There are more than 1000 of beautiful islands, islets, and reefs in Croatia, but only 47 islands are inhabited. Each one of them has something unique to offer. From spectacular sceneries to a beautiful heritage and culture; sea adventures to beautiful vineyards; all these islands have a special delivery. Here is a highlight of 5 must-see islands in Croatia.
1. Island Hvar
Of all Croatian Dalmatian islands, Hvar is the most popular. This beautiful island boasts of natural monuments and a strong Croatian culture. Most visitors, including celebrities, are attracted to the island because of the rich and interesting traditions, architecture, amazing nightlife and of course the dense nature of the Mediterranean. The island of Hvar has a healthy environment, far from the factory chimneys of the mainland, which include vast fields of ancient olive trees, lavenders, and beautiful vineyards.
There are so many interesting things to do in Hvar; from boat excursions to the Pakleni islands to road trips through beautiful lavender fields in Bogomolje, there is just no room for boredom in this amazing place. Visitors can also explore some of the beautiful beaches with crystal blue waters and the ancient towns in Stari Grad among other fun activities.
2. Island Korcula
This is another popular destination in Croatia. Being the second most inhabited island, it has a vibrant community not only of locals but also of many foreigners who have chosen to make this serene island their home.
Apart from having a rich culture and interesting architecture, island Korcula is also an important commercial hub in Croatia exporting a lot of agricultural produce as well as fish. However, tourism is still the main source of income for the locals with visitors being attracted to the gastronomical traditions, the ancient Mediterranean way of life, the beautiful old towns and not forgetting some of the world-class resorts.
Visitors have a lot to do when they visit this place. Some of the popular destinations for tourists include the ancient villages of Lumbarda, the stone wall medieval town, the holiday villages in Brna and Racisce and also the wine plantations in Cara.
3. Island Brac
Island Brac is the third largest island in the Adriatic sea. It has an amazing landscape which is dominated by numerous gullies, a karst of limestone relief, round valleys, caves, crevices, and cavities.
The Island also boasts a rich cultural heritage dating back to the ancient times which attracts most of its visitors. It also has an array of beautiful bays and beaches with nearby high-class resorts.
Visitors can explore the nature parks in Vidova Gora, the Supetar bay, and the beautiful Sumartin beach. Brac also has amazing wineries and vineyards such as the Stina which visitors can visit after a long day of exploring.
4. Island Vis
Vis is the most distant island of all the islands in the Adriatic sea. The island is full of beautiful stone buildings that date back to the ancient days of the Venetians rule.
Although the large commercial developments deprived the island of its natural beauty, there is still a whole lot to be desired.
With the many beaches, visitors can have a chance to visit a new beach every day. There are also several resorts that hire boats and kayaks to explore the nearby bays and coves. Visitors can also take a day trip and explore Mount Hum, which is the highest point above sea level on the island; the mount offers a beautiful view of Komiza and the Bisevo Island.
5. Island Mljet
This is Croatia’s greenest island with beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, a clean and clear sea and an abundant underwater sea life.
The island’s natural beauty is the main attraction that drives in tourists with most of them exploring the beautiful marine life. Mljet is however also well known for olive and goat cheese as well as some tasty red and white wine.
Malo Jezero is the favorite swimming spot for most visitors and locals, which is also close to the Croatian National park. For this reason, the area around the beach is booming with business with a lot of locals and tourists camping in the nearby hotels.
All the five islands mentioned above can easily be accessed from the city of Split. Visitors can reach Hvar faster if they use a Catamaran. However, they could also board a ferry but it would take a longer time because you will have to take a bus or taxi to take you to Stari grad before boarding the ferry.
For Korcula, visitors can board direct flights from Split. However, there is always an option of a ferry which is cheaper.
Visitors who want to get to Brac from Split will have to travel by taxi speedboat, ferry or Catamaran to Brac while Mljet and Vis are only accessible through ferries from the city of Split.