Croatia has over a thousand islands where it is possible to find, beyond an extraordinary sea, a historical culture and all sorts of culinary delights. Cities are rich in architecture influenced by styles of different people and ancient cultures. The crystal clear water between the islands is full of a varied fauna and the unspoiled Kornat natural park’s archipelago is unique in the world.
Rab, the so called Felix Arba from the ancient romans, is a pictoresque island in the Kvarner Gulf, where the rocky Eastern landscape, the tiny sandy beaches, the mountain range and the mediterranean oak forests, harmoniously coexist. The homonymous portual city of Rab is also its biggest urban center, but other idylliac smaller towns that are facing the Gulf, have nothing to envy: Lopar, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga, Kampor, Barbat and Banjol, where you can taste a typical treat of the island, the famous Rapska Torta- Rab’s Cake, that has been invented in occasion of the first visit on the island, of Pope Alessandro III.
Cres, with it’s fantastic fauna and flora heritage, and an extraordinary number of endemic species, it is a real must for nature lovers. The island also hosts one of the last natural habitats of the griffon, a rare endangered bird. One of the most important attractions of the island, is the fresh water lake “Vrana”: the lake’s surface hight is bigger compared to the sea’s, while its depht is under the sea level (with a 74 m depht). Last but not least, the island is a true paradise for yachtsman, having hosted many sailing regattas on a national and international level.
Pag is the island with fascinating lunar landscapes and the most jagged coast of the whole Adriatic. Here you can find several sandy and pebble beaches, between kilometers of dry stone walls, old olive groves, sourranded by a nice smell of sage. The typical symbols of the island are the famous cheese of Pag, well known for being one of the best in the world, the lamb meat, salt, the white wine “žutica”, besides all the hand made precious laces. But if you are looking for a different kind of entertainment, the loud music from the world wide famous festivals, will resound in the northern part of the island, in the bay of Zrče.
Lošinj, thanks to its climate and the high quality air, has always been a prime destination for crowned heads looking for health. The awareness about the healthy environment of the island, dates back to the end of the XIX century: in fact, in 1892, the two towns of Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj had been proclaimed as healing sites, that led to a big development in the touristic field. The naturalistic and cultural inheritance of the island of Lošinj, is very rich. Small churches, convents, monasteries, Reinassance building, cathedrals and old ruins are widely present throughout the island. The prosperity of the cultural life of these places, is also testifyed by the discovery of the Apoxyomenos, a precious bronze sculpture that has been found in Lošinj’s seas, representing a greek athlete while cleansing his body with a scraper.
Ugljan is the green island, also called Zadar’s garden: it is situated on the other side of the channel, in front of the city with which is connected with a ferry. From Roman’s rustic villas, to the Middleage, on this island many nobles and aristocrats built their summer residences. A good reason for visiting Ugljan is the quieteness of the Franciscan convent, the breathtaking landscapes that you can admire while walking or riding a bike throughout the long paths alongside the dry stone walls, the unforgettable view of the S.Michael’s fortification or simply the beauty of the island’s beaches.
Galešnjak is a heart shaped island and this is why is widely called as the love’s island or the lover’s island. It is situated in the channel of Pašman’s island, between the homonym island and Turanj, a mainland village. The island’s surface counts 0,132 square meters, with a single 2 kilometers long beach.
Vir, Zadar’s archipelago island, is set 15 km away from Nin. The cultural-historic goods of this tiny island, are indelible traces of the showed interest, during the centuries, of the Mediterranean’s lords, for its beauties. Today, Vir, is a yachtsman paradise, while the scorching sand and the healing mud of it’s beaches are a cure-all for rheumathic diseases.
Pašman is a oasis of peace and quieteness, connected to Ugljan’s island by a bridge, and to Biograd na moru’s city, by a ferry. Island of laborers involved in sea and fishing activities, it keeps it’s stormy history in the Benedictine convent on Ćokovac’s hill close to Tkon, and in the Franciscan one close to Kraj. The island’s pathways, offer extraordinary walking or mountain bike experiences, where, from the highest peak of the Bokolj’s island, you can get a vast view on the area, from Velebit’s summits, to houndreds of islands, islets and channels, from Zadar to the Kornati National Park. Pašman’s channel it’s a natural beauty with it’s green islands, and it is also the ideal place for sailing and nautical activities lovers.
On one side of Dugi Otok, there are the Telašćica National Park and the Kornati National Park, while on the other one, there are the pictoresque bays of Soliščica, Pantera and the sandy beach of Sakarun, that is one of the world’s best bays. Dominating the whole panorama, there is the beautiful stone lighthouse of Veli Rat. Particularly suggestive, are the cliffs under the Telašćica, with a hight up to 100 meters, and an extention of 10 km in the direction of the open sea, in the south eastern area.
According to a tale, the Kornati, labyrinth of maritime passages between 89 islands, isles and uninhabited reefs, for a total of 217 km2 of surface, arose from some stones that God had in excess after creating the world. When the Lord threw them in the water, he decided that they were already perfect the way they were.
With an area of 0,36 km2,Krapanj is the smallest inhabited island in Croatia. At the same time, it is also the lowest island in the Adriatic, with an average hight above the sea, of 1,5m. It is well know as the the island of the sponges’ divers, that collect and work them since the XVIII century. Krapanj is a perfect combination of nature and architecture, extraordinarly precious and harmonious; for this reason, the most of the land is under the State’s cultural protection.
The pictoresque island of Murter, island of fisherman and olive trees, is the biggest and also the closest island to the mainland, in the area of Šibenik, from which is separated by Murter’s narrow channel. Over the channel, close to Tisno, has been built a 12 meters long mobile bridge. By being settled close to the Kornati achipelago, Murter is the favourite spot of both the ones who love the nautical tourism, and of the ones who rather prefer a quiet vacation.
The name of the island, probably comes from the word deer (brentos), a cult animal of the Illyrian tribes that used to live on the island; in fact, the prehistoric existance of deers on the island of Brač, is testifyed by the discoveries in the Kopačini’s cave. Zlatni Rat, Vidova Gora, Blaca’s desert, the deep coves, the olive tree groves, the vineyards, the pine groves by the crystal sea, are all images that many visitors bring back home, in their hearts, from the island of Brač.
South from Brač, we find Hvar, the longest island of the Adriatic. Full of vineyards, olive tree groves and lavander’s fields, Hvar is a story for itself, with a pleasant clime during the winter, and with splendid vacation towns during the summer, when the temperature is never too high, also thanks to the luxuriant subtropical vegetation of the island.
The island of Vis is not a fashionable place, of parties until sunrise. On the contrary, this is the right spot for a relaxing holiday under the sun or for a tour around the island and the islets of the archipel. It is also the perfect place for sport, and for tasting the delicious food specialities and the local wine.
Korčula is the motherland of Marco Polo. Parallerly to the mainland, it extends to an eastern-western direction. It is the 6th island of the Adriatic, in order of size, and it is characterized by a pretty jagged coast, with many coves and bays. The climate is myte and mediterranean.
The island of Lastovo is situated south from the island of Korčula. Is is particularly suggestive with its 50 square kilometers of surfce, a sinuous and jagged rocky coast, a lushy vegetation, vineyards, olive tree groves, gardens, sandy beaches and islands, on the eastern and western sides.
The island of Mljet, one of the most beautiful and green islands of the Adriatic, is surely one of the brightest gems of the Mediterranean. Isolated and untouched, a mystic island of olive tree groves, vineyards and blooming forests, it is the perfect place for discovering the rich animal and plant’s world of this sea, and for enjoying the beauty of a preserved nature. The perimeter of the national park takes a big part of the island: a few villages, the two salty lakes of Veliko and Malo jezero, a Benedictine monastery on the island of Sveta Marija and the town of Polače, with the best natural inlet of the Adriatic. Among the majour architectural heritages of the island, we can find a roman building, second in size and magnificence, right after the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Pula’s Arena.
From June 5th until July 24th the leaving port will be in Zadar, the region’s capital, that overlooks central Dalmatia. During the embarkation and disembarkation days, you will be able to visit this wonderful city and check out the famous sea organ in the old town. We will navigate between the northen and central Dalmatia, pushing ourselves all the way to the Kvarner Gulf and the Kornati archipelago. We can arrange the transfer for you, so that you will easily reach the port from the International Airport of Zadar, where all the main airline companies fly to.
From July 31st to September 18th you can embark in Split, the biggest city in southern Dalmatia. You will see the splendor of this ancient city and visit the famous Diocletian’s Palace during the embarkation and disembarkation days. We can sail throughout the Central and Southern Dalmatia, checking out the Kornati National Park or the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. You will be able to reach the port with the transfer that we can arrange for you, driving you to and from the International Airport of Split, where all the main airline companies fly to.