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Three airports serve the Dalmatian Coast – Zadar in the north, Split in the centre and Dubrovnik in the south. Flights from 11 UK airports are offered by BA, easyJet, flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian, Ryanair and Thomson Airways (from £100). Jadrolinija runs a network of car ferries and catamarans along the coast plus local ferries connecting bigger islands with each other and the mainland. On most lines service is less frequent between October and April. Buy tickets at a Jadrolinija office or stall near the ferry (Split–Korčula £11 on deck, from £28 in cabin).

Where to stay
Dubra Apartments is located in Komiža, a small fishing town on the western coast of Vis. Each of the five apartments or studios has a kitchen, and a terrace or balcony with views over the bay (Mihovila Pavlinovića 11; from £30).

Boškinac on Pag is a rural hotel surrounded by vines, and has its own winery, pool and superb restaurant. The eight rooms and three suites are huge and elegant, with handmade furniture. (from £120).

Spread over several town mansions, Lešić Dimitri Palace’s five residences are named after Marco Polo’s journeys (it’s said that he was born in Korčula in 1254). Exposed beams and ancient stone walls are combined with iPods and espresso machines (from £300).

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The article ‘Mini guide to Croatia’s islands’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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