Since its independence in 1991, Croatia has developed at a very impressive pace and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Visitors to this beautiful Mediterranean country have found almost everything that a tourist is looking for in a perfect holiday destination: spectacular beaches, water attractions, impressive mountains to climb, cycling trails, historic sites and abundant museums. Thanks to the abundance, even those who have visited Croatia several times may have missed some of the most recommended islands, but today you’ll get a glimpse of the 12 islands that stand out in this beautiful region.
The hills, the beaches, the many wineries and lively nightlife make it one of the best places to spend in the chain of islands on the coast of Croatia. Walking on the streets of this enchanted island will allow you to see the fortifications of the ancient medieval walls and understand its importance in the history of Croatia. In addition, there are two walking paths in the city of Hvar, which are recommended to enjoy during a stay here, and of course, you can’t forget to visit the local market.
If you’ve already reached the shores of Croatia, this next island is definitely worth a visit, though it is only accessible by ferry. There are no private vehicles on the island, and transportation is carried out by electric train, on foot or by bicycles, which can be rented in different areas. Local residents conduct an English tour of the island during which you will visit the museum that documents the life of Josip Broz Tito, commander of the partisan army against the Nazis, and you will also be able to see ancient sites and various animals. If you choose not to join the tour, it is recommended to check the return time of the last shuttle leaving the island, so that you have enough time to explore the island and maybe even have time to get one more island in for the day.
The island of Korčula is a magnificent and beautiful place, which holds the title of the sixth largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The island is home to a variety of bird species, and its bays create spectacular beaches, including quiet and hidden beaches, so if you’re looking to relax, this is the place for you. Among the places where you can spend your time, we suggest visiting the Marco Polo Gallery, San Marco Cathedral and more.
Kornati is located to the west of the city of Sibenik and is considered a national park that offers a glimpse of the breathtaking landscapes that combine land, sea, and sky alongside impressive geological phenomena. The activities that can be taken in on the island are: walking in the park, a meal at a local taverna, watching wild animals - especially special waterfowl - and scuba diving with a company that organizes the activity in advance.
Rab is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea; it is covered with pine forests and you can find quite a few beautiful and unique beaches, the most famous of which are Paradise Beach, which is suitable for families with children and the Sahara beach which is popular among nudist tourists. The island’s main resort holds medieval buildings, most of which were built in the 13th century, the walls of the old city can be seen in some places, and in the main street of the city, there are several well-preserved buildings from the 15th century and many ancient churches.
Dugi Otok is the largest island of the northern Dalmatian islands, which is also blessed with a lovely beach and cliffs, from which one can view the surroundings. The place is suitable for R&R due to the breathtaking views of the island that attract tourists and travelers from different places, but also those who are looking for the challenge of cycling routes. The island also has a great local restaurant, the option of scuba diving in its clear waters and even climbing the surrounding mountains.
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place without transportation and engine smoke, Silba is the island for you. To reach the island you need to take a ferry from the city of Zadar. When you arrive you’ll find peace and tranquility and many other beautiful things on offer, such as clean and clear seashores, excellent fishing areas and a beautiful marina. One of the symbols of the island is the Turret Tower, which can be seen on large parts of the island. The upper part can be reached by climbing the spiral stairs that are inside.
Vis is the farthest island from the Croatian mainland, which was closed to visitors until the end of 1980. The island has a fascinating historical past, which played an important role in World War II. There are some interesting things to see on the island like the cave where Josip Broz Tito hid during the anti-Nazi revolt, the archeological museum and the spectacular play “The Blue Grotto,” which is on a nearby island. During the summer months, the grotto can be entered and there you can witness the sun’s rays reflecting on the ocean and turning the cave blue.
On the island of Pag, you will find a long and attractive stretch of sand filled with coves and beautiful beaches. Most of the island is covered in rugged terrain but in the valleys, there are areas with green fields which the residents use to help dry up the common local product - olives. Pag has many attractions to offer, including campsites, scuba diving, music festivals, an active nightlife and small but charming clubs.
Cres is a wild island with mountainous terrain and is one of the biggest islands in the Adriatic Sea. The magnificent bays and beaches scattered around the island create a fascinating experience for the many travelers who visit it and also offer a variety of activities; Among the leading attractions in Cres is Lake Vrana, which is considered a unique natural phenomenon because it is one of the deepest in Eastern Europe, and for this reason water sports and diving are popular activities in Ceres.
Brac Island is one of the most famous islands in Croatia, and its beaches are shown on many pictures and souvenirs from the country. The summer months are the perfect time to swim and visit its beaches, just take into account that they are full of bathers. On the island, there is a monastery from the 15th century with a museum showing several ancient coins, sculptures, and a gallery. When you stay in the city you can also see the Dragon Cave, so called because of the reliefs that are inside it.