Croatia’s dazzling coastline is home to more than one thousand islands – yes, you read that right! If you were to look out to sea from anywhere along the Croatian coastline, it would be unusual for you not to see a green speck in the distance! Most of the Croatian islands, however, are small and uninhabited and there are therefore only 20 or so larger islands which are popular with visitors.
Croatian Islands Guides
- The Brijuni Islands
14 islands and islets make up this archipelago, also a National Park that is located close to Pula on the mainland
The second-largest island in the Adriatic, near Rijeka
A neighbour to Cres, this popular island is well known for its lush green vegetation
One of the smallest islands, less touched by tourism, it is home to several sandy beaches
Connected to the mainland by bridge, Krk is easily accessible and is also the largest Croatian island
Covered with fragrant pine forests, Rab is one of the greenest islands
Famous for its sheep’s cheese and lace-making, also home to the party town of Novalja!
Attracting many holidaymakers each summer, there’s plenty of beaches on Vir
- Dugi Otok
One of Croatia’s quieter islands, ‘long island’ (which is what its name means) is the perfect place to relax
A lovely green island with lots of beaches!
- The Kornati Islands
Peaceful and tranquil, this archipelago consists of 140 islands
Easy to reach from the mainland, this island is great for activities (sailings, diving), a base for exploring the Kornati islands…or partying at a festival in Tisno!
One of the smaller Croatian islands, very close to Split – perfect for a day trip!
One of the livelier islands, Brac is famous for Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach in the town of Bol
Hvar is one of the chic-est options for the discerning Croatian visitor, and well known for its hours of sun!
- The Pakleni Islands
A small group of magical islands, ideal for an easy day trip from Hvar
With a fascinating history, Vis is often considered more ‘off the beaten track’ than some of its more popular neighbours
Home to the spectacular Blue Cave, and peaceful sandy beaches
Famous for its thick dense forest, the island was nicknamed Black Korcula by the ancient Greeks
One of the more remote islands, perfect for a wonderfully peaceful holiday
Home to a wonderfully enchanting National Park, Mljet is an excellent choice for a day trip or a relaxing holiday
- The Elafiti Islands (Kolocep, Lopud & Sipan)
Beautifully untouched – some even car-free – islands near Dubrovnik
Do see our guide to Events on the Croatian Islands.
Information about the island of Silba can be found at Silba.net.