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Islands of Croatia – part II

6. May, 2020

Islands of Croatia – part II Blog

We continue with the profile of the Croatian islands. If you missed our last blog about the islands of Croatia – read the first part HERE! Just a quick recap – there are over 1 000 islands in Croatia and they offer something for everyone! Whether you’d like to have some privacy in a secluded bay or perhaps vibrant nightlife is more of your thing, you can find it cruising along the Croatian coast.

So, let’s dive in!

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A picturesque town on the island of Brač

Straight "across” from Split, a city harmonious in structure with cultural and historical values, with an airport and a harbour, lies the island of Brač, the highest and by size the third largest island in the Adriatic. It is covered with pine woods, vineyards and olive groves and the world-famous stone from Brač that’s been used in the construction of many important buildings such as The White House in Washington DC, Diocletian's Palace in Split, United Nations building lobby and many other monuments and buildings in Croatia and the world.

 

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Zlatni rat beach on Brač

The stunning Zlatni rat is located in Bol, which is the biggest tourist town on the southern part of the island. The beach is located on a cape covered in pebbles, which moves, depending on the wind and waves from one side to another. You'll have to admit that this is the only beach that you've heard of that changes its shape daily. Oh, and in 2019 it is declared as the most beautiful beach in the world.There are many other beaches as well as resorts on Brač in towns of Postire, Milna, Supetar and more.

 

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Islanf of Hvar

South of Brač is Hvar, the longest island of the Adriatic. This is an island of vineyards, olive groves and lavender. The island is surrounded by crystal blue sea, there are many springs of water and it's the place with the largest number of sunny hours in a year. The many stone houses along both coasts, which are connected by small bridges, achieve the harmonious unity of Stari Grad on Hvar, the fishermen’s museum is in Vrbovska, which is unique on the Adriatic... Hvar is, no doubt, an exceptional island, a pleasant winter and summer resort, with a mild climate and exuberant subtropical vegetation.

 

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Paklinski otoci.

Paklinski otoci are an especially interesting group of islands with pebbly, sandy beaches perfect for swimming, diving and a rocky sea bottom, perfect for spearfishing. It is also a well-known destination for sailors. The main island is isle of St. Clement and it has three settlements Palmižana, Momica Polje and Vlaka. For all the sailors eager to explore this area there is a large marina at Palmižan, with 160 berths. Interesting fact, tourism on Palmižana dates back to 1906! If you find yourself sailing through this area, don’t miss out on the amazing food. Palmižana cuisine is mostly traditionally prepared seafood and it has been praised worldwide and it’s popular with famous people visiting Croatia!.

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Island of Šolta

Opposite Split is the island of Šolta with poor vegetation, a steep and well-indented coast with Maslinica - the main harbour and anchorage for small boats. Šolta is one of those islands that somehow remains “undiscovered”, so if you want that truly authentic Adriatic vibe this is the island for you. The main towns on Šolta are inland as that is where fields and vineyards are, while the fisherman’s centre is Maslinica. Wine enthusiasts visiting Šolta are up for a treat! This island is the home of the indigenous wine variety of Dobričić. It may not sound as much, but the DNA analysis proved that Dobrićić and Crljenak Kaštelanski are the original varieties of American Zinfandel! So, basically – history in a (wine) glass! 

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Komiža town on the island of Vis

Far from the mainland and its worries is the island of Vis, rich in palm trees, known for its fishermen, sailors, beautiful nature and diverse tourist offer.

Southwest of Vis is the island Biševo, an area of 6 square kilometres. There are many caves 'chiselled' into the steep coastline, among which 'Modra špilja' or the Blue Cave is the most famous. When the sea is calm the light rays that shine in the cave break in such a way against the cave walls, the objects and people inside it are covered in blue. The Vis archipelago includes the islands of Svetac (Sveti Andrija), Jabuka, Brusnik and the island of Palagruža.

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Dingač vineyards on Pelješac peninsula

Although it's formally a peninsula, Pelješac is indeed like an island. The Island of Korčula is very near as it is separated by a narrow channel and it's easily accessible from Dubrovnik! Pelješac has been inhabited in since prehistoric times. There are evidence of Illyric tribes living here, specifically the Plereji tribe. Romans ruled the peninsula for a very long time and in that time they have established colonies in the form of Villae Rusticae. These were communities in the fertile areas and along the coast. After the Romans, the reign of the Republic of Dubrovnik began, since the position of Pelješac and its proximity to the Central Dalmatia was beneficial for merchants. While visiting Pelješac don’t miss out on trying the wines.

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Town of Ston on Pelješac peninsula

Grapes of plavac mali variety are grown at a unique location – hills that are 40-60% steep, falling into the sea and always facing the sun, with the soil scarce in nutrients, however very balanced. The results are unique and world-famous wines Dingač and Postup. If you haven’t already, give them a chance – they will blow your mind!

Ston and Mali Ston are picturesque towns on Pelješac that were the second and the third most important town in the Dubrovnik Republic. Oysters and wines: Postup and Dingač from the Mali Ston bay are widely famous.

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View of Korčula

They say that Korčula is an island with the most legends and monuments and, along with Lokrum and Mljet, the Croatian island most covered with forests. Towards the end of the 13th century near Korčula there was a naval battle between Venice and Genoa. Marco Polo, the famous traveller and travel book writer, who is believed to have been born on Korčula, was on the side of the Venetians. This is an island with many known towns: Korčula, Lumbarda and Vela Luka. Korčula is the home of the knight dance 'moreška' from the end of the 15th century, famous stone-cutters, sailors and shipbuilders.

 

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Sunset on Lastovo

Far away, out in the open sea is the island Lastovo with an area of 50 square kilometres, with an indented pebble coast with sandy beaches and a few islands on the west and east coast. The houses in the town of Lastovo are built one above the other: each one entitled to its own share in the sun, air and the view.

 

Alongside Pelješac is the green island of Mljet with an area of 100 square kilometres.  

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The beautiful Mljet island

Because of its thick pine forests, karst caves, two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, many sandy and pebble beaches, many fishing-grounds rich in fish and lobsters, the western part of the island has been proclaimed a national park.

Not many people can determine the colour of the Adriatic Sea. Sometimes it is dark blue, sometimes greenish-blue. The fact is that the sea, depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun's rays, overflows into a thousands nuances. However, it is always beautiful and unique. Out of the 1185 islands and islets, you are sure to find one that is perfect for you. Come and find it.

 

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