We will begin the story about the islands with the Brijuni islands.
These fourteen islands are situated between Pula and Rovinj. Brijuni offer shade in the rich evergreen vegetation, pheasants, deer and doe that roam freely all over the island and the peace and quiet of the holm oak and a hundred-year old olive groves.
The next to mention is golden or green Krk, divided from the mainland by the sea, still connected to it by a bridge, its town Punat with the largest marina on the Adriatic.
Cres and Lošinj were once connected by a channel, which was dug up by the Romans, but are now apart. The northern part of Cres is exposed to strong gusts of gale, so that sometimes its peaks are white from the foam of the sea. The climate of Losinj is pleasant and it is both a holiday and a health resort.
Of 1185 islands and cliffs scattered along the Adriatic coast, consisting of hard, sharp rocks and a fist full of soil, Susak is one of the rare islands that nature created from sand. There are 20 million meters of sand, which gives a specific flavor to the wine produced on Susak.
In 1889, the local council proclaimed Rab a bathing-place and health resort. The British King, Edward VIII especially encouraged tourism on Rab when he stayed there with his great love, the American Wallis Simpson.
Pag is an island full of mythical olive groves, rich in sea salt, famous for its lace, cheese, sheep’s milk, live oil and what more do you need? Perhaps this: a part of Pag with its specific relief resembles the surface of the moon.
Moving along to the middle-Adriatic islands like: Olib, Silba, Premuda, Vir, Dugi Otok, Lovrada, Ugljan and Pašman, you notice immediately that you have left the everyday problems and bounds of society far behind you. These islands will become your dream, the islands of fishermen, farmers, beautiful secluded beaches, many tourist objects and still preserved nature.
Kornati islands consist of 140 islands, islets and reefs. There are many fisherman villages which are periodically inhabited on the islands. Kornati are especially interesting for navigators.
Murter is connected to the mainland by a bridge only 12 meters long. This is an island of fishermen, olive growers and ship builders.
Žirje, Prvić, Zlarin, Obonjan, Kaprije, Krapanj – all belong to Šibenik archipelago; famous for many beautiful beaches, great fishing-grounds and many coves for navigators.
The island of Brač, the highest and by size the third largest island in the Adriatic is covered with pine woods, vineyards and olive groves. The world famous stone from Brač has been used in the construction of many important buildings (e.g. The White House in Washington DC).
Hvar, the longest island of the Adriatic is an island of vineyards, olive groves and lavender. The island is surrounded by the crystal sea, many springs of water and the largest number of sunny hours. Hvar is, no doubt , an exceptional island, a pleasant winter and summer resort with a mild climate and rich subtropical vegetation. Pakleni otoci are especially interesting group of islands with pebbly, sandy and mostly nudist beaches and a rocky sea bottom, perfect for spear fishing.
The island Šolta has completely different vegetation, rather poor with a steep and well-indented coast with Maslenica, main harbor and anchorage for small boats.
Far from the mainland and its worries is the island Vis, rich in palm trees, known for its sailors, fishermen, beautiful nature and diverse tourist offer.
Southwest is the island Biševo, famous for its cave ‘Modra špilja’ that stands out with above-sea level and below-sea level entrance.
The Vis archipelago includes the islands Svetac (Sveti Andrija), Jabuka, Brusnik and the islands of Palagruza. Although it’s formally known as a peninsula, Pelješac is indeed like an island, separated from Korcula by a narrow channel.
Ston and Mali Ston are picturesque towns famous for oysters and wines: Postup and Dingač from the Mali Ston bay are famous all over these parts.
Korčula is an island with many legends and monuments and along with Lokrum and Mljet the Croatian island most covered with forests. Marco Polo, the famous traveler and travel book writer is believed to have been born on Korcula. This is an island with many known towns: Korcula, Lumbarda and Vela Luka.
Far away out in the open sea is the island Lastovo with an indented pebble coast with sandy beaches and a few islands on the west and east coast.
Alongside Pelješac there is a woodsy island of Mljet. Because of its thick alpine and stone pine, karst caves, two picturesque lakes connected by the sea, many sandy and pebble beaches, many fishing-grounds rich in fish and lobsters, the western part of the island has been proclaimed a national park.
Not many people can determine the color of the Adriatic sea. Sometimes it’s dark blue, sometimes greenish-blue. The fact is that the sea, depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun rays overflows into a thousands nuances.