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Dubrovnik is the ideal base from which to go island hopping, thanks to the string of stunning islands and islets that lie beyond the pristine coastline of this ancient city. The closest of these is less than a kilometre from Dubrovnik’s Old Port – Lokrum, a verdant oasis covered with fragrant pine trees.
Lapped by the waves of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, swimming and sunbathing. But if you’re looking to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches, there’s a handsome array of islands to discover just off its coast. There’s nothing quite like seeing the shoreline fall into focus from your ferry, or gliding by karst-rock islets on a sailboat, feeling the salt-breeze on your cheeks. Read on for our guide to the best islands to visit near the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
This is an island for the haves, and the have-yachts. Long geared to accommodating international visitors, Hvar remains at the crest of Croatia’s current tourist wave, unveiling a string of design-forward hotels and VIP nightspots. Elite partygoers also gather on the super-yachts of oligarchs and film stars, moored within reach of shore. The rest of the island is given over to vineyards and lavender fields, its coast sheltering the odd reclusive boutique hotel or picturesque eatery. The journey time is usually around 3.5 hours depending on the route, meaning it’s best experienced as an overnight excursion from Dubrovnik.