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 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
The second largest island in the Adriatic, near Rijeka
A neighbour to Cres, this popular island is well known for its lush green vegetation
The largest Adriatic island, Krk is easily accessible as it is connected to the mainland by bridge
One of the greenest islands, it is covered with fragrant pine forests
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
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
The sunniest island in the whole of the Adriatic, Hvar is also one of the chicest options for the discerning Croatian visitor
The most westerly of all the Croatian islands, Vis has a fascinating history and is less busy than some of its more famous neighbours
Famous for its thick dense forest, the island was nicknamed Black Korcula by the ancient Greeks
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 Silba.net.