passenger boat left us off at. I suggest staying in Pomena if you are taking the foot passenger boat in low season.

Personal star rating (out of 5)

****

To read my review click here.

Things to do

  • Walk/cycle around the salt lakes in the National Park. This is must if you visit Mljet! In low season it’s free to visit but there is a fee to enter in high season. There are plenty of places for you to go for a dip in the impossibly blue lakes!
  • Visit the Monastery on St Mary’s Island– There is a free boat to the Monastery that leaves from two spots, or if you see a flag at the side of the road, if you wave it, the waiter from the restaurant will get in his boat and pick you up (how cool is that??!!)!!
  • Hike up Montokuc– This is another must do! Montokuc is the highest mountain in Mljet and the views from the top is definitely worth all the sweat you produce!
  • Visit Soline – Soline is town in the National park and it is just so cute and quiet! There is also a beach here.
  • Visit the cave at Babino Polje – Once the home to a Greek god, it is now the perfect place to cliff jump and to go for a swim. It isn’t the easiest place to access. It is about a 20minite walk form the main road through olive fields so don’t forget your bottle of water!
  • Sun bathe on the ‘sandy’ beaches at Saplunara- This is the only sandy beach on the island which is a perfect way to end a trip exploring this faultless island.

Next stop: Korcula

Suggested length of stay:

I suggest 1-2 day(s). I personally think there was more to do on some of the other islands but it’s a great place to chill out.

Overview:

Korcula is a very different island from Mljet.  It has an ‘old town’ like Dubrovnik which is surrounded by a wall and one of their towers has been turned into a roundabout. If you are a “fan” of Marco Polo, you would love Korcula, since this this is his birthplace. The island is full of Marco Polo shops and museums. We stayed in Korcula the town so we didn’t have to walk to far from the boat.

Accommodation

It is easy to access all parts of this island so pick anywhere that tickles your fancy. We chose a place that was a 5 minute walk from our harbor so we didn’t have to walk too far (hehe)!

We stayed in Korcula’s Secret Apartments & Rooms

Personal star rating (out of 5)

*****

To read my review click here.

Things to do

  • Explore the old town
  • Semi-subrine– this underwater tour is great fun! We were the only two on the tour which was great! It is definitely aimed at children but we loved it!
  • Eat dinner at Cupido – Cupido is one of the many restaurant that lined the city walls. Out of the 20+ that is situated on that promenade, we liked the view there the best. I ordered pork chops and Stephen ordered chicken wok and OMG it was amazing! I don’t know what they did to make the food taste amazing, but it tasted goooooood.



Next Stop: Hvar

Suggested length of time:

I suggest that you spend around 3 nights in this lively island.  There is a lot to do and explore.

Overview

This island has got a party reputation. It is popular among the party goers and young people looking to have a good time. So if you want to have a good time and meet new people 😉, this is the island for you. However, even though we aren’t the biggest party people, we still loved this island.  We stayed in the town Hvar, mainly because it was the town where the foot passenger boat left us off at.

Accommodation

There is a wide variety of accommodation available in the town of Hvar, from 5* hotels with swimming pools to a bog standard hostel.

We stayed at Hostel Marinero to save money.

Personal star rating (out of 5)

***

To read a full review of this hostel, click here.

Things to do

  • Rent a Dune Buggy – You can rent absolutely anything if you have a driving license! We decided that a dune buggy was the coolest! It is the perfect way to see the whole island and all the small fisherman villages, vine yards and lavender fields while having the time of your life!
  • Cliff jumping – we met a few people from our hostel that knew a place to cliff jump. I didn’t personally join in but if you love to have an adrenaline rush, I really recommend asking a local where to go cliff jumping!
  • Hike the mountain up to the fortress– It is hard to miss the fortress on top of the mountain when you arrive at Hvar. There is a small fee to enter the fortress; however if you go at low season and be there early, you could get lucky like us and sneak in for free but shhh don’t tell anyone else that!
  • Kayak tour– We loved this! If you ask any tourist shop that advertise excursions, ask them about the kayak tour! It costs around £35 per person for 3/4 hours including dinner and snorkelling equipment. If you are there at low season, the restaurant may not be open so it’s cheaper. Also, ask the instructor for the snorkelling equipment because they won’t think to bring them since the sea is pretty cold.
  • Blue cave excursion–  If the weather is good, it is possible to visit the blue cave near Vis island by boat. It is a bit pricey so make sure you budget it for it. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great when we were in Hvar so we didn’t have a chance to visit the caves.
  • Lots of water sports– There is a wide variety of water sports available in Hvar from hiring a speed boat to sailing in the Adriatic Sea.
  • Nightlife –  As I said above, this is a party town. The hostel I stayed at, was right beside the one of the clubs which is super handy (if you love to party)! They are plenty of bars, clubs and cocktail bars (I love my cocktails!).

Top Tip:

  • EAT AT DALMATINO! This is the BEST restaurant I have ever been too! The service is incredible! Before each course, they give you a FREE shot. Before the main course they gave us a piece of carob fruit (it’s a fruit that tastes like chocolate!) and a shot of carob brandy (best brandy I have ever tasted!). Before dessert we got a sage brandy which was pinky/purpley (pretty good too!) and after dessert you got to taste cherry wine! Good food, good service, free alcohol, not too pricey…. what else can you ask for?

Last Stop: Split.

Suggested length of time:

I suggest spending around 3 nights so you can explore the town and the UNESCO national park outside of the city.

Overview

We only had a few hours in Split due to our trip being cut short. But I think we packed a lot in, in those few hours! Split is a different kind of city from Dubrovnik, the whole city is touristy unlike Dubrovnik. Split has kept a few ancient artifacts such as the bell tower and parts of city wall.

Things to do

  • Climbed the bell tower– the view is worth the scary climb, trust me!
  • Shopped – Split is full of high end shops so it’s great to go shopping in!
  • Visited froggyland – This is the FUNNIEST museum! It is filled with over 500 stuffed frogs posing in real life situations like at a party, in a courtroom or a circis! It is so funny and worth a visit!
  • Krka Waterfall National Park-  These waterfalls are jaw- dropping beautiful! It is accessed by bus and it’s the must see! Soak in the beauty of the national park by following walking trails to the waterfalls. Remember to charge your camera, you will need it!!

So basically, what I am trying to say is, go visit Croatia! It was one of the best holidays I have been on and I definitely will be going back!

Peace out my wanderers,
Lisa

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