Written by: Alexandra Grgas-Sorge, travel blogger and student at Humber College
First thing you need to know about Croatia? It is home to over a thousand islands that’s right, a thousand! And the best part? They all own a certain je ne sais quoi that has trademarked Croatia as the land of a thousand islands.
Never been island hopping before? No worries, I am an expert. In a country where there are so many islands to choose from you can’t go wrong! There are ferries that run everyday at different times from the cities on the mainland, and also from island to island. Croatia only consists of three major cities, Zagreb, Split and Zadar. It is not hard to travel from city to city by plane or by bus. Bus tickets are cheap and flights can cost as low as $80.
Whenever I book my trip to Croatia I make sure to go on the website momondo to find the cheapest flights and Airbnb to find the cheapest accommodations. There are many friendly islanders whose main job during the summer months is renting out their houses and apartments to tourists from all over the world.
Now, let’s talk islands. Each island has its own unique qualities that make it original and beautiful!
Starting at the bottom is the famous southern island of Korčula. The easiest way to get to Korčula is by ferry from the city of Dubrovnik, where you should definitely spend at least one or two days exploring the old city. It is widely recognized as Kings Landing from the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.
The island of Korčula is rich in vineyards and olive groves which is why it is known as the greenest island on the Adriatic Sea. The most important thing to do in Korčula is drink, and drink a lot! The island is famous for its collection of white wines that are made from native grapes. Their tastes are accentuated by the fresh sea air and sun. CAUTION while drinking! Croatians party hard, their wines contain some of the highest alcohol levels and strongest Mediterranean flavours. Korčula is also home to many pebbly coves and sandy beaches. It’s the perfect place to sip your handcrafted glass of white, while the sounds of waves bring you to the perfect state of relaxation.
Next up is the very beautiful, but very popular island of Hvar. When celebrities come to Croatia this is where they stay. Hvar is not only the most famous island, but by far, the most famous destination in all of Croatia. Hvar’s beaches and views are some of the best in the world, and it’s night life is unparalleled to any other club district. Restaurants and bars line the town streets and are always filled with people up until the sun rises. The craziest of them all being Carpe Diem a club that also owns part of the beach! What could be better than having a party on a beach?!
Unfortunately, Hvar is also one of the most expensive places you will stay and for this reason I suggest making your trip to Hvar short and sweet. Plan your trip to Hvar far in advance so you know what you want to see during the day, and you know the best night clubs to hit up in the evening.
Thirty minutes south of Hvar you will find the Island of Brač. Once there you must travel to its golden horn beach that stretches 580 yards out into the sea to form a shape unlike any other beach in the world (look at the picture below!).
Behind you are the mountains, and in front the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bit of sports action? Perfect! That’s what Brač is known for! It is a windsurfers paradise and is known as one of the best places in the world to learn and master this adventurous sport. Other water sports include scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking and jet skiing. Beach volley ball is also a popular activity.
Lastly, to end off your island hopping adventure you should visit the relaxing island of Vis. If you are looking to satisfy your taste buds, look no further. Vis is known for its extensive fishing industry and therefore its sea food is some of the best in the world. The freshly caught fish, lobster, and shell fish is cooked in true Croatian Buzara-style (sautéed in garlic, olive oil, parsley, and white wine). Even if you are not a fan of sea food, you will find these dishes delicious. Bon appetite! Enjoy your meals next to the beautiful beaches that boarder this oasis.
Croatia is a beautiful place no matter where you stay. The people that live there are kind and the culture is deep rooted in its history. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Next time you travel, ask yourselves:
“Am I exploring the world?”
If the answer is no, start island hopping! It’s an experience like no other.
For more information on Croatia and its islands please visit the Croatia tourist board website: http://croatia.hr/en-GB/route-1000-islands