If an island-hopping holiday calls to mind images of dragging a rucksack on to a Greek car ferry as an impoverished student, it’s time to think again. Island-hopping across the Aegean Sea off the coast of Croatia is far more civilised.
Croatia’s new generation of catamarans are big, reliable and fast. They come with air conditioning, cafes and the kind of legroom that puts airlines to shame.
The routes and timetables allow you to plan a perfect week’s holiday, perhaps staying for two nights on three different islands, with a final night on the mainland before flying home.
Start the dream itinerary with an early-morning flight to Dubrovnik. Hop on a transfer coach outside the terminal (£8/R150, pay the driver) and you’ll be at the port in time for a lazy lunch (with a view of super-yachts, some with helipads).
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