15 Best Croatian Islands


Located in Southern Europe, Croatia, with its magnificent stretch of Adriatic shoreline, is considered as one of the most stunning parts of Europe. Rich in its history and culture, Croatia has a booming tourist industry with amazing historical places to visit. Croatia has a spectacular 1.104 miles coastline and 1185 islands. Here are the 15 Best Croatian Islands.

Lastovo

What makes Lastovo island so special, even if it’s not Hvar or Korcula. If you are looking for rest and refuge from a daily stress of the modern life to restore your peace of mind than this island is for you!

First of all this island is a rare example of untouched natural resources, unique natural habitat, rich in marine and plant diversity. This island is far away from those usual tourist beaten-tracks places.

If you are looking for holidays based on private accommodation, which includes abundant offers of fish and lobster, vegetables grown in private gardens, homemade wine offered by generous local house owners that this island, is the right place for you. This island is designed for couples and small family groups holidays.

Lastovo

Solta

The island of Solta will surprise you. It is the closest island to the mediaeval maze of old town Split, literally overlooked from the Riva, the waterfront harbour promenade of the city. Yet Solta is less frequented than the other islands nearby, and those who do visit tend to visit only the port towns. This leaves the rest of the island more or less undisturbed – its rugged, wooded hillsides perfect for walking or cycling.

It as to be said that when you arrive on Solta, you will see it is not as picturesque or unspoiled as many other spots in the Adriatic. The port of Rogar, likely to be your first impression of the island if you arrive on the Catamaran from Split, is hardly inspiring. It is basically a concrete-filled bus terminus, with a few tourists wandering aimlessly about waiting for a bus to take them to either Maslinica, out to the far west of the island, or Stornorska, to the east.

Solta

Elaphite Islands

Accounts vary as to why the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder chose to name the dainty archipelago that lies just off the coast of Dubrovnik after deer (elafos in Greek). One version has it that the assemblage reminded him of a deer’s antlers while another holds that these animals once inhabited the islands. Whatever the reason, the name has stuck, and appropriately too since they retain the beauty and mystery the Romans associated with these graceful animals.

Just three of the islands, Koloèep, Lopud, and Sipan, are still inhabited, each of which can easily be reached by the inexpensive local Jadrolinija ferry that runs four times daily (twice on Sundays) throughout the year from Dubrovnik. All three islands have private accommodation, hotels, and small tourist offices that are open in summer only. Both Koloèep and Lopud are, like the Old City of Dubrovnik, car-free.

Elaphite Islands

Murter

Murter Island is located off the mainland coast of Croatia, 10 miles west-north-west of Sibenik and 23 miles southeast of Zadar. Murter is separated from the mainland from the north-east by a narrow and shallow (minimum depth of 2.4 meters) canal near the city of Tisno. At this point, the island is connected to the mainland by a lifting road bridge, so yachts with a draft of just over two meters or less can go this way.

Murter

Pag

All Croatians sigh over Pag Island as it produces the country’s finest cheese, pungent and aromatic. Dry and flat, Pag Island still boasts a kind of offbeat beauty. The main town is Pag Town, with its straight, stone streets but party people will want to head to Novalja on the northern end of the island. At the first thought of summer, Novalja’s main beach is transformed into a non-stop outdoor party with DJs, cocktail bars, foam nights and a regular circuit of theme events.

Pag

Cres & Losinj

Cres & Losinj islands – Covering nearly 400 square km, Cres is the second-largest island in the Adriatic. It is grouped with Losinj and another 28 smaller islands. The harbor of Mali Losinj is said to be the most beautiful in the entire Adriatic. Cikat bay, which is well known for its beach and good windsurfing, is the tourist center. While the town of Veli Losinj is much quieter. Cres Town is also popular and is reminiscent of an Italian village due to the fact that for several centuries it was ruled by Venice. The island of Susak is well worth a visit. The population speaks their own dialect, which is not easily understood by other Croats. And the women often dress in a colorful costume, a short, multicolored dress, red leggings, and a white blouse.

Cres
Losinj

Rab 

Tourism is very developed here largely because of the splendid sandy beaches in Lopar. Sandy beaches are a rarity in Croatia! This is the place for an easy, relaxing beach holiday.

Rab Island is located on the outside of the Kvarner Islands group and borders the islands of Cres and Krk. Its hilly surface is formed by limestone, the Kamenyak ridge protects the eastern part of the island from the destructive wind of the boron. It is because of the strength of this wind that the island of Rab is deserted and poorly flowering. The exception is the valuable forest reserve Dundo and the Komrchar nature park near the holiday village of Rab.

Rab 

Kornati

National Park Kornati is a unique group of islands in the Mediterranean. Today’s name Kornati is derived from the Italian name Isole Incoronate, which means crowned islands.

89 islands, islets and cliffs scatter over an area of about 300 km 2. Highest point of the National Park is 237m (Peak Metlina) on the island of Kornat. The deepest point of the sea is at 123 m. National Park is also called “nautical paradise” and is mostly visited by nautics.

When walking and exploring the Islands one thing tourists must know is, although declared a part of the National Park, the continental part of Kornati is completely private property of local residents. If you plan to visit NP Kornati please keep in mind that it is a park of nature and is under special protection. According to that set of rules and regulations are precisely stated in the Book of Rules in Kornati National Park Area

Kornati

Krk 

Aside from being the biggest and northern most island of the Adriatic, Krk Island is also a tourism powerhouse for Croatia because of its beauty and diversity. And if you have trouble pronouncing this island’s name because of the lack of vowel, you may also call it (the way Italians or Germans do), “Veglia” and “Vegl” respectively.

Krk is the quintessential Mediterranean island gifted with a dramatic coastline and gorgeous beaches. It is the closest island for those coming from the continental part of Europe, making it even more irresistible to tourists. Krk’s accessibility has only been enhanced by the building of the Krk Bridge, which conveniently connects the island to mainland Europe. And if you prefer to fly, the island also maintains its own international airport.

Krk 

Mljet

The most westerly of all the islands accessible by ferry from the historic city of Dubrovnik, Mljet is long and thin, a stretch of verdant land lounging in the Adriatic sea, more or less parallel with the Peljesac Peninsula.

This island’s western section is home to the Mljet National Park, an unspoiled and lush Mediterranean forest. In fact, this is one of the greenest of the Croatian islands (though only in a literal sense). Over 84% of the island is forested. The mountain ridges, slopes and pleasing gorges of the island are formed of limestone and dolomite and many lovely paths and cycling trails are to be found tracking across them, through the woodland.

Mljet

Brac 

When someone talks about if there is a heaven on earth, many people would say yes and talk about Island Brac, the heart of Croatia. Along the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, the beautiful Island Brac awaits for the tourists to come and enjoy its beauty and peacefulness. Who would not like to have a honeymoon or a nice vacation along with the entire family at the Adriatic island after knowing some important things that I am about to uncover.

Well, the main attraction of Island Brac is the amazing Zlatni Rat Beach that lays on about 580 yards with some quite unique characteristics. Its unusual shape like a tongue spread out in the sea attracts people very much along with its naturally changing shape and position varying on the wind directions leave people astonished. The beach is used for sporting events round the year and quickly catches the attention for the people who like windsurfing. Unusually the beach is secured with safety nets to be protected from any unwanted mishaps. Zlatni beach to Island Brac is like a crown to the King.

Vis 

Here is that special gem that is still relatively undiscovered, mostly because Vis Island is a long ferry ride from the coast. But it’s so worth it. Neither hip nor chic (yet), Vis has the unspoiled nature, the swimming and diving possibilities plus two great villages. Vis Town has early Greek and Roman remnants and Komiza is the kind of charming fishing village that is rapidly disappearing from the Mediterranean. Think St Tropez about, oh, 100 years ago.

Korcula 

Stretching 30 miles (50 kilometers), the island, which is the 6th largest in Croatia, boasts dense forests, olive groves, vineyards, and not to mention beautiful beaches. Korcula may not enjoy the same fame as other Croatian destinations like Hvar and Brac, and that is probably attributed to the island’s secluded location and accessibility. But these are also the reasons people choose Korcula, as it means fewer tourists and a more serene environment.

Hvar 

Beautiful white sand beaches is what everybody dreamed of when they want to relieve all the stress and put aside first their work. People tend to go to their dream vacation and leave the noises in the city to revive some energy from the beauty of nature. Beautiful beach resorts are the usual place where people go when having a vacation.

Wondering where to find an amazing beach resort that can offer you sumptuous luxuries that you can’t even imagine? Come to Hvar Island. You will certainly find serenity in one of its various beaches. You’ll definitely want to discover more about the island after you have experienced having a vacation from one of the beaches here.

Hvar, an island in Croatia dubbed as the queen of Dalmatia islands. Hvar Island is located in Adriatic Sea off Dalmatia coast. It lies between Brac, Korcula, and Vis islands. Having a fertile coastal land, Hvar Island offers not just beautiful beaches but also a fresh green forest on its hillsides. It also offers vineyards, grove orchards, olive groves, and an amazingly beautiful lavender field. The climate rages from mild winters to warm summers making it a perfect place for a grand vacation. The sun here in Hvar is very generous. You will experience and enjoy the long period of sunshine during summer.

Hvar 

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