Croatia’s Islands Mljet, Sipan, Korcula, Hvar

Croatia has more than a thousand islands. Many of them are connected to the mainland by ferries or you can even get an island cruise. We did this and although it was enjoyable next time I think I’d go for a little bit more luxury. Our cabin although clean was just a bit too minimal and pitch black because it was below decks. Also a week of meals on deck at set times stopped being so much fun half way through. I like to choose my meal and coffee times! Next time we will go for an upgrade!


Mljet has two internal salt water lakes Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero, both  with stunning turquoise water. A short journey by water taxi on Veliko Jezero takes you to St Mary island with a twelth century Benedictine monastery and a small church. You can walk all the way round this little island and then get a well earned coffee in the  charming cafe.

One of the nicest islands.


Sipan is the largest of the Elaphite islands and only seventeen kilometres from Dubrovnik. In the fifteenth century it was popular with Dubrovnik’s upper classes. They built beautiful holiday homes that you can still see today. Somehow faded and in disrepair they look even more attractive.



Korcula was once part of the Republic of Venice and the birthplace of Marco Polo. Its narrow streets are a joy to wander and on a sunny day the is nowhere better.




Hvar is famous for Lavender and rosemary. Its a perfect tourist destination with great restaurants, good  hotels and wonderful scenery.

You follow the fortress walls up the hill from the port to reach the Spanjola fortress. First completed in 1551 the dilapidated fort was repaired in the 1970’s with tourists in mind. Even a small prison has been reconstructed. From here you have a view of the harbour  and the  small Pakleni islands.


All these islands are perfect holiday destinations. I recommend them all. (Although if I was buying a holiday home it would be on Sipan).