The croatian islands holiday guide
Beautiful beaches, rich culture and glimmering turquoise waters, the iconic Croatian islands promise a villa holiday like no other. Each island has its unique qualities but they are 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 cobbled streets devoid of traffic and enticing you to explore.
Things to do in Brač
Brač is the longest island in central Dalmatia. Naturally beautiful, it’s covered in lush pine forests and home to Zlatni Rat (also known as golden horn beach), one of the most amazing beaches in the whole of Europe. With small round pebbles underfoot, the crystal clear sea is warm and inviting with very few waves and lots of activities for families on holiday including windsurfing, kiteboarding and an inflatable water playground. Zlatni Rat is not the only spot to enjoy the appealing Adriatic, and while stand up paddle boarding and sea kayaking can be enjoyed just about anywhere, there are a number of other splendid beaches across the island. Martinica beach is just the other side of our villas in Bol, next to a beautiful monastery. This is a lovely spot for family holidays as during the summer months, swimming lessons take place in the crystal clear waters for children of all ages. Meanwhile, in the north of the island, Lovrecina is a small sandy beach close to the charming town of Postira; under an hour's drive from our Brač villas.
Away from your villa, a great way to discover the island is on foot. Hike from Bol to Vidova Gora and enjoy breathtaking views from the highest point of all the islands in the Croatian Adriatic. Remember to take a packed lunch as there’s a picnic table poised right at the top for al fresco lunch with a view; on a clear day you can spot Zlatni Rat, the neighbouring island of Hvar and the Croatian mainland. A faster paced alternative to hiking is mountain biking, and while Vidova Gora has a challenging cycle route, there are many other excellent guided tours to choose from.
If you decide to take a day trip from your villa to the mainland, the ferry to Split takes just 50 minutes from the port in Supetar.Wander the Roman old town, enjoy lunch on the waterside promenade and explore the Diocletian's palace before heading back to your Brač villa for the evening..
Things to do in Korčula
Korčula is an island of sleepy villages, vast olive groves and vineyards, and a marvellous old town. It’s also one of the most relaxing getaways of all the Croatia islands. Aside from enjoying your villa's pool and terrace, there are a number of lovely beaches. Pupnatska Luka is a beautiful pebble beach on the south coast, with translucent waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Whilst out and about, we recommend exploring Korčula town; this Medieval walled town is nicknamed ‘Little Dubrovnik’ though the number of visitors is far fewer than the city. Journey through the historic centre of narrow streets and stop by St. Mark's Cathedral where you can climb the steep staircase inside the bell tower to enjoy stunning views from the top.
A Korčula holiday is not complete with a vineyard tour. Whether you’ve spent the day relaxing at your villa or out exploring, tasting the island's unique wine varieties is the perfect way to spend an evening. From pale, dry roses to full-bodied reds, you can sample a wonderful range at family run Lovric winery and Winery Grk, which are both in Lumbarda and a visit can be combined with a cycling tour
Things to do in Hvar
Kate Moss of the Croatian Islands, Hvar is known for its trendsetting. Explore the historic centre of Hvar town, discovering its excellent selection of restaurants, lively bars, boutiques and its charming waterfront, all within easy reach of our Hvar villas. For exploration on foot, hike east of Hvar town along the coast to Mekicevica, to the picturesque bay and pretty pebble beach.
Be sure to keep a large gap in your holiday itinerary for relaxation. Hvar is the sunniest spot in all of Croatia with over 2,700 hours of sunshine each year and our Hvar villas pools make the most of this sunny isle. Away from your villa, there are a number of nearby islands within easy reach by boat and our Hvar properties are all within easy reach of the port. Take a speedboat to Vis island, known as the filming location for Mamma Mia: Here we go again, where it played the convincing role as the “Greek” resort of Kalokairi. Southwest of Vis is beautiful Bisevo, renowned for its blue cave.If you time it right and visit between 11am and 1pm on a calm sunny day, the strong rays of sunshine pass through an underwater cave and illuminate the cave with a mesmerising blue light. Elsewhere on the water, we recommend a boat trip to the Pakleni islands for beautiful, unspoiled beaches and crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling.
If you visit Hvar in late spring or early summer it’s lavender season, so the lavender fields are especially beautiful; visiting later in the year will mean you can take home gorgeous scented holiday souvenirs such as soap and perfumes.
Eating and drinking in the Croatian Islands
The Croatian cuisine is simply superb. On your island getaway your plates will be filled with succulent fresh fish and seafood, and the country’s statement dish of black risotto, Brač is known for its excellent lamb and make sure to take some of their signature olive oil home as a souvenir.
Fine dining restaurants are in abundance across the islands.And while eating out on holiday can be a treat, dining in your villa can be just as exciting. Visit local food markets for fresh produce to prepare at your leisure, or choose one of our properties where cook service can be added upon request.
when to go to the croatian islands
The weather in Brač, Korčula and Hvar is similar in that each enjoys glorious temperatures between May and September. For our beach villas in Croatia and holidays involving watersports and swimming in your villa's pool, July - September is perfect, while late spring is ideal for sightseeing.