Croatia Island hopping from Hvar
Croatia's varied islands offer everything from sailing to skinny dipping, isolated beaches to 24-hour parties. Explore all the best Island Hopping itineraries Hvar has to offer.
Starting from Hvar, prepare to not leave your camera for a second because all of your Instagram friends will be amazed. We present you 7 islands easily reachable from Hvar known for local food and wine, unspoiled nature, beautiful beaches and crystal sea.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 1 - Best for local food and wine: Vis Island
A Yugoslav military naval base and no-go zone for foreigners until 1989, Vis was invaded by yachties the moment the last submarine left. Now a hippy-chic summer hideaway, its informal konobe (taverns) serve Dalmatian seafood dishes. From the island of Vis you can take fishing trips where you will be teached on how to clean and cook your catch. Don't miss Vis's organic wines - white Vugava and red Mali Plavac - and Rogačica, a strong snifter made from carob, which grows in abundance on the island.
When visiting Vis you should not miss to pay a visit to the Blue & Green Cave. The neighboring Island of Biševo is best known for its rare natural phenomenon, the Modra špilja (‘Blue cave’). The interior of the cave and the sea inside it are an indescribable silver-blue colour. The rays of sun that penetrate through the only crack into the cave are reflected in the sea, creating incredible light effects. On the island there is also Medvedina špilja (‘Monk seals’ cave) – a cave on which beach the Mediterranean monk seal used to reside. Among the localities outside the town, which you should visit are the geomorphologic monument of nature Stiniva, the little island Ravnik and the Green Cave (Zelena spilja) on Ravnik.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 2 - Best for sightseeing: Korčula Island
On Croatia’s magnificent Dalmatian coast, positioned almost exactly half way between Dubrovnik and Split, sits the awe-inspiring holiday Island of Korčula. Centering on Venetian-era Korčula Town, one of Croatia's most unique island destinations, warrants exploring beyond its capital's 17th-century fortifications. On the Island of Korcula is one of the most beautiful small medieval cities on Dalmatian coast. City walls, fortresses, narrow cobblestone streets, charming piazzas, museums, churches, it's a city of historical and artistic treasures surrounded by a crystal blue sea. The abundance of beautiful scenery, a rich culture steeped in history, as well as mouthwatering rustic gastronomy, makes the Island of Korčula one of Croatia’s most complete holiday destinations. One of Korčula’s more unusual claims to fame is that it was the birthplace of Marco Polo. To this end, you will find numerous places and things named after him – and you can even visit his supposed house although the actual house that stands there today has little to do with Marco Polo.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 3 - Best for laid back scenery: Kornati archipelago
The Kornati archipelago is a scattering of 89 islands, islets and reefs, which has been designated a national park. There's no fresh water here, and the islands are rocky and arid. In the past, their scanty vegetation was used for summer grazing, and shepherds and fishermen from Murter built stone cottages to use as seasonal accommodation. With a nod to sustainable tourism, several of these dwellings are now available to rent for a no-frills, environmentally friendly holiday.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 4 - Best for outdoor and water sports: Brač Island
Zlatni Rat, on Brač's south coast, is Croatia's most photographed beach, and its top windsurfing spot. The nearby fishing village of Bol may have succumbed to multi-lingual menus and a miniature-train, but it remains a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Besides windsurfing, Zlatni Rat offers scuba diving, sea kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing and wakeboarding. For the uninitiated, pedal boats provide a taster.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 5 - Best for incomparable nature: Mljet Island
Through the centuries, Mljet remained something of a backwater, its dense pine forests encroaching on its pair of interconnected emerald-green saltwater lakes.
While the western, forested part of Mljet is a now a national park, the eastern coast hosts a lovely sand beach, Saplunara.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 6 - Best for Robinson Crusoe moments: Palagruža Island
Rising up in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, roughly halfway between Italy and Croatia, you'll find wild little Palagruža. There are no buildings, but for an elegant lighthouse dating back to 1875, perched on the island's highest point. From here, footpaths zig-zag down to two fine pebble beaches, Stara Vlaka and Veli Zal, with shallow water ideal for kids.
Island Hopping destination Nr. 7 Nearest Island Hopping Heaven: Paklinski Islands
The last but not the least, the one-of-a-kind Paklinski Island Archipelago. Swim in the translucent cobalt sea, relax on its sandy beaches, enjoy the shade of its pine forest, and visit the old fortress overlooking an exquisite botanical garden.
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