10 Remote Croatian Islands You Need To Explore

Check out the list if you’re looking for a peaceful summer vacation

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If you’re still looking to spend the remaining days of summer in Croatia, we prepared a list with some secluded locations for holiday time that are usually not placed at the top of tourist spots lists. Croatian coast does have a lot of buzzing, tourist-filled places like Split, Dubrovnik or Zadar, so if you’re looking to get away from the noise, these spots are a true peace oasis.

1. Lastovo

Lastovo municipality is a name for a group of 46 islands with a total population of 792 people. The biggest island and its biggest town are also called Lastovo. The island is famous for its 15th and 16th century Venetian architecture since it was under Venetian rule at one point. Beautiful scenery, clean waters and an area that is 70% forest is what attracts tourists each season, so the Croatian Government made the island and its archipelago a nature park in 2006. You can get to Lastovo from Split or Dubrovnik by ferry, while the journey takes around 4 hours.

2. Silba

Silba is a small island in the northern Dalmatia region. It’s official population is 292, but the number varies depending on the season. Traffic is not allowed on the island so the whole area is a big pedestrian zone. Silba is famous for its numerous small beaches and coves. A great thing about Silba is that no matter where you stand in the village, it only takes around 10 min or less to walk to the nearest beach.

3. Iž

Iž is a small island near Zadar with a population of 615. The island has been settled since prehistoric times and there is a Catholic church dating from the 11th century. The records of the first Croatian settlers date from the year 1266. Main activities are sailing, fishing, olive cultivation and pottery. There are 13 very small uninhabited islands surrounding Iž open for exploration.

4. Šćedro

Šćedro is an island located off the south coast of the more popular island of Hvar, Croatia. Currently, its population is around 30. The land on the island is very fertile and was used to grow grain. There was a Dominican monastery founded in 1465, but it was abandoned in the 18th century. Today, the island is protected as a nature park.

5. Susak

The island is geologically different from other Croatian islands in that it is mostly formed of fine sand laid on a limestone rock base. Since its location is pretty far from mainland, and many cultures have governed and left a mark on the island, the people from Susak have many unique traditions. Some traditions are exclusively the island’s own (such as language and unique clothing). Other traditions, such as cuisine, are a blend of the diverse customs from southern and central Europe.

6. Palagruža

Palagruža is the most remote Croatian island. For the most part, it is uninhabited, except for the lighthouse staff and occasional summer tourists. It can be reached by a motor-boat, requiring a journey of two to three hours from the island of Korčula. Since Palagruža is surrounded by dangerous waters, the landing can be difficult. Ecologically, Palagruža is unique to Croatia because it contains many endemic flora specimens. Excavations show that the island was inhabited in prehistoric times with findings being mainly neolithic-dated weaponry and Greek pottery remnants dating back to 500 BC.

7. Vele Srakane

Vele Srakane and Male Srakane are two islands located near Lošinj. Even though the island at one point in 1931 had a population of almost 200, today it has 3 inhabitants. The island has a small church and there are no cars, shops and running water. However, electricity is available. Its harbor is two concrete piers unsuitable for longer containment, and the coast contains numerous reefs, meaning the boats need to be grounded rather than anchored. On Vela Straža, there are remnants of a prehistoric settlement.

8. Sušac

Sušac is a small, remote island in the Adriatic Sea. The island features a 19th-century lighthouse and a little lake, which is connected to the sea through a siphon 15 meters deep. There is archaeological data that shows Illyrians inhabited the island in prehistoric times, however, the island is uninhabited today. Throughout its modern history, it never had more than 24 inhabitants. If you decide to visit Sušac, it’s possible to stay in its lighthouse, just like in Palagruža.

9. Biševo

Biševo is a small island in the Adriatic Sea. It is situated 5 km southwest of the Island of Vis and has a population of 15. A Benedictine monastery was founded on Biševo in 1050 but it was deserted two centuries later because of the danger of pirates. Its main attraction is the Porat beach and the Blue Cave located on the eastern side of the island. The Blue Cave is one of the most important attractions of the Adriatic. The cave can only be accessed by boat, via a steep entrance.

10. Žirje

Žirje is an island situated in the Šibenik archipelago, also the most distant permanently inhabited island in the Šibenik archipelago. It has a population of 103 and its main industries are goods such as grapes, olives, plums, figs and sour cherries and fishing. The island has remnants of various fortresses and walls built by Byzantine emperors, Austro-Hungarian empire and Italy since it has a strategic position. It is accessible by ferry from Šibenik.

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