Croatian coast is packed with numerous islands, at least 1185 (of which 48 inhabited) depending on which size rock counts as an island, and each one is spectacular and unique.
Green islands, bare karst-rock islands, 100% sand islands, Nature Park islands, islands with lake in the middle, lighthouse islands, islands with just deer and naturists feeding them, islands attracting the VIP set, islands for windsurfers, islands for sculptors, islands for Tito’s collection of safari animals, islands so remote they’re nearer to Italy, islands called home by a family of 120 dolphins, islands for moviemakers, islands of age-old fishing traditions, islands of sea sponge hunters, islands with a particular cave in which the sunlight turns a brilliant blue for an hour each day, islands known for their wine, cheese or anchovy pasties… and many more!
Good to know
Kvarner Bay islands
Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Brijuni
Northern Dalmatia islands
Pag, Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi Otok
Southern Dalmatia islands
Hvar, Brač, Korčula, Mljet
Croatian islands attractions
Hvar island is the sunniest one with 2,800 hours of sun per year nurturing stunning green fields of lavender, rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme and the carefully cultivated vineyards. On the other hand, you will find beaches with cristal blue and turquoise water. The town of Hvar is a visual feast for lovers of architecture and it looks like “an open-air gallery” for every style which is waiting to be discovered.
Korčula is a mix of quiet hamlets and vineyards tangled up in the woods, and fishing villages dotted along the winding coast. Town Korcula is often compared to Dubrovnik because of its formidable medieval walls, but it has its own attractions to offer, there is a gallery dedicated Marco Polo gallery (some says he was born here) and a beautiful cathedral. Korčulans proud themselves for white wine Grk.
Mljet island the greenest island of the Dalmatian archipelago and place with the National Park. It is unspoiled by the touristic rush and retained fresh, aromatic air and tranquillity. Two salted lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero – lure swimmers into their still waters, and an especially delicious local variety of goats’ cheese into the restaurants.
Pag is an island located 40 minutes from Zadar, known for its old olives, sheep cheese, and delicious lamb because of the nutritive landmark. In the past, island Pag was the supplier of salt in Croatia as there are numerous pools where salt is harvested and later processed and packaged. It is also famous by handcraft of lace knitting and you can find women sitting in front of their houses knitting lace.
Cres & Lošinj islands. The island of Cres is located in the northern part of Kvarner Bay. At its southern end, it is connected to the island of Lošinj by a swing bridge. The approximately 250 km of the coast of this mountainous island is very indented with numerous coves and pebble beaches, and also cliffs in the north and east. A beautiful panorama of Kvarner Bay can be enjoyed from the two highest peaks of the island. With more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, the island of Lošinj is one of the sunniest places in Europe and home to subtropical vegetation with palms, agaves, oleander, pines, citrus trees, sage and lavender. Separated from each other only by a tiny channel, the islands of Lošinj and Cres offer an exciting combination. While Lošinj is characterized by a vivid hustle and bustle, Cres offers more tranquillity and natural spaces.
Krk is an island located in the Kvarner Bay. The coast is indented and has many coves and natural pebble beaches. In the interior, there are two lakes. The vegetation is dominated by forests, fruit, vegetables, vineyards and olive groves on the one hand, and rock gardens and pastures on the other. Also, the region around city Vrbnik is famous for authentic wine sort Vrbnička žlahtina, quality dry wine. This variety is specific as it is only grown vineyards in Krk.