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Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

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While scouting for last summer’s Mamma Mia! sequel, location managers sorted through Croatia’s 1,200 islands before settling on Vis. It’s one of the sunniest, smallest and most isolated in the entire archipelago. Like the Abba musical, the 90-square-kilometre island (a shade larger than Mykonos or Formentera) remains a family favourite, with teeny-tiny coves and cerulean seas, plus abandoned military tunnels and submarine pens that adventurous families with older children can kayak inside.

“Vis’s most tranquil family bay is Smokova,” says Vanja Vojkovic, from the Navigator tour agency. It’s a curvaceous boat-only banana of sand where sunloungers are an unknown entity. “However, the must-see is Stiniva,” she continues. Here a curtain of cliffs envelops a private beach in scenes so telegenic they look faked by the Croatian Tourism Board. “It can get busy so for a quieter family day, sail to Budikovac Island,” says Vojkovic. This heart-shaped speck has a population of just one. Fortunately, that resident is a retired marine captain named Andre who serves seafood platters to passing yachts.

Vis’s tourism director, Ivo Fiamengo, welcomes scores of sailing families each season. “Instead of a marina we can host 150 yachts right against our historic seafront promenade and restaurants,” he explains. These include Lola Bar, an impossibly cute garden eatery, where Mamma Mia! cast members demolished plates of seafood ceviche. Larger superyachts will have to anchor off Hvar and tender across the 10 nautical miles. “Other quiet bays for moorings on Vis include Ston ica and Mala Travna,” continues Fiamengo. “Both offer excellent snorkelling and friendly restaurants.” As long as your offspring enjoy re-grilled lobster and sautéed squid, it’s happy families all the way.

Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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