With more than 2,000 kilometers of coastline and over 1,200 islands, Croatia offers some amazing possibilities for travelers enjoying island hopping. A word of warning though, one vacation won’t be enough to see everything this Mediterranean country has to offer. You will have to come back at least several times to see all its beauty.
We’ll kick off with a big one. With 2760 sunny hours per year, Hvar can be visited in almost any season, but for a glimpse of the rich and famous and their yachts parked in the harbor, summer is your best bet. It is one of the most expensive destinations in Croatia, but the island has so much to offer that justifying the price is easy. From beautiful beaches to cultural to historical and cultural heritage sites to the great nightlife, Hvar has it all.
Located in the Bay of Kvarner, Rab is a 22 kilometers long island nestled near the coast. Regular ferry lines connect it to the mainland and nearby islands. King Edward VIII visited it in 1936, after abdicating the throne and spent some time there with his wife Wallis Simpson. According to the local legend, he took all his clothes and jump into the sea naked, kicking off Rab’s nudist tradition that persists till today. It is a hot spot for summer festivals and parties with the younger crowd from all over the world.
Near Split, Croatian main commercial port, Brac is well-connected with the mainland. It takes less than an hour on a ferry to get there. The main town is Supetar, but there are over 20 settlements on the island. Most of them are ideal for a day trip from wherever you are staying on the island since Brac is just 153 sq mi big. The incredible backdrop of olive groves, pine forests and marble quarries offers an amazing experience for all travelers. Its beaches are sheltered from the wind by nearby mountain ridges, making them incredibly calm and ideal for relaxation.
The largest and most populous island in the Adriatic Sea, Krk is located in the Bay of Kvarner. It is connected to the mainland via Krk Bridge, 1430 meters in length. During its history, Krk has been under Roman, Avar, Frankopans, Venetian, Habsburg, Italian, and Yugoslav rule. Each of these states left a distinct mark on the island, making it incredibly diverse. Almost all of them can be seen in the town of Krk, the island’s largest settlement. Don’t miss Vrbnik or Baska beach.