To pick a top five, in the country where islands are everywhere from north to south, it's not an easy job. You can choose from car-free islands to bigger buzz islands, yet some of them are more interesting than the others. Island-hopping with a boat is a good way to enjoy the stunning beauty of Croatian islands.
The charming island of Vis is hidden from the mainland behind islands of Brac and Hvar. The islanders on Vis lived in isolation for almost 50 years while island was under army control. After the army left the island in 1992, the tourism started to develop. The only two coastal places, every special on its way are Vis and Komiza. Many hidden bays and nice beaches will attract nature lovers. The gastronomy of Vis is on top of Croatian island, they just live for preparing good food and to make good wine. Great getaway from everyday life routine.
The sunniest Croatian island is completely dedicated to give the best to every tourist who steps on it. Party goers will enjoy beach bars and clubs in Hvar town as well as on nearby Pakleni islands; culture lovers will be stunned by Stari Grad town protected by UNESCO; families will choose Vrboska or Jelsa, peaceful family friend places; and nature lovers will find a hideaway in one of many secluded bays with no facilities other than amazing nature. The gastronomy of Hvar is based on fresh fish, meat, vegetables and full of tastes. To wine freaks, we recommend visiting Bastijana winery in Jelsa and Zlatan Otok in Sveta Nedjelja on south side of island.
Green, greener, the greenest island. Lush and woods are everywhere. The large part of island is a national park with two salt-water lakes. Great for cycling around lakes and it is possible to rent a bike at the entrance of the park. Mljet doesn't have bigger places, only small villages with small grocery stores and restaurants. If you're on sailing holiday in Croatia, anchor your boat in Polace village, the starting point of the national park.
Marco Polo's birthplace, (Croatians are arguing with Italians for years about this fact) Korcula town is also known as "Little Dubrovnik". Town is fortified with high stone walls and towers. Many small souvenir shops and jewellery stores will attract female visitors. The inland of island is covered with vineyards; since the old Greeks came on Korcula in the 6th century BC, a tradition of wine making exists. The great white wine Posip goes great with fish meals. While on Korcula, try Zrnovski makaruni – a pasta dish with meat sauce.
Source Wikipedia; Author: Cord Walter Tina Herpers
The north Adriatic jewel. Famous for its beautiful nature, sandy beaches and summer festivals. The most popular festival is "Rabska fjera" in late July when more than 10.000 visitors come every year. The cultural highlight is medieval Rab town with its four bell towers. Active persons will enjoy hiking and cycling through island. For sugar lovers, we recommend to try Rab cake, the island's specialty.