Croatia is characterized by a long coastline and thousands of islands. There are wild and unspoied islands, but also Croatian islands rich of history. Do you want to spend your hoidays there but you don’t know which one is best for you? Let’s discover the most beautiful Croatian islands for a sustainable holiday, to surround yourself with nature and wonderful beaches!

Brač Island

The biggest Dalmatian island is part of the sunniest area of the Adriatic, it has a temperate climate and offers a sustainable cuisine.
On this island you will find many Greek and Roman historical ruins: you can visit Lovrečina, an archeological site which hosts an ancient Christian church. It is also possible to visit the St. Barbara Chapel, built in the XI century. The Blaca Hermitage is also of relevance: it’s a secluded area dedicated to spiritual life.
If you want a panoramic view of the island, you can visit the tallest peak, Vidova Gora (778 m).
In order to have the best experience on this island, you can stay at Docine Ranch Selca, a country house in the middle of nature.

brač island
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Silba Island

Situated in the Zarad archipelago, Silba is one of the most beautiful Croatian islands. Surrounded by wonderful beaches and a peaceful atmosphere, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday.
There are no cars, only some bikes: people here are used to walking.
On the Silba island there are numerous restaurants proposing a typical cuisine. In addition to the sea and the beautiful beaches, you can also visit the turret, symbol of the place. It’s 15 meters high and story goes that it has been built by a captain because of a sad love.
If you choose this detination for your holidays, Ecobnb suggest Silba Eco Otium to spend some days in peace with a bohemian soul.

silba island
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Šolta Island

On this little island you can find numerous bays and stone houses. This place is tied to history, in fact in Banje bay it is possible to admire the ruins of ancient Roman structures and you can also visit the baroque castle.
Moreover, the island has plenty of vineyards and olive groves: it’s a destination full of nature.
If you enjoy hiking in the woods, you can also get to the highest peak of the island, Vela Straža (237 m).
On this island, you can choose to stay at Secluded cottage Gaj island Šolta, a cottage in the middle of nature, or at Villa Zen Bed & Breakfast, situated in the center of the island.

Šolta island
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Vis Island

Named “Mediterranean paradise” by WWF, this island has been characterized by years of isolation which encouraged the development of nature and of an unspoiled sea. The place is not modified by the human presence: it’s not an urban environment, you can find deserted beaches and fresh fish.
Here it is possible to visit many historical structures, such as noble palaces and the remains of thermal baths and of an old Greek colony. Moreover, you can take a tour of the coast and practice water sports.
It’s a quiet place, there are no noisy tourists and you can find the tranquillity lost in the urban cities.
Ecobnb provides numerous accommodations to spend your holidays here: Estate under the Paintbrush-Vis, which combines art and nature, Eco-friendly seafront house, situated in a bay near the sea, and INSULAE eco-apartments Komiža, a stone house in the heart of the old city.

vis island
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Hvar Island

It’s a very famous island, full of trendy restaurants and yachts. Therefore, the capital city is ideal for people who want an elegant and luxurious holiday.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for a quieter place, Stari Grad and Jelsa are the perfect places for you. They are historical and cultural centers located on the coast.
On the island you will find lavender fields, mountains and natural landscapes.
For the eco-travelers who are looking for a calm holiday and who want to try the medicinal herbs of the place, Eco-friendly Villa Perka is the perfect accommodation.

hvar island
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Korčula Island

It’s a city marked out by marble roads with impressive buildings. The island is full of olive groves, vineyards and little residential areas.
On the southern coast you can find calm bays, whereas on the northern one there are many natural ports.
Culture is very important for the islanders, in fact they perform religious ceremonies and folk dancing.
On this island it’s possible to sample the local wine and the dessert with grk grapes.
If you want to spend some days in the wild nature, situated in the Prihonja bay is Eco-holiday house Ivica, 70 m far from the beach.

korčula island
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Šipan Island

Within the most beautiful Croatian islands is the greatest Elaphite island, characterized by ancient buildings and some renovated villas.
Here you can sample the local specialties and, in addition, it’s important to know that it’s a very fertile area: it’s even on the Guinness Book of Records for the highest number of olive trees.
The place is tied to the cultural traditions and there are plenty of little churches. Among the most important historical buildings to visit is the Vice Stjepović Skočibuha villa.
Furthermore, the Croatian island is equipped with two anchor points: Suđurađ and Šipanska Luka. Another spot to remember is the Strait of Harpoti.
In order to enjoy the simplicity and the tranquillity of the island, Ecobnb suggests Apartments Kate, a sustainable property which offers local products.

Šipan island
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Rab Island

It’s a wonderful island of the Kvarner. The south-western area is more populated and it’s full of beaches and pine forests, whereas the north-eastern area is more secluded and characterized by impressive cliffs. If you’re looking for sandy beaches, the most charming are located in the Lopar peninsula.
This land is fertile too, in fact olive trees, vines and vegetable are grown here.
The city of Rab is the capital and the historical center of the island: here you can find four bell towers and stone streets.
You can stay at Entire Ecological Vineyard House, an underground facility powered by solar energy, 150 far from the Pudarica natural beach.

rab island
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Lastovo Island

Equipped with a single port, this island is characterized by hills and vineyards, small villages and ancient traditions. If you’re looking for a natural and unspoilt place to relax, Lastovo island is the perfect destination.
Being dominated by nature, this location has few residential areas: in fact there are only six villages and less than a thousand inhabitants.
In Lastovo people usually move around by foot or by bike to explore the amazing natural landscapes, you can scuba dive to admire the crystal clear waters and it is possible to visit the famous lighthouse.

lastovo island
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Zut Island

Located in the Kornati archipelago, this is a calm and wild island, perfect to get away from the fast pace of the city. It’s not an urban environment, but it has a tourisitc port and the main village is powered by electricity.
It’s the right place to rent a catamaran and explore the rocky cliffs and the coves of the island. The most beautiful bays to dock are Luka, Hiljača and Sabuni. At the tip of the island you can also go up to the top of Zutska Aba to enjoy the panoramic view.
If you want to sample quality cuisine and go boating, Gastro Glamping Resort Fešta is right for you.

zut island
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Which one of the most beautiful Croatian islands will you explore first? Whichever you choose, you will find nature, crystal clear waters and wonderful beaches. You just have to choose the best island for you and book your stay with Ecobnb!


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Author: Chiara Scarinzi

Hi! I’m Chiara, I come from Benevento and I study Modern Languages for Tourist and Business Intermediation at the University of Trento. I enjoy listening to music and watching movies, but most of all I love travelling and getting to know new destinations and cultures, it’s a way to grow and to open your mind. For this, I think it’s important to take care of the environment: it’s a precious good for our growth.
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