About Adriatic Islands
Whether travelling by boat or car the journey along the Southern Dalmatian Coastline is spectacular. The Adriatic Islands offer beautiful scenery, a variety of historical sights and mediaeval walled towns. For example, Hvar, often described as the loveliest Dalmatian island, is the sunniest spot in Croatia; Korcula with its Venetian citadel jutting into the sea, the picturesque island of Brac and the beautifully lush island of Mljet are also popular destinations.
There are many smaller and more off-the-beaten-track islands, too, such as Rab, Krk and Cres in the north and Lopud and Sipan in the south. You may also wish to consider Vis island which was closed to visitors until the end of the Cold War as its strategic and semi-isolated location meant it was a secret submarine base and hideaway for senior personnel; today it is a quiet place to visit and the closest location for boat trips to the famous Blue Cave.
All islands can be reached using the scheduled ferry service if you are exploring by car but to truly "Island Hop" it is easiest to use the fast ferry catamaran services which are passenger-only and sail between the islands rather than having to go on and off the mainland each time. We will plan your best choice of routes and can pre-book the catamaran tickets to guarantee passage.
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Islands to visit
Brac is one of the largest of the Adriatic islands but tends to be quieter than its more popular neighbours. Its real draw is the stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) on the south coast.
Cres has a rich cultural & historical heritage with a contrast from the dry north to the verdant south. Lošinj to the south is connected by a bridge across the Kavuada Canal.
Hvar is one of the most popular islands in southern Dalmatia, offering beautiful scenery and historical sights including castles & fortified churches.
There is a legend that Korčula was founded by the Trojans (c.1150 BC) but more likely the Greeks colonised the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu) because of its dark forests.
Krk is known as the "Golden Island". A combination of rocky & dramatic scenery contrasts with lush, green shores with ancient villages and vineyards at its centre.
Lopud is close to Dubrovnik; its beauty is breathtaking with over a kilometre of sandy beaches. What's more, no cars are allowed on the island, making it a natural paradise.
Mljet is an extremely peaceful holiday location, it is also one of the smaller Croatian islands. The western half of Mljet is a National Park which was set up to protect its famous salt lakes.
At first glance Pag Island is rocky & bare but tucked away are olive groves, lush pine forests & beaches.
Rab is the smallest of Kvarner's main islands but is a popular place for visitors, attracted by its lush vegetation and fine beaches.
Hotels to visit