- Dalmatia Islands
Hvar lies east-west and belongs to the central island group of the Adriatic. With the Island of Hvar just about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the mainland, the early signs of tourism on the Island reach far back into history, and can be seen by the remains of rustic villas (farm buildings and country houses) all over Hvar's Agar (valley).
The mountain chain running along the middle of the island divides it into north and south, with outstanding peaks such as: Cernica, Hum, Gvozd and Sveti Nikola.
Apart from tourism, wine, lavender and honey have long been the main peasants' produce in Hvar. Wine from Hvar and other Dalmatian areas were successfully exported to France and then Hungary from 1870 until 1894. The flat part of the island between Stari Grad, Vrboska and Jelsa is today under vineyards which produce up to 50,000 hectoliters of wine per year.
The Island of Krk is connected with the mainland by a bridge and its passenger ship terminal provides daily connections to Greece and the rest of Dalmatia.
Don’t miss the town of Baska toward the south-east of the island, much sought after by tourists because of its long sandy beaches that descend gradually into the Adriatic.
Brac is the largest island of the middle Dalmatian group of islands and third largest among the Adriatic Sea. With its long, sandy beaches surrounded by pine forests, Brac has been a popular holiday resort for a long time.
Try places like Bol for an active sun, surf, hiking or climbing holiday, or discover one of the many picturesque villages that provide a more peaceful holiday setting.
The island Vis is the most distant of the larger islands in the group of middle Dalmatia and is situated 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the main land. Visitors are not disappointed by its secluded beaches on numerous peaceful bays and a transparent blue sea. Pass your time in the historic ambience of medieval cities of Vis and Komi?a.
Diving enthusiasts can spend many exciting hours exploring the local sunken boats. Visitors can also hire a sail boat to easily reach the island Biševo and its famous Blue Cave. Around 20% of arable land on the island is covered with vineyards and with its sandy island soil, the Vis vineyards are among best in Dalmatia.
HOW TO GET THERE
British Airways has regularly scheduled flights from London Gatwick, to Split or Dubrovnik. Croatia Airlines has regularly scheduled flights from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester.
From all major European cities there are direct flights to Zagreb.
Transfer to a regular domestic flights to Rijeka, Osijek, Brac, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar.
If you don't have your own boat, travel from Split, Drvenik, Ancona, Pescara by ferry or catamaran.
The Croatian coastal towns and cities are served by passenger/car ferry and catamaran services including Jadrolinija, CroatiaJet, SEM Marina and Blue Line.
The inhabited islands are linked with the mainland as well as Italy via Ancona and Bari. During the summer, the frequency of ferry sailings is usually increased and fast hydrofoil services are added.