The Islands of Croatia Information
Island hopping along the Adriatic Sea has become one of the most desired ways to uncover the beauty, charm and breathtaking landscapes of Croatia. Along the islands it is not rare to come across miles of secluded beaches, the clearest turquoise waters and numerous idyllic island villages boasting historical and cultural monuments, a contagious laid back Mediterranean atmosphere and savory local gastronomic specialties.
The Island of Krk
The Island of Krk is the largest and most populated island in Croatia. It is located at the Northern tip of the Croatian coast called Kvarner Bay. Krk has its own local airport, making it one of the most accessible of all the islands. The stunning beaches of Baška and the tranquil hilltop village of Vrbnik are just a few of the impressive offerings of Krk. The island boosts numerous sightseeing attractions such as Cave Biserujka, Bay Soline, a small island of Košljun and amazing sandy and rocky beaches with beach bars and restaurants.
Cres & Lošinj Islands
Cres and Lošinj are separated by a small man made channel linked to each other by bridge. Although they are almost touching they are very distinct in their own ways. Cres is the longer of the two islands boasting landscapes of glorious untouched nature making it a common destination for campers who enjoy hiking and biking while uncovering the rugged island terrain. Lošinj is an island full of character and charm. After spending a relaxing day on one of the numerous pebbled beaches, exploring the quaint boutiques and enjoying the local specialties at one of the many restaurants will be a true pleasure. In recent years it has become a popular destination for yachters.
The Island of Rab
The rare sandy beaches on the Island of Rab attract numerous visitors searching for a tranquil holiday amongst the stunning natural settings of Croatia. Rab is one of the greenest islands in the whole Adriatic and perhaps one of the most magical. It is covered with lots of pine forests and it is well known for its mild climate which differs from the mainland. The island is also rich with ancient churches, cobbled stoned streets and Croatia’s notorious red tiled roofs. Uncovering Rab, Croatia’s hidden gem, will be a memorable experience.
The Island of Pag
Although the Island of Pag has become famous for its raging parties and lively nightlife on the popular beach of Novalja called Zrce, it is also a popular destination for domestic tourists. Many of Croatia’s inlanders flock to this island during the hot summer months as endless pine forests and crystal clear azure waters create the ideal setting for a perfect summer vacation. The Island of Pag is dotted with luxurious resorts, private villas, and ancient historical landmarks. Pag is famous for its rich cheeses and gourmet lamb specialties.
Dugi Otok Island
Dugi Otok is a long, narrow island located in the infamous Zadar Archipelago. It is a tranquil island to visit as it is not over populated with tourists during the high season yet still offers all the necessary amenities. Dugi Otok is well known also for it's nature park Telascica which is a natural extension of Kornati islands. Do not miss out on the most spectacular crimson orange sunrises while visiting the famous lighthouse at the tip of Veli Rat on Dugi Otok.
The Island of Brac
The idyllic island of Brac is located in central Dalmatia just across the coast of the City of Split and Makarska Riviera. Brac is widely recognized for its stunning beaches which stretch along kilometers of crystal clear, turquoise and azure colored sea. The world famous beach, Zlatni Rat, along the town of Bol, has become a symbol of Croatian tourism. This extraordinary beach is not only so special because of its untouched natural beauty but also because the formation of the cape of the shoreline physically changes depending on the patterns of the wind. Adding to the rarity of Zlatni Rat is the blanket of small pebble stones which create the shore maintaining maximum visibility in the salty clean waters of the Adriatic Sea. Secluded beach coves, rugged coastal dive spots, brilliant windsurfing destinations, and family beach paradises border the perimeters of the Island of Brac.
The Island of Hvar
Located just off the coast of central Dalmatia is where the breathtaking island of Hvar is situated. The island receives on average over 2800 hours of sunlight per year making it the sunniest destination in Croatia. Due to the favourable climate conditions and luscious vegetation surrounded by kilometers of endless crystal clear waters Hvar has become a popular destination for yachting and sailing activists alike. Hvar island is famous also for its wine and olive orchards, so a guest wishing to get closer to nature will stop at a small inn ("konoba") rather than a fine dining restaurant.
The Island of Vis
Vis has become renowned for its outstanding gastronomic offerings. Due to its seclusion from the mainland, the islanders have grown accustomed to preparing meals solely using local ingredients. Fresh caught fish, homemade wine, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and local olive oil are just a few of the delights that await you. Secluded beaches, glorious sunsets and unspoiled nature combine to make this island one of the great untold secrets of Croatia’s tourism.
The Island of Korcula
The walled city of the Korcula town, encompasses all the amenities needed to create a tranquil vacation in a picturesque Mediterranean setting. Small ancient villages such as Lumbarda, Blato and Vela Luka, include breathtaking vineyards, olive tree fields, secluded beaches and coves, and very hospitable locals. The island also boasts numerous luxurious hotels and summer houses which attract numerous domestic and international celebrities each year.
The Island of Mljet
Mljet is the southernmost island of Croatia, relatively close to the city of Dubrovnik. This secret sanctuary will astound you with its untouched natural beauty and numerous beaches hidden along the borders of the National Park Mljet. The enchanted island of Mljet, is a haven for snorkelers and divers alike as the tranquil deep blue waters of this part of the Adriatic Sea are abundant with coral reefs, deep sea crevices, and underwater caves.
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