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 Dalmatian 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 White House, 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.
Where 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, though, is the stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) on the south coast.
Hvar is one of the most popular islands of Southern Dalmatia, offering beautiful scenery and historical sights including castles & fortified churches perched on the edge of the Adriatic.
There is a legend that Korčula was founded by the Trojans (c.1150 BC) but more likely the Greeks colonized the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu) because of its dark forests.
Krk is known as the "Golden Island", its scenery is a gorgeous combination of rocky and dramatic in the north with lush, green shores in the south. In the centre are ancient villages and vineyards.
Lopud island is very close to Dubrovnik; its beauty & uniqueness is breathtaking with over 1km of marvellous sandy beaches and no cars are allowed on the island, making it a natural paradise.
Mljet is one of the smaller but most beautiful of the islands - its western half is given over to a Nature Park to protect the environment of its famous salt lakes; a peaceful holiday location.
Pag islands offers a very different landscape - at first glance, it is rocky & bare resembling the surface of the moon but elsewhere there are olive groves, lush pine woods & 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.