Best Islands to Visit in Croatia

Sail Croatia's Dalmatian coast and uncover the impressive bounty of idyllic unspoiled islands and uninhabited destinations where you can escape the noise of the tourist crowds.

Whether you are looking for a family holiday or a romantic honeymoon, our Croatia island-hopping cruises are the perfect holiday for all to enjoy! With over 1000 stunning islands to visit, there will be ample opportunities for you to relax on some of the prettiest Croatian beaches, uncover the country’s rich history, heritage and culture, and dine on the delicious local cuisine.

Take your pick from our list of the best Croatian islands to visit. If you can’t decide on which gorgeous island to visit…why not make a promise to see them all! A great way to explore the islands is on our Croatia small ship cruise.

Hvar Town

Hvar

Situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, the sunshine island of Hvar boasts stunning fragrant lavender fields, a cosmopolitan vibe and a jet-set reputation. The top holiday hotspot of the rich and famous, Hvar features a beautiful coastline that is lined with secluded coves and bays.

Encircled by 13th-century walls, the historic Old Town is definitely worth exploring if you appreciate fine Renaissance architecture. Head for the towns of Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrbovska for tranquillity and fabulous landscape scenery. From the top of Fortica Fortress, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the traditional Mediterranean style, whitewashed houses, lush green hills and turquoise sea, all the way to the Pakleni Islands. In the evening, enjoy Hvar’s buzzing nightlife and visit one of the many cocktail bars for a drink.

Korcula in Summer

Korcula

The Island of Korcula has several beaches, stunning scenery and friendly hospitality. It is the second most populous Adriatic island after Krk National Park and the most populous Croatian island not connected to the mainland by a bridge. The island is also rumoured to be the birthplace of the world explorer Marco Polo, medieval Korcula Town is the island’s top tourist attraction. Cute little shops, cafes and restaurants line the unique layout of cobblestone streets that lead you on a journey of discovery in the historic fortified town.

Visit Pupnat, the oldest settlement on the island, to admire traditional architecture that dates back centuries. Escape to the village of Lumbarda, situated on Korcula’s eastern tip, to swim, snorkel and sunbathe in the beautiful coves and on the beaches that are surrounded by lush and aromatic greenery. Don’t forget to sample the island’s most prized product, its olive oil, on a tasting tour.

Vis Beach

Vis

As the furthest island on the coast of Croatia, Vis has to be the ultimate island retreat. Used as a military and naval base during WWII, the secluded island was closed to the public until 1989, therefore retaining its natural unspoiled beauty.

The remote island’s southern coast is dotted with beautiful coves and bays that offer complete seclusion. The beaches of Stoncica, Stiniva and Srebena are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. You can also hop on a boat to visit the famous natural phenomenon of the Blue Cave, on nearby Bisevo Island. To enjoy a fabulous authentic Vis feast, visit the picturesque fishing village of Komiza, to dine on the freshest seafood.

Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac

Brac

The self-sustainable island of Brac is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third-largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The charming coastal town of Pucisca is a popular attraction due to its beautiful bay, and the Stonemasonry School and quarry, where the well-known white limestone that was used to build Split’s iconic Diocletian’s Palace and Washington DC’s White House is found.

Stroll along Bol’s quaint seafront promenade and relax on the most famous beach in Croatia, the horn-shaped Zlatni Rat beach. To fully experience Brac in all of its glory, join a wine-tasting tour of the Stina Winery and sip your way through a selection of delicious local wines made from the common grape varieties grown on the island – Posip (white) and Plavac Mali (red).

Losinj Island

Losinj

Located in Croatia’s northern region of the Adriatic Sea, Losinj Island is home to a gorgeous 5-mile natural harbour, stunning bays and outstanding tamed wilderness. Locally known as ‘the island of wellness and vitality, Losinj’s two main towns of Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj provide easy access to beaches and the scenic countryside.

The island’s uniquely indented coastline is studded with fragrant pine trees that offer cooling shade from the sun. In Cikat Bay, you can relax on the sandy beach or enjoy swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing. To discover many fine examples of classic Italian Baroque paintings and modern Croatian works of art, visit the Museum of Losinj. The island’s oldest archaeological collection can be found in the Museum of Apoxyomenos.

Church, Rab Island

Rab

Situated in Croatia’s Kvarner region, Rab Island is a hugely popular holiday destination that has it all. In 1936, Rab became famous for being the romantic hideaway of King Edward VIII and his married lover.

History and culture aficionados will enjoy exploring the many landmark attractions located within the ancient walls of the Old Town. The town boasts four prominent bell towers, of the Romanesque churches, cathedral and monastery, that can be viewed from all of the prime vantage points located on the island. Rab’s sprawling 150 km of hiking and biking trails invite nature lovers to enjoy a scenic adventure. The naturist-friendly Sahara beach is the perfect place to escape to if you just want to relax and top up your tan.

Mljet

Mljet

Mljet Island is unlike any other Croatian island. The southernmost, easternmost and greenest Adriatic island is mostly shrouded by dense forests and is covered with breathtaking nature and magnificent landscapes. It also has a harbour and a beautiful small beach.

Also located on Mljet is the popular tourist attraction of Mljet National Park, which should be high on your places to visit in Croatia. The stunning wildlife refuge features two famous saltwater lakes – Veliko Jezero (large) and Malo Jezero (small) – and the tiny St Mary Island that is only accessible by boat. The park’s breathtaking geological landscape can be explored on foot on one of the many hiking trails or by hired bike. Kayaking, canoeing and swimming are permitted in the 4 km stretch of jewel-coloured lakes.

Plan your trip with us

Don’t limit yourself to the Croatian mainland, explore these stunning islands on a Croatia small ship cruise. Call us on 020 8004 2345 today to find out more.

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