Highlights of the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Island hopping: Korcula, Brac, Hvar

Take a day trip, overnight transfer, or multi-day cruise and visit the islands off the coast of Croatia.

The island ports have so much to offer including historic walking tours, wine tasting, swimming beaches, markets, restaurants, clubs and bars.

Trips to the Dalmatian Coast islands can be booked in advance. In the peak season, boats leave regularly from the numerous ports and harbours and tickets can be purchased on the day for day trips.

In all towns and villages visitors will find that seafood is a common feature on all restaurant and cafe menus. You’ll find grilled and fried fish dishes, calamari, and squid ink risotto, as well as seafood pasta and pizza which is influenced by Venetian invaders and the close proximity to Italy.

In Korcula, climb to the top of the St Mark’s Cathedral Bell Tower for incredible views over the town and across the cobalt blue waters.

Consider taking a local wine tasting tour – just out of town there are many small batch vineyards with little, intimate cellar doors.

In the evening, choose from the restaurants that line the streets with outdoor seating. For a unique cocktail bar experience, climb the ladder to the top of a fortress turret and enjoy the view (and the drinks).

On the island of Brac, wander the quaint port village of Pucisca and admire the selection of boats and ships. Meander along the winding streets and stumble upon the tiny church of Santa Lucia – visitors may be lucky enough to meet the local caretaker and make a small donation to look inside.

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Swing by a corner store for fresh produce and watch the sunset at The Port, a local waterfront restaurant and cocktail bar.

In Hvar, it is a busy but exposed harbour that boasts the title of ‘sunniest spot in Croatia’ with 2724 sunshine hours each year. This is the place to be seen and is often popular with younger visitors.

Spend some time in the town square Tgr Sv Stjepana – at 4500 square metres it’s one of the largest in Dalmatia, and is lined with cafes and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the enormity of it all.