Croatia’s Six Best Island Havens | East To West

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out. Long held as one of the best kept holiday
secrets in all of Europe, in recent years Croatia has emerged as one of the most attractive
summer destinations. In this video, International Living revealed
Croatia’s 6 Best Island Havens. The following are a sample of some of the
more popular islands. Remember, this is just an introduction, and
there are many more Croatian island gems waiting to be discovered. One of the most easily accessible islands,
almost leaning on Croatia’s northern coast, the island of Rab represents Croatia at its
calmest. Its pristine sandy beaches are sheltered from
the mountain winds by the surrounding ridges, while the small town of Rab is lively, but
in an Old World fashion that bypasses any signs of modernity. The medieval town’s low panorama is dominated
by its impressive bell towers, and has a vibrant mix of leaning terracotta roofs and pale facades
that evoke a bygone era. The island is particularly lively during its
annual medieval festival, the Rab Fjera, the oldest medieval festival in Croatia. During the festival the bustling streets are
full with artisan stalls, smells of local cuisine, and the sounds of traditional music. One of Croatia’s most popular island destinations,
Hvar has long been renowned among the wealthy due to its spacious harbor that has hosted
many a luxury yacht over the years. So too, has it hosted party lovers from all
over the world, with its nightlife, considered to be the finest all along the coast. Still, there’s plenty to get excited about
in Hvar even if you’re not particularly interested in nocturnal pursuits. Move beyond the glitzy town center, and you
will find a wealth of culture and history, such as the island’s old town founded in
385 BC, or the surrounding plain that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it
has remained unchanged for more than two millennia. Spanning more than 37 miles, Pag is an island
of opposites. While its administrative center, the town
of Pag, is staunchly medieval, with its maze of narrow streets centered around an imposing
Gothic cathedral, the small town of Novalja has recently grown into a full-blown party
hub. Novalja boasts a vibrant nightlife and hosts
a string of festivals dedicated to dance music, including the world-renowned Hideout Festival. Regardless of which of Pag’s faces you prefer,
don’t miss a chance to try the exquisite local sheep cheese. If idyllic summer vistas are your forte, look
no further than Mljet. The island is a haven of natural beauty, with
half of the island occupied by a national park that hosts some of the lushest forests
you will likely ever see. The park also hosts two salted lakes ideal
for swimming in. Other attractions on the island include the
ruins of a palace from the 5th century, as well as a cave where the legendary Odysseus
supposedly took a break from his travels. For a more tranquil and laidback holiday,
the island of Brac provides a perfect getaway. Immersed in history, Brac has been populated
since the New Stone Age. It is also home of one of Croatia’s most
famed beaches-Zlatni Rt, with its tip spanning deep into the Adriatic Sea. For a taste of the old times, visit some of
the charming little fishing villages along the coast and explore the Dragon’s Cave,
whose inner walls were carved by 15th century monks. The farthest island from Croatia’s mainland,
the island of Vis has long served as the base for former Yugoslavia’s military and was
off limits to civilian visitors until 1989. Precisely for this reason the island has kept
plenty of its untouched beauty, boasting a number of stunning beaches along its rugged
coastline. Respected for the quality of its white wines,
the island hosts a number of welcoming wineries. Remnants of ancient Greek and Roman settlements
are ripe for a visit, but the island’s main draw is actually not on the island. The world-famous Blue Grotto cave, or Biševo,
as the locals call it is located on the small island of Komiža some three miles west to
Vis, with regular boat rides available. The cave owes its fame to a stunning blue
glow that occurs at a certain time when the sun rays and the cave crevices create a mesmerizing
effect. The Takeaway
As you can see, Croatia boasts plenty of island gems that are well worth exploring. If none of our choices strikes the right note
for you, explore some of the remaining 1000+ islands and you will most certainly find a
destination of your dreams in Croatia.

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