Best islands to visit in Croatia

The 7 Best Islands In Croatia To Visit

Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is one of the most pristine and beautiful destinations in the world. Visit these best islands in Croatia for a stunning experience.

From the popular to quiet islands that double as National Parks, these are the places to go.

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1. Hvar

Hvar is an easy trip from Split, and the resort town is known to attract a number of celebrities. There’s great nightlife, gorgeous beaches and incredible seafood. Sip Croatian wine and soak up some rays on this popular island.

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2. Vis

Surrounded by terraced olive groves and vineyards, Vis is another popular Croatian island worth planning a visit to. Relax on Stiniva Beach in the sunshine of the afternoon and take a seat at a wine bar to kick off the evening. Don’t miss the Blue Cave either. So, plan a day kayak excursion to see the stunning waters within the cave.

Best islands to visit in Croatia

3. Korčula

Catch a ferry from Dubrovnik and spend a few days on Korčula. It’s the most populous island in Croatia that’s not connected to the mainland by a bridge, so the two main cities are a little more lively than some of the more secluded islands. Wander Korčula town and step into an art gallery or two.

Best islands to visit in Croatia

4. Pag

Pag is home to a Mars-like landscape and makes one of the best types of Croatian cheeses. Stay in Novalja, the largest resort town on the island, and bask in the sunshine on warm days during shoulder seasons.

5. Brač

Catch a ferry from Split to unwind on this little island known for its white pebble beach called Golden Cape or Zlatni Rat in Croatian. If you’re looking to get active, the windsurfing off the coast of Bol is great. There are also wonderful examples of architecture made with the island’s famous white limestone too, for those who prefer a cultural visit.

6. Mljet

This island is also a national park, so expect a quiet and peaceful escape on this island off the coast of Dubrovnik. There are pine forests, secluded coves for swimming and laid-back afternoons of sipping wine. So, plan a few days after visiting Dubrovnik. Because you won’t want to leave after escaping the crowds.

7. Rab

Just north of Pag, Rab is an easy ferry ride from Krk. The island is best known for its picturesque namesake city and the four church bell towers that dot its skyline. Indulge in Croatian wine, Pag cheese, cured meats and fresh seafood while taking life at a slower pace.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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