Hidden Treasures of Croatian IslandsAlisa M. January 27, 2017
With over a thousand picturesque islands scattered along its 1,800 km long coastline, the Croatian Adriatic is a real paradise for island hoppers. Well established as one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations, Croatia offers photogenic pebbly beaches, warm and long sunny days along with clear, translucent water and breathtaking natural scenery. Very affordable and easily accessible, there is an amazing array of stunning islands waiting to be explored. Offering a wide variety of activities from sailing and diving to exploring nature and history, Croatian islands are a part of one of the most intricately indented seacoasts in the world. With each island offering its unique sights, attractions and activities, we bring you a list of the most beautiful destinations in the Croatian archipelago.
The third-largest island on the Croatian Adriatic, Brac is located near the coastal town of Split and very easy to get to, as ferries run hourly throughout the summer. By arriving to the port of Supertar, explore the lovely fishing village surrounded by romantic pebbly beaches or head to the old town of Bol and visit one of Croatia’s most spectacular beaches – Zlatni rat (Golden Cape). This spacious beach, composed of white pebbles and clear, turquoise water, is famous for its chameleon ability to change shape and feel depending on the wind and water currents.
Known as the island of vitality, Losinj is a perfect destination for active travelers, as it nurtures its health tourism tradition. By offering a variety of activities such as hiking through the untouched nature, swimming in crystal clear water and cycling through the aromatic forests, it promotes wellness and a healthy lifestyle. It’s connected to Krk by ferry and relatively close to the Rijeka airport, it is the perfect island to relax on and enjoy the sights.
A true jewel of nature, Mljet is one of the most forested islands in the Adriatic, offering the chance to explore endless vineyards and olive groves. Its flora and fauna are protected and preserved, open to the visitors today in the form of a National Park Mljet that takes up most of the island. Connected to Dubrovnik by daily ferry and boat connections, is can be explored easily and with leisure.
Known as the Croatian Ibiza, Pag is famous for being one of the best European party destinations. Relaxing and quiet beaches transform to exclusive beach-front clubs every night and offer their visitors a possibility to blow off steam and recharge. While the Novalja resort on the island of Pag has clubbing, the Pag Town offers sightseeing and gourmet delicacies, such as the famous Paski sir (a type of local cheese delicacy). The island is easy to reach by car as it is connected to mainland, or can be approached by ferry and yacht charter services.
Being one of the largest and most developed island on the Croatian shore, Krk is easily accessible from the Rijeka airport or via rent a car by driving over the Krk bridge, as it is connected the the mainland. By sea, ferries maintain a route between Krk and two other beautiful islands, Cres and Losinj. Island is perfect for a relaxing and peaceful holiday, this charismatic destination invites you to explore the medieval Krk Town and its charming countryside.
Croatia is pleasant and beautiful country, with plenty to offer in terms of natural and cultural wonders. And with well known hospitality and gourmand mentality of locals, you’ll be sure to enjoy all benefits of local cousin and traditionally prepared wine as well. Enjoy!