Have you always dreamed of Island hopping in Croatia? I’m bringing you a complete guide on Croatia island hopping.
- Which islands are must-visit?
- Where to go for gastronomy delicacies?
- What are the best islands in Croatia for discovering culture and history?
- How to choose the right island?
- With so many questions to answer, it may be hard to decide which islands to include on your island hopping Croatia tour.
Keep reading my full Croatian Island guide and find all the answers to your questions, along with additional information. I’ll start with the top 5 islands to island hop along the Dalmatian coast.
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Croatia Island Hopping: Best Croatian Islands
Croatia island hopping makes a great idea for a perfect vacation, especially because you’re going to a country that is home to crystal-clear water, fine sand beaches, and a paradise vibe. Whether you are planning to spend a week on yachts in Croatia or you just want to explore the cultural and historical side of the country, a good itinerary is essential.
That’s why I’m bringing you a complete list of the best Croatian islands, each beautiful in its own way.
A glamorous island that stands side to side with France’s St Tropez or Spain’s Marbella. Due to its luxurious accommodation options, fancy restaurants, as well as trendy bars and shops, Hvar is one of the best islands in Croatia. It is also well-known as a party island, a magnet for celebrities and a hot spot for Croatia yachting.
However, if you put aside the expensive side of Hvar hotels and restaurants, you’ll see there are a lot of things to do in Hvar. Sandy, secluded Hvar beaches, charming vineyards and fields of lavender and olives are just some of the reasons why this Croatian island can be a great relaxation spot. Moreover, for those who want to learn more about the island’s history and culture, head to Stari Grad and Jelsa. These cute little towns are laid-back, traditional and ideal for a family vacation.
If you opt for a Hvar on your Croatia island hopping tour, the easiest way to visit the island is through the route from Split to Hvar ferry.
Interesting fact: The oldest European theatre is located in the main square of Hvar town.
Best time to visit: During summer, between June and October. On the other hand, July and August are the most popular months.
Brac island is another must-visit place during every Croatia island hopping tour. It is located a short ferry trip from the city of Split and it’s the largest Croatian island. Full of gorgeous beaches, secluded bays, charming cobbled streets and various types of bars and restaurants, this island is the all-rounder. It even boasts the highest peak of the Croatian islands called Vidova Gora Mountain (778m). In the same way, here you will find Croatia’s most famous beach called Zlatni rat where you can sunbathe, enjoy watersports or explore the local town of Bol. If you are looking for a place with amazing restaurants and tavernas, Supetar is a place to go. The whole destination is known for its history and culture, so there are plenty of things to do on Brac island.
Interesting fact: Brac island is most popular for the natural white stone, which attracts architects from all over the world, and the olive oil industry.
Best time to visit: May, June or September. July and August are the most popular months.
Korcula Croatia is a name well-known among all history lovers. Situated near Dubrovnik, this small island is the birthplace of Marco Polo and it will enchant you with its culture and charm. There are plenty of things to do in Korcula including sunbathing at one of the amazing beaches, visiting museums and galleries, going wine tasting, or simply exploring the city. Moreover, the island is full of fig trees, pine trees, and olive groves. A true paradise!
Finally, don’t forget to visit Vela Luka, the largest city on Korcula island. It contains an important prehistoric archeological cave and various local monuments, as well as interesting biking, hiking and trekking trails.
Interesting fact: Even if you’re not a history buff, Korcula is worth visiting due to its magnificent architecture and crisp white wine.
Best time to visit: From April to October. However, the high season is in July and August when temperatures can be up to 40C.
Looking for a dreamy, heaven-like spot on your Croatia island hopping tour? If so, Vis Island is the place to be. This little island still boasts unspoiled beauty of natural attractions such as Aladdin-like caves and pristine beaches. A rough coastline with rudimental charm is just a bonus to this Croatian island. While you are there, don’t forget to visit Stiniva, a beach that wears the title of Europe’s best beach in 2016.
Interesting fact: Vis Croatia is a favorite destination among music festival lovers, as well as those interested in Croatia yachting and sailing.
Best time to visit: From June to October. Just like in other Croatian islands, July and August are the most popular months.
Full of luscious greenery and vivid wildlife, Mljet island is an unavoidable stop when it comes to island hopping Croatia. Moreover, a third of the island is Mljet National Park. Full of various colorful flowers, trees, wildlife and two saltwater lakes (Veliko & Malo jezero), Mljet is highly popular among one-day trip itineraries. In other words, a perfect place for nature lovers. Some of the must-do things in Mljet National Park are having a picnic, wandering around, exploring flora and fauna, renting a bike or kayak, taking a dive into the blue paradise of the Adriatic Sea. Mljet is also the best island for couples due to its romantic setting.
Interesting fact: A legend says that Odysseus was here for 7 years with the nymph Calypso.
Best time to visit: Between April and October.
Croatia Island Hopping: Extra Destinations
Besides the top five Croatian islands mentioned above, here are other interesting destinations to include in your Croatia island hopping tour.
It’s true Murter has some amazing beaches worth a visit. However, the island is most popular due to the great music scene. Summer months are full of different kinds of music festivals that gather people from all over the globe. Furthermore, there are plenty of cultural and historical monuments ready to be explored.
It is well connected with Zagreb, Split, Zadar, and Sibenik.
If you are looking for a beautiful place with a relaxed, rustic vibe and lively city center, Rab island is ideal. It’s full of cultural monuments, picturesque terracotta roofs and cream walls, church towers, and stunning beaches. It is also nudist-friendly.
For those who are party animals, Pag is the best choice. It is well-known for its Zrce Beach where the party never ends. The rest of the island is laid-back and more cultural, and is popular for cheese (Paski cheese is award-winning).
You can easily reach it from Zadar, as it is connected by the bridge.
An island in the Split region, ideal if you want to experience fishing, olive tasting or learn more about vineyard cultivation. The lively town center is full of monuments, great restaurants, shops, old churches… It is also a popular spot among adrenaline junkies as it offers scuba diving, biking trails, hiking trails, and kayaking.
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Zlarin is definitely the best island for seclusion and enjoying freedom. It is small but with dazzling beauty. Here you’ll find cultural and historical attractions, as well as sandy beaches, family activities, and a lot of private accommodation options.
Cres is a perfect example of an archetypal Croatian island. The northern hills are full of oaky forests and cliffs standing along the coastline. Beaches are sandy and beautiful. Furthermore, it is a place where you’ll meet a large population of griffons.
One of the busiest islands you’ll visit during Croatia island hopping is Krk. It is great gastronomy and historical site with influences from Venetian, Romans, Habsburgs, and Frankopans. Moreover, Krk is full of various beaches, from pristine and secluded ones to the ones that are sandy, rocky or dog-friendly.
Mali Iz is ideal if you want to make a one-day trip from Zadar. Even though the island is really small, it is rich in centuries-old history and gorgeous beaches.
Searching for a good opportunity to explore life under the Adriatic surface? If so, the Kornati Islands are unavoidable. They are full of interesting coves, bays, and beaches. Moreover, Kornati National Park, which protects 89 of the islands, is ideal to enjoy unique landscapes. From cliffs and rocky uninhabited islands to amazing beaches and luscious greenery, Kornati has it all. Especially, if you are interested in sailing, snorkeling or diving.
Another archipelago with an interesting natural history worth a visit. Even though it contains 16 islands, only two are open for visiting. Therefore, the whole area is protected. If you decide to visit Brijuni islands, don’t miss out on safari park that is home to various animals and unique landscapes.
The little island of Susak is a great Mediterranean getaway for families. There is only one village without roads, nightclubs, or lively bars. Instead, it is a favorite spot among kite flyers and hiking trekkers.
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The largest of the Croatian islands in north Dalmatia is called Dugi Otok (Long Island). It is 45 km long, while only 1-4 km wide. The island is a mix of natural attractions, sandy beaches, and sheer cliffs. It is also a great place for adventure lovers as it offers different trekking and cycling trails, scuba diving, climbing, etc.
For all those looking for a place with amazing architecture and nature, Lastovo is the answer. The island is rich in history and has various types of architectural styles. It is also popular for the annual carnival where locals dance wearing folk costumes. You can easily reach it from Split and Dubrovnik.
Losinj is one of those health resort destinations you’ll discover during Croatia island hopping. It has 2600 hours of annual sunshine and is divided into two towns. Mali Losinj (Small Losinj) is a larger settlement with a population of 7000 people. The main center is a long, wide harbor full of excellent restaurants, bars, and shops. In other words, Losinj is perfect for relaxation and health orientation.
Last but not least is Silba. A small, peaceful island with a sleepy vibe. Here you won’t find any hotels, cars or even bicycles. However, it is a cool place to chill and connect with your inner self as it is full of aromatic herbs, Mediterranean vegetation, and stunning beaches.
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