Croatia’s 15 Best Islands According to The Telegraph
The Telegraph has praised Croatia’s coastline this week in its report dedicated to the best Croatian Islands. It reports that Croatia has rocketed in popularity among UK holiday makers due to it’s awe inspiring coastline which is dotted with more than a thousand stunning islands. The article says there are party islands and peaceful islands and so there’s an island to suit everyone! Here is the rundown on The Telegraph’s suggestions;
Best for nightlife – Hvar Island – 25 miles from Split Old Town on the mainland, Hvar Town has gained a reputation as “Croatia’s coolest clubbing destination”. The article also points out that Hvar Island has an area of olive tree plantation which was arranged two and a half thousand years ago by Greek colonists and it is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, not to mention that Hvar has fantastic red wines and some of the best in Croatia
Best for Eco Tourism – Kornati Islands, Zadar – this area is made up of 140 islands and is a National Park which was set up to protect this beautiful archipelago. A popular area for sailing, it remains unspoilt and undeveloped with small eco villages and accommodation.
Best for Nature – Mljet Island – Mljet is completely undeveloped with one end of the island designated a national park. Nature has been allowed to run free here and so can you with bikes available for hire and plenty of beautiful hiking trails and wonderful scenery. Check out the 12th century monastery with its stunning interior turquoise lakes and explore the many quiet, beautiful bays and beaches around the island like Saplunara Bay.
Best for Watersports – Brac Island – Brac Island is the closest main island on the Dalmatian coast to the mainland and it is easily accessible in 50 minutes by ferry. Apart from it’s wonderful array of picture perfect beaches and authentic traditional Dalmatian villages, it is also famous for Zlatni Rat, or “Golden Horn” Beach, just on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bol Town and visible from Mount Vidova Gora. As well as being one of the most well known and stunning beach locations in Croatia, conditions off the end of the beach here are perfect for windsurfing and kite surfing and so it draws in many keen surfers all year. You can also hire kayaks and partake in other water sports here as well as chill out under the pine trees in sultry lounge bars. Perfect.
Best for Wine – Korcula Island – Famous for apparently being the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula Island is just 62 miles from Dubrovnik so easily accessible from there by car. Korcula Town is stunning, says the Telegraph and somewhat like a miniature Dubrovnik with its winding old streets and the way it juts straight out of the clear blue Adriatic sea. Along with its fabulously picturesque beaches and bays, Korcula island is also a key wine region and produces some high quality white and red wines such as Posip, Grk and Dingac.
Best for Escaping Dubrovnik – Elafiti Islands – In Dubrovnik itself, a rather special place for getting away from it all for the day are the car free, sandy beaches of the Elafiti Islands. Take a cruise around the islands of Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan and do some island hopping – visit a local restaurant on the sea edge for lunch – idyllic.
Other best islands according to the Telegraph are…
Best for History – Krk Island
Best for sand Beaches – Rab Island
Best for Food – Vis Island
Best for Families – Losinj
Best for Peace and Quiet – Dugi Otok
Best for Diving – Krapanj
Best for Alternatives – Lastovo Island
Best for Festivals – Pag Island
Best for Hiking – Cres Island
Read the full article here
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