6 Next-Level Islands That Prove Croatia Is the Jewel of Europe

It’s hard to not fall in love with Croatia’s coastline and its captivating turquoise water and quaint terracotta-roof towns. But with over 1000 islands dotting the coast, it can be difficult to map out an itinerary. While some larger islands are accessible from the mainland by ferry, the more remote, smaller ones require a rental so that you can see these beautiful flecks of land whenever you please—a boat rental, to be clear.

We hear you, chartering a yacht might sound extravagant, but it turns out that boat rental in Croatia is more affordable than you might think. In fact, a week spent on a sailboat can actually cost you less than staying at a hotel, and depending on your booking, you can choose to include food, a skipper, and more. Plus, you’ll also have a chance to see way more destinations and do so at your own pace. Here, we’ve outlined the ultimate island-hopping itinerary featuring six must-see destinations, each with their own charm and unique appeal. Set your out of office: It's smooth sailing from here. 





You’ve probably heard of Hvar before and for good reason—it is one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea with a rich history, great restaurants, and party spots known around the world. Use Hvar as an easy launch point for your trip and book a week with sailing companies such as Hvar Adventure or Hvar Boat Rent who can easily tailor your tour to your heart’s desire. Before you set sail, make sure to enjoy Hvar’s beauty and vibrant nightlife for a full 24 hours. Spend the afternoon at exclusive beach club Bonj Les Bains, which has chic all-white décor and exudes tranquil luxury. Enjoy dinner at modern Croatian restaurant Passarola, and then head out to the party place in Hvar, Carpe Diem. This island nightlife destination is only accessible by boat and attracts jet-setters around the world who dance until the sun comes up.   

Have you been to Croatia? Tell us which island was your favorite.