Five Best Croatian Islands – The Guardian
Sveti Klement: A green island with amazing inlets with white pebble beaches. In one of them, Palmizana, the botanist Eugen Meneghello planted an arboretum and built a collection of villas, available to rent. Waterskiing, swimming and windsurfing mean it’s good for families, and tranquillity is easily found around the rest of the island. Ferries from nearby Hvar take 20 minutes. (palmizana.hr)
Sipan: Just down the coast from Dubrovnik, Sipan was a chic retreat for the city’s rich families in the 15th century. It’s covered with orange, lemon and fig plantations and the local wine is very gluggable. You can stay in Hotel Sipan, a converted olive oil factory. Hotel Sipan (+758 000, hotel-sipan.com).
Lastovo: One of the less visited islands of the Dalmatian archipelago, Lastovo is coated with pine forest and is known for its excellent seafood. There are 46 even smaller islands nearby, reached by boats from the harbour, and you can choose from a range of apartments. (lastovo-tz.net)
Prvic: A quiet car-free island in north Dalmatia criss-crossed with paths linking beaches, olive groves, pine forests and a 15th-century monastery. The only hotel is the Maestral, in the old village schoolhouse. (+448 083, prvic.netfirms.com)
Mrcara: The only permanent inhabitants of this pretty islet, near Lastovo island, are the goats and mouflon sheep. Accommodation is limited to Pension Lastovo, a hunter’s lodge with three four-bedroom cottages run by a free-spirited couple, but the lack of development means you’ll be free to enjoy crayfishing and boating … as well as their delicious food, in near isolation. (00345 915 696 559, lastovo-mrcara.com)
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