Easily one of my favourite places around the world, Croatia captured my heart and attention whilst island hopping here for 7 weeks. From the food to the people, architecture and culture, Croatia has it all. Here we’ll cover just 5 of my favourite islands in Croatia and what each of them have to offer.
One of the sunniest spots in the country, Hvar is an amazing place for taking in architecture, culture and nightlife and attracts plenty of holidaymakers in the high season. There are lots of incredible restaurants to sample local cuisine and the cobbled streets make for a perfect day wandering. Hvar, however, is also known as party island and at night the bars open, and the boats start ferrying partygoers out to the island’s clubs. With something for everyone, Hvar is definitely one of my favourite islands.
Known for the lively atmosphere on Zrće beach and the open-air clubs in Novalja, Pag is a must visit for those looking to spend their summer partying away. Hideout festival is just one attraction which takes place each year on Zrće beach, but there are plenty of other events which run throughout the season. But away from the parties, Pag also has some incredible scenery and offers some beautiful beaches which are quiet and unspoilt, however much of the island has a barren, almost other worldly landscape.
A super relaxing island, Korčula has plenty to offer. The main town is bustling with locals and fantastic shops and restaurants; it gives a true Croatian experience. You can spend your evenings sat out sipping cocktails or coffees and the days exploring the coastline with some fantastic spots for swimming and snorkelling.
Situated just off the coast of Dubrovnik, Lokrum is a must see for those searching for some wildlife and tranquillity. An easy hop on a short ferry, Lokrum is accessible for a day or half day trip and is a refreshing step away from the busy streets of Dubrovnik. Inhabited by wild rabbits and peacocks which are all over the island, Lokrum also boasts botanical gardens and hilltop fort with views of the old town.
Saving the best until last, Proizd was easily my favourite place out of anywhere I visited in Croatia. With completely unspoilt beaches, clear seas and a limited number of people visiting a day, this island is a must go for those searching for a day relaxing and taking in incredible scenery. Located a boat ride from Korčula, Proizd is definitely worth the trip. If you’re looking to visit remember to take water and food with you as there is only one restaurant on the island and not much shade on the beaches.