Tiny and secluded, verdant and traditional or trendy and glamorous, the islands of Europe have always been a magnet for tourists in search of an authentic beach holiday. Although not as famous as those of Italy or Spain, the Croatian coastline is peppered with dozens of glorious islands, from the rugged and remote to genuine tourist meccas. Here are 5 of the most beautiful islands in Croatia:
With a privileged location just off the Dalmatian coast, a vibrant nightlife and a series of spectacular beaches, Hvar is without doubt the most fashionable island in Croatia. Also famed for its lush greenery, scenic hilltop vineyards and gorgeous Venetian-era style that adorns its main town, it comes as no surprise that Hvar is such a sought-after destination for the European jetsetters. The most attractive place on the island is the dynamic Hvar Town with its picturesque medieval streets, vibrant atmosphere and stunning yacht-studded port, but the enchanting villages of Stari Grad and Jelsa are well worth a visit for their lovely landscapes and beautiful historic sites.
If you’re a nature lover or a nostalgic traveler looking for “the Mediterranean as it was once” (Croatia’s slogan), the fascinating island of Vis is certainly the right place to find it. This magnificent patch of land in the Adriatic Sea is one of the few remaining places that still retain their old-fashion charm. It stands out due to its laid-back atmosphere, authentic cuisine and the unspoilt natural beauty that almost takes your breath away. Highlights include the ancient, yet lively Vis town, the picture-perfect fishing village of Komiza and the pristine sandy beaches speckled around the island’s southern coast. Last but not least, thanks to its crystal clear waters and rich marine life, the magnificent Vis Island is an ideal destination for scuba diving.
Conveniently situated just off the coast of Split, Brac is not only the biggest island in the Adriatic, but also a popular tourist destination, offering something for everyone. Famous especially for the abundance water sports available, Brac prides itself with one of the most spectacular and photographed beaches in Croatia – Zlatni Rat. In addition to this natural wonder, the island boasts a variety of interesting sights, including the awe-inspiring Dragon’s cave, the pulsating town of Bol, as well as the idyllic villages of Skrip, Dol and Mirca.
Perfect for a quiet vacation, Mijet is the greenest and most enthralling of the Croatian islands. With dense forests and luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation covering most of its territory and emerald waters fringing its superb untouched beaches, Mijet can easily be consider a nature’s paradise. It boasts two wonderful salt lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero, an outstanding natural park (Mljet National Park) and a lovely collection of quaint villages, each one more attractive than the other.
Korkula lies in central Dalmatian archipelago as the perfect fusion of natural beauty, long-lasting traditions and contemporary development. The entire island is brimming with picturesque secluded beaches and revolves around the walled medieval town with the same name. Dubbed “Little Dubrovnik”, Korkula town resembles not only the charm of Croatia’s most beautiful city, but also the exquisite architecture of its mind-blowing Old Town with narrow cobbled streets and red-roofed houses. Popular activities on this beautiful island full of art and culture include sightseeing, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing and wine tourism. The mouth-watering traditional food, the excellent local wines and the gorgeous museums are all part of Korkula’s charm.