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Croatia is a country with 1000 islands, to be accurate 1185 islands, islets and reefs. Each island tells its story with its sights, history and customs. That  making the Croatian archipelago the largest in the Adriatic Sea and the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea. This beautiful part of nature is one of the best indented coasts in the world. Some of the islands are larger and inhabited, other are smaller and deserted, and the 67  are permanently inhabited have their own individual personalities: tiny Susak in the north is composed of compacted sand, like an inhabited dune; Pag has been scoured of vegetation  and the Bura wind; Mljet in the south is lush and forested. Croatian Islands are popular visitor’s destination. The islands have also been left with some impressive Greek and Roman remains, such as the archaeological bronzes discovered off Mali Losinj and amphoras off Hvar. Here are some of the most beautiful islands:

HVAR

The town of Hvar is the most famous tourist destination on the entire island, as well as the most visited destination on the Adriatic. Hvar is a town with rich cultural and historical heritage, beautiful architecture, located on the western side of the island, facing the south. Hvar offers something for everyone, no matter the age, the proof of which is the recently celebrated 140 years of organized tourism. Cultural heritage enthusiasts can see the Fortica fort, the Hvar cathedral, the Hvar theater (the oldest folk theater), Franciscan monastery and numerous other monuments which testify about the rough past of the island. You can find clear water with rocky and pebbly beaches on Hvar, with the Pakleni islands right in front of the Hvar bay which offer the most beautiful beaches on the Island. The most famous beaches are: Jerolim, Zdrilica, palmizana and Pokonji dol. Hvar offers one of the liveliest nightlives in Dalmatia. You can relax with numerous shows, exhibitions, concerts, musical and folklore events after which you can visit countless discotheques which are open until the early morning hours. The second famous tourist resort on the island is Jelsa, located on the northern coast of the island of Hvar. Jelsa is, along with Hvar, one of the most visited and most desirable destinations on the island. Sports lovers can enjoy cycling, footpaths or biking trails, free climbing, sports gym, tennis center, diving school and numerous other sport activities. You can reach the island of Hvar by a ferry or a speedboat. If you are travelling from Split, you will be arriving to Stari Grad and if you are travelling by ferry from Drvenik, you will be arriving in Sucuraj. You will be arriving to Hvar and Jelsa if you travel by speedboat from Split.

From : http://www.adriagate.com/Hrvatska-hr/Otok-Hvar

Hvar

VIS

Vis is the furthest Croatian inhabited island in the Adriatic Sea , fascinates with his historic and natural  beauty. This idyllic island is located around 50km off the coast of Split in central Dalmatia with area of about 90 km2. It’s main town is it’s namesake, also called Vis.Vis is a small coastal town and you could easily walk everywhere. Town of Vis has quiet stone streets, beautiful mediterranean architecture and picturesque small squares, in which in the summer, in corners, in an intimate atmosphere, are held a large number of theatre and musical evenings. There is a relaxed and beautiful island that is a great getaway from the larger cities. Hils are covered with fertile valleys, covered with red soils and interspersed with sand dunes, are cultivated with vines. Fantastic nature with numerous bays and beaches that offers the peace and tranquility joined with traditional small home restaurants where you can eat in the surrounding of the home environment and try some local delicacies like lamb, octopusy in the pot, fresh fish, sheep and goat cheese, local wine and herbal spirits etc. will make your hollidays on Vis memorable. Incredible history dating from Roman times can be found all arround the Vis island – roman city of Issa, the inscription by the hero Calius from the 4th century BC , a bronze head of Aphrodite, fortreses, Franciscan monastery etc. make this place worth visiting.

Island Vis is exposed to the north-westerly and south-easterly winds. The average air temperature in July is 24°C, and in January 8.8°C; the annual rainfall reaches 557 mm (only around 40 mm in the summer). The island has no fresh water sources, apart from several springs near Komiža. Water is supplied in the summer by ships and kept in cisterns. The main settlements on the island, Vis and Komiza, are connected by a road and ship lines. Apart from viniculture (modern wine production plants) and vegetables (early vegetables), fishing (fish cannery in Komiza) is also important on this island.

Vis

KORNATI

The Kornati archipelago consists of 140 islands, islets and cliffs, with 89 of them declared a National Park because of its natural beauty due to its numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters. It spreads over a surface of 220m2 and declared a national park in 1980 due to its unique shape and beauty. The largest island is Kornat from which the archipelago takes its name. Other larger islands are, Piskara, Kurba Vela, Zut, Sit , Vrgada and Levrnaka. The islands are predominantly rocky and abound with karstic phenomena such as cavities, caves, gullies and crevices. Water collects in the karst cavities which provides the only source of water on the islands. Vegetation is scarce.

There are no hotels on the Kornati Islands but there is a smattering of private accommodation that should be reserved before you arrive. The Kornati have no permanent inhabitants, although the present owners from nearby larger Dalmatian islands periodically visit Kornati to tend their vineyards and olive groves, bringing their sheep to graze. The sea around the islands is rich with fish and a variety of marine life.

The Kornati islands are a real heaven for yachtsmen, divers and all those who enjoy the solitude of untouched and the magnificence of nature. There are 20 restaurants on the Kornati islands which serve fish specialities. You can get to the Kornati islands by boat (if you own or you rent), or by organised boat excursions offered by tourist agencies. For more information you can visit the public bureau „Nacionalni Park Kornati “in Murter. The park is located about seven nautical miles from the island of Murter.Interesting things to see:Islet of Taljuric, Island Piskera, Mala Proversa, Bay of Spinuta.

Kornati

KORČULA

KorčulaThe Croatian island of Korcula is in the Adriatic Sea near the Dalmatian coast. The climate is Mediterranean, moderate,  the average temperature in July 26.9 C. Korcula Croatia is touted as one of the greenest and most instantly alluring islands in the Adriatic.  The main city of the island Korcula has the same name. At the town of Korcula remains the essence of market town, with its mix of culture and its thick walls reminiscent of Dubrovnik. The city of Korkula appears as a typical medieval Dalmatian town, with towers and defense red-roofed houses.; like so many towns found along the Croatian coast, Korcula Town is eminently attractive, making for great casual exploration.Its southern coast is formed by small beaches and quiet coves. Korcula is located about 20km from the mainland between Makarska and Ston on Peljesac peninsula. Its south side is very rich in small beaches and over 200 caves. The island of Korčula is surrounded by crystal clear sea and its indented coastline abounds with smaller and bigger coves with hidden or more visited beaches. A unique feature of Korčula is also a group of 40 islets perfect for exploring and swimming.The island of Korcula has a cultural tradition that is rich and long, and it includes museums, festivals, and a handful of small  galleries. Korčula is rich in vineyards, olive groves in small villages. Throughout Korsula island there are few hotels, and many rooms and apartments in private houses. Visitors should have no problem finding accommodation even in peak season (July and August).

MLJET

Mljet  is the most beautiful and most forested island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean.  Untouched nature, the island’s mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests are ideal places to research the rich flora and fauna, and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings. It was already mentioned in the fourth century BC in Greek writing, and the numerous Greek amphora and shipwrecks along the coast of Mljet are evidence that Greek sailors stayed on the shores of Mljet during their journeys. Mljet National Park makes up most of the island, and there are several villages, two salt water lakes – Veliko and Malo jezero, and a Benedictine monastery on the island of sv. Marija [St. Mary] . In Polače there are some of the best natural anchorages in the Adriatic. Preserved from the Illyrian period, there are many fortifications and tombs, and the best preserved are those on the hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko jezero and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice at Babino Polje. The Roman Palace, which is the largest after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula, is a part of the valuable heritage of the island of Mljet.

More info : http://www.mljet.hr/?l=eng

Mljet

PAG

PagThe island of Pag is one of the largest islands in Croatia. It extends over a length of 60 km. The total area of the island is of 285 km2, and the length of the coastline is of 270 km. Pag is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic  sea. It is the fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast, and the one with the longest coastline.Climate on the island is Meditarranean,  which is specific for all the islands in the Adriatic.Pag is also characterized by its famous wind ‘bura’ which blows down from the Velebit.  Pag is rich with diverse, rich content and guarantee a perfect holiday for all who visit it during the season. For those who prefer an active vacation, Pag has a lot to offer. There is an Olympic center in the Lokunje region with tennis courts and fields for numerous other sports. The Pag Bay is lined with 20km of pebble and sand beaches which consist of three city beaches and the following: Golija, Kozlinjak, Dubrava, Bosana, Tartanovo, Sveti Marko, Sveta Marija, Filino and Ručica Metajna. Those who enjoy historical heritage can visit the Congregational church of the Assumption, duke’s court (dates to the 15th century, served as center of the island  ), church of St. George (patron saint of Pag, part of the northeastern city walls), church of St. Francis, St. Margarita monastery.

BRIJUNI

The Brijuni islands, found along the southwestern coast of Istria, were proclaimed a national park in 1983. They cover an area of 2,700 acres, and total fourteen larger and small islands, of which the largest are Veliki and Mali Brijuni. Brijuni National Park is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between man, animal and plant life. There are almost 700 plant species and about 250 bird species on the islands, whereas the mild Mediterranean climate makes it a pleasant health resort. After leaving Fažana, the line of green islands viewed from the boat, transforms into Veliki Brijun, the largest of the 14 islands. The usual, short introduction to Brijuni is a tour by tourist train that takes visitors through all the different natural beauties; through the safari park, by the Byzantine castrum, Roman residential villa in Verige Bay and many other interesting sights. Right by the harbor, close to hotels “Istra”, “Neptun” and “Karmen” is the church of St. German from the 15th century which houses an exhibit of Istrian frescoes and copies of Glagolitic monuments. Nearby is the natural science exhibit, archaeological museum and exhibition “Tito on Brijuni”. The archipelago of Brijuni is an extraordinary blend of natural, historical and cultural heritage. The mild climate and the favourable geographical conditions, deep retracted bays and easily defendable elevated fortifications, have secured a continuum in the human activity on the island from a pre-historic age until the present day. On a relatively small archipelago, of an area of around 7km2, have been registered some hundred sites and buildings of archaeological and cultural-historical value and which comprise the period from the first Neolithic settlements, the dugouts in the bay of Soline, until the creation of an elite summer and health resort at the beginning of the last century and the presidential residency visited by statesmen from one third of the world’s countries in its 25 years of existence (1954-1979). This concise curriculum vitae of the island, which carefully preserves the traces of 5000 years of human history, makes the legend of its creation even more real and when arriving to the island a part of Heaven discloses in front of our eyes in the unique harmony of the island’s flora, fauna and heritage. A unique bland of the green islands sank into the turquoise-blue sea whose bays and hills are laced with the white Istrian rocks.

More info: http://histrica.com/istria/blue/fazana/brijuni/

CRES

BrijuniCres has a wild, natural allure that’s intoxicating and inspiring. Sparsely populated, it’s covered in dense primeval forests, and boasts a craggy coastline of soaring cliffs, hidden coves and ancient hilltop towns. The island of Cres is the largest island in the Adriatic, located in the northern part of the Kvarner bay. In the south, in Osor, it is connected with the Island Lošinj  via a drawbridge. The coast of the island is 66 kilometres long and very well developed, rich in numerous coves and pebble beaches in its western and southern part, while the northern and eastern part are characterized by steep and harsh rocks.Cres town is basically a city on the bay, as its town docks come directly into the middle of the city and are filled with boats. One of the most interesting and special places on the island is certainly the town of Lubenice, located on a cliff 382 metres above sea-level. This stony town or fortification is a gemstone of Croatian rural architecture. It is a picturesque town with medieval monuments and old stone houses located in three sinuous rows along a calcareous ridge. Island Cres is proud to host some of the best beaches in Croatia.The fresh water lake of Vrana deserves attention as an unusual natural phenomenon. It is one of the deepest fresh water lakes in Eastern Europe, going down 76 meters at its deepest point (below sea-level!). Its fresh water supplies drinking water for the population of both Cres and Lošinj islands. Therefore it is very highly guarded and illegal to swim and fish in.

Cres

KRK

KrkKrk Island has a number of superlatives: the biggest island of the Adriatic, the northern most island of the Adriatic, as well as and most accessible ,also has beautiful diverse nature island ,and one of the most visited island of the Adriatic.

Krk is situated in the Bay of Kvarner. Occupying the area of 406 km².The island has a mild Mediterranean climate with average summer air temperature 23 C. Sea water temperature is between 23-25 C. Island has almost 2,500 hours of sun a year. The location of the Krk Island at the northern most part of the Adriatic makes it the “first” and the closest island for all visitors who come from the continental part of Europe in search for the Mediterranean atmosphere.

This beautiful island is a diverse and offers variety of attractions and experiences, whether you like the culture, the nature or the diversity of tourist places: a thousand years old towns, small rural villages, well equipped city beaches, secluded swimming bays, lively bars and clubs and small and quiet restaurants and caffe bars, all this can be found on the island.

The island’s capital is a town of Krk. This is a town with typical Mediterranean features; narrow streets, stone houses, numerous cultural monuments and picturesque pebble beaches.  Visit the town walls, city hall, great town gates, bell tower of the cathedral, churches and other sights. Sports and recreation fans can relax by playing tennis, golf, by sailing, diving, going to a fitness center, playing beach volleyball, cycling and countless other activities. There are two lakes on the island, first is called Ponikva and second Jezero. Near lake Ponikve can be almost 10 C colder than on any other place on the island!

BRAČ

BračIsland Brač is resident in the heart of middle Dalmatia, and is the biggest middle Dalmatian island with an area of 395 km2. Brač  boasts 134 sunny and 88 cloudy days in the year, and it is well known in Croatia by the nice beaches, unspoiled nature, cultural and historycal attractions, and well developed tourist and sport offers. Bol is one of the best known tourist destinations in Croatia,and second biggest Brač city. Bol is town on the south coast of the Island of Brac, popular Croatian holiday destination. The biggest atraction in Bol is beach Zlatni rat (Golden Cape), pebble beach that streches itself 500 meters into the sea and changes direction of its top influenced with strong sea currents. In Bol and surrounding area, you will find many other beaches, as well as private coves.

Supetar is the largest town on Brac Island with a population of around 3500 inhabitants. It serves as a port of entry for visitors from Split and is home to the ruins of a Roman villa, an early Christian basilica, and a handful of churches built from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Visiting Brac is easy – the island has several  ferry connections with Croatian mainland as well as with neighbouring islands. Zlatni rat, Vidova gora, Blaca desert, deep inlets, olive-groves, vineyards, pine wood along the crystal clear sea are motifs that numerous visitors bring home from the island of Brač.

LONG ISLAND

Dugi otok (Dugi otok)Only an hour away from Zadar by the ferryboat, you will find the island Dugi otok among the chain of middle Dalmatia islands. It is the largest island within the Zadar archipelago with the surface of 115 km2, 43 km long and 4,6 km wide. The pride of island is a significant landscape with dominating lighthouse on the north-west side, and the Nature Park Telašćica the south-east. The sea fruits together with the various fruit of the rocky soil make this islandthe unique ecological unit.The island has 12 villages located along the island: Sali, Zaglav, Žman, Luka, Savar, Brbinj, Dragove, Božava, Soline, Verunić, Polje and Veli Rat. Around 1500 inhabitants live on the island in 12 villages. The road connecting all places on the island offers a magnificent view. The island is well connected with the mainland by ferries and fast ships.Dugi otok is an island of peace and quiet, ideal for those who want to spend a holiday closely associated with nature, sea and its rhythm. Beautiful scenery, excellent cuisine and numerous opportunities to discover new traditions and customs. On the island you can see the old cistern and the remains of numerous, ranging from the Palaeolithic period to the Roman period, from the early medieval architecture to valuable examples of religious art Christianity.

ŠOLTA

ŠoltaŠolta is an island in the middle Dalmatia (South Croatia), not far away from Split, west of Brač, with 57,886 km2 in area.  There are seven islets adjacent to the island of Šolta, near the cove Maslinica. The main village of the island is Grohote. It is believed that the island of Šolta was named after the Greek Olynthus meaning „immature fig“. In the past, numerous nations such as the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards, landed on Šolta, during their journeys through the Adriatic, in order to trade with local fishermen. Šolta was a real island of fishermen, but also of land workers and especially of olive and wine growers. You have to visit  Vela Straža, the top of the island, near Gornje Selo. Its height is 236m above sea. You can arrive at the graveyard on foot or by car, and then there is a 15-minute pleasant walk along a forest path. There is a beautiful view from the top of the neighboring places and islands. The island abounds with extraordinary folorom and fauna. There are 105 species of birds on the island. The Screech Owl is the symbol of Solta Island.  With  24 bays and natural beauty, Solta is a place where you can find peace and tranquility wherever you wander. The island is still famed for its olives, honey and wine. mThe coves of Šolta, small kingdoms of heavenly sea and stillness, lure you into spending a holiday in an authentic ambience of a Dalmatian island. Having preserved their natural beauty, the beaches of Šolta present true oases of piece and probably the greatest value ofthe island. Most famous are:Nečujam, Stomorska, Maslinica, Rogač.

LOŠINJ

LošinjThe island of Losinj belongs to the Cres-Losinj archipelago. Losinj is the biggest and the most forested island of the Losinj archipelago. The entire coast is rich with coves and bays ideal for swimming and enjoying in the sun. The highest peak of the island is Osorsica, 588m high and 10km long. In the past, the island of Losinj was connected to Cres with an artificial canal. Today, there are two islands connected by a traffic bridge. You can enjoy sight-seeing throughout the entire island and visit numerous monuments like churches, convents, basilicas, renaissance buildings and ancient relics. Nerezine, St. Jakov, Cunski, Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj are the populated places on Losinj. Veli Losinj is located on the south-eastern side of the island, at the foot of the St. Ivan hill. It is the second largest settlement on the island with famous features such as luxurious villas with incredible gardens and tall houses. Mali Losinj is the largest settlement on the island, located on the southern side of the Losinj bay. This is also the largest island town on the Adriatic, as well as one of the main tourist centers. You can visit the Cikat park forest, Ambroz Haracic monument, parish church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Josip Kasman monument, numerous Austrian aristocracy villas and countless other. Nature lovers can enjoy beautiful promenades and footpaths throughout the island. “Dolphin path” is a footpath which leads through the south side of the island of Losinj and connects its east and west coast.

http://www.adriagate.com/Hrvatska-hr/Otok-Losinj

 

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