The croatian islands holiday guide
We have a selection of villas on Croatian islands, three of which – Hvar, Brac and Korcula - feature in our Croatia holiday programme. Each island has its unique qualities but they're united by the warmth of their welcome, a distinct Mediterranean vibe blended with centuries of tradition, and landscapes ranging from dense woodland interiors, vineyards and olive groves to picturesque bays, attractive fishing villages, ornate buildings and quaint back streets devoid of traffic and enticing you to explore.
You’ll find no shortage of alluring beachside delights across these three islands. In Hvar, they span heavenly, secluded bays to family-friendly stretches of golden sand through to Dubovica, where a setting nestled beside a unique stone house contributes to its standing as one of the most photographed in Croatia. Brac is home to a couple of beaches with a serious dose of the “wow” factor. To the north of the island lies a stunning stretch of coastline flanked by pine trees while Lovrecina and Supetar are also worth checking out. Across on Korcula, the choice is truly extensive, spanning shingle and sand, pebble and rocky as well as plenty of hideaways for swimming or simply relaxing as well as enchanting bays blended with lovely touches of everyday island life that are such a part of a Croatian holiday.
Things to do
Safe to say you can be as much of an active holidaymaker as a thoroughly chilled lotus-eater during your Croatian island holiday. With four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Hvar is full of history and, when you need refreshments, it also boats a wine making tradition dating back 2,400 years, while Korcula certainly punches above its weight for a smaller island with museums and galleries, turrets and towers, churches and cathedral. But, if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie than book and sun lounger type then across these islands you’ll find everything from rock climbing and mountain biking to windsurfing, hiking and fishing.
Eating and drinking
If luxury yachts, seriously stylish bars and following in the footsteps of celebrities and their paparazzi “friends” are your thing then Hvar town has a long held reputation for glamour. That said, the rest of the island is full of laid-back, unpretentious charm making it a winner with families. Eating here is generally of a high quality with good choice – the local fish stew is something of a culinary legend around these parts. Over on Korcula, dining is typified by a mix of rooftop eateries, fine dining and deli-style options spiced-up wine cellars and a cocktail bar accessible only by ladder (!), while Brac offers everything from pizza to island specialities served from beachside terraces and traditional taverna.
If Hvar is your choice for a holiday in Croatia you won’t want to miss the Krka National Park. Best discovered by boat, it boasts magnificent waterfalls (including Skradinski Buk, one of the most noted spots in Croatia), more than 800 species of plants, an abundance of wildlife and often exquisite, jaw-dropping natural beauty. With uninhabited islets, cypress tree landscapes, ancient vineyards and olive groves (Croatian olive oil is seriously good), Korcula also offers much for the holidaymaker keen to reconnect with nature. And Brac, with one of the highest mountain peaks in the Adriatic, is a place of dramatic landscapes boasting fig and almond orchards, pine forests and a rocky interior.