Island Hopping from Split
If you love summer as much as we do you are surely thinking about planning your holidays while also maximizing the seaside fun and relaxation.
Here’s an idea for a destination that can be perfect for both a weekend and a longer holiday: Island Hopping in Croatia. And the islands near Split are very beautiful and easy to reach.
Top reasons to visit Split and the nearby islands:
Perfect blend of history, modern city life and sea
If you want to explore modern city life (restaurants, shops, cafes, etc.) while also being inside a roman palace (Diocletian’s Palace) or medieval city walls just by the sea then Split is a perfect place.
Amazing clear turquoise waters & beach clubs
Although Croatia in general has a rocky coast line and thin sandy beaches are harder to find, the islands not far from Split (Brac, Hvar, Korkula) offer really good beaches or beach clubs. We loved the Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island and the beach clubs in Hvar (pictured below is the Carpe Diem beach club). The sea is very clear and it’s perfect for snorkeling.
Delicious Mediterranean food, drinks, music and entertainment
Croatia in general is very alive, but especially in the summer you will be surrounded by good music and entertainment. From talented sax performances in beach clubs to famous DJs in night clubs, there is always something happening around that will make you enjoy even more your stay. And the Mediterranean cuisine, wine, spirits and cocktails will surely be something to appreciate.
Great services and people
Everywhere you go you will find services thought in detail to satisfy any taste, friendly and helpful people, flexibility and quality
How to get there:
Split airport is served now by many flights (charter or low cost airlines). There is a good bus service from the airport to the town center or port. Croatia also has a really good road infrastructure if you consider other airports or longer road trips.
Where to stay:
As accommodation options there are usually more serviced apartments in the area than hotels, especially on the islands near Split. We stayed in really lovely apartments and the hosts were always friendly and very helpful.
Our top 10 tips for your Island Hopping trip:
1. If you want to find cheap plane tickets then make sure you book them in advance, otherwise they may become pricey, especially during peak season.
2. Visit the islands near Split: Brac, Hvar (pictured below) and Korcula. There are good ferry connections and the tickets have a reasonable price.
3. In Split there are many restaurants, but the prices differ a lot depending on location. The restaurants located between the historical walls are quite pricey compared to the ones outside the walls. We found really good value for money when we walked further near the marina.
4. Ask your hotel receptionists or apartment hosts for recommendations on places and services in the area. They usually have partnerships and can offer you discounts or better deals, especially if you’re staying in the islands near Split.
5. For a really beautiful panorama of Split take a walk to the Marjan park. It’s not that far and the view is surely worth the effort. You don’t even need to go to the top if you don’t want. There is a nice observation deck not far on the way.
6. If you go to Brac visit the Zlatni Rat beach, near Bol. It is a long beach with small round pebbles and all the facilities you might need. If you want to rent sun beds then you need to go early. Especially during the weekends it gets very crowded. The small town of Bol, not far from the beach, is also very charming and it is well connected to Hvar, so you can continue the island hopping trip.
7. Hvar island is a very popular destination. You will find there big luxurious yachts and a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. During the day you can take a boat tour of the area or you can relax in the beach clubs around. We really liked Carpe Diem, but again you need to go early or book in advance your sun beds. Also watching the sunset from the Hula Hula beach club (pictured below) is a memorable experience.
8. If you have time for a boat tour visit the Blue and the Green caves, they are quite interesting.
9. We bought swimming footwear before the trip, but we didn’t really need them as the beaches and beach clubs we went to were very well organized.
10. Try local spirits. The Croatian drinks such as Sljivovica (a brandy made of plums), Travarica (herbal brandy), Kruskovac (really sweet pear brandy) or Lozovaca (grape brandy) are quite strong and definitely worth tasting.
If you are not yet a fan of Croatia then this trip will most probably make you one.