With over a 1000 islands to choose from, you will never run short of ideas on a Croatian sailing trip. In fact the Dalmatian region is tailor-made for hopping from one island to another, while soaking up the Mediterranean sun from the decks of an elegant cruise ship. Check out these five stunning islands that are unmissable on any Croatia small ship cruise.
The beauty of Mljet lies in the National Park located on the western part of the island. Among the dense vegetation and hills are the two great salt lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero, bang in the heart of Mljet. There is a small island in the middle of Veliko Jezero lake where sits a Benedictine Monastery turned restaurant. Every island in Croatia is known for its beaches and Mljet is no exception. The Saplunara Beach to the southeast is just one of the many seaside stretches of sand on this romantic island.
Said to be the birthplace of the legendary explore Marco Polo, the fortified Korcula island is a delightful example of history and medieval architecture.Sometimes referred to as 'Little Dubrovnik' because of the Old Town, the speciality of Korcula is its crisp white wine made from the Posip grapes. Apart from the house of Marco Polo, there are a number of museums to explore and pebble beaches to relax on.
A mere thirty minutes ride by ferry from Dubrovnik will bring you to the beautiful Elaphiti archipelago and the spectacular chain of islands. While Sipan island boasts of a rare sandy beach and lush green landscapes, the nearby Lopud island is home to Sunj Bay another incredible beach. Hiking, picnics, swimming and watching the magical sunsets are other attractions of the Elaphiti Islands.
Home of the world famous Zlatni Rat beach, Brac can be accessed by a fifty minute cruise from Split. The highlights at Brac are the palm-lined beaches, secluded bays and the highest peak in Croatia, Vidova Gora, standing at 778m.The town has delightful cobbled streets, romantic walks and an indelible selection of bars and cafes. Brac has a flourishing olive industry and its divine oil is unique to this part of Croatia. Other activities here include a visit to the beautiful town of Bol and Superar with its quaint restaurants and taverns. The Dragon's Cave on the south of the island of Brac is also worth a visit.
Favoured by the rich and famous, Hvar is Croatia's answer to France's St Tropez or Spain's Marbella.This party island is known for celebrity spotting and is full of luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, boutiques and high end shopping. For those looking for some peace and calmness there are plenty of secluded spots to relax in. Hvar island is also known for its vineyards, olive trees and verdant groves of wild lavender. Apart from the nightlife one can go on a day trip to the nearby Pakleni islands or explore the renaissance architecture of Stari Grad.
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