Prepare for an exciting four-day coastal adventure that will take you from the time-honored city of Dubrovnik to the vibrant city of Split. This captivating journey will take you through picturesque coastal towns, breathtaking landscapes and impressive historical sites, immersing you in the essence of the Dalmatian coast.
Day 1: Begin your journey in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Here, explore the Old Town, a World Heritage Site ( UNESCO ), stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets and walk along the majestic city walls that offer panoramic views of the azure Adriatic Sea. Don’t miss Lovrijenac Fortress, a stone watchtower that has watched over the city for centuries.
Day 2: On day two, head to the fertile Pelješac Peninsula, known for its lush vineyards and lush oyster farms. Stop in the charming town of Ston, home to one of the longest stone walls in Europe, and sample some of the world’s most delicious oysters straight from the sea. Continue your journey to the picturesque town of Korčula, said to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Admire the medieval architecture and spend the night in this charming town.
Day 3: Take a ferry to the sunny island of Hvar, known for its sunny weather, lavender fields and crystal clear waters. Visit the historic fortress of Hvar, which offers spectacular views of the town and surrounding islands. Enjoy some free time on one of the island’s stunning beaches – Palmižana or Dubovica are highly recommended for their tranquil beauty.
Day 4: On your last day, make your way to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, where ancient history and modern life blend harmoniously. Explore the imposing Diocletian’s Palace, a World Heritage Site ( UNESCO ), stroll along the lively Riva promenade and soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss the view of the sunset from Marjan Hill – it’s truly an unforgettable experience.
In Dubrovnik you can choose between the elegant Prijeko Palace, the cozy Hotel Lero or the luxurious Villa Orsula Dubrovnik. In Korčula, you can choose the beachfront Hotel Korsal, the historic Hotel Korčula De La Ville or the opulent Lesic Dimitri Palace. In Hvar, the quiet Hotel Podstine, the lavish Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort or the charming Villa Nora Hvar are your choices. Finally, in Split you can choose the chic Hotel Luxe, the friendly Hotel Marul or the charming Heritage Hotel Antique Split.
Indulge your palate in Dubrovnik at Restaurant 360, with its innovative menu and breathtaking views, Nautika Restaurant, known for its seafood, or Kopun, where you can sample traditional Croatian cuisine. In Ston, enjoy fresh seafood at Kapetanova Kuća or Bota Šare. In Korčula, don’t miss Konoba Belin, known for its peka dishes, or Aterina, which offers delicious seafood dishes. In Hvar, Dalmatino Hvar and Gariful Hvar are excellent choices for local dishes. And in Split you can try local delicacies at Villa Spiza, Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar or Konoba Nikola.
Between Dubrovnik, Ston, Korčula, Hvar and Split you can travel by busses, cars and ferries. Ferry schedules can be found on Jadrolinija or Krilo. For added flexibility and the freedom to explore at your own pace, rent a car. If you don’t want to drive yourself, private transfers can be arranged. On the islands, water cabs are available for short trips to remote beaches and nearby islands.
What you should pack
Pack light, breathable clothing for the warm Mediterranean climate, comfortable shoes for exploring the towns, a swimsuit for the beaches, and a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun. For cooler evenings, a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Don’t forget your camera to capture the breathtaking coastal views and historic landmarks, and perhaps a travel journal to record your memorable experiences.
In Dubrovnik, take a cable car ride up Mount Srd for breathtaking views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. In Korčula, you should attend a tasting of the local white wine, Pošip. If you have a little more time in Hvar, you can take a boat trip to the nearby Pakleni Islands. Finally, in Split, take a moment to relax on Bačvice beach, a sandy beach popular with the locals.
This four-day coastal adventure promises an unforgettable journey through the unique beauty, rich history and delicious culinary delights of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. The memories you create here will stay with you long after you return.