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Hiking Hvar, Korc'ula and maybe Brac'

We have 6-7 out of our 15 day trip designated for island hiking. We prefer coastal hiking with sea views. Now the question is which island has the better coastal trails? And how many days should we have on each island? So far we are thinking to stay one night in Orebic'( for St. Ilia hike -is it a good one?), 2 nights in Korc'ula and 3 nights in Hvar (or Stari Grad). Please, share any suggestions and recommendations. We are not interested in beaches and night life, we are interested in beautiful views and good local wine for the evenings. Trip is in June.

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I'd combine the Orebic and Korcula stays, since you can easily get to Orebic from Korcula with the ferry. I wish I had a chance to do that Sv Iiia hike--i certainly enjoyed the view from my apartment in Korcula!
https://www.korculainfo.com/walking-korcula/ is a great resource and I'm sure there are equivalents for the other islands, or the tourist offices can advise.
Cicerone publishes hiking guides and they have a book covering Croatia.
On Hvar, you might also enjoy the paved cycle path between Stari Grad toward Jelsa--I hope to get back and do that one day.
The vineyards around Lumbarda on Korcula are nice for biking too in case you like both.
We typically just parked our scooter and rambled--I've gotten more practiced at finding good hiking trails since my last visit.

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I prefer the north of Hvar to Hvar town. Hvar town in June will be full of young partygoers. The north is much more sedate.

I have stayed in Dol and Vrbanj, hillside villages above Stari Grad. I have been 3 times in mid June/ July and September and each time would be too hot for me to do much walking during the day. I recall one day was 36 degrees at 9pm! The Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth exploring and there are walks around the pretty village of Vrboska and Jelsa.

The views are stunning from the top of the hills running the length of the island, starting adjacent to the tunnel on the Stari Grad - Dubovica Beach road.

Assuming these restaurants have survived Covid, I recommend Eremitaz in Stari Grad, Konoba Kokot in Dol (try their own cheese and wine), Konoba Bogo in Vrbanj for pizza and Konoba Vrisnik in Vrisnik for the best house wine on the island and great octopus salad.