Just in case you don’t know where to spend your next holiday
It seems we cannot go a week without finding Croatia on one of the “best of” lists and all we can say is – keep them coming!
This time, Huffington Post’s Mark Hodson decided to share his top 12 Secret Island Hideaways in Europe and 3 Croatian islands made the cut. And no, it’s not Corfu, Ibiza or Hvar and Brač when it comes to Croatia, this time, all the attention was given to small, secluded and often neglected jewels in Europe, all giving you the perfect excuse to brag about them to your friends when you get back home from a paradise your friends have never heard of.
So, along with Amorgos, Kastellorizo, Alonissos in Greece, Pantelleria, Filicudi and San Domino in Italy, La Graciosa and Cies islands in Spain, and Santa Maria in Portugal, Mark Hodson recommends three stunning Croatian islands: Lošinj, Sveti Klement and Šipan.
Here’s what he had to say about each of them:
Sveti Klement, Croatia
Twenty minutes by boat from the glittering island of Hvar, Sveti Klement provides an ideal contrast to its glamorous big sister. There’s just one hotel on the island – the family-owned Palmizana, which has gorgeous gardens, simple but comfortable rooms and two restaurants – Palmizana Meneghello and Toto’s Beach Restaurant – both serving up fresh fish and traditional Croat dishes. The business has been in the same family for more than 100 years, creating a unique atmosphere. If it feels a little too remote, stay on Hvar and hop across by boat
Famous for the green hills that ripple away from its sparking coastline, Losinj has an agreeably bustling feel without losing any of its traditional Croatian charm. Stay in Cikat Bay, which has a long sandy beach and reliable breezes that make it great for wind or kite-surfers. The nearby port of Mali Losinj – the main town on the island – has one of the most picturesque harbors in the whole of the Med, with verdant islands stretching out towards the horizon.
The largest of the Elaphiti islands, just eleven miles from Dubrovnik, Sipan retains an air of faded glamour, dating back to the 16th century when wealthy Dubrovnik families built vacation houses on the island. There are wonderful beaches, while inland the hills are thick with vineyards, olive and citrus groves and a few sleepy villages. The pretty town of Sipanska Luka has a traditional Dalmatian feel, with terracotta roofed houses, marble streets and some great fish konobas (the Croatian equivalent of tavernas).