All work and no play makes anybody a little grumpy! So for this reason I jetted off to Croatia for a much needed break. I went years ago to the Istrian peninsula, but this time headed to Dubrovnik and it's fabulous walled city.

After two tiring days exploring the old city (there are a LOT of steps in Dubrovik, especially when your hostel is about 1 mile uphill from the centre) and sampling some of the fantastic seafood it was time to start our island hopping adventure! An early start and a 3 hour bus ride (and car ferry) took us to the beautiful Korcula Town on Korcula island. The old walled town juts out boldly into the sea, enclosing a series of quaint streets, with bustling retaurants and cafes. Unfortunately the hostel we were hoping to stay at look very much closed for the year. That's the only problem about travelling out of season... Thankfully a kind lady took pity on us British tourists and offered us a lovely little apartment just outside the old town. From this base we were able to explore the town and visit the nearby Parmezana beach, supposedly one of the best in Croatia (but there are better!) Next stop on our tour took us to the island of Hvar and Hvar Town. Approaching these towns from the sea, is how you view them at their best.

Here we spent two days catching some serious rays on the beach and snorkelling in the crystal clear seas.

Then it was on to the island of Brac and the popular tourist destination of Bol. It is home to "The best beach" in Croatia and for this reason it was BUSY, even for late September. In my opinion the better beach was across the far side of Bol, near the monestry, where we spent our 2nd day.

If you are ever in Bol, I can't recommend enough Villa Kiki, where we stayed. It is advertised as a hostel, but we stayed in a private apartment and the owners could not have done enough. They even dropped us at the port for out 6 am ferry on the day we left!

A long day from Bol, took us to Split where we explored and visited the Mestrovic museum, well worth the walk! I love his work, the scultures are very tactile, but I especially enjoyed the sketches that were displayed along the corridor.

From Split we took a bus to Zadar, where we were due to fly out of two days later. The 1st night in our final hostal was by far the worst nights sleep I had had. I awoke with no less than 15 mosi bites on my right calf and dozens more on my arms and even my face! I have forgotten just how itchy those blighters are!

Our final day in Croatia was spent on a boat trip around the Kornati islands, which are a national park. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side, and wind and grey skies was what we got :(

All in all, a blooming brilliant holiday. Cheap(ish) hot and quiet.....bliss!