Islands of Croatia: Highlights
Croatia is home to over 1000 islands, each with its own individual character and appeal. Some travelers choose to explore a bit of the mainland as well as the islands, while others may prefer to island hop up the coast. There is so much to explore on the islands of Croatia that sometimes it can be a challenge to choose which ones to visit. To help you decide we have listed just a few of the country’s more popular islands with some key highlights of each.
Known as the Croatian island that gets the most sunshine hours per year, Hvar is a wonderful island escape for enjoying sun filled days. Visitors are often surrounded by the aroma of lavender as the island has many fresh lavender fields, as well as olive groves and vineyards. There is also a lot of history to explore on the island, which is home to the first public theater of Europe – the Historic Theater of Hvar. In the evening you can head into Hvar Old Town and explore the winding, cobbled old streets that are bustling with fantastic local restaurants and bars.
Vis is one of the furthest islands from the mainland of Croatia, providing the perfect escape from the busier cities. Vis has many secluded bays that are perfect for spending the day relaxing in the sun. The island is also famous for its wine, with plenty of vineyards for tastings. This is also one of the closest islands to Biševo, which is known for being a small island full of caves.
As mentioned above, Biševo is home to the Blue Cave, which is a mesmerizing and world-renowned cave that features a glowing blue hue. The illusion of the blue ‘glow’ is from the sunlight reflecting off of the pristine sand below the water. This small island is perfect for a day spent swimming, cave exploration, or kayaking in the Adriatic.
Korčula contains one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. This island is perfect for wandering through picturesque villages and embracing traditional Croatian culture. Visitors can also find an array of unique cuisine and spend plenty of time on one of the many beaches.
Most famous for the Golden Horn Beach, Brač is a must-see on an island hopping adventure. There is so much to do on this island of Brač from kite surfing to snorkeling and anything in between. When seeking an escape from the sun, the shoreline is dotted with seaside restaurants and cafes, serving delicious Croatian cuisine. On a weekend, head to Cocktail Bar Bolero in Bol to enjoy wonderful live music under a selection of beautiful pine trees adjacent to the ocean.
Mljet is the most forested island of Croatia and is full of lush forests, which make up the massive Mljet National Park. There are even two saltwater lakes on the island! Mljet makes for the perfect location to soak in the surroundings of untouched nature.
As well as these wonderful islands, Croatia has so much more to offer! To start your adventure we have two upcoming tours in September 2022 that explore some of Croatia’s most beautiful islands. Our Intrepid Island Hopping Adventure cruises through the Adriatic from North to South. Meanwhile our curated Ultimate Island Hopping Tour sails South to North, visiting some of the islands listed above and more.
To get started, be sure to contact us and we can get you on the road to your dream vacation.