Yacht Getaways’ Favourite Croatian Islands
By Yacht Getaways Team published on 28 March 2017
The islands of Croatia are famous for being as diverse as they are beautiful. We’ve been privileged enough to spend a lot of time sailing around Croatia and with something for everyone, here are a few of our very favourite Croatian Islands.
Sailing in Spectacular Šolta
Just a few hours from Split by boat, Šolta is known for its picture postcard natural beauty, relaxing beaches, vineyards, and olive trees. Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine or some fresh olive oil on this little slice of paradise in the Adriatic.
Home to a national park which stretches across half the island, Mljet is known for its greenery as well as its red wine, goat’s cheese and olives. Explore the national park following trails framed by beautifully scented pine trees, marvel in the tranquillity that is said to have enchanted Odysseus for more than 7 years, and even explore a Benedictine Monastery by kayak.
The Elaphiti Islands
Their name comes from elafos, the Greek word for deer, and so these islands were clearly once home to a large deer population. Full of secluded bays and beaches, and surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, the Elaphiti Islands are now the very definition of pure serenity. Sit on the beach and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you’re ever likely to see.
Hidden coves and tranquil beaches surround the perimeter of this island which has a spectacular medieval walled city at its heart. This traditional and vibrant location is full of bars and restaurants, as well as a beautiful cathedral and charming architecture. The Old Town is also said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, and his house is well worth a visit, especially for the sweeping views from the top of the watchtower.
Say Hello to Hvar
Home to one of Europe’s oldest towns, Hvar is an island that is steeped in history and truly celebrates its natural beauty. With everything from UNESCO world heritage sites to ancient architecture and stunning scenery, Hvar is certain to take your breath away.