The Croatian coast is rich in islands. From big and famous places such as Krk, Hvar, and Brač to secluded retreats and lighthouses reserved for complete privacy. There are 1,244 islands, reefs, and cliffs in total, making the coastline in Croatia one of the most indented coasts in the world. Today, only 50 of them are populated, but all attract numerous tourists and adventure-seekers from all over the world. The majority of the populated island is well-connected to the mainland, either via bridges or regular ferry lines, especially during the summer season.
Istria and Kvarner are well-known as top tourist destinations on the North of the Adriatic Sea. Crystal-clear water, fantastic weather conditions, rich history, and preserved cultural attractions attract thousands of tourists each year. This part of Croatia is also the home of some of the biggest islands in Croatia, such as Krk, Cres, and Lošinj.
Krk is also called the Golden Island of Sun and Wine, which is pretty much the shortest and most accurate description of this beautiful island with more than 1,400 species of terrestrial plants, hundreds of kilometers of biking and hiking trails, and more than 2,500 hours of sun a year.
One of the most luxurious island villas on the Krk island is Villa Veglia Palace, located just 10 meters from the sea. This astonishing house, built in a rustic Mediterranean style, accommodates up to 12 people. It features a gym with a sauna and an outdoor jacuzzi for relaxing summer nights. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor infinity pool while preparing delicious food on the outdoor grill. Nearby activities offer a zip line, pebble beach, fishing, water sports, biking, sailing, horse riding, and much more.
About 100 kilometers from Krk lies Pag, the Moon Island. It got its nickname due to the white stone and moon-like surface that hides many stories revealing various curiosities. Pag is a go-to place for surfing, thanks to the wind contributing to amazing waves. On Pag, visitors can find historical salt warehouses and the Pag sundial, the most accurate device of its kind.
Just a few minutes from the city of Novalja on Pag island hides a luxury Villa Petra. This unique property offers a private heated pool with a view, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and other great amenities. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it can accommodate up to eight people. It's fully furnished and has everything needed for a perfect vacation. The villa is located 800 meters from the beach and about 10 kilometers from the center of Novalja. It is an excellent place for everybody who wants to experience leisure living in an island oasis.
As we go further down the Adriatic Sea, we’ll come across Dugi Otok.
Many archaeological sites all over the island speak volumes about its cultural heritage and purpose since prehistoric times. It’s also among the most indented Croatian islands, which means that visitors can enjoy numerous reefs, cliffs, small coves, and incredible natural beaches. Surrounded by Gračine, Veliki Slotnjak, and Mali Slotnjak hills lies a small place called Žman. It has some of the most fertile fields on the island, enabling farmers to produce first-class local wine, cheese, and olive oil.
Along the coast of Žman sits Villa Nai 3.3 , an adult-only accommodation just minutes away from Telašćica Nature Park. With eight deluxe accommodations, Villa Nai is housed inside a hundred-year-old organic olive grove. Its two restaurants serve dishes made from produce from local farms, providing authentic culinary experiences with a modern touch. Guests can enjoy an outdoor and an indoor pool, wellness, and sauna, as well as tailor-made experiences and natural beauties of Dugi Otok.
Just 300 meters from the coast of Murter, you'll find a secret treasure - an uninhabited islet of Prišnjak. Its lighthouse was built in 1896 to lead the way to hardworking sailors and fishermen. The islet itself has been titled one of the most beautiful islets in Croatia. Today, the Lighthouse Prisnjak is open to the public as an exclusive villa for those who want total privacy and a truly hedonistic experience.
It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and a unique stone wine cellar with 300 bottles of premium wines. It's available for rent throughout the whole year. Thanks to the shallow sea surrounding it, it's swimming-friendly even after September. Guests can use an outdoor grill and a jacuzzi, and the sea is just a few steps away.
If we go further south, we'll find the Adriatic pearl – Brač island. It's covered in pine and cypress trees, with vibrant flora and fauna. Brač is well known for its quarries and premium-quality stone used to build many impressive constructions, including Washington's White House.
Stone island villas are a go-to on Brač, and many accommodations combine this tradition with modern amenities to provide the ultimate comfort to the visitors. One of them is Villa White Bellezza, just two meters from the crystal clear sea. It spreads over 445 square meters of living space, with a heated outdoor pool, Mediterranean garden, spa, an outdoor kitchen, and a summer gazebo. This rental also offers a panoramic view of Sumartin, Biokovo Mountain, the peninsula of Pelješac, and the island of Hvar. Villa White Bellezza has all the modern amenities one would need for their dream vacation.
Less than 30 kilometers from Brač, as a part of a group of central Dalmatian islands, lies Hvar island, the king among the Dalmatian islands. It is also considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. Hvar has a crucial nautical and strategic position but is also known for its fields of lavender, old olive trees, and vineyards. It has 2,726 hours of sun a year, making it a perfect destination, no matter the season.
For extra enjoyment, Hvar has exclusive rentals available during the whole year.
Villa Eola located at the top of the hill of Vitarnja village, accommodates up to 12 people on 350 square meters of living space. This modern house has a heated outdoor pool, grill, an outdoor dining table for family gatherings, and a fireplace. A fantastic location makes it easy to explore local attractions and participate in wine tours, fishing, or sailing. Hvar is also a home of six UNESCO-protected heritage monuments.
Dubrovnik is a top-rated tourist destination in the far south of Croatia. Due to its great popularity, it can sometimes be a bit harder to find a private piece of Adriatic heaven. But, if you still want to enjoy Dubrovnik and its surroundings, the island of Korčula has everything you need. This ancient island is the birthplace of the explorer Marko Polo, who was born in the city of Korčula.
Just three minutes drive from the city is located a luxury residence Diamond Villa. This high-end mansion has breathtaking panoramic sea views in a secluded bay. The luxury is emphasized by unique architectural features, upscale interior design, and top-notch amenities. This 10-person villa has two infinity pools, a minibar, and two fully equipped kitchens. The rental comes with a private chef and one staff member, so guests can completely immerse themselves in an extravagant island lifestyle.
The biggest place on Korčula is Vela Luka. The inhabitants of Vela Luka are mainly involved in agricultural and touristic activities or opt for fishing. In one of the Vela Luka's bays is hidden the impressive Villa Style and Sea.
With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, it can host up to 12 persons on its 380 square meters. An infinity pool can be found on the open terrace, also featuring a gas grill and 1,200 square meters of landscaped garden.