The top 4 Croatian islands
Famous for their stunning landscapes, picturesque villages and beaches, Croatian islands offer visitors a wealth of things to see and do. Whether you want to rub shoulders with the jet-set, marvel at cultural and historical sites or eat some of the most delicious traditional dishes, you will find everything want in Croatia’s verdant islands. Four of the top Croatian islands include:
Korcula is a must for culture vultures, and can be reached by catamaran or ferry from Dubrovnik, Split or Rijeka. Dense oak and pine forests combine with elegance and style, with a diverse range of stunning scenery thrown in. Similar to Dubrovnik, Korcula town is situated on a peninsula, and its narrow lanes all lead to the sea. Visit picturesque St Mark´s Square and its 15th Century Museum which exhibits Roman and Greek artefacts and an amazing collection of Venetian art. Works by Croatian artists can also be viewed in the Gallery Vapor. Enjoy the tree-lined sea front promenade with its quaint cafés, bars and restaurants. Book a cultural or historical tour of Korcula to make the most of your stay.
Famous for attracting the jet set, Hvar Island includes a stunning five mile long bay which is sheltered by stunning wooded hills. The town was founded in 384BC and is made up of a maze of stone alleys where Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson once lost themselves. Enjoy sampling superb local dishes of seafood, including octopus stew and fresh prawns and sea bass. Tvrdalj Castle with its tower and baroque portal was once home to Peter Hektorovic, the 16th Century Poet, and visitors can enjoy the stunning gardens. A Hvar Town guided-tour also comes highly recommended if you want to rub shoulders with the in-crowd or enjoy viewing the incredible Austrian and Venetian architecture. Take a boat taxi to one of the Pakleni Islands for lunch.
Mali Losinj is situated in the Kvarner area of the Adriatic and can be reached by ferry from Zadar. The island is part of an archipelago of 30 small islands which are surrounded by the amazing deep green Adriatic Sea. The island is home to many woodlands and forests, adding to its natural beauty. Views across St Martin´s Bay are stunning, and the old fishing village of Veli Losinj is also worth a visit. Veli Losinj was influenced by the Venetians and the Greeks, and many of the region´s features are testament to that. Beautiful bays in Veli Losinj are perfect for swimming and the Aromatic Island Garden is well worth a visit if you want to breathe in the scents of the local flora and fauna on the island. A guided tour of Mali Losinj will enable you to see the hidden coves and bays in Mali Losinj.
If you are something of a foodie, you will love Pag. Famous for its cheese, its olives and its lamb, Pag also boasts secluded coves and beautiful open countryside. If you are looking to escape from the crowds, go to Proboj or Lun on the northern end of the island, which is famous for its salty grass, which gives its local cheese and meat such distinctive flavours. Lun has a Roman past and you can still see old relics from the times of Roman rule. Family run cheese factories are worth visiting in Kolan, and the Salt Museum and Lace Gallery in Pag should also be high up on your list of things to do. Local wines and brandies also feature on many local menus, at affordable prices. Pag is a great place to visit if you want to eat, drink and be merry without being overrun by tourists. Book a gastronomic tour of Pag and enjoy the region’s local food and wine at its best.