With a clap of thunder and a downpour of rain, we set off for the next stop on our island-hopping journey: Hvar Town on Hvar Island. As soon as we set foot on the port, we were greeted by deep house sounds vibrating from Carpe Diem, a bar with its own beach across the bay where the well-dressed and wealthy flock to dance until sundown. Our plans to visit the renowned beach club were put on hold, after the heavens opened again and a tremendous storm was unleashed, sending deep echoes of thunder across the valley.
The first island destination on our Croatian journey was Korcula Old Town, a fortified settlement across the bay from the Orebic peninsula. It shared the same medieval feel as Dubrovnik, with a network of narrow stepped streets surrounded by the same ancient walls and white stone towers lined with battlements.
Dubrovnik has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural and historical interest, rivalling the Renaissance likes of Florence and Venice. It is one of the world’s best preserved medieval walled cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Last summer, my boyfriend and I island-hopped along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. We had heard that this European gem, nestled between Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, was an up-and-coming hotspot not only because of the increasing number of beach festivals and boat parties, but also because of its attractively low prices and guaranteed sunshine. We travelled from the walled city of Dubrovnik up to Split, stopping off at a number of islands along the way.