Adriatic Islands

About Adriatic Islands

Whether travelling by boat or car the journey through 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 Dalamtian island, is the sunniest spot in Croatia. Korcula with its Venetian citadel jutting into the sea, and the picturesque island of Brac are also popular destinations.

Hvar's beauty is down to an abundance of wild flowers such as lavender, rosemary and heather whose perfume adds something special to the island's atmosphere. Hvar Town has a small, charming harbour set against a backdrop of steep hills with plenty of interesting Mediaeval buildings. Brac is one of the largest of the islands; its famous white stone has been used in the construction of the Whitehouse, Diocletian's Palace and Liverpool Cathedral. The stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach is a major draw for visitors.

Korcula's old city has such a special atmosphere and is a tight cluster of narrow streets, designed in an ingenious herring-bone pattern to ease the cooling sea breezes through the town. There is much to see in this wonderful little place that would keep even the most hardened sun worshippers interested for a couple of days - cathedral, museum, town walls, Marco Polo's birthplace amongst them. Mljet Island boasts a superb National Park which covers almost half of its area. The major features, apart from its overall natural beauty are two salt water lakes of which the larger is home to a 12th Century Benedictine Monastery and church. Krk is known as the "Golden Island", its scenery is a gorgeous combination of rocky and dramatic in the north and lush, green shores of the south and west and in the centre of the island there are ancient villages and a thriving wine making area.

Vis is a beautiful and, until recently, undiscovered island furthest out into the Adriatic. Activity holidays or "get away from it all" and explore the stunning island. Lopud is one of the main inhabited Elaphite Islands, located a short ferry crossing from Dubrovnik's Gruz Harbour. There are frequent sailings in the summer so you may consider staying to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik.

The island of Pag boasts 270km of beautiful beaches and hidden coves, from those with rocky shores to the finest sand; many of these beaches are among the loveliest on the entire Adriatic coast. Set on a narrow isthmus, Rab Town is instantly recognisable for the four church bell towers that pierce the skyline. In fact, Rab island has one of the densest concentrations of fine buildings in Croatia - monasteries, churches, palaces, showcasing a wealth of European architectural styles from early mediaeval to Baroque.

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