One man who knows a thing or two about nature and the Croatian coast is experienced Croatian photographer, filmmaker, nature promoter and travel blogger Goran Šafarek.
Goran, who has travelled through most of Croatia, and the world, with his camera, has shared with us his TOP 10 most beautiful islands in Croatia.
“The Croatian coast is littered with hundreds of the islands that harbour incredible natural and cultural heritage. With nearly 6,000 kilometres of coastline and 50 inhabited islands, Croatia has plenty to offer lovers of sea and sunshine, history and sport,” Goran says, before adding.
“My selection is subjective, but I am travelled to nearly all of our islands, on some I have worked and stayed longer, so I feel I can free select my favourites. I have travelled to a number of islands around the world and I can also compare them with ours,”
Goran’s TOP 10 (in alphabetical order):
The largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. It is separated from the mainland by the Brač Channel. The island’s tallest peak, Vidova gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 780 m,making it the highest island point in the Adriatic.
The Brijuni or the Brijuni Islands are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait.
Cres is an Adriatic island in Croatia. It is one of the northern islands in the Kvarner Gulf and can be reached via ferry from Rijeka, the island Krk or from the Istrian peninsula
Hvar is located off the Dalmatian coast, lying between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula. Hvar is unusual in the area for having a large fertile coastal plain, and freshwater springs.
The Kornati archipelago is located in the northern part of Dalmatia, south from Zadar and west from Šibenik. With 35 kilometres length and 140 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 square kilometres, the Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
Krk is located in the northern Adriatic Sea, located near Rijeka in the Bay of Kvarner and part of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
Lastovo is in the south of Dalmatia and is one of Croatia’s natural gems. Its archipelago consists of 46 islands. The biggest island in the is named Lastovo, as is the largest town.
Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia. The National Park includes the western part of the island, Veliko jezero, Malo jezero, Soline Bay and a sea belt 500 m wide from the most prominent cape of Mljet.
The fifth-largest island, Pag is known for its barren, moonlike landscape, lace production and Pag cheese. Pebble and sand beaches ring the island.
10. Telašćica on Dugi Otok
Telašćica is situated in the southeastern part of the island of Dugi Otok. Thanks to its extreme beauty, richness and importance, it was declared a nature park.
Check out the video compilation of Goran’s TOP 10 Croatian islands below.