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Croatian islands you've never heard of but should really visit


August 21, 2018

By Mary Novakovich

Croatia’s been back in the news recently – and we’re not just talking about the World Cup.

With the 2018 release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, all eyes have turned on the little island of Vis, one of the film’s main locations. It wasn’t particularly well known before, but it’s certain to soar in popularity once everyone gets a close look at its fantastic beaches – especially the scene-stealing Stiniva Bay.

In the meantime, check out some of these other islands, which might not be on your radar but are worth a look – especially for a late-summer break.

Krk



Tied with its neighbour Cres as Croatia’s largest island, Krk in the Kvarner Gulf has been welcoming tourists since the middle of the 19th century – even if it’s still not well known among the British. It’s hard to know why, as it has its own airport (Rijeka airport) and is connected to the mainland via a bridge.

Enjoy the medieval architecture of Krk Town before heading south to Baska, where the island’s loveliest beach hugs the coast. Wine lovers should visit the pretty hilltop village of Vrbnik, home to some top-notch white wines.

Cres



Wilder and sleepier than Krk, Cres is a favourite among hikers who want to explore several hundreds kilometres of footpaths through woods and scrubby mountains.

Nature lovers keep their eyes peeled for the island’s resident griffon vultures hovering around the cliffs near the village of Beli.

Feast on the fabulous seafood in the waterside restaurants in Cres Town, before relaxing on the beaches at Valun and Lubenice towards the south of the island.

Losinj



If you’re already in Cres, it’s hard to resist driving to the southernmost tip of the island, where a bridge connects it to Losinj. This remarkably fragrant island is filled with luxuriant green vegetation, whose aromas keep you company on walks through wooded trails.

Take in the lively scene around the harbour in the main village, Mali Losinj, whose colourful architecture hints at its Venetian past, or take a boat trip to admire one of the island’s marvels – a colony of about 150 bottlenose dolphins that have made their home in the island’s waters.

Rab



Croatia isn’t particularly known for its sandy beaches, as you’ll usually find pebbly or rocky ones instead.

The little island of Rab, just to the east of Cres, has managed to snaffle about 30 sandy beaches in spite of its diminutive size – the aptly named Paradise (or Rajska, as it’s called) being the most popular.

But it’s not just the beach experience that sets Rab apart – Rab Town surely ranks as one of the most beautiful in Croatia, with a glittering medieval centre, winding marble alleys and a distinctive skyline of elegant bell towers.

Solta



Overshadowed by its glitzier, bigger neighbours Hvar and Brac, little Solta tends to get overlooked. But it’s only a short ferry ride from Split, and a world away from Croatia’s second-largest city.

When you’re not swimming in the clear pebbly beaches dotted around the island and tucked into coves, get a taste of Solta by trying its renowned Dobricic red wine, gorgeous honey and extra-virgin olive oil.

Take a boat trip around the island so you can drop anchor in some of its most secluded bays.

Lastovo



Marooned in the Adriatic south of Korcula – practically on its way to Italy – is tiny, tranquil Lastovo. It’s so small that there’s only one hotel – although you’ll be able to find apartments and even a lighthouse where you can spend the night.

If you want to see the sleepy side of Croatia, you’ve come to the right place. Prepare to be lulled into a blissed-out state in Lastovo’s dazzlingly blue pine-fringed beaches, or rent a kayak and explore the indented coast under your own steam.

Lopud



If you’ve been to Dubrovnik, chances are you would have done a boat trip to the Elaphiti islands just to the north. Chances are just as high you thought you’d like to stay and get to know this chilled-out little place a bit better.

Now’s your chance.

First take a stroll around the bay of Lopud Town and have a look at the grand houses built in the 15th century. Then follow the wooded path for about half an hour to the wide sandy beach at Sunj, one of the most alluring in the Adriatic.

Sipan



Another of the Elaphiti islands, Sipan is the largest but it’s by no means busy.

Bookended by its two main villages, Sipanska Luka and Sudurad, the island is filled with olive groves and family-run vineyards.

Little beaches are squeezed in and around the two main villages, and hire a bike if you want to get around the island easily.

On your travels you’ll see the remnants of the palaces built by 15th-century Dubrovnik nobles at a time when they wanted a mellow little summertime bolthole. Who can blame them?

Dugi Otok



Sprawling in the Adriatic near the coastal city of Zadar are several long finger-like islands, of which Dugi Otok – “Long Island” – is the best known. One of its big draws is the splendid beach of Sakarun (also known as Saharun).

Then, there’s the emerald beauty of the Telascica Nature Park, whose sheltered bay curves around for 8km and is exceptionally wonderful.

You can take boat tours of Telascica from the little village of Sali, which also offers trips back to the coast at Zadar.

Murter



Dance festival fans might know Murter if they’ve been to some of the big parties at Tisno over the years, such as the Garden Festival and SunceBeat. But while Murter has its own attractions – including the delectable Slanica Beach – it’s also the departure point for one of Croatia’s jaw-dropping wonders.

The Kornati Islands are the largest archipelago in the Adriatic, and most of its barren, white-bleached islands are uninhabited. Seen from the perspective of a sailing boat, they’re a mesmerising collection of otherworldly islands surrounded by a deep turquoise sea. If you’re not on your own boat, you can join an organised jaunt from Murter.

 

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