I have an itinerary below for 9 nights in Croatia for July. Unfortunately we can NOT avoid July because of our children's school schedules and wedding to attend. Because it's our first (and perhaps only) visit to Croatia, we are seeing the major highlights.
However, I'd love -- for at least 1-3 days -- to have a feeling of NOT being in the thick of crowds. So my key question, is how to escape the crowds from time to time.
Context: We are a family traveling with 2 kids, ages 10 and 11, and my 80-yr old mom. We like nature, culture, history. We'll do a beach for a day, but that's about our beach limit.
Our current itinerary is:
Day 1 - Arrive Zagreb mid-day. Rest.
Day 2 - Sightsee Zagreb. End of day head to Plitvice Lake. Overnight in Nat'l Park hotel
Day 3 - Plitvice Lake for day, and spend night in Zadar.
Day 4 - See Zadar AM, and Krka Nat'l Park PM. Overnight in Split.
Day 5 - See Split and Trogir. Ferry Hvar. Overnight Hvar for 3 nights.
Days 6, 7 -- Currently planned for HVAR and surroundings.
Day 8, 9 - Dubrovnik (2 nights)
Day 10 - return to US
My questions are:
1. What's a good substitute for Hvar? It sounds glitzy and touristy. Is Korcula really less busy in July? Should I just head to Dubrovnik?
I was hoping to go to Mostar -- and perhap if I skip Hvar -- I can do that?
Conversely: If we stay on Hvar -- how best to escape crowds?
Any other recommendations on small places to stop by and visit is welcome. Thank you!!
Thank you! This is a helpful forum.