Do you want to see as much as possible in the shortest possible time? Backpacking is your solution!
No matter how much time you spend in Croatia, it is simply not long enough!
Countless towns, coves, headlands and islands must be seen, and you´ll need a long time to get to them all.
Croatia is an easy country to travel, so why not pack up and go from place to place, to place to place? If you´re travelling in the summer, you don´t need to pack many things. Summer clothing, sunscreen and toiletries. Simple, and easier to carry.
During spring or autumn you can throw in a pair of trousers, a windbreaker and a hoodie, which should keep you covered.
If you´ve got two weeks at hand, I suggest you get a roundtrip ticket to and from the Split airport, and take it from there.
Parts of the tour can also be taken in a week.
Spend two or three days in each place, that will give you a chance to see and experience more!
When travelling light, you are a bit more dynamic and adventurous than a family of 5, so I assume you can accept that everything is not 100% planned in advance :)
Some places you can use public transport; boat or bus, elsewhere you will need to look around, and talk to the locals to hitch a ride with boat or taxi.
Keep in mind that the Croats are friendly and welcoming people who always wants to help. Everything tends to work out if you bring the right mood to the party!
If you miss the last bus or ferry you can be fairly sure that there´s accommodation nearby.
Look for the blue sign saying "APARTMAN" or look for people sitting along the road with signs advertising their apartments for rent. Or simply just as someone.
The airport in Split is a few minutes from Trogir, a destination in itself and a perfect place to start a trip. Taxis are waiting outside the airport, and the trip to Trogir costs appr. 100 Kuna, around 13 Euros.
Also, try to get a room in the town itself - you will live in paradise.
My advise is to spend a night and a day in Trogir!
From the docks in Trogir you can take the ferry with Jadrolinija to Drvenik Mali (Little Drvenik). Jadrolinija has a fine website, you can easily figure out where to find routes and destinations.
Drvenik Mali is a tranquil and lovely little island where it is easy to find peace. Drvenik Mali is small, so it may be wise to book accommodation in advance.
You can spend a day or two, or three, before heading to the larger neighboring island, Drvenik Veli (Big Drvenik).
You can go with the same ferry you took from Trogir, it goes roundtrip several times a day.
Drvenik Veli is equally quit and beautiful. The ferry will take you to a typical, small Croatian village with everything you need. A visit to the Blue Lagoon on the opposite side of the island is also mandatory. Great place for a swim!
Leaving Drvenik Veli, you can either take the ferry back to Trogir, but the best thing to do is get a ride over to Solta (pronounced Sjolta), the neighboring island to the south. There are many ways to cross over, one of them is to rent a small passenger boat with a skipper for a reasonable price.
When you get to Solta, Maslinica (pron. Maslinitsa) is the first stop.
Another lovely, small Croatian town along the coast!
Besides Maslinica, Solta har a number of towns where you can spend some time before moving on.
The next island on the list is Brac (pron. Bratsj).
Like Solta, Brac has a number of small towns totally worth visiting.
Supetar is one of the largest, and home to a variety of hotels as well as the ferry to Split, if you need to go back. From the pier in Split you can catch a bus directly to the airport.
Both Pucisca (pron. Pusjitska) and Povlja are quiet towns worth visiting, Sumartin as well. In Sumartin you´ll find the ferry to Makarska. It leaves several times a days.
Just check Jadrolinija for timetable.
Other activities for your To-Do list is the mountain Vidova Gora, with breathtaking views, and of course the town of Bol with the famous Zlatni Rat beach.
From Bol, catch the ferry over to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.
Hvar is pronounced like a K with a lot of air. Not Where, and not Kvar, but a thing in between. Practice a little, and you´re good to go :)
In Hvar, you have a number of options. You can relax in quiet Jelsa, or you can get a ride over to Hvar town, currently one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean.
Hvar is a long and diverse island, many opportunities for adventure, depending on how much time you have available.
From Hvar town you can take the ferry to the island of Korcula (pron. Kortsjula).
As we know, the beautiful towns along the Croatian coast are more then you can count, but here we go again!
Korcula city is a mandatory destination. Not only incredibly beautiful, you can also visit the house where Marco Polo lived and have a look around his tower.
From Korcula, you can either take the ferry back to Split or to the mainland.
The Croatian mainlands coastline is worth a trip on its own. You can catch the bus from Zaton and go north to Split. Feel free to spend a day or two extra and plan some stops along the way.
Once again; you can stop in any small town you like and find what you need in terms of accommodation, food and great company.
Croats are a bit shy and respectful of nature, but also very hospitable. They are more than happy to invite you to an evening of barbeque, stories and a nice (and probably homemade) drink.
The options are countless along the Croatian coast, the biggest challenge is not taking on too much at once.
Regardless of where, how and when, you will for sure have a good time, and create lovely and memorable experiences along the Adriatic Sea!
Have a nice trip, or as Croats say; Sretan put!