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Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

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Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

Hello,

Would really appreciate some advice on Split vs the islands!

My husband and I will be in Croatia for 8 nights in August and will arrive in Dubrovnik first. Our plan is to see Dubrovnik (3 nights), Montenegro (day trip), Hvar (4nights), Korcula (day trip?). We have 1 night left to plan and are debating whether to add Split or more time on the islands. We are looking for a relaxing holiday so do not want to spend too much time packing and moving. I would prefer to do day trips, if they do the places justice! I would really prefer not to go to Split just for a night unless it's really worth a visit so was wondering if it can be skipped altogether? If not, can it be done for a day trip from Hvar or is it best to spend the 1 night there?

Also..

- Is Krka national park worth visiting? (If we stay in Split) Is it extremely crowded in August?

- Is Mljet national park worth a visit for a day trip from Dubrovnik?

- Would it be better to spend a night in Korcula or is a day trip (from Hvar or Dubrovnik) enough to experience the island? We are departing from Dubrovnik so could do Korcula after Hvar on the way back to Dubrovnik.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

Check out how the catamaran timetables work for you for the day trips - Krilo and Jadrolinija are the companies.You might have difficulty getting accommodation for one night so day trips may work better. Split for a night doesn't sound like a good idea - but Krka is worth seeing.

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2. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

I would NEVER; EVER skip Split for any of the islands. It's a city which has more to display than Dubrovnik (yes, that IS possible too). With its unbelievable mixture of architecture - from ancient Roman, over Gothic, Reneissance, Baroque to Austro-Hungarian Classicist and Art-Deco (Vienna Secession), with its magnificent harbor, Marjan park-hill. It is big (Croatia's 2nd largets town), it has charm, it can offer you a shopping spree. Need anything more????

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3. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

There's plenty of interest in Split, but it isn't relaxing. The islands are generally relaxing, but not Hvar Town in peak season. The day trips to Montenegro often have a lot of travelling in a coach. Try to find one that does not try to do too much.

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4. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

Thanks @judec so would you recommend we reduce our stay in hvar to 3 nights and skip korcula to stay 2 nights in split?

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5. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

@424tarikd So how many nights would you suggest in split?

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6. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

@apt22 unfortunately we have no choice but to travel back from dubrovnik so im conscious of the fact that we will also need to account for a flight or 3 hour drive from split to dubrovnik followed by a flight back home so going to split will mean a lot more travel time for such a short stay. Not sure if its worth it.

Were looking for good atmosphere so would like lively places not necessarily partying nor all relaxation.. We just prefer to make the most of fewer places vs traveling to too many places, trying to do so much in a short time.

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7. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

We spent 7 nights in Brac and it was wonderful and 2 nights in Split totally different cultures

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8. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

leave 1 night for Hvar and 3 for Split

Visit Trogir, Klis fortress (Game of Thrones filming location), the whole Roman antique town Salona in Split suburbs (Solin) with amphitheater and aqueduct, museums (TWO archeological), maritime in Gripe fortress, ethnological, town museum, Mestrovic's gallery and his Kastilac (look at Wikipedia entry for Ivan Mestrovic!), visit Omis... Enjoy cakes in Bobis sweetshop at Split's waterfront (Riva), while watching the sunset

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9. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

Between Split and Split airport/Trogir there is the "Riviera of 7 Kastela" (castles) - one of them is yet another Game of Thrones filming location:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev…

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10. Re: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split or skip Split to see more islands?

@424tarikd thank you for all the suggestions! We're really keen on spending a few nights enjoying the islands but will see if perhaps we make it 2 nights in Split instead.

Anyone have any thoughts on Korcula? instead of Split .. I read many great things about Korcula..

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