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island best for 2 couples in their 40's

Hi everyone
My husband and I are travelling to Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia for 3 weeks. We will be flying from London to Slovenia, renting a car and heading off. We are in the early stages of an itinerary and I will be posting for advice:)

As part of this 3 week trip, we will be meeting another Canadian couple for 5 days. We would like to rent a villa off the coast nearish Dubrovnik for these days. We are in our 40's and have travelled together before renting places in Maui and France (near La Grange a very small village by Vence) and had a blast. We like places that have local character. We will have a car but also would want to be walking distance to at least a few restaurants, bars and activities. We like the beach for a day or two (though a nice beach is very important to the other couple), also sightseeing, great wine, restaurants and hiking. We would also want to do perhaps day trips to other islands. Also, the other couple would need to head back to London from Dubrovnik so we would need easy access to there. We are travelling May 28th-June 3rd, 2016. So based on my research to date, we are down to Hvar, Korcula, or Brac. Any suggestions and where on these islands I should start looking? I started with someway and VRBO and got overwhelmed. Oh and I should mention we would like a place with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and a pool. Local colourful and fun- no chain hotels or anything!

Appreciate your help.

Posted by
334 posts

One thing to keep in mind is the ferry schedule between those islands and Dubrovnik. Provided that the ferry schedule in 2016 remains similar to 2015, the Kapetan Luka (http://www.krilo.hr/en/) catamarans go south from Split to Dubrovnik in the mornings (making stops at Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet along the way) and make the return trip north in the evening. Jadrolinija (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en) operates other ferries between the islands, but check the times of those ferries. Some can leave quite early in the morning. If you want to do day trips to other islands, you may want to base yourself at a location that gives you better connections to the other islands.

I feel that I haven't answered your questions, but maybe including the ferry schedule in your research will help you narrow down which island to use as a base.

Posted by
487 posts

I am not sure what the other couple is expecting in terms of a "nice beach" but to my knowledge most of the "beaches" in Croatia are rocky or gravel and not sandy beaches. The water is very clear and beautiful, but no big stretches of sand like you might find in Maui. Have fun!

Posted by
1118 posts

Mike is correct about the ferry schedules - do check their schedule.

We stayed on Hvar at Olive Tree Apartments and cannot say enough about the location ! We sat out every night on our expansive terrace overlooking the harbor and the town and the castle drinking wine and eating chocolate ! You were steps away from town and the restaurants. Hvar is also a quick ferry ride to Brac and Korcula, so you could spend a day on each.

Our friends have raved about their stay in Cavtat, which is just south of Dubrovnik. They liked the village atmosphere and restaurants there, and noted that you could take a ferry into Dubrovnik, as well as the islands of Hvar and Korcula.