Croatia’s coast is dotted with a multitude of magnificent islands. While there is an enormous variety in the size of these islands, some are buzzing resorts, some host historic towns, and some are deserted. The stunningly beautiful islands tend to get crowded during peak season; however, late August and September are also a perfect time to enjoy the warm waters, ancient towns, vine-covered hills and fantastic food.

Susak

This small island is a true connoisseur of Mediterranean getaways. Susak is located off the coast of Losinj, and the island is largely made up of sand and boasts superb sandy beaches. The crumbly, ochre-colored cliffs are covered in ferns, wild fennel and soaring bamboo-like grasses. The island is crisscrossed by footpaths, which makes it easy to explore.

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Susak Island is farther away from the Croatian mainland and therefore has retained many of its original traditions, such as archaic dialect and folk costumes that are unique to this little island. The island has a long tradition in growing vines and Susak wines are one among the best in Croatia. The island is home to the annual Air and Kite Festival. It is connected with the mainland through regular ferry services running from Losinj, Cres and Rijeka.

Rab

Rab is an odd island out in a country where classic sandy beaches are rare and it is an island of marvelous scenic diversity. This island is popular for its beautiful golden sand in Veli mel, a broad and shallow bay that is packed with paddling families. If you want to have a peaceful time alone, then there is a sequence of wilder, untouched, deserted sandy beaches lining Rab’s heavily indented northern shore. The island also features a cultural milieu dating back to pre-Roman times, a rich historic heritage, a bountiful sea, pine forests, high cliffs, and fertile fields, vineyards and olive groves.

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Silba

The kidney-shaped Silba Island is located in the Zadar archipelago. The island brims with Mediterranean vegetation, aromatic herbs, incredibly clear sea, wonderful sandy and gravelly beaches, and untouched nature. You can enjoy swimming and sunbathing in the clear, unpolluted waters of the Adriatic in Silba’s numerous small beaches and bays. There are no roads for cars or motorcycles on this island, so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

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Hvar

This island is laid back and full of charm and it is popular with tourists who want a piece of the Mediterranean that is family-oriented, unspoiled and affordable. The island offers vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards, rich cultural and historic heritage, and a unique gastronomy. Some of its towns like the Vrboska, Jelsa and Stari Grad boast old stone houses and an unhurried, fishing village feel. Hvar enchants its visitors with its ruggedly unspoiled wealth of bays and coves, and beautiful beaches. You can find other amazing islands near Hvar like the island of Korcula, Vis and Komiza. The best way to reach and explore them is by boat. If you don`t have your own you can simply get one from a charter in Croatia and start exploring them. You will be surprised what these gems have to offer. They are definitely worth the visit.

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Island Brac

This is the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands and the third largest among the Adriatic Islands. Island Brac also features Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all Croatian Islands. Zlatni rat in Bol, a very popular beach in Brac Island, is one of the most beautiful in the entire Adriatic. This island is not only a place of exceptional beauty, but it is also full of traditions and secrets that will enchant a visitor. The quarries in Brac are the symbol of the island and from here stone has been taken since Roman times. The high quality white stones have been used to build some very important buildings like the Cathedral in Sibenik, the White House and the Palace of Diocletian in Split. Brac boasts a rich historic and cultural heritage, beautiful beaches and bays, crystalline waters, and a unique gastronomy.

The Croatian islands have become very popular tourist destinations and they are well connected by ferries. The stunning array of beautiful islands offer their own unique attractions and sights. The sheer diversity of Croatia’s islands ensures that there is something for everyone.

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