Croatia’s Islands are famous for their pristine beaches, turquoise waters and unspoilt rugged landscapes.
Think sandy beaches. Intact medieval towns. UNESCO sites. Rolling mountains. Vineyards.
Which means Sailing in Croatia is ideal for history buffs, foodies and nature lovers. Here’s our Croatia island guide introducing you to the most popular spots to island hop.
Hvar is often cited as Croatia’s island getaway for rich yacht owners and party lovers. But it’s a large island split into two sections with plenty of quiet places if you're not into the hustle and bustle.
If you’re visiting for the famed nightlife, you’ll find late-night bars, clubs and restaurants in Hvar Town, the island’s largest and liveliest settlement. Fancy a quainter retreat full of history and adventure? Head over to the idyllic coastal towns of Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrboska.
Mljet is an Eden for nature lovers. Embark on scuba diving or snorkelling adventures to view a vast array of underwater life or explore two national parks by hiking or cycling as a day tour.
The still waters of its two salt lakes are perfect for swimming. Warm afternoons create an ideal environment for kayaking on the islet Melita, where you can visit a Benedictine Monastery. As well as Croatian and international favourites, restaurants serve a delicious variety of local goat’s cheese.
Korcula is the second most populous island in the Adriatic region, where dense woodlands surround medieval hamlets and rolling vineyards. You’ll find charming fishing villages along its winding coast.
Korcula Town, the island’s largest town, often goes by the nickname ‘Little Dubrovnik’ due to its intact medieval walls. Besides its impressive fortifications, attractions include a Marco Polo gallery and a beautiful cathedral. Try the island’s famous white wine after a day of kayaking, hiking or touring the towns and landmarks.
Until it stopped serving as an army base in 1989, Vis was off limits to visitors. Now, tourists can enjoy large unspoilt areas of natural beauty, heavenly beachy enclaves and two towns towards the north and south of the island.
Enjoy the sights of the island while hiking down to Stiniva Beach, which was once named the best beach in Europe. You can also reach this serene sandy strip by boat to view Vis from its surrounding blue waters. Don’t forget to visit the blue cave of Biševo - its luminous blue waters are truly striking.
Just a short ferry ride from Split (Croatia’s second-largest city) lies Brač, the largest of the Dalmatian Islands. Its two main towns, Supetar and Bol, are surrounded by rolling hills and fig trees. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the island by climbing to the peak of Vidova Gora Mountain, which is the highest mountain on any Adriatic Island.
While you’re here, relax under the sun at Zlatni Rat Beach, one of Croatia’s most beautiful island beaches. Explore the history of the island in the town of Bol, which is home to the must-see Blaca hermitage monastery.
You can explore these fantastic islands on our incredible Croatia sailing adventures. Experience the breathtaking scenery from onboard the boat with awesome new ship mates and enjoy exploring all the history and culture each island has to offer.