With its hilly coastal setting, a handful of brownish islands and dizzyingly clear waters, the Adriatic Islands provides one of the most captivating landscapes in Europe. Actually it’s something of an island-hopper’s heaven, with an authentic bank of ferries giving you the chance to walk up the gangplank, lounge on the sun deck and take in the marine surroundings.
Dubrovnik is a handy entry thanks to its catamaran facilities to Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and Hvar. The two other gateway points are the northern metropolis of Rijeka, offering entry to a diverse set of islands in the Kvarner Gulf; and the north Dalmatian dock of Zadar, with its personal set of relaxed island escapes.
Car ferries managed by state firm Jadrolinija serve the chief islands, offering public transport for the natives and also supporting island tourism. You could to island-hop throughout the year, but sailings to certain islands may be restricted to one a day during winter. Wait until the summer timetables come into operation (normally June–Sept) to take profit of the full scale of choices on offer.
The most famous island-hopping route is from Split to Dubrovnik by way of Brač, Hvar and Korčula. This permits you to view the very best of Dalmatia and is comparatively simple to do. Very much an independent traveler’s choice because of the comparative absence of package hotels, Vis is the type of island that entices extreme tourists, if on account of its rough landscape, remarkable beaches, independent food, or its growingly cool character for offshore eccentricities.
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