Week in Croatia - islands?

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count_duckula

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Really keen to explore the islands in Croatia this summer, any ideas? Seen some piccies and the idea of crystal-clear waters at low expense sounds brill. Does anyone know the best way to get there as well, bit short of ideas on that front? I have however heard that buses from the airport and ferries are the way to do it, can anyone confirm that?
 
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Ferries to the islands are from Split, Rijeka, Zadar, & Dubrovnik. PM me as I have ferry timetables for Jadrolinija ferries.
 
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A word of warning: Croatia is no longer cheap! Cheaper than North Italy, but not cheap in absolute terms...

I have a couple of offices in Croatia and a friend owns a few developments (marinas mainly) on the coast (if you have a 50m gin palace then I'll introduce you, if not then avoid as he rips people off!). They can give good advice about where to go. Also my manager in Poland is a bit of sailing freak and spends each summer with the money he has embezzled from me sailing around the Croatian islands.

Do you have your own boat or do you need a rental, or were you planning on traipsing around by foot and ferry?

Drop me a PM and I'll see if my contacts can help you and your wallet!

Dread

PS Was very serious about Croatia no longer being cheap!
 
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Yep Croatia is expensive. The exchange rate 4 years ago was 12 Kunas to £1, now it's more like 8.5 to £1. You can get ferries from Pula to Zadar and then on to the south with Emsav's help. Easyjet fly to Zagreb cheap, however, traveling then on to the coast isn't cheap and be warned, in July the temp was up to 40C in the shade. Then it rained a week later!
I've noticed it's mostly accomodation that is very expensive, some apartments can set you back Euro 100.00 per night and car hire is expensive (around £25 per day if booking in UK or at the airport). Ferries are cheap, but then there's accomodation. Where are you thinking of going? North, around Pula / Istra and down, or South Around Split and Dubrovnik?
 
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There are a series of islands accessible from Sibenik aswell. You may find prices are less expensive from there (although I've not been there since 95 so Dread's warning may be worth heeding)
 

Forastero

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Which islands are you visiting, there's stacks of them! We're off there for three weeks in Sep (wife is a Croat) and after Istria we plonk ourselves in Novalja on Pag. Not the prettiest of towns by a long stretch but her pa has a holiday apartment there so cheap holidays all round.

Give us an idea of where you want to go and we'll try and help out.
 
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Fly direct to Split, get the bus or walk down to Trogir and get a boat across to either Hvar or Brac.

You've arrived in heaven !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheap food & drink.

I've done it twice since being posted out there in 1995.
 
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Which islands are you visiting, there's stacks of them! We're off there for three weeks in Sep (wife is a Croat) and after Istria we plonk ourselves in Novalja on Pag. Not the prettiest of towns by a long stretch but her pa has a holiday apartment there so cheap holidays all round.

Give us an idea of where you want to go and we'll try and help out.
There are some good perks to a Croat wife! But saying that, my in-laws are out about 80km from Zagreb and NOT in the Istra direction! But wife has a cousin in Pula, so not all that bad. She's off again in Sept, but I'm not, mainly beause after 2 trips this year already my brain can't cope with the language! I do speak some, but as you would know, it's a bit more advance than just holiday talk with the in-laws!

Enjoy the trip!
 
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The girlfriend and I are off to Hvar at the end of August. Not cheap per se, we have a bijou cottage for £500 for a week, from Owners Direct (Brits) which I though was ok, though the flight for me is £700, from Aberdeen to Split, which made me blink a bit, even booking well in advance, trying to avoid too many changes and coincide with her flight in from the Ukraine, but still. Choosing that sort of directly owned place means that I can request chaqmpagne on arrival (!), but also get picked up from the ferry latish in the evening by the owners, which is nice. And they are tied into the locals so know what's what.

What I am looking for is an outfit that does a day cruise around the islands - personally I would like to visit the old naval base at Vis and some of the Wellingtonian forts, and she can get her request for a small cruise too.

And I want a romantic restaurant for on evening. That's the main thing.
 
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Good point that Captaincalamity has reminded me of - the "High" season there finishes usually around the end of August, my wife's cousin thought it's usually about the 23rd of similar, but I'm sure there's a few on the site with closer links to knowledge and timings.
 
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count_duckula

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After some more digging Croatia is going to exceed our rather crummy budget, which is a real shame. Island-hopping would've been brill, although more planning would've been necessary. Thanks to everyone who contributed, having read P_G's post this is still one of the areas where the site is bloody useful.
 

Forastero

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There are some good perks to a Croat wife! But saying that, my in-laws are out about 80km from Zagreb and NOT in the Istra direction! But wife has a cousin in Pula, so not all that bad. She's off again in Sept, but I'm not, mainly beause after 2 trips this year already my brain can't cope with the language! I do speak some, but as you would know, it's a bit more advance than just holiday talk with the in-laws!

Enjoy the trip!
What perks are those then?! My in-laws are in Ogulin, quite a pretty town although I get gawped at when I open my chops as anyone other than a Croat is a complete enigma to them. Actually, Zagreb's much the same. With you on the lingo front, what a nightmare. I can get by in restaurants, trams, bars and all the rest of it but anything more than that and I'm completely screwed. Meeting up with said in-laws reduces me to a grinning loon in the corner as I just can't keep up!

I love Istria, I just wish I could afford some of the ball-achingly stunning properties around there. I'd kill for a place in Groznjan and am seriously toying of saving every single possible penny I can before I leave the mob in two years time to do just that. We shall see! Pula's a funny old place, loved bits of it, didn't much like others. Found a cracking restaurant to scoff in - Kantina - well worth a try if you haven't been there yet!

Roll on Sep!
 
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After some more digging Croatia is going to exceed our rather crummy budget, which is a real shame. Island-hopping would've been brill, although more planning would've been necessary. Thanks to everyone who contributed, having read P_G's post this is still one of the areas where the site is bloody useful.
It's possible to do coastal Croatia on a budget mate, and if you do your homework there's no reason why it should be any more expensive than any of the alternative destinations. EasyJet fly from Stansted and Gatwick to Split and a return trip for 2 adults will cost you a touch over 200 quid in mid-September (flying mid-week). The same trip with German Wings will set you back about £250 or, if you're slightly more classy, you can do the journey from Heathrow with Croatia Airlines or Austrian Airlines for £300-£400. If you're desperate or struggling to find a seat with anyone reliable, Wizz Air (a cheapo Hungarian airline) fly from Luton to both Split and Dubrovnik. A retun trip to Split for two adults in mid-September will set you back about £400.00 with them. Cheap flights | Free flight comparison from Skyscanner.net is a good site for finding good deals - play around with the dates and you might be suprised at how much you can save.

From Split, you can catch boats to pretty much anywhere, as long as you're willing to take a punt and island-hop. If you're more comfortable planning things in advance and taking a proper ferry, Jadrolinija Ancona - Split Ancona Zadar Dubrovnik - Bari has all the details you need in English and lists direct routes to Hvar, Brac and Korcula, as well as smaller, less densely-populated islands like Solta and Lastovo. If you go outside of high season (which only lasts from mid-June to late August), you can get a deck seat for under 20.00 Euros per person, which is all you really need for the short crossing to the isands around the city (the trip to Vis, for example, only takes around 2.5 hours and is much further out than Hvar or Brac). If you book your return ticket at the same time as buying your outbound one, you'll get a 20% discount for the return leg. You can buy tickets in the UK on 020 8206 3420 or just buy them when you get to Split.

You'll find accommodation to suit every budget on the larger islands and, as ever, you get what you pay for. But being a man of the world, you won't be wanting to sit by the pool for a week anyway, will you? If you just want a reasonably pleasant base to relax and explore, you can find double rooms in villas or guesthouse for between 30 and 40 quid. Villa Jadranka in Hvar (which I highly recommend) will find you close to the beach, 10 minutes from the centre of town and surrounded by fruit trees and an old monastery for £30.00 a night for two people. You can find it and similar places on Booking.com: 158011 hotels worldwide. Book your hotel now! and reserve your room online.

So, all in all, if you go out-of-season (in mid-September say), with a bit of effort you'll get a return flight for £300.00, a return ferry trip for less than £50.00 and a double room somwhere nice on Hvar for 5 nights for under £150.00. That's £500.00 for the pair of you, not incuding beer and kebab money. It won't be luxury but it'll be a holiday somewhere you realy want to go, and cheaper than a week in Cornwall...
 

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