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In my opinion - the Croatian islands and the coastline is one of THE attracations in the eye of the visitor!

If you fancy a vacation where you experience nature at its finest and yet be able to enjoy some modern amenities at the same time, then a perfect destination would be the Croatian Islands, cradled between the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea.

However, Croatia has around 1,000 islands and islets and some of them are inhabited and not open to the public. So, only the larger and more popular locations are detailed below.

  If you want to go straight to the island of your choice - simply follow the links below.
    Bisevo island Losinj island Ugljan island
    Brac island Molat island Unije island
    Cres island Murter island Vir island
    Dugi Otok Olib Vis island
    Elaphite islands Pag island Zirje island
    Hvar island Premuda island Zlarin island
    Ilovik island Rab island  
    Korcula Silba island  
    Krk island Solta island  
    Lopud island Susak island  

Dont't know where to start?

Absolutely no problem.

Here's a short video with possible destinations. This can really give you some inspiration!

A video of popular Croatian islands (1:36 min.)

Below you'll find some islands along with a short introduction of what you can expect on the appropriate destination.

The Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni Islands used to be the summer state residence of Former Yogoslavian President Josip Tito. It is made up of 14 islands, the group of which is considered one of Croatia's National Parks.

The Brijuni Islands have very interesting attractions aside from the flora and fauna in the Parks. They have an abundance of ancient ruins dating from the Byzantine and Middle Ages periods. They also have a safari zoo, remnants from President Tito's collection of pet animals.

There are hotels and private villas on the largest island, Veli Brijun. There are daily ferry services from Fazana, estimated travel time of around 20 minutes... read more >>>


Located near the City of Rijeka, in the northern part of the Kvarner Gulf is the second largest island in the Adriatic, Cres.

It is sometimes considered part of the Cres-Losinj Island group because they used to be one island, until they were separated by a channel and now connected together by a bridge.

Lake Vrana in the middle of Cres Island is one of thedeepest freshwater sources in Eastern Europe and the only source of Cres' freshwater supply.

Other notable areas for visiting in my eyes include Beli where you can visit the ornithological reserve for the griffon vultures and Martinscica, a beach lover's paradise... read more >>>


Originally recognized for its shipbuilding, Losinj has become one of the area's popular tourist destinations. Its quaint villages around the bays, like Cikat Bay, make for great vacation spots and are usually the site of hotels and campsites.

There is also a dolphin reserve on the island. There are other islands that belong to the Losinj group like Unje, Ilovik and Susak.

Access to the islands is possible through ferries and the airport on Losinj... read more >>>


Known as the largest island in the Adriatic, Krk, covering a land area of 406 square kilometers, is also the most populous. Its proximity to the Croatian mainland has helped develop its tourism industry and having an international airport on the island itself is an added bonus.

Tourism activities are mostly centered around the coastal towns of Krk, Baska, Malinska and Punat. The architecture in Krk is representative of its history - from early Christian and Romanesque to Gothic. Travel to Krk takes 1 hour by bus from Rijeka... read more >>>


Rab Island is part of the Kvarner Bay archipelagic region. It is roughly 90 square kilometers with daily ferry service operations from Rijeka to Rab Town.

It is well-known as a pioneer of "naturism" or the cultural movement advocating social nudity in public... read more >>>


Pag Island's claim to fame is its reputation for making sheep's cheese or "paski sir" and it's traditional Pag lace. Pag is located on the North Dalmatian archipelago and is reputed to be the most party-oriented place in Croatia.

Zrce Beach, in the Northeastern part of Pag, near the resort town of Novalja, is very popular to the young crowd because of the presence of its three beach clubs - Club Aquarius, Kalypso and Papaya, which are now allowed to operate 24/7 during the summer season.

Accommodations on the island are plentiful and travel to and from the mainland is easy. Buses travel by the bridge connecting the island to the mainland on its southern end, while daily ferries operate from Rijeka to Novalja (2 hrs and 30 minutes travel time) and Prizna to Sigljen (15 minutes)... read more >>>

The Kornati Islands

Kornati is an archipelago located in Northern Dalmatia that consists of 140 islands. Its southern end, comprising 89 out of the 140 islands, is declared as a Croatian National Park. Because of its status, it is best to travel to the islands through an organized tour group to better appreciate the area.

If you wish to experience a "back to nature" experience or as the islanders call it a "Robinson Crusoe holiday", you may stay in the cottages owned by the people of Murter Island with no electricity or running water... read more >>>


Located in Central Dalmatia, Brac is the third largest island in the Adriatic famous for its main export, the Brac stone. The Golden Horn or the "Zlatni Rat" in the town of Bol is considered the most beautiful beach in the Adriatic and has its own assortment of bars and restaurants.

Other popular beach resorts include Supetar, Sutivan, Milna and Sumartin. With such an abundant tourism industry, accommodations are bountiful and travel to the island is a breeze. Ferries run hourly from the City of Split to Supetar.

There is an airport near Bol with flights from Zagreb during the summer. Daily Catamaran services are also available from Split to Bol... read more >>>


Hvar lies in the middle of the Brac-Vis-Korcula triangle. Separated from Brac (to the north) by the Hvar channel, from Vis (to the west) by the Vis channel and from Korcula (to the south) by the Korcula channel.

What makes Hvar stand out from the rest of the islands is its climate. It's generally sunny in both summer and winter, which makes it a favorite destination from all over the world. Even resort owners give good discounts on your stay if you encounter a "not-so-sunny" day.

Its amiable climate is a perfect setting for growing beautiful herb fields, especially lavender and rosemary, which are major exports of the island and a good souvenir to take home... read more >>>


To the west of Central Dalmatia lies the Island of Vis, noted for its strategic location as a naval base and has been occupied by many nations during its history.

Even after being closed to tourism after World War II and only being reopened last 1990, Vis hasn't lost its charm - freshest seafood, exclusive wines from Plavac and Vugava, historical monuments and ruins and the pleasant tranquil bays and beaches.

Ferries travel from Split in 2 hours and 30 minutes and hotel and private accommodations are within reach... read more >>>


Korcula can be found just off the Dalmatian coast and is known to many as "Little Dubrovnik" because of its Venetian heritage.

Many of the Old Town's buildings are reflective of 15th and 16th century designs and even the 14th century wall that surrounds the city is a testament to its heritage. Walking around the town can certainly take you back in time... read more >>>


The legendary island of Mljet (It is said that Mljet is the island in the epic Odyssey where Calypso kept Odysseus for seven years) can be reached in 2 hours by boat rides from the Island of Korcula.

The western side of the island is declared a Croatian National Park. It is where the two lakes of Mljet are to be found. Surrounded by dense forests, one of the lakes has an islet (Melita) with a 12th century Benedictine monastery... read more >>>

The Elaphite Islands (Kolocep, Lopud & Sipan)

If you care for the remote, unspoiled and untouched islands vacation, then a trip to the Elaphite Islands will be good for you. The islands are so named because during the ancient times, a large deer population inhabited the islands.

The three main islands include Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep. Lopud is the center for tourism activities in the island group. It has a healthy community of restaurants and hotels and the site of several old pre-Romanesque monuments... read more >>>

"I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within." - Lillian Smith

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