Walking Holidays in Croatia - Dalmatian Islands - Explore the Dalmatian Islands


Holiday Highlights
  • Island hop the Dalmatians between Split, Brač & Hvar
  • Plenty of swimming opportunities in the incredible clear blue sea
  • Explore charming vineyards, olive groves, museums, castles and Roman remains


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The exquisite Dalmatian Islands lie just off the Croatian coastline, resting atop the inviting waters of the Mediterranean Sea. These unique islands offer walkers who visit a diversity of experience and pockets of discovery to relish in, whilst the coastal air supplies a fresh breeze to compliment the blissful Croatian sun; perfect for walking!

We feature the islands of Brač and Hvar, renowned for their relaxed ambience, fantastic local cuisine and wine, intriguing historic cities and towns, and some of the most scenically dramatic walking in Europe, these Dalmatian Islands are the picture perfect destination for a keen walker searching for a spectacular natural beauty.

Your journey begins in the exuberant city of Split, known for mastering the ideal balance between tradition and modernity. A scenic ferry journey brings you to your first Dalmatian Island, Brač (pronounced “Bratch”) encompassing an extensive and fascinating history which provides an excellent window into authentic Croatian Island life. You will notice the limestone and often mountainous scenery where incredible piles of stone were cleared by hand to create usable land, some of which was quarried to build the White House in Washington. Viewpoints are plenty along this trek and simply breath-taking over the sea and neighbouring islands.

Another beautiful ferry crossing brings you to your second Dalmatian Island, Hvar, where vast vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields are abundant alongside your walking trails. There are copious amounts of interesting museums, castles and Roman remains to explore on your journey as well as many swimming opportunities in the incredible clear blue sea. The last of your ferry rides brings you back to Split where you may wish to add extra nights to truly appreciate the culture and architecture of this exciting city, where enticing fresh seafood and local wines can be found around every corner.

The route is mostly along tracks or rural roads; sometimes on paths (some can be rocky due to characteristic limestone). Paths are generally easy to follow and sometimes waymarked and/or signposted however this is variable. Our detailed walk notes will assist you at all times. Our route takes you to some of the best viewpoints on the islands, offers plenty of swimming opportunities and the chance to experience the beautiful, rustic nature of these Croatian Islands.


Day 1:
Arrive at the airport and transfer to Split port for your ferry to Supetar on Brač Island. You will then be transferred to your first hotel. If you are arriving on a later flight (too late for the ferry to Brač) then we will arrange your first night to be in Split as a substitution for your last night in Split – then you will take the ferry to Brač the following morning. Overnight Supetar (Brač Island).

Day 2: This varied circular walk provides an excellent introduction to the villages and landscapes of Brač. As you follow the coastline there are several swimming opportunities to enjoy in the vivid clear blue water. Pass through unspoilt villages surrounding natural harbours as you make your way back to the lovely town of Supetar. Overnight Supetar (Brač Island).

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 500m. Distance: 13 miles.

Shorter option available at - Ascent: 220m. Descent: 220m. Distance: 5 miles.

Day 3: This superb walk takes you to the coastal village of Bol via the highest point in the Adriatic Islands known as Vidova Gora. For a while you join the well waymarked ‘Educational Trail’ passing various information boards (in both Croatian & English), then a lovely path takes you up to the edge of the limestone escarpment and on to the summit with its breath-taking views to Hvar and beyond. You can then relax in the seaside town of Bol before being reunited with your bags and taking the ferry over to Hvar. Overnight Jelsa (Hvar Island).

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 800m. Distance: 10 miles.

Day 4: Todays route takes you to the highest point on Hvar Island at 628m above sea level. You will be surrounded by lavender, olive groves and vineyards as you steadily reach the limestone ridge which forms the backbone of the island. The summit features a small chapel as well as spectacular views. On your descent, you will pass near a huge cave which provides an interesting stop-off with ruins of an Augustinian monastery; there is also an opportunity to sample local wine at the nearby Kolumbic farm! Overnight Sv. Nedjelja (Hvar Island).

Ascent: 570m. Descent: 640m. Distance: 7 miles.

Day 5: In contrast to your last two days, this route follows the coastline with plenty of swimming opportunities and a choice of restaurants for lunch. As you cross below a ridge, you shortly come to the first beach on this walk in a tiny hamlet. Continue passing enticing little coves and more beaches before reaching the historic centre of Hvar. Overnight Hvar Town (Hvar Island).

Ascent: 490m. Descent: 530m. Distance: 10 miles.

Day 6: Todays walk takes you over the hills and down to the old administrative capital of the island which was originally called Faros by the Greeks and later Faria (in Roman times) – the latter was changed to Hvar by the incoming Slav population. Follow the footpath to Motokit summit with superlative views before descending through olive groves and lavender fields where you can visit the ancient chapel of St Vitus. There are more swimming opportunities are you get closer to your destination. Overnight Stari Grad (Hvar Island).

Ascent: 620m. Descent: 620m. Distance: 12 miles.

Day 7: This is a circular walk of two halves. Firstly you walk through olive groves, vineyards and villages in the hills south of the plain, and secondly through the famous cultivated land on the Stari Grad plain. This area was laid out by the Greeks in the 4th century BC and has been in continuous use for growing olives and vines ever since. Interpretive panels along the way provide information. If possible, we suggest you allow yourself some time to explore Stari Grad, which translates as ‘Old City’. Take an afternoon ferry back to Split. Overnight Split (Mainland).

Ascent: 250m. Descent: 250m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 3.75 hours.

Day 8: If time allows before your flight home, we have an optional documented walk in Split which is certainly the most strenuous walks of our trek and is entirely mountainous (you could swap this walk with your previous day if you prefer).

Ascent: 870m. Descent: 870m. Distance: 6 miles.

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport (30 mins) for your flight home.

You can of course choose to stay on for a couple of nights at any of the trek stops or in the stunning city of Split which we highly recommend. 


Extra Nights

We highly recommend adding extra nights in Split either at the beginning or end of your trek. Nestled between mountains and sea, this exuberant port city is a pleasure to explore and has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Visit Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments), as well as various intriguing museums and the wide range of incredible Croatian restaurants within the atmospheric old walls.


Self-Guided Walking

We provide you with our exclusive self-guided walk booklet created by a member of our UK based walk writing team (first language English) which documents each walk. We also provide the best maps available for this region.


Ferries & Baggage Transfers

All of your required ferries are included on this holiday, as are all necessary transfers between hotels and ports. Your luggage is transferred for you from hotel to hotel leaving you free to travel with a day rucksack only (you take your bags with you on the ferry journeys).


Walk Grading

Self-Guided – Moderate walking (includes one additional walk in Split which is optional and not accounted for in these figures). Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Total ascents: 2930m. Total descents: 3340m. Total distance: 60 miles / 96km.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

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All of our accommodations are of high quality chosen for their charm, location and friendliness. All rooms have a private bathroom, mostly with a shower over the bath. You can opt to upgrade to 4* higher grade hotels on 6 nights (our standard grade hotels are all 3*).

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Availability Information

This trek is available from April to late September; however we wouldn’t recommend travelling in July & August due to expected high temperatures and high volumes of visitors which also makes hotel availability limited.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 


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