With over a thousand beautiful islands in Croatia the choice can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few of the best for beaches, nature, nightlife and culture.
The island of Korcula is jam packed with historical sites. Korcula is a medieval city and the old town is surrounded by a 14th century fortress. Within the city there is the St Mark’s Cathedral and Abbey Treasury of St Mark, and several gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces. Visitors can watch the Moreška Sword Dance during summer, which is a traditional Korculan dance telling the story of a white king fighting for a kidnapped princess.
Mljet is the perfect place to enjoy the waters of the Adriatic – there are many beautiful sandy beaches such as: Sutmiholjska Beach, Blaci Beach, Veliko Jezero Beach and Saplunara Beach. The island of Cres has a good variety of beaches, and many are secluded. The best can be found near the villages of Lubenice, Ustrine, Valun and Stivan.
Mali Losinj is known as the island of vitality due to its clean air and rich flora and fauna. Guests can visit the aromatic garden and learn about the many plants and herbs that are grown on the island for medicinal purposes. There are several wonderful walking trails such as the Mali trail and the paths of Lošinj’s captains that both lead to hidden coves. Walking along Dolphin Way you are likely to see the local bottlenose dolphins playing in the sea.
The island of Pag is the only place in Croatia where bars and clubs have 24 hour licenses, and all night beach parties take place at Kalypso, Papaya and Aquarius. Hvar town on Hvar also has a lively party scene, and there are plenty of cool nightspots where you can sip cocktails amongst the Venetian architecture.