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DUBROVNIK ISLAND ESCAPISM – SUBLIME ISLAND HOPS FOR 2018

Prizba, Korcula Island
mljet_island
Villa Kolocep, Kolocep Island, Dubrovnik Riviera (48)
Zitna Beach, Zavalatica, Korcula Island (3) Aerial
Villa Kolocep, Kolocep Island, Dubrovnik Riviera (4)
Zavalatica Bay, Korcula Island (9)
Zitna Beach, Zavalatica, Korcula Island (6) Aerial
Zitna Beach, Zavalatica, Korcula Island (1) Aerial
Zitna Beach, Zavalatica, Korcula Island (5) Aerial

The Archipelago of Islands just off the Dubrovnik Coast & why you need to explore them in 2018

By Bozidar Jukic, Croatia Gems Local Rep for Dubrovnik, qualified Tour Guide & Sommelier, 25th February 2018,

Dubrovnik Island Escapism – Sublime Island Hops for 2018… Croatia may be a relatively small country with its 4-4,5 million inhabitants, but it has an incredibly interesting coastline with numerous islands. How many exactly? Well, that’s a bit difficult to say, but according to the people who got tasked of counting them, there are 1246 islands, islets and reefs in Croatia.

Out of that number, there are 78 islands larger than 1 km2 and this is the information most interesting to those spending their holiday in Croatia.

Dubrovnik area has a very interesting archipelago of its own with the most interesting islands for those aiming to explore being Lokrum, Kolocep,Lopud, Sipan, Mljet Island, and Korcula.

Lokrum is a small island just off the coast of Dubrovnik’s historical city centre. It has a very interesting history to it and is well connected with the mainland via ferries that operate very frequently during summer and shoulder months. It represents a favorite escape for Dubrovnik locals aiming to get away from tourists for a relaying swim. Island also houses a lovely botanical garden, is a protected nature reserve, and was a filming location for season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones series.

Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan are the inhabited islands of Elafiti archipelago and are usually covered in island hopping day trips from Dubrovnik. They are also the islands most people visit when chartering a boat for one day island hopping tour. These islands may be inhabited, but are far from overcrowded and if you are lucky enough to have a private boat at your disposal you can choose whether to explore the popular beaches and villages or to search for hidden coves and private corners just for you. They provide a perfect setting for a day of swimming.

Mljet is somewhat special. It is a large island (some 37km in length), very scarcely populated and covered in thick Mediterranean vegetation. Far end of the island (close to Peljesac Peninsula) which houses two lakes is protected as a National Park and offers a chance to immerse yourself in nature completely. It is a perfect choice for those in need of some peace and serenity. It is a bit far from Dubrovnik, but can be accessed by boat or by car if taking the car ferry from Peljesac Peninsula (approximately one hour drive from Dubrovnik) Korcula is the largest of the islands mentioned and is one of the most populated islands in the country, although you wouldn’t know it when there. It has a few historical settlements with town of Korcula being the most famous and closest to the mainland.

Korcula Island is travelled to mostly by car from Dubrovnik with both passenger and pedestrian ferries taking people across the channel from the town of Orebic on Peljesac Peninsula, some 2 hrs driving away from Dubrovnik. Korcula is one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik area.

If you are holidaying in Dubrovnik area during warmer months do not miss a chance to visit one or more of these islands. They provide much more than just swimming spots and for those looking to unwind and explore, they have the potential of providing some of the best time you are likely to have on your holiday.

Photo 2 – Mljet Soline © Aleksandar Gospic via Croatian National Tourist Board
Photo 3 – Mljet © Damir Fabijanic via Croatian National Tourist Board

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OVERVIEW

This is a full day so be prepared to see the island! First stop is the delightful village and bay of Splitska for a photo opportunity. With Roman remains nearby and an idyllic setting, it will set the tone for the day. Heading onwards to Skrip, which is the oldest village on the island, its history and culture will take you back in time. Enjoy the Brac museum and hear all about olive oil production including some rather scrummy tasting of Brac island delicacies such as rich olive oil, green and black olive pate, salted anchovies, capers, homemade wine, fig jam, sheep’s cheese, and various other seasonal produce.

Then onwards for a tour of Pucisca Bay (if you can pronounce it!) with its Stone mason’s school – did you know the White House was built from Brac Stone?

Then, no tour of Brac Island would be complete, of course, without visiting Bol Town and Zlatni Rat beach. In the “Offbeat Traveler” column of the prominent American magazine, LA Times, it was written that our most famous beach in Croatia – Zlatni rat, is among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is among Europe’s most famous beaches and one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia. “Situated near the old town of Bol on the southern coast of the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat is a narrow white pebble beach. The amazing shape of the beach shifts with the changes in the tide, currents and wind. In 2009, it was named as one of the top ten best beaches in the world by Lonely Planet” – Touropia. Zlatni rat has great conditions for water sports such as surfing and kiting. The beach has a diving and surfing school where you can rent the necessary equipment. Back from the beach, there is pine forest in which there are many cocktail bars where you can refresh yourself during hot weather, and your kids can have fun in the children’s playground.

The stop in Bol is topped off quite superbly with a well needed visit to the “Jako” wine cellar.

If one thing could top Bol and the Zlatni Rat beach, it’s the view from the island’s highest peak right above it – Vidova Gora. An island tour couldn’t be without a stop at the top to take in the stunning panoramic views. Some say you can see Italy on a clear day – you can certainly see the far off island of Jabuka (“apple”, in Croatian).

Finally, a stop at Nerezisca, the original capital of the Island – right in the centre of the island, it was chosen to be far away from the sea due to the threat of marauding pirates. Once the Venetians got rid of the pirates, the people of the island started to settle around it’s coast in the likes of Supetar and Sutivan!

At this point, the tour also heads back to Supetar… a full day indeed…

 

ExcursionsDescriptionTotal Price (Kn)Total Price (Approx £)
GASTRO TOURDeparture: from Supetar (or Postira/Sutivan)
Departure from Supetar 18.30, Return 22.30
Includes: Minibus with A/C, free water, Tickets at the Skrip Museum, Professional Guide, Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 2 people
Adult 600Kn, Child 370KnAdult £70, Child £43
TRADITIONAL BRAC ISLAND LAMB DINNERDeparture: from Supetar (or Postira/Sutivan)
Departure from Supetar 19.30, Return 22.30
Includes: Minibus with A/C, free water, Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 2 people
Adult 300KnAdult £35
BRAC ISLAND TOURDeparture: from Supetar (or Postira/Sutivan)
Departure from Supetar 09.30, Return 16.30
Includes: Minibus with A/C, free water, Tickets at the Skrip Museum, Professional Guide, Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 2 people
Adult 370Kn, Child 220KnAdult £43, Child £25
Prices are per trip / per person as specified & in Croatian Kuna / Approx £
** All tours start from Supetar.
** Child = up to 12 years old.

PRICES

Prices are in Croatian KUNA, with Croatian VAT included. Cash payments are due in full on arrival. GBP prices are estimated and are intended as a guide the actual price in GBP depends on the exchange rate obtained by you.

 

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