Island hopping in Croatia is easy, fun and spectacular — whether you go solo or book an adventure holiday. If you love to kayak, free climb, bike, hike or paddleboard, Croatia’s islands are waiting and ready to serve up some real thrills.
Let’s look at three of the most intriguing islands, starting with Brac, just 45 minutes from Split. One of the biggest islands, Brac has some gorgeous, charming seaside towns like Povjila and Sumartin; one of the most famous beaches in Croatia and enough magic and mystery at places like Blaca Monastery to keep you keep you enchanted. If you’re biking, the island has plenty of marked routes. From Supetar you can hop to Bol, where Zlatni Rat beach is, one of the world’s most photographed because its long tongue-shaped beach changes shape with the tides! Brac stone, famous world-wide, has been quarried since Roman times. It’s even on the White House.
You can continue in Korcula. Long and narrow, with a hilly spine running almost the length of the island, the beaches on either coast are perfect for windsurfing. Vela Luka on the western tip is famous for its Vela Spilja, or big cave, more than 20,000 years old, an open cave that can be reached by a wonderful hike up and around terraces of endless olive groves. On the other end of the island is Renaissance-era Korcula town, a walled fortress, beautifully restored with a stunning waterfront promenade and richly ornamented streetscape. Croatia’s famous Posip and limited quantity Grk white wines are both grown here, so be sure to enjoy them with some terrific local fish.
Island hopping continues on to Hvar. It has some of the best island adventure action anywhere – from rock climbing to sea kayaking to off road quad adventures. The ferry port for the island is the 3001 year-old town of Stari Grad, literally “old town“. It’s a short bike ride from the port to discover stoney back streets, the pretty harbor and the Ager, a UNESCO World Heritage site—the oldest, continuosly farmed agricultural plane on the planet! But the main attraction on Hvar is Hvar Town, where world-famous celebs like Tom Cruise (who calmly walked the town signing autographs a few years back) rub shoulders with locals, day-trippers and adventure lovers all season long. With a majestic fortress looking over the harbor, some of the hottest night life in Croatia, terrific restaurants and people-watching, no wonder Hvar town is a magnet – you shouldn’t miss it.