The Land Of 1000 Islands: Croatia

Croatia is renowned for its magnificent islands. More than a thousand islands dot the country’s coast. Some of them host isolated beaches and picturesque lighthouses while others provide ideal settings for sailing, nude sunbathing, and windsurfing. There is an island to suit every taste.

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit: Vis Island
Island Vis in Croatia, photo by Mario Fajt (CC BY 2.0)

Wine Tasting and Local Cuisine

Vis Island is the ideal destination for visitors who want to taste the local cuisine and wine. It was used as a naval base by the Yugoslav military and foreigners were only allowed in after 1989. The island is now a hippy-chic summer destination. Several taverns serve diverse seafood dishes. You can also go fishing and learn how to cook the fish yourself. The island has a variety of organic wines.

Environmentally-Friendly Holidays

Croatia’s Kornati archipelago is suitable for anyone looking for an environmentally-friendly place to spend the holiday. The archipelago has numerous reefs, islets, and islands. Its islands are arid and rocky. There are several stone cottages that were constructed by fishermen and shepherds many years ago.

Water Sports

Brac Island is one of the favorite spots for water sports enthusiasts. You can enjoy windsurfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, parasailing, sea kayaking, jet skiing, and water skiing on Zlatni Rat, a beach on the south coast of Croatia.

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit: Zlatni Rat Beach
Famous Zlatni Rat beach, photo by Onthego Tours (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Unspoiled Scenery

Croatia’s Mljet Island is an unspoilt haven. Its pine forests and saltwater lakes make it a great choice for visitors who are looking for the best of nature. It also features a national park and sand beach. Cres Island is another unspoilt spot. It is sparsely populated and features primeval forests, soaring cliffs, hilltop towns, and hidden coves.

Sailing Destination

Murter offers a great place for sailing in Croatia. It is close to several reefs and islets, making it ideal for yachting. Visitors can take sailing courses on the island and explore Croatia’s amazing coast.

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit: Hvar Island, Croatia
Hvar Island in Croatia, photo by R3li3nt (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Beach Parties

Pag is home to some of the best beach clubs in Croatia. The clubs attract several visitors in the summer. Several clubs and bars have 24-hour operating licenses. Some of the clubs feature international DJs, making the island, a wonderful destination for those who want to enjoy fun nights.

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit: Zrce Beach, Croatia
Zrce Beach on the Island of Pag, photo by Mario Fajt (CC BY 2.0)

Quiet Vacations

Palagruza is a good option for visitors who are looking for extreme isolation on their holidays. This island is located between Croatia and Italy. There are no buildings apart from an old lighthouse. Guests can take leisurely walks on Veli Zal and Stara Vlaka beaches.


Hvar Island is the place to visit if you want to enjoy luxury in Croatia. This sunny destination attracts a lot of people. There are several elegant restaurants, posh yachts, swanky hotels, and trendy bars. You can also visit some of serene towns including Jelsa and Stari Grad. The island also has extensive lilac, lavender, heather, and rosemary fields. Its interior is largely uncharted, making it a wonderful choice for those who seek adventure. Visitors can go on day trips to explore isolated parts of the island.

Best Islands in Croatia to Visit: Hotel Kopno, Marina Frapa
Hotel Kopno, Marina Frapa

A visit to Croatia is incomplete if you do not visit one of its many islands. Each island offers a unique way to explore the country’s coast.

About Romeo Demes

Hi there! I am Romeo from the beautiful Croatia who is addicted to traveling, writing and music. These are my 3 hobbies I could not live without. I am fortunate enough to make a living out of it and enjoy every day. I may not be rich and drive a fancy car, but you know how they say: Travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer!

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