Croatia’s Adriatic coastline boasts of 1246 islands and islets of all shapes and sizes. Each of the islands has its unique feel with some of the islands that have become a permanent tourist spot for over a decade.
There is plenty of things to entice tourists right from tidy pebble, sandy beaches lapped by translucent tortoise waters to stunning towns with historical significance coupled with some of the world’s best sailing and cycling trails making the country a must-see tourist destination.
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Brac is famous for its stunning Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn beach that mimics a long bulging finger extending into the sea. You will find plenty of pebbles and it’s tough to resist diving right to the bottom of the sea to experience the island’s rich marine life.
The island is also a popular destination for the windsurfers and since the island is close to the mainland, it is also an ideal destination for day-trippers. The island also hosts Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all the Adriatic islands at 2552 feet. Once you climb to the top, you will enjoy unmatched views of the island as well as the nearby Hvar.
Hvar gets around 2718 hours of sunshine every year and is one of the sunniest islands of the entire Dalmatian coast. It is also one of the favorite holiday destinations of several Hollywood stars in the recent past like George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.
Hvar town is also an extremely popular party destination attracting numerous foreign tourists every year. The town boasts of numerous bars and nightclubs throughout the city, especially in the harbor area.
Hvar town is big enough and strolling alone might not be enough to experience the entire town. There are several transport especially taxi services in Hvar with cheaper tariffs and you might look to hire one of those Hvar taxi services to enjoy the town in its entirety.
The stunning Korcula town is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the country. The town’s well-maintained 15th-century fortifications surround the entire town which has several narrow lanes arranged in a pattern that mimics fish bones and lined with numerous medieval stone constructions.
The island’s interior covers quiet, scenic villages encircled by olive groves, vineyards, and wineries operated by the local producers. For beach enthusiasts, there are several pebble beaches along with some sandy ones.
Vis is one of the furthest islands from the country’s mainland and was completely shut when it was a military base till 1983 making it one of the less visited and less developed tourist destinations in the country.
The island is ideal for nature lovers who will be amazed by its scenic natural landscapes. The cliffs surrounding the Stiniva Cove and beach devise a surreal background along with a Blue Cave on the nearby Bisevo islet which also quite popular among tourists.
Every day sun’s rays enter the cave just before noon and reverse off the cave’s limestone walls creating a spooky, glowing blue light. The town also has a beautiful waterfront boardwalk and is the island’s first public settlement. There is also a fishing village called Komiza made of stone houses and located on an isolated bay.