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. We will therefore provide a guide to some of these, starting from those just off Istria at the north of Croatia’s coastline and going all the way down to the islands near Dubrovnik in the south.

Croatian islands

Croatian Islands Guides

  • The Brijuni Islands
    14 islands and islets make up this archipelago, which is also a National Park, located close to Pula on the mainland
  • Cres
    The second largest island in the Adriatic, near Rijeka
  • Losinj
    A neighbour to Cres, this popular island is well known for its lush green vegetation
  • Krk
    The largest Adriatic island, Krk is easily accessible as it is connected to the mainland by bridge
  • Rab
    One of the greenest islands, it is covered with fragrant pine forests
  • Pag
    Famous for its sheep’s cheese and lace-making, also home to the party town of Novalja!
  • Dugi Otok
    One of Croatia’s quieter islands, ‘long island’ (which is what its name means) is the perfect place to relax
  • The Kornati Islands
    Peaceful and tranquil, this archipelago consists of 140 islands
  • Solta
    One of the smaller Croatian islands, very close to Split – perfect for a day trip!
  • Brac
    One of the livelier islands, Brac is famous for Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach in the town of Bol
  • Hvar
    The sunniest island in the whole of the Adriatic, Hvar is also one of the chicest options for the discerning Croatian visitor
  • Vis
    The most westerly of all the Croatian islands, Vis has a fascinating history and is less busy than some of its more famous neighbours
  • Korcula
    Famous for its thick dense forest, the island was nicknamed Black Korcula by the ancient Greeks
  • Lastovo
    One of the more remote islands, perfect for a wonderfully peaceful holiday
  • Mljet
    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

See also our guide to Events on the Croatian Islands.

Other Croatian Islands

Information about the island of Silba can be found at