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Der Strand Zlatni Rat / Goldenes Horn auf Brac, Bild: artem evdokimov / shutterstock

The islands of Croatia – pearls in the Adriatic Sea

Croatia consists not only of the mainland and about 6000 kilometers of coastline, but also of over 1200 beautiful islands. Each island has its own face, so the Croatian islands meet the taste of every traveler. The best way to get to know these islands is to rent a sailing yacht in Croatia. We have put together the most beautiful islands in Croatia for you

Island of Brac

The island can be reached in two ways: by car or by a combination of a flight to Split, onward travel by bus and finally a trip by ferry or catamaran to Supetar or Bol.

The island of Brac is characterized by bright sandy beaches and the famous “Golden Horn” – a tongue of sand that juts out into the Adriatic Sea and invites you to swim and relax on both sides. But not only the “Golden Horn”, but also the other beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. Its total length on the island of Brac is about 170 kilometers, so even during excursions, a small swimming stop can always be integrated into the daily program.

Small villages and churches, narrow streets and the culturally valuable towns of Bol and Supetar invite you to stroll and discover. Brac also has high limestone deposits, which is why the island has many souvenirs of the material as a souvenir of the visit.

Brac is suitable for lovers of good food and wine. Local olives, cheese from the farmer, fresh Croatian sausage combined with a good wine round off the holiday on the island of Brac perfectly.

Island of Krk

Krk, Kvarner Bay
Krk on the Kvarner Bay in Croatia, Image: Andrew Mayovskyy / shutterstock

The island of Krk can be reached by car or camper van from Germany via a bridge from the Croatian mainland. There is no need for a long journey, as the largest island in the country is located very far north.

Krk has some beautiful beaches to offer, which are very popular mainly because of their crystal clear waters. The beach sections in Baska and Vela Plaza are fine pebble beaches, which slope gently and are therefore ideal for families with smaller children.

Worth seeing are the stalactite cave in Biserujka as well as the Greek churches and fortifications on the island. Malinska is perfect for those who like to stroll along a harbour and enjoy the atmosphere of a former fishing village.
Krk is also suitable for walks and small hikes, as it has a varied landscape with lush vegetation.

An insider tip on the island of Krk is the town of Vrbnik, which is worth a day trip. Perched high on a cliff and surrounded by lush vines, wine tasting is a must.

Island of Rab

Rab, Croatia
View of Rab, Image: Antun Cerovecki / shutterstock

The island of Rab is located south of the island of Krk and can be reached by ferry. In the months of the high season, it is very popular, especially among Germans. This may be due to the diversity: While the cities are very lively, the smaller towns in the interior of the island offer a pleasant peace and quiet as well as beautiful scenery in the surrounding area.
In addition, the island has 30 sandy beaches, of which San Marino beach in the north of the island is particularly popular. It is gently sloping and crystal clear – perfect for families as well as holidaymakers who are not so good on foot. If you prefer nudism, you will find some beach sections on Rab where permissive bathing is allowed.
In the capital of the same name, there are culturally interesting buildings and some opportunities for shopping. The numerous bell towers are also well worth seeing.

Island of Korcula

The island of Korcula is one of the more southern islands of Croatia and is known for its lush green vegetation. The ferries to the island depart from Drvenik and Split, as the distance inland can be covered relatively quickly via the motorways.
Korcula is shaped by the navigator Marco Polo, who left his mark everywhere. Numerous monuments, sculptures and documents run like a red thread across the entire island.

The largest and most beautiful towns are Korcula Town and Vela Luka. Both have bustling town centres with lots of small cafes, restaurants, shops and ice cream parlors. Picturesquely situated on the harbour, Vela Luka is a beautiful place for relaxation, evening walks and enjoyable travellers who like to eat well with a great view.

Island of Pag

The island of Pag is generally not very well known, but it is popular with young people and party people. While the island’s capital of the same name with a museum of lace and a Benedictine monastery is rather quiet, the town of Novalja is full of life and has a beautiful sandy beach.

Pag can be reached in two different ways: by ferry from Prizna or via the bridge that connects the island with the Croatian mainland.

Croatia’s nightlife is thriving here – the island of Pag is ideal for those who like to party on holiday, enjoy a lively nightlife and have no problems with loud music until the early hours of the morning. Pag is lively and experiences its heyday in the spring, when the Croatian Spring Break is held. At this time, thousands of young people from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the island to party for days and enjoy life to the fullest.