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Croatian Islands – An Overview
Before you start deciding which island in Croatia is right for you and your family, you should be aware that there are several island groups in Croatia or clusters of islands around certain parts of the coast. If you’re planning on visiting a few islands on an island-hopping trip, you should consider planning your route around one island group.
Split to Dubrovnik archipelago – The most famous island group in Croatia, popular with island hoppers making their way slowly between the two cities. These islands are more familiar territory to tourists and easier to reach. These 10 islands include the Elafiti islands (a small island group just off Dubrovnik) and include the likes of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet – some of the most popular islands of Croatia for families.
The Kvarner Archipelago – The islands running from Kvarner to the South of the Adriatic sea. These 7 islands include the likes of Rab, Krk and Pag.
Zadar archipelago – Consists of hundreds of islands – some uninhabited off the coast of Zadar.
Sibenik Archipelago – 250 islands – 6 of which are inhabited.
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If you are looking for the best island to visit in Croatia with kids, Brac is the place to head! Located off the coast from Split, it’s very easy to visit with regular, fast ferries.
Brac is famous for its wines, stonemasonry and olives and during your visit, you should try to visit all these types of attractions which is easy to do. The main town, Bol, is very pretty with a great waterfront area and is also home to Stina Winery where you can sample the local drop.
Close to here is the best beach on the island, Zlatni Rat. Often appearing in lists of the best beaches in Europe, you won’t want to miss this. Located on a spit of land that stretches into the Hvar Channel, it has beaches on both sides and a pine grove. It’s a pretty sight and it’s fun to splash here with the kids. In summer, there is also an inflatable water park on the water.
We recommend staying at the Bluesun Hotel Elpahusa, which is just perfect for families. Located right between Bol and Zlatni Rat Beach, it’s a quick walk to either and this area is the best place to base yourself. There are rooms that work well for families and full board options. The best part, however, is all the facilities. There’s a big pool with a kids’ pool, gym, wellness centre, a kids mini club, kids’ mini discos, bars, restaurants, a bowling alley and more. It’s an easy place to hang with kids
By Sharon, Baby Journey
One of the most amazing islands to visit in Croatia with kids is for sure Dugi Otok – which is located in the heart of the country, precisely in the Zadar region and is well known as a place of peace and relaxation.
Dugi Otok is characterized by intact nature, authentic coastal towns and mind-blowing beautiful beaches. One of the most amazing beaches of this fabulous island is Sakarun Beach, a stunning white sandy beach with Caribbean-like flair, which is just perfect for families and their little ones. Several times this beach has been voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.
Another beach, that’s high up on our favourite island spots is the wonderful Veli Zal Beach. This one is still relatively untouched, and so there are no crowds, no bars or restaurants.
The absolute highlight and a real must-see place of the island is the Telascica National Park, where unspoilt nature, majestic cliffs and the Silver Lake Mir amaze its visitors. This wonderful place is perfect for walking in nature and exploring the high cliffs of the coast! Lovely to visit is here also the beautiful harbour of Sali. With its colourful houses it is really picturesque and a perfect place for having dinner.
Dugi Otok can be easily reached by ferry from Zadar which is located on the island. On the island, you will find plenty of private lovely family apartments that will guarantee a perfect stay!
By Martina & Jürgen, Places of Juma
If you’re looking for an unforgettable island in Croatia to visit with kids, it doesn’t get much better than Hvar island.
The island’s main port, Hvar Town, has been an up-and-coming destination for international travellers and families for a few years now, and it’s clear to see why. Hvar has amazing family-friendly resorts, plenty of history and some of the clearest blue sea you’ve ever seen!
To get to Hvar Town, you’ll have to get the ferry from Split, which takes just a little over 1 hour. Many people visit Hvar on a day trip from Split, but it’s just as popular with guests staying a few days there.
It’s possible to take your car on the ferry, and this is the best option if you’re wanting to take a family road trip around the island to get off the beaten path and have some beaches all to yourselves. If you’re using Hvar Town as a base, you can’t go wrong staying at Pharos Hvar Hotel, a family-friendly resort with a pool which is right on the beach!
On a visit to Hvar, you absolutely have to pack your swimsuit and towel, as it can get so hot in summer that taking a dip becomes a necessity!
By Ella, Many More Maps
Korcula Island is a perfect destination for families, and it is one of Croatia’s lesser-visited islands. It is easy to get to, accessible by road and a thirty-minute ferry ride from Orebic or by foot passenger catamaran from Split or Dubrovnik.
This unspoilt, diverse island offers hiking paths, cycling routes, vineyard tours as well as opportunities for adventurous activities such as canoeing, sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Families who like historical attractions will love Korcula Town, the largest town on the island. It is known as ‘Little Dubrovnik’ due to its medieval era walls and old town full of narrow winding lanes, flower-adorned balconies and pretty stone churches.
The best beaches on Korcula can be found on the south-east of the island at the charming village of Lumbarda. The beaches here are sandy (some of the only sandy beaches in Croatia) and the largest beach, Vela Przina, has a gently sloping incline into the Adriatic making it ideal for paddling children and young swimmers. Lumbarda is a fantastic base for a family holiday as the small, friendly village has good transport links to Korcula and offers summer visitors a weekly Farmers Market. Stay at the gorgeous, seafront Lumbarda Resort Apartments.
By Sinead, Map Made Memories
Krk is sharing the title of the biggest island in the Adriatic sea together with Cres. At almost 406 square kilometers surface and 220 kilometers of coastline, one can find a variety of spots that can satisfy different tastes. Island is located in the northern Adriatic inside Kvarner gulf between mainland accessible over the bridge and Cres and Rab islands connected with ferry lines. Also, there is an international airport on an island serving Rijeka on the mainland.
Enjoying the clear blue sea is the reason you are going to visit this island. The best places are Vela beach at Baška in the south-east, Krk city beach Porporela in the central part, Njivice beach on the north-west side or st. Marak beach at Risika on the east coast.
There are many different opportunities for accommodation, but for kids, camping can be an adventure by itself. It means more freedom, it is closer to nature, it has even cheaper prices. Among 25 Krks camping sites you can choose between big ones like Ježevac at Krk and one at Njivice city or boutique ones like Oliveto at Punat just for 30 people.
If your kids enjoy nature this island has one-third of the surface covered with woods and if you are up for hiking you can visit one of the hills that goes up to 550 meters. This place is great to explore on the bike. There are many different boat tours. I suggest one that will include visiting Košljun, a small island with a monastery.
By Džangir, Dr Jam Travels
Lokrum is an uninhabited island, with no cars, that is just 600m over the water from Dubrovnik which makes it easy day trip when visiting Dubrovnik with kids. When you or your kids get tired of the tourist sights and crowds of Dubrovnik. It’s easy to access with regular ferries from Dubrovnik Harbour and the trip taking about 15 minutes.
We visited on Lokrum on a road trip through Croatia and really enjoyed our day on the island.You’ll need to ferry back at the end of the day, though, as there are no hotels on the island
There are a few things that make a trip to Lokrum Island with kids perfect.
The first thing you can do upon arriving at Lokrum is to stroll through the Botanical Gardens. This is where we saw the most bunnies and peacocks, as well as some very interesting local plants.
Another location that’s well worth a visit is the ‘Dead Sea’ – an inland saltwater lake that is perfect for splashing around in and enjoying the afternoon sun. There are also lots of great little beaches around the edge of this tiny island. There is also a playground, and a few more sights to explore.
The grounds of the old Benedictine Monastery are also well worth a visit. It was inhabited by monks for hundreds of years but eventually abandoned. There is a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, a program which is obviously not suited to kids, but they still enjoyed the photos. Inside the ruins, you can even sit on the real Iron Throne from Game of Thrones
You can also hire bikes to explore the island together or enjoy lunch at the old friary restaurant in the shade of some ancient trees.
By Ben Reeve, TheSabbaticalguide.com and Nick Kembel, Spiritual Travels
The amazing Lopud Island belongs together with Koločep and Šipan to the few inhabited islands of the Elaphites. They are located in South Croatia, more precisely in the area around Dubrovnik. With a size of 4.63 km², it is not too big and hast the perfect size for a relaxed family holiday in Croatia. Only about 240 inhabitants live here, which gives the island a very rustic and idyllic atmosphere.
Famous is the island for its Sunj Beach, a beautiful fine sandy beach which is actually just perfect for families. Kids love to play in the sand and have fun inside the shallow sloping sea. Beautiful are also the many walking trails, leading over the island. Especially sportive ones enjoy these routes, where you can actually discover some old ruins and former attractions.
In the main village of Lopud is a very small supermarket, a few vacation apartments and a handful of restaurants. If you want to stay longer on the island, we recommend buying everything you need for your family already before in Dubrovnik.
The island advertises with more than 2,584 hours of sunshine per year – a real paradise for sun-hungry beach vacationers. In addition, there is freshwater here, which makes Lopud a really green dream island. In addition to countless trees, palm trees and shrubs, colourful flowers bloom here, and there is even a botanical garden.
By Martina & Jürgen, Places of Juma
The island of Mljet in Croatia is an ideal destination for families who love nature and outdoor adventures and are looking to escape the busy cities. Mljet offers relative peace and quiet, as 70% of the island is covered by pine forests and about a third of the island makes up Mljet National Park.
The island of Mljet can be reached from Dubrovnik by ferry, and a car rental is recommended as public transportation is quite limited.
Fun activities for families include kayaking, swimming, or snorkelling in the clear blue waters of the two connected salt lakes on the island. Families might also enjoy hiking along the coastline or cycling through the park, part of which is closed to vehicle traffic. Other activities, like windsurfing and diving, can also be arranged.
If your family is looking to relax at the beach, there are several smaller pebble beaches and swimming areas throughout the island, but the best beaches for families are at Saplunara, on the eastern side of Mljet. This sheltered bay offers sandy beaches, warm water, and sunshine throughout the day. Inside the National Park area, there are two saltwater lakes, and the smaller one, called ‘Malo Jezero’ is ideal for children.
Families can choose to stay in the small villages of Pomena and Polace, which are located in the parking area, and both offer amenities like restaurants, groceries, shops, and bicycle rentals. There are several options for holiday apartments and guesthouse rentals on the island and more limited options for hotels.
By Claire, ClairePins Travel
Sipan, also known as Sipano, is one of the 14 islands that are part of Elaphiti archipelago. Out of these 14, only three islands Sipan, Lopud and Kolecep are inhabited and are quite a popular choice of day trips from Dubrovnik.
Sipan is pronounced as shee-pan, the largest of the three Elaphiti islands is located 11 miles away from Dubrovnik. The island has two main villages – Sudurad, which is also the port and Sipanska Luka.
Sipan Island is one of the best places to experience laid back lifestyle and get away from the buzz of the city and its crowds. Being a car-free island, this is a great choice for families and kids to enjoy the tranquil waters or go on walks or do biking. Quiet bays, shallow waters, an array of cypress trees, orange lemon and fig trees, peppered with ancient ruins and churches – that’s Sipan for you!
For such a small island, there are a plethora of walking/hiking and biking routes to feed your thirst of adventure. Walk from Sudurad to Sipanska Luka is a good one, to begin with. Yet another impressive hike is from Sipanska Luka to Velji Vrh Hill, which offers amazing panoramic views. Alternatively, you can explore Prtusa Bay in the south or Danici bay in the north.
There are frequent ferry services from Dubrovnik to Sipan and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.
By Anuradha, Country Hopping Couple
With history hidden around every corner, Trogir, Croatia, is one of the best islands to visit in Croatia with kids. This historic town is located in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. First built by the Ancient Greeks, and then a long history of being ruled by the Venetians, the city has become added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Medieval architecture.
While there are no beaches on the actual island, there are so many other things to do in Trogir. It’s a great idea to take a walking tour of the city with a local guide when you arrive. You and your kids learn about the history and can ask questions about the historical sights on every corner.
The centre of the city houses many of the most famous historical sites. The Town Loggia and St. Sebastian’s Church sits across from the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. The entrance to the Cathedral is a masterpiece all on its own, having been sculpted by a Trogir artist in the 1200s. Then, climb the Town Clock Tower to take in the gorgeous panoramic views. In the evening, make sure to walk along the promenade and witness a different city view from the tower at Kamerlengo Castle, the city’s ancient fortress.
By Lyndsay, Purposely Lost
The remotest of all the islands in Croatia – Vis island has so much to see and do for families. It’s one Croatian island that offers so much beyond beaches. The island is brimming with historical, cultural, and natural attractions.
From British to Venetians to Ottomans to Italians to Yugoslavs – varied rulers left their marks on the island. The ancient monuments in the town of Vis tell the story of the past. Witnessing the churches, fortresses, and museums is like walking back in time. Vis Military Tour gives you an insight into how the Yugoslav army used the island as their base.
Komiža, a quaint historic fishing village on the island of Vis, is also worth a visit. The places to explore in Komiza are St. Nicholas Monastery, Our Lady of the Pirates church, and Komiza Fortress.
You can’t visit Komiza and not take a boat tour to Biševo, home to one of the unique natural wonders, the Blue Cave.
There are quite a few beautiful beaches on Vis island. Stiniva, Srebrna, and Stončica are our favourites.
With pure waters and rocky shores, Srebrna is the most common choice for families with children. The shallow waters of Stončica make it easy for kids to swim.
Kut is one of the most desirable places to stay in Vis for families. Hotel San Giorgio is a family-run family-friendly property in Kut. We stayed in an Airbnb in Marine Zemlje, which is halfway between Vis and Komiza.
By Anjali of Travel Melodies
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Flights: I filter the cheapest flights on Skyscanner. If you’re travelling with kids, its best to book a direct flight even if it means travelling to an airport a little further away. Larger airports mostly have cheaper flight deals. View the latest flight deals for your dates here.
Accommodation: When booking a trip, I like to use Lastminute.com to filter out the lowest priced accommodation that suits our needs. Make sure you double-check in the ‘property policies’ section that cots are provided if applicable. You should also check at which age the property considers children as adults. I also check Airbnb for unique stays. Airbnb accommodation often has added extras such as washing machines and larger living spaces.
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