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Top 5 great Islands in central Dalmatia

17.01.2017. | Local Destinations
1. Hvar

Island Hvar is a famous tourist destination in the Adriatic sea.

Thanks to the mild climate, warm winters and pleasant summers, many guests, scientists and travelers are attracted to the luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich tradition and nightlife. Hvar is nowadays considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.

Hvar is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island. The island is famous for its pleasant Mediterranean climate and is characterized by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine. The island have numerous architectural and cultural monuments, which bear witness to outstanding artistic traditions of the island, the economic prosperity of its population and the relations Hvar used to maintain with cultural centres of the past centuries. Friendly people, well-indented coast, numerous picturesque and intact beaches and bays, virgin nature, very rich historical and cultural inheritance, the scents of lavender, olive trees and wine are the reasons that island Hvar welcomes more and more tourists each year.

Town of Hvar is verry famous party destination for young people from all world, with many clubs and rich nightlife. Except Hvar there are lots of pretty places like Vrboska, Pitve, Jelsa, Starigrad and many more.

2. Korčula

The island of Korčula belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago, separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow Strait of Pelješac. Main settlements on the island are towns of Korčula, Vela Luka and Blato. Villages along the coast are Brna, Lumbarda, Račišće, and Prižba, Žrnovo, Pupnat, Smokvica and Čara are located inland. The island is divided into municipalities of Korčula, Smokvica, Blato and Lumbarda. The climate is Mediterranean. The island is largely covered with Mediterranean flora including extensive pine forests. Korcula is, after Mljet, perhaps the greenest island, full of olive orchards and vineyards. South side of the island is rich with hidden beaches and sea caves.

Town of Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo was built on the foundations of a Greek colony, and is the historical and tourist centre of the island. It is famous for its streets that are shaped in the form of a fish bone and well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Among them stands out the Cathedral of sv. Marko [St. Mark], whose rich interior guards the works of great Italian painters. The people of Korčula have preserved their customs and the medieval knight’s game “Moreška” that takes place on the town streets. The gentle Mediterranean cuisine will challenge the palates of even the most fastidious gourmets. Along with the gifts of the sea (mussels, fish, crabs), delicious desserts such as Cukarin, the Dubrovnik cakes rožata and klašun go very well with the local Korčula wines - Grk, Pošip, Plavac and Rukatac. Near the town of Korčula, there is an archipelago of 20 uninhabited islands covered with dense thicket, and an accessible coastline. Here is also the slightly larger islet of Badija with its pebble beaches and beautiful Franciscan monastery.

The picturesque town of Vela Luka is the largest town on the island of Korčula, and the second largest town in the Adriatic islands. Located on the west side of the island, its gulf position is a safe anchorage and port for sailors. Vela Luka is a place of very talented artists and musicians, a place of interesting traditions and rich cultural heritage.

3. Vis

Vis is an island in the Adriatic Sea, the furthest Croatian inhabited island. There are two towns on the island, Vis and Komiža, both located on the seacoast. Tourism is increasingly gaining on importance. Good quality accommodation in hotels or apartments, unpolluted environment with the crystal clear sea and marine scenery as well as the local specialties - seafood from the cleanest part of the Adriatic, various sports and recreation opportunities, they all constitute the offer of Vis, an island which emerged from a long period of isolation.

Town of Vis is the port at the eastern part of the northern coast of the island of Vis. Chief occupations are farming, wine production, fishing and tourism. The town of Vis is situated on the regional road with Ferry port and catamaran connected to Split. Situated in a deep bay, whose eastern coast abounds with large pebble beaches.

Komiža is a town and harbour on the western coast of the island of Vis. Economy is based on farming, vine and vegetable growing, fishing and fish processing, seafaring and in recent times on tourism. On the eastern coast of the bay are large sand and pebble beaches. We must mention also several beautiful bays and beaches like Stiniva, and magnificent island of Biševo near Komiža with world famous Blue cave.

4. Brač

Island Brač is the largest island in Central Dalmatia. The most famous beach on this island is Zlatni rat near Bol. Zlatni rat is a paradise for surfers because of the favourable wind, which always blows.

The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands.

The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and on the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar).
Supetar is the biggest town and ferry port on the island of Brač.

Brač has plenty of beautiful places and locations to explore like Blaca hermitage, Lovrecina beach and others.

5. Lastovo

Located 13 kilometres south from Korcula is the stunningly beautiful island of Lastovo and it's surrounding archipelago. In total there are 46 islands spread across 200 km of land and sea, recognised and preserved as a Croatian Nature Park. The island is only 9.8km in length and 5.8km in width, with a population of under 900 people. The inland main town, also called Lastovo sits picturesquely on a steep hill and around the island are small protected bays, popular with visitors to the island including Skrivena luka, Pasadur and Zaklopatica.

Town of Lastovo was built on a steep slope overlooking fertile fields growing vegetables, grapes and olives. You can wander amongst the old stone houses with the traditional red roofs and visit the many churches dotted around the small village. The main church with three naves called Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian was built originally in the 15th century.

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