Five Croatian pearls on the list of islands everyone should visit in their lifetime
IN COLLABORATION with the most popular travel bloggers, owners of travel agencies and reporters, Business Insider made a list of a hundred under-the-radar islands everyone should visit in their lifetime, and five Croatian islands are among them.
The island of Vis
"A pearl among the Croatian islands, Vis spent much of its recent history closed off to tourists as it served as a military base up until the late 80s," said Rene Sundgarden from Topdeck Travel, and explained that the travelers have been flocking to the beautiful island for culture, authenticity and culinary delights.
"With its gorgeous beaches and secluded bays, Vis is the perfect holiday getaway for those seeking peace and tranquility," he added.
"Vis is a beautiful, tranquil island which is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, free from high rise resorts. As Vis was cut off from foreign visitors until 1989, the isolation preserved the island from development and is now an attraction for travelers who seek authenticity, peace, and quiet," said Jason Goldberg from SpaSeekers.
The island of Mljet
"Mljet is the southernmost and easternmost of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia and one of the most seductive of all the Adriatic islands. The establishment of a national park put the island on the tourist map, but Mljet is anything but overrun. Visitors are almost entirely drawn to the tourist enclave around Pomena. The remainder of the island retains the unspoiled air of tranquility that is truly breathtaking," said Michael Karam, the owner of the traveling agency, müvTravel.
The island of Brac
"Hvar and Vis are beautiful hotspots in Croatia but are very popular with tourists. I would definitely recommend visiting Brač instead if you're looking for something a little quieter. It is a bit cheaper than Hvar and it showcases the natural beauty of Croatia with its white pebble beach and authentic Croatian culture – a must if you're doing an island hopping tour in the area," recommended John-Lee Saez, Managing Director for KAYAK Europe.
The island of Hvar
"Like all the other southern Dalmatian Islands, Hvar has idyllic blue seas and sandy beaches. I'd highly recommend renting a moped while there to venture to the more remote (and less populated) beaches as well as checking out the harder to reach villages. Hvar town has a great vibe at night, lots of bars and places to eat fresh fish," said Leon Sicilliano, Senior Video Producer for BI and INSIDER.
The island of Solta
"Head to Solta for a traditional glimpse of island life and to escape the crowds. The hilly island with steep shores and rustic villages can be reached via a short ferry ride, nine miles to be exact, from the Croatian city of Split. Solta is acclaimed for its honey made from wild rosemary, and its olive oil made with fruits from trees that are over 1,000 years old. Travelers should be sure to taste the local cuisines whilst exploring the quaint island," recommended Emma Grimster from TravelSupermarket.