The first association on Croatia to most people is the beautiful sea and islands. It is not surprising if you know that this beautiful country has over 1000 islands. Only 47 islands are inhabited, some of them are inhabited with only few families. Every island has its story, tradition and even the dialect is very different on neighborhood islands. The islander’s life is not easy; the isolation from mainland can be a big problem, especially out of season. However these people live for their island and they are very happy, live longer, don’t have so much pressure and enjoy their life in beautiful surrounding without chimneys, traffic jams and hurry.
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Croatian islands can provide great holiday to everyone, from families to party animals. Easy to find a place for relaxation as well as a good party. Pristine nature stood preserved even the tourist boom is larger every year. The rich history and UNESCO protected cities and culture heritages will attract people who love to meet the history of the country they visit. The stone houses and simply beautiful town squares provide great atmosphere for drinking coffee or a glass of fine local wine.
Croatian cuisine will satisfy even the most demanding guest. The pleasant mixture of different cultures made a great fusion in preparing food. Seafood lovers will be thrilled with grilled fish, octopus peka, scampi and lobster. Meat lovers will enjoy in Pasticada stew with homemade gnocchi and in lamb and veal. Vegetarians will try great cooked, grilled and row prepared vegetables. Be sure to try Croatian wines, combine great red Plavac Mali or Teran with meat dish and white wines Posip, Malvasia and Rukatac with fish dishes. Try Croatian dessert Rosata with glass of fine Traminac sweet white wine.
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For people who want to explore the islands, the best way is to rent a yacht. In one week tour is possible to visit 5-6 bigger islands and to visit few inhabited islands for daily swimming and relaxing. A combination of sailing and exploring islands inland is a jack pot what you can get. From enjoying in sun, secluded bays and clear blue water to exploring history, local culture and cuisine and to see what the life of islanders look like. The olive tree and wine grows exist on islands since the old Greeks came to Croatian coast, 2400 years ago. The smell of lavender and aromatic herbs spreads through the islands, especially on lavender island- island of Hvar.
Before exploring the islands it is necessary to choose a route you would like to go. For nature lovers who want a peace and quiet atmosphere without crowd, north Adriatic route and North Dalmatia route are great choice. The north Adriatic islands Cres, Losinj, Rab and Losinj are bigger and great for exploring history and for getting supplies. Islands Silba, Olib; Susak and Premuda are car-free and will provide truly break from everyday life. The North Dalmatia route includes Zadar town – the town with famous sunset and Sea organs, the Kornati archipelago and national park and Krka national park. Great for relaxing, diving and sailing. The Centeral Dalmatia route is most popular and includes most famous and vivid islands such as Hvar, Pakleni islands, Brac, Vis, Solta. This route is great for exploring history, gourmet and wine tours, also great for party, but if you want peace it is more difficult to find secluded bays in a peak of season. Many celebrities love to cruise around these islands with their yachts and mega yachts. Also the adrenaline water sports are very popular on these islands. The South Dalmatia route starts from Croatian queen- Dubrovnik town and includes islands of Sipan, Jakljan,Mljet, Korcula, Lastovo and Peninsula Peljesac. Great for relaxing, exploring history, diving, hiking.
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To some people is enough to explore one or two islands and some love to explore more. However choose what you think it would be the best for you. And take as much as you can get from this amazing land!