Visiting Croatia – top islands you shouldn’t miss

If you are thinking about your next trip, you probably know that Croatia is the land of more than a thousand islands! Many people come here to luxuriate in turquoise waters and exotic locations or to enjoy an exclusive yacht charter Croatia. Nowadays, there are less than 50 inhabited islands, meaning you can enjoy plenty of privacy during your stay. 


Whichever Croatian island you choose, you will find an authentic local experience. The tourist crowds are fewer here and you can always consider island hopping as your choice. The only question now is: where to go? Each island has its own unique world with specific flora, fauna, gastronomy and cultural treasures that are waiting to be discovered. To ease your agony of choice, in this article, we present Croatia’s five most beautiful islands. Be warned, a pure holiday feeling awaits.

The most popular islands

Croatia has a lot to offer, whether you want to explore nature, enjoy the nightlife, charter a boat or a yacht, windsurf or spend time with your family. You can admire dolphins, visit nature parks, join a party or simply go island hopping for an unforgettable experience. Here are some of the islands that will surprise you with dreamy localities, but there are many more to explore.


The island of Brač brings Caribbean flair to the Adriatic and boasts the most famous and one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The Golden Horn, a beach that you can find on most Croatian postcards, juts into the turquoise blue sea water and is considered the landmark of the country. Even though the Golden Horn is a magnet for tourists, you will still find relaxation and tranquillity in Brač.


Hvar is a very trendy place, recommended for yacht owners because of its impressive harbour. Here, as well as on various other islands in the country, you can find Croatia’s finest yacht charters. Besides that, Hvar is also popular because of its nightlife. 


However, the island is also rich in history with its two impressive medieval towns: Stari Grad and Hvar Town. The beautiful beaches will make you want to stay, and the access to Michelin-starred restaurants will offer a tantalising adventure into the world of Croatian cuisine.


This southern Croatian island of Korčula, not far from Dubrovnik, is also called the Green Island, because a picturesque natural landscape with olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees and pine forests awaits you here. The island is particularly famous for being the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Thanks to its beautiful sandy and pebble beaches, located mostly in Lumbarda, and the crystal clear sea, Korčula is definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia.


Mljet can be reached by ferry from Dubrovnik and is an ideal destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. According to legend, Odysseus hid here for seven years with the nymph Calypso and it is easy to understand why. The island offers pure idyll – it is mostly covered in pine forests and about a third makes up the Mljet National Park. 

When should you travel to the Croatian islands?

In order to determine the best time to travel to Croatia, you first need to decide what you want to experience and do. You can visit Croatia all year round. However, if you prefer a seaside holiday, there is a specific timeframe you should choose. 


The best time to travel to Croatia with a focus on swimming, yachting and bathing, are the summer months of July and August. This period is very popular, but also very crowded. If you want fewer tourists, you should choose the months of May, June, September and October, when the temperatures begin to climb or the sea is still heated. However, no matter what timeframe you choose, Croatia will most assuredly not disappoint!