The city of Split in Dalmatia has become a common tourist basecamp for exploring the islands of Croatia. With relatively cheap lodging, grub and transport and exceptionally welcoming people, it has been the prevailing choice as a tourist holiday base. However, if you really want to really be engrossed by the culture and unique mores of Dalmatia, then the islands near Split are the better choice for a better bargain. More specifically, Pakleni islands, Hvar, Brac and Solta are prime options to buy or rent a house near Split for a deeper raptness and tête-à-tête with the splendor that is Croatia.
Pakleni islands. Also known as Paklinski islands or Škoji to the locals (which means islands), Pakleni is a chain of islands and islets, each having its unique charm and offering a diverse range of activities to do. Its name is wittily translated as Hell’s islands because pakleni means hellish. But the term Paklina actually refers to the pine resin produced in the islands which were used as ship coating. The hell’s island is comprised of around 16 heavenly islands the biggest of which is Sveti Klement. Named after St. Clement, this island is also known as Veliki otok that means Big Island, which contained the major neighborhoods in the area. In spite of its stark and stony characteristics, this island is popular wedding destination for its romantic and sentimental ambiance. The other islands like Borovac, Vodnjak Mali and Veli, Travna, Vlaka, Jerolim and Pokonji Dol, have coastal shores for relaxing. Some islands are uninhabited such as Galešnik. All islands are connected and can be explored using taxi boats or water taxis.
Hvar Island. Whenever people talk about Hvar Island, the first thing that comes to mind is Carpe Diem Beach in Stipanksa Bay on the island of Marinkovac. This beach is famous for its full moon beach parties that are flocked by tourists out for hard partying. This has become the traditional venue for dance parties where top DJs from around the world have performed. But Hvar is actually more than this; the historic city town served as the foremost naval base of the Venetian Empire and is home to the most antiquated public theatre in Europe which accounts for its many timeworn architectural marvels. If you want to enjoy the local Dalmatian food and other native accoutrements, you can drop by the Jelsa town market. Finally, Stari Grad contains the chief seaport of the island.
Brac Island. The largest island in Dalmatia connected to the continental island via the Brač Channel is another common ground for tourists visiting Dalmatia. This is because it has its own local airport which makes it easily accessible. Tourism is the major economy of Brac. Hence, if you plan to live or stay in Croatia and be adventurous, then Brac is the ideal place to buy or rent a house or apartment. You can stay at the town proper of Supetar or live a more peaceful or relaxed town of Murvica. As a major tourist destination, Brac offers plenty of things to do. You can hike up to Vidova Gora to get a glimpse of the mind-blowing sight of Bol or Zlatni Rat. If you’re the more adventurous type, you can go rock climbing in Lozisca or go windsurfing. But if you want a more relaxed and easy escapade, you can enjoy the best Dalmatian wines in different wineries or munch the best Dalmatian cuisine through Brac.
Solta Island. At the west of Brač Island, is the island of Solta where you can revisit your youthful innocence and live a genuine island life. Thus, if you want the island life of Croatia, this is the best place to buy or rent a home. Upon arriving in this island, you be greeted by profuse pine and olive trees. You can ascent the peak of Vela Straža, go for a diving or sailing expedition or simply take a dip on the soothing pebble beach in Garma or Punta. Wherever you choose to stay in the island, whether in Grohote, Gornje, Srednje or Donje, you will be introduced to the authentic life in the island where vines, olives and fishing are the three major preoccupations of the people.