The sheer diversity of these Croatian islands guarantees there is something for everybody from the Adriatic, irrespective of whether you are a party animal, lotus-eater, young family or some blend of those three.
One for the real connoisseur of Mediterranean getaways, this little island just off the shore of its bigger neighbour Lošinj is mainly composed of sand, its crumbly, ochre-coloured cliffs covered in ferns, wild fennel and towering bamboo-like grasses. Criss-crossed from footpaths, it is a blissfully simple island to research, and the shores are quite simply brilliant. Susak is also home to the yearly Air and Kite Festival, a celebration of this kite-flyer’s artwork which also includes romantic, everybody-welcome after-parties.
Rab: the island to get buckets and spades
In a nation that does not have much in the manner of classic sandy shores, Rab is very much the odd one from the Croatian islands. Most renowned of its gold strands is Veli mel, a wide shallow bay that is packed with paddling households from June to September. If splashing about with the audience is not your thing, there’s a succession of wilder, uncommercialized sandy shores liner Rab’s heavily manicured west coast. Best-known of them is Sahara, a bay reserved for naturists, even though there are loads of equally encouraging coves on each side. Attitudes to clothes are fairly relaxed where you’re, and perspectives of the mountainous mainland just increase the raw all-natural feel.
Silba: the island to get Arcadians
If it comes to sea-lapped Shangri-las with no visitors and no resorts, kidney-shaped Silba is just great as they come. Not only are there no cars around the island, a ban on bikes out of mid-July to late August functions to keep the island’s pedestrian pace. Strolling along maquis-lined country lanes in search of untamed beaches is the sole adrenalin sport you’re very likely to experience here. Silba’s permanent population of roughly 300 is swelled tenfold in summertime, when independent travelers from all around the nation have come to enjoy the island’s visually relaxing Arcadian vibe. Fregadon is among the Adriatic’s greatest B&Bs.
Murter: the island to get festivals
Murter’s silent, chilled-out standing was somewhat turned on its head by the coming of the Garden business in 2012. And what is more, Murter’s easy-going character has not been considerably ruffled with this action — the Garden website is quite scenic, along with also the island’s olive groves, adorable ports and secretive coves stay equally as magical as before.
Šolta: the island for biking and hiking
Despite being the closest island to the port of Split, Šolta stays completely absent in the package-tourist map. Small, compact rather than radically mountainous, it is perfect for biking and walking, particularly as soon as you get away from the main streets. Finest way to research is to take into the little-travelled paths of this interior, going through half-forgotten, Kasbah-like villages of stone houses roofed with stone slabs that are thick. The picturesque harbour of Maslinica, a blissful mix of unspoiled fishing village along with posh yachting berth, would be the Adriatic’s best-kept secret.
In the gossip pages into the travel publications, Hvar has been the worldwide media’s favorite of the Croatian islands, a position it shows no indication of dropping in 2013. Hvar Town competitions Dubrovnik in terms of its architectural glories and can be equivalent in the glamour stakes also, with paparazzi roving the Riva to find out who’s transiting from luxurious yacht to cocktail bar.
In case Hvar Town is your star magnet, the remaining part of the island reflects another side of the Adriatic coin. Laid back and filled with charm, it stays robustly popular with individuals who need a part of the Mediterranean that’s family-oriented, unspoiled and reasonably priced.
A magnet for independent travelers and lotus-eating Zagreb folk, Vis is just one of those Croatian islands which unites unspoiled beauty with seriously good restaurants and a few decidedly unique regional delicacies. The regional waters signify a number of the richest fisheries in the Adriatic, and it is no surprise that Vis’s restaurants provide some of their freshest lobster from the Mediterranean. Additionally, establishment such as Pojoda, Val and Kantun rustle up roasts and stews which are predicated on old-school recipes never found elsewhere. The island also boasts its own fast-food staple at the form of this pogača od srdele (anchovy pasty), a badly fishy snack which will have you racing back to the neighborhood bakery to get longer.
Proizd: the island to get sunbathers
Among the most fantastic areas to sunbathe in all of Dalmatia, the sloping-rock shores of Proizd island will attract anybody who enjoys the concept of dispersing their towel on a dramatic geological attribute. Proizd’s”shores” are definitely unique, comprising rock plates shelving into turquoise waters. The island is at its most beautiful in day, once the stones change color from grey to golden as the sun gradually descends. The Mediterano agency can reserve rooms and flats in and around Vela Luka.
Mljet: the island to get romantics
Many men and women see this national-park island for a day-trip out of Dubrovnik, and lose out on the advantages of a longer trip to one of their finest Croatian islands. With village lodging, nature walks along with a profusion of silent bays, it is a fantastic spot to receive romantic. The island stays blissfully unspoiled, filled with bicycle-pedalling and kayak-paddling trippers during the day, startlingly silent and stress-less at nighttime. According to legend, Odysseus holed up here for seven years using the nymph Calypso, and it is not tough to see why he found it so tough to leave. The family-run Boutique Accommodation Mljet provide excellent rooms and flats in an old rock house.