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Croatian Islands for holidays

Although Croatian islands are a very popular summer destination for generations of mostly German, Austrian and Italian tourists, I have an impression that although they are considered a great destination because of the sandy beaches, mediterranean old towns, cuisine etc., many think of visiting the islands as more demanding or complicated travelwise because they are - islands. In reality, and as I live on Island Rab, I'd say it is not so. For drivers, the extra travel for most islands on the Adriatic includes only a car-ferry ride. Generally all the populated islands are connected with different ferry-lines operating. Voyages vary from an hour long voyages to couple a dozen minutes, or 20 minutes to Island Rab for example, with a price of about 15-20 eur per car depending on the number of persons. It is generally recommended to have a car if you plan to move around on the island because more often than not, local transportation (buses) within the islands is not very busy as you might expect in a continental town of the same population for example. On the other hand transport from the land to the island by buses, or fast boats like catamarans to the islands is fair, with departure ports in land based centers like Rijeka, Zadar, Split. Boats and catamarans to the island are a good choice if one is not traveling with lots of luggage. Airlines are a good choice again if you plan to take a rental car straight from the airport. Best choice for northern adriatic Islands like Rab, Krk, Losinj is the Rijeka airport on island Krk. For mid-Adriatic Islands like Pag better choice is Zadar airport, and further down south airport Split for destinations like Hvar, Korcula. One important thing to know is that the type of accommodation on adriatic islands that has developed the most is private accommodation with over 95%, which is not so much the case with the coastal part of Croatian Adriatic with many more hotels. Furthermore it is useful to know, the type of holiday arrangements that majority of local accommodation providers at least here on Island Rab are accustomed to is a week or two-week long visits in a self-catering arrangement. It probably is the best time frame in this environment for someone to have enough time to wind down and relax the proper way and feel the change, spending time on the sandy beaches, visiting the old town etc. If you decide to visit Island Rab, let me know if you have questions so perhaps I can be helpful..

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