Top islands in Croatia not to miss

Croatia's islands are numerous at 1185.  They range from remote fishing outposts to harbors dotted with massive yachts, it may surprise you to know that only 66 islands are inhabited.

I am lucky having visited the islands a handful of times with family and friends. Every summer I long to go back to the endless sunshine, fresh grilled fish, pristine beaches, island hoping and gorgeous views.  Getting to the islands is fairly easy thanks to several ferry options and of course private charters.  With so many islands it is hard to pick the best, but I have chosen my top Six must visit islands in Croatia.  


The gently rolling hills with lush vineyards and lavender, spectacular beaches and vibrant nightlife of Hvar make it the perfect island getaway and my favorite. The ferry arrives in Stari Grad, the oldest village on the island which lies at the bottom of a stunning five-mile-long bay. On the opposite side of the island is Hvar Town and Harbor. Hvar Town may be the most stunning and active on the island. Full of restaurants, nightlife and a harbor loaded with yachts, Hvar Town is definitely the place to stay. Hvar is the perfect island for biking, sailing, sea kayaking, rock-climbing, hiking and touring some of the island's famous vineyards and lavender fields. If you’re looking for boating adventure, consider taking a water taxi or a chartering a day boat to the Pakleni archipelago for lunch and an afternoon of snorkeling.


Korcula is the most populated of all the islands in Croatia. The island’s capital is also called Korcula. Nicknamed ”Little Dubrovnik”, this ancient city is among the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. The island is rich in art and culture, as well as beautiful nature such as numerous tiny and secluded beaches and bays, small and uninhabited islands and breathtaking views. The main town is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian city, with its round defensive towers and cluster of red-roofed houses. One of the main attractions is the alleged house of birth of Marco Polo. The most beautiful building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and completed in the 15th century.


The large island of Brac is situated just off the Split coast via a short ferry. The main port, Supetar is full of restaurants, night life and endless cobblestone streets. With its rolling hills, isolated bays, clear water, and pine and fig trees, Brac is a popular tourist destination. Visitors will find there are many sights to enjoy on Brac, including Dragon’s cave on the southern end of the island, the island museum in the village of ┼ákrip, and the famous Zlatni Rat beach near Bol which attracts kite surfers from around the world.


The beautiful but remote island of Vis is known for its long history of winegrowing, making it a must-see for wine connoisseurs. Vis has numerous spectacular and secluded bays to explore via boat. The islands tourism didn’t begin until the 1990s after Croatia’s Independence from former Yugoslavia. Today, the beautiful crystal clear waters, breathtaking isolated beaches, and unspoiled, well-preserved nature and ecological attractions are sure to delight visitors.


Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island, Over 72% of the island is covered by forests, and the rest is dotted by fields, vineyards and villages. The island contains two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero. They are located at the western end of the island and a nice hike from the harbor. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a small island with an old Benedictine monastery.


The largest and most accessible island via a mainland bridge and its own International airport, Krk is often referred to as the ‘golden island." During the summer months, the island is packed with European tourists seeking a Mediterranean escape. It is the nearest of the Croatian islands to Western Europe. Not the most beautiful or lush, visitors to Krk will find that this delightful island boasts a wide array of landscapes. While the northern end of the island is almost barren, with pastures and arid rocky areas, the southern tip of the island offers gentle bays. In the inland area, rocky hills and fertile fields provide the ideal backdrop for cultivating grapes for winemaking.

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