croatian islands guide

Croatian Islands

Photo by Peter Schlesinger, courtesy Indagare

Easily accessible from the Dalmatian Coast—and best explored via yacht or sailboat—the Croatian Islands (and their charming, quiet towns) provide respite from the bustling cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Two of the most popular destinations are Hvar and Korcula, resorts that are teeming with waterfront restaurants, medieval architecture and Gothic cathedrals.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Families | Romantics | Ultimate Indulgers
  • When to go
    March-May | June-August | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    1 Week

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    6 Days: Essential Croatian Islands

    Indagare can match you with the best yacht for a bespoke sailing itinerary and match you with the best guides in historic towns. Here’s just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1-2: Dubrovnik to Korcula

      Known for enchanting coves, historical heritage, winding stone streets and a glitzy yachting crowd, the Croatian Islands attract visitors looking to swim, sail and unwind in a glamorous setting. Set sail from Dubrovnik to the island of Korcula with its ancient walled city and lovely stone streets laid out like a fishbone. After lunch at a charming local café, visit wineries, explore the tiny stone villages of Rascise and Prigradica or hike the pine-scented trails that crisscross the island.

    • Day 3-4: Korcula to Hvar

      Today, sail to the island of Hvar and anchor for the evening. Hvar Town is the Croatian version of St.-Tropez; the once simple fishing village now has megayachts lining its harbor, with shopping and nightlife options to match. Hike to the medieval fort above the town for stunning views of the deep blue water and string of rocky islands dotting the coast. Explore the 7th-century walls and Venetian-style loggia with an Indagare-vetted local guide who can introduce you to the island’s lesser-discovered treasures.

    • Day 4-6: Hvar to Split

      Depart for a cruise back to Split, stopping at Sibenik. The oldest Croatian town in the Adriatic, it offers much to explore including hidden monasteries, churches and gardens. In the late afternoon, cruise up the Krka River to Skradin, a picturesque riverside village surrounded on three sides by forest, and embark on a short hike. Alternatively, return to your boat and sail to an uninhabited archipelago for an afternoon of swimming. Later, sail to the buzzing town of Split to conclude your journey.

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Indagare founder and CEO Melissa Biggs Bradley
“On Hvar you can hike among fields of lavender to abandoned stone villages that made me think of what some of the hamlets in Tuscany and Provence must have looked like 40 years ago.”

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