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CROATIA TRAVEL | SPLIT & ISLAND-HOPPING (HVAR, BRAC, VIS)

To experience true Croatia, you’ll need to do some island hopping, and Hvar, Brac, and Vis are the treasures of this country. Your island hopping will probably start in Split, where you can hire a car and stay for at least a few hours. Split will wow you. It's an impressive city, definitely worth exploring. But the best is yet to come – the Islands of Central Dalmatia (Hvar, Brac, and Vis) are super-fruity, charming, they are literally the fun side of life. It’s the best of both worlds.
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24 HOURS IN SPLIT

This forever young city offers more than one would expect – from unique cultural experiences to a gastronomic safari and vigorous nightlife.

Split's heart is still devoted to the past – with Diocletian's palace and historic centre on the world heritage list - but its beat is fresh & urban. If Split is just a one-day stop as you're heading towards Hvar or Brač, there are a few things you absolutely must do while you're waiting for your ferry.

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Check out the Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar. We tried their octopus, mussels, and Hama fish, but the prawn ceviche also looked amazing. For meat lovers, there's grilled ribeye steak and lamb goulash with homemade gnocchi on the menu. You can't miss this spot – everything is bursting with aromas and colors, a true safari of flavors. As for their wine list – wishes here really do come true.

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For those who would like to catch a glimpse of nightlife, there's an excellent chance to do so at the Split Beach Festival in August. 

For a more chill night on the town, you have to visit Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar. Here you can celebrate Jim Morrison's or Billie Holiday’s anniversary, or tango all night long. It’s a funky place where you'll meet some really cool people (including their staff).

HVAR – PARTY ALL NIGHT

Island Hvar – the world of vineyards, lavender fields, pine tree forests and charming beaches. It’s hard to find more magnificent nature, architecture and rich history in one place. Island Hvar is where antique and modern architecture, tranquil hidden bays and crazy nightlife blend together.

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Those of you who are wild at heart will loooove Hula Hula Hvar, a beach club where you can dance the night away, freshen up at the bar and try out their culinary delights. We tried their aglio oglio spaghetti and were very impressed. For those who take meat more seriously, may we suggest the Pepper Steak Madagascar. 

Looking for some beaches off the beaten track? Head to Sveta Nedjelja – on the way you'll find lots of hidden bays. Sveta Nedjelja is also a place where the best wine is made. Check out Zlatan Otok for some wine tasting in their basement under the sea – not to mention their food, which is also to die for.

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But that's not all from Sveta Nedjelja – for more enthusiastic and active types, we recommend a visit to the Cliffbase. Cliffbase is an amazing place to be. Everything revolves around rocks and climbing. Apartments here are built into the cliff face. You'll find some really cool routes with climbing grades from 6a – 8a.

Afraid of heights and not fond of climbing? No problem, you can hire a kayak and stay safe on the sea.

BRAC – KITE SURFING ISLAND

The bright and glittering waters of Zlatni Rat will make you fall in love with this place. Visit it once and you're obsessed. Nothing will make you feel more fulfilled than just one day at this beach. If you're up for some kite surfing – even better, because this is kite surfing paradise and the best choice in the Adriatic due to its Mistral & Levanat winds.

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Another fantastic beach is beach Murvica. Murvica hides its turquoise waters and forces you to walk a few miles, but it’s definitely worth every step. More peaceful than Zlatni Rat, but with rougher terrain and access – that's why we don't recommend this one for families with small children. 

You have to come to the restaurant Nonoban hungry – the portions are enormous but so tasty, creamy, and aromatic, you'll feel guilty if you leave even a bite on your plate. 

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Say goodbye to Split, say hello to Vis. Island Vis is a magical place for us. It's an island where you can live and experience serenity to the fullest. If you long to take a break from the worries of modern life, you are in good hands. Everyone who wants to leave the stress of real life behind and just chill and unwind will be pleased to be here.

Vis's isolation has preserved the island's authenticity and natural beauty. Its beaches are untouched and clean... and there are so many, you can choose a different beach every day.

Our favorite beaches here are Srebrna and Stiniva. Srebrna (or Silver) beach is a lovely pebble beach on the southwestern side of the island. It’s exposed to open sea, surrounded by pine trees and suitable for families with children (caution: bring your own food and drinks, since there aren't any restaurants or bars). Stiniva is poetry for the soul. A fairytale beach with an astonishing entrance is protected by high cliffs. This beach is a natural phenomenon, and there's no way you won't fall in love with it.

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Expect to gain a few pounds after spending a week here. Vis's gastronomic scene is smoking hot. There's no place in the world that can beat their foodie scene. Roki's restaurant has to be on your bucket list. We tried their lamb and octopus cooked under charcoal and were amazed. But remember to take cash – they do not accept credit cards!

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