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Island Hopping in Croatia

One of the first things to decide about your visit to Croatia is how you wish to explore this diverse country. You can go island hopping, or see the countryside and coastline while traveling by bike, on foot or by car.

Island hopping is popular since Croatia is surrounded by a chain of islands that are the crown jewels of the country’s natural treasures. Moreover, these islands are a part of the warm and welcoming Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can chose to charter a boat tour, rent their own yacht, or travel between the islands by ferry.

So, take a sojourn along Croatia’s picturesque coastline for an island hopping adventure you will not soon forget.

Starting Points – Dubrovnik and Split

Both of these Dalmatian cities are both major airport hubs and ferry hubs. This can make your connection from Europe to the Adriatic very smooth. You can begin to explore some of the nearby islands by booking a ferry from either city in order to see the coastline and the exotic life that inhabits the Mediterranean.

Many island destinations are popular vacation spots. Much of Croatia’s culture revolves around the sea and its island life, so exploring the islands puts you in the middle of Croatian life. Island hoppers can take day trip or custom cruises to make the most of their time in this sunny getaway.

Recommended Island Hopping Routes

Zadar to Rijeka: The distance from Zadar to Rijeka is about 238.km (148 miles) so allow yourself about 5 hours of travel time as well as time for exploration. Zadar is a vibrant city built around an ancient walled town and Rijeka is Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. The city contains a castle complex, a religious shrine and views of the other islands of the Kvarner Bay.

Rijeka to Rab: Less than two hours from Rijeka is the elegant Rab Town. Rab is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea known for is sandy beaches and diverse landscape. It is also a place where couples can hike, bike and relax as they disembark and explore the neighboring island of Pag.

Dubrovnik–Lokrum: For most of the year taxi boats carry visitors out of the Dubrovnik’s Old Port bound for Lokrum. Lokrum is full of wild exotic flora and fauna but contains no human residents. The island is known by many Croatians to be cursed so going here may not be advised if you are superstitious.

Dubrovnik at night

Of course, you can also schedule our Croatia island cruises for the best experience of the Dalmatian coast and the Croatian island life when you travel with Adventures Croatia. Since there are over 1,200 islands, your options to explore are endless!