Croatia has more than 1,000 islands, of which only 48 are inhabited. If this isn't enough of a reason for you to visit, scroll through our article to be inspired, and find your reason to travel to the beautiful blue country of Croatia.
Paklinski Islands, The Turquoise Jewel of Hvar
Hugging the Adriatic Coast are the Palkinski Islands near the town of Hvar. These islands are the most visited in Croatia and have something in store for everyone. For those seeking silence and peace, you can relax at Mlini Beach or Vlaka Bay. Adventure seekers and party goers can enjoy the vibrant Stipanska Bay or the touristic Vinogradisce Bay. The islands' versatility is the reason behind their increasing fame.
Galesnjak, The Lovers Island
The heart shaped island of Galesnjak is your place for that perfect romantic date. It's a small, uninhabited island, which means you have to pack your own food, water, wine, and other essentials before cruising to this lover's paradise.
Lopud Island, no cars!
The small island of Lopud, spread across just under two square miles, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Dubrovnik region. With crystal clear water, white sand, and lush green hills, the island is sure to leave an impact. Adding to its natural beauty is it's no car policy. That's right, the island doesn't allow cars in its town.
Zadar, for the perfect sunset view
Zadar is full of historical anecdotes, monuments and a rich cultural heritage. You will find Roman, Byzantine and Venetian architecture spread across the city. It's also home to a unique solar powered public dancefloor called the "Monument to the Sun". The dancefloor absorbs solar rays during the day and as night falls it shines with colorful patterns. It was built by Nikola Basic, who was inspired after seeing the majestic sunsets of the city. Zadar is the place to be awed by the past and inspired by the setting sun.
Bisevo, The Blue Cave
About three miles away from Vis Island is Bisevo Island, where you'll find the Blue Cave. If you visit the cave between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. when the sun's rays have hit it just right, you'll see the walls glowing in varying shades of blue. Time will seem to cease as you witness one of the most magical natural spectacles in Croatia.
The Mighty Krka Falls
Krka's waterfalls are Croatia's second most visited tourist destination after the Paklinski Islands. With the Krka River running through it and an array of sixteen waterfalls rushing down the lush green cliffs, Krka National Park is a sight not to be missed. Skradinski Buk are the most majestic, and here you can also go for a swim.
Brijuni, an extraordinary mix of history and nature
Brijuni consists of 14 islands and islets and is located west of Istria. The archipelago has numerous dinosaur footprints, which gives it an interesting mix of natural history and beauty. Take a day trip here for a guided tour. This group of islands was also where Josip Broz Tito kept a holiday residence. He was gifted a number of exotic animals that you can still visit.
Sakarun is a stunning beach on Croatia's longest island, Dugi. It's located on a huge bay with a long and shallow coastline, making it perfect place for kids to play, and parents to relax beneathe the pine trees on the white sand.
Susak, no roads!
Susak is an unusual Croatian island with no roads, only sandy paths. No points for guessing, but they also have no cars. Susak is in fact very similar to Sakarun with respect to its long and shallow sandy bays. Both of them are great places for a family vacation. However, there's one catch. There are no hotels in Susak, but you can rent an apartment for a quiet escape in the heart of nature.
Silba is a dream for travellers longing to escape and be surrounded by stillness. It's home to only around 200-300 people in the winter, and like Lopud, it has no cars. With blue waters, clean air, and minimal human interaction, the island of Silba is for those looking to get away from it all.
Situated on the Balkan Peninsula at the edge of Central Europe is the country of Croatia. Its glimmering waters will enchant you with their beauty, and its long and shallow bays and white sand beaches will compel you to extend your stay. Its grape and olive-growing culture, mountain and marine wonders will convince you to visit again!