Lonely Planet Recommends Top Croatian Islands
Travel guru Lonely Planet has already started looking ahead to the upcoming summer months, to best advise you on where to spend your vacation this year. And following hot on the footsteps of Croatia being voted as a top destination for 2013 by British Airways, Lonely Planet has named the 9 best Croatian island spots, of which MedSailors visits the following three on their Croatia sailing holiday trip!
Hvar has celebrated an incredible 140 years of organised tourism. It is easy to understand why foreigners would be attracted to this island, which has been voted not only into this auspicious list, but also as one of the top 10 islands in the world! It is known for many reasons: it is Croatia’s most glamorous and luxurious island, a fantastically temperate and warm year round climate, and vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards. On Hvar Stari Grad is emerging as a popular alternative to Hvar Town, thanks to its quieter demeanour. Stari Grad is also included on the MedSailors itinerary and though Hvar town is far from a pulsating tourist hub, the isolation and quiet of this bay is a hidden gem, open for you to explore.
Celebrities such as Eva Longoria, JayZ, Beyoncé and Prince Harry reveling in the sunshine on Hvar has transformed this island, and if you are after some nightlife on your sailing holiday, this is the best spot to find it. Try the relaxed and laid back rustic wooden beach bar Hula Hula, or Veneranda, located in an old church originally built in 1561. Carpe Diem is the glitziest of the bars on Hvar, while Kiva is a slightly more grungy alternative, but famous nonetheless as the first tourist bar on the island, and also the first disco club on the island!
On MedSailor’s visit to this beautiful island, and the biggest of the Adriatic islands, we stop over in Bobovisca which is located in a gorgeous, sheltered cove. Dotted with picturesque houses on the sun-drenched surrounds, you can make yourself at home in one of the many local tavernas for sundown drinks and local delicacies. MedSailors will assist you in getting around to explore all the best spots on this island, including Bol, home of Croatia’s most famous beach, the Zlatni Rat. Brac is full of traditions and secrets that will entice and entertain you on your visit- with a vibrant historical heritage and a vital folk culture you will experience the true Croatian culture.
Vis island has a rich history due to its strategic position in the Adriatic sea, and until 1989 was off-limits to foreign visitors. Vis has most recently been the home of the military-navy base of the Partisan army in socialistic Yugoslavia, who turned the entire island into a large military fort. Prior to that Vis was occupied by the Romans, the Goths, the Austrians, the Italians and, finally, the Croats. This rich and troublesome past gives Vis a mysterious atmosphere that’s truly off the trodden path, and bound to enthral you on your Croatia vacation.