Croatia’s 6 Best Islands to Visit in 2019 According to Good Housekeeping Magazine
By Saron Lease, 17th April 2019
Good Housekeeping Magazine has picked its 6 favourite islands to visit in 2019…
Connected to the Dalmatian town of Trogir by a bridge, Ciovo is a great spot for beach lovers with marine life for snorkelers to explore and fragrant pine forests offering shade. Don’t miss the quiet village of Slatine for its lovely beach and pretty Okrug Gornji, one of the oldest spots on the island.
Famous for its endless lavender fields and its glamorous reputation attracting A-list celebrities to its shores, Hvar is a gorgeous island where you’ll find gleaming yachts lining the capital’s harbour and Hvar Town attracting its well-heeled visitors after dark. Be sure to visit the oldest village on the island, Stari Grad, and visit picturesque Jelsa as an alternative to Hvar Town.
The biggest island in central Dalmatia, Brac is just 20 minutes from Hvar and has retained a sleepy feel, offering island hoppers a mixture of sand and pebble beaches. It’s hilly countryside makes it a wonderful island for hikers and cyclists, while Zlatni Rat is its most famous beach which attracts families and water sports fans.
For an island off the tourist trail, Vis offers peace, fewer crowds and hard-to-reach beaches such as Stiniva, which was once named the best beach in Europe. Located 35 miles from the Dalmatian coast, once here you must try the local specialities like Komiza, traditional flat bread filled with salted fish, onions, tomatoes and spices, as well as take a dip in the striking blue waters.
This forest-covered island was named a national park in 1960 and is as verdant as you’ll find Croatia’s islands. On Mljet, you’ll find lakes, an abandoned monastery and just one major road running from north to south. Hikers can take in glorious views of the peninsula of Peljesac and Korcula from the head for the high point of Montokuc.