Planning a Croatian Island Hopping Adventure

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Croatia has been on my bucket list for quite some time, with it’s out of this world National Parks and endless list of Islands to choose from. It was only when I started researching into where to visit I truly realised the size of the country. John and I decided we wanted to do an Island Hopping Adventure, starting on the mainland and working our way around a few of the islands, spanning 12 days.

Planned Route

I read a lot of articles and blogs before deciding on where to go, a lot said you can’t truly Island Hop in such a short space of time, but we’re confident with the right planning we can make the most of the time we have at each place.

Zadar > Split > Brac > Hvar > Korcula > Dubrovnik

We’ve hired a car between Zadar and Split, mostly so we can travel easily between the National Parks, Plitvice and Krka. It’ll give us the freedom to spend as much or as little time at each park as we want without being restricted to public transport or bus tour groups. We’re also aiming to arrive at each place as the gates open so that we can get in before the crowds do…but i’ll update you on that as to whether it’s worth it or not.

Between each island we’ll jump on the ferry. We have looked into our route carefully and from what we can see we can easily get the ferry between each location, but again we will only find out once there how easy that actually will be, wish us luck on that!


We’re staying in a mix of Hotels and Airbnb, and have kept it all fairly simple, after all we’ll mostly be out and about exploring! Other than Korcula which is a hotel, all other places are self-catered. We’ve done quite well with the costs too, moving around so many places I was concerned that the prices would be high, but we’ve done a lot of searching and all of our accommodation is affordable. As we’re going in September it’s just reaching the end of peak season too, so that has probably helped!


I quickly learnt when I travelled Canada on a tour last year that backpacks are the way to go. I took a big holdall bag last time but it was too heavy to properly carry and it’s something I regretted, as I struggled to drag it to and from each hotel every couple of days. I’ll be taking a backpack, and packing as light as possible, which should be easy as it’s all summer clothing I will be taking.

After doing some reading I have a couple of things to add to my bag that I wouldn’t have previously thought of. Beach shoes are apparently a must in Croatia as the majority of the beaches are pebbly, and sea urchins are common…not something I want to be stepping on! Also a micro fibre towel, great as it’s quick drying, making it useful as we’ll be moving islands quite often! I have also read from a number of places that tap water is completely safe to drink in Croatia, something you often have to be careful about in other European Countries, so I will definitely be taking a water bottle with me to try and reduce the amount of plastic I use while there.


Before we go, we are going to take a look at a few things to do in each place, so that we don’t waste time when there. Realistically we are only going to have 36-48 hours at each location so we want to make the most of each island! I’ll also be downloading ferry timetables prior to arriving too so we know what our options are!

If you have any top tips on where to go then please do let me know in the comments below! I’m looking to write more travel style blogs, if this is something you are interested in reading drop me a comment on what you would like to see!

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