Luxury Villas in the Dalmatian Islands

Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Islands are a cluster of sun-kissed paradises nestled along the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea. Among the principal jewels are Hvar, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, historical charm, and lavender fields; Korčula, a picturesque island boasting medieval architecture and reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo; and Brac, famed for its stunning Zlatni Rat beach and ancient olive groves.

Venturing beyond these mainstays, discover the allure of Pag, where stark lunar landscapes meet a rich cultural heritage, and Solta, a tranquil retreat with secluded coves and olive groves. For a taste of authentic island life, explore Ugljan and Pašman, linked by a bridge and offering pristine beaches and hiking trails amidst lush Mediterranean vegetation. Finally, indulge in the timeless beauty of Vis, a secluded island steeped in history, with secluded beaches, charming fishing villages, and the mesmerizing Blue Cave.

Each island in this archipelago promises a unique blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and Mediterranean charm, inviting travellers to embark on an unforgettable journey along the Croatian coast. Check out our luxury villas in the Dalmatian Islands and book your very own private paradise.

Why visit?

  • This cluster of sun-kissed paradises nestled along the crystalline waters of the Croatian coast offer breathtaking landscapes, from the rugged coastline and turquoise waters to lush olive groves and vineyards.
  • Each island is steeped in history, with ancient ruins, medieval towns, and charming villages waiting to be explored. From Hvar's Venetian architecture to Korčula's well-preserved Old Town and Vis's military heritage, there's something to fascinate every history enthusiast.
  • Whether it's savouring fresh seafood in a traditional konoba, participating in local festivals, or simply basking in the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle, the Dalmatian Islands offer authentic experiences that immerse visitors in the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

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Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked luxury villas in the Dalmatian Islands have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking homes in the Dalmatian Islands that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations.

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When to visit the Dalmatian Islands

The Dalmatian Islands beckon travellers year-round with their captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage. The best time to visit largely depends on your preferences, but generally, the summer months from June to August are the most popular due to warm temperatures and lively atmosphere. However, for a quieter experience with milder weather, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring (April to May) or autumn (September to October).

Throughout the year, the islands host a variety of annual events and festivals that showcase local traditions and flavours. In summer, don't miss the Split Summer Festival in July and August, featuring music, theatre, and dance performances in the historic city of Split. Additionally, numerous local celebrations, such as the Fishermen's Nights and wine festivals, offer a glimpse into Dalmatian culture and culinary delights.

Things to do in the Dalmatian Islands

A visit to these characterful islands means you’re in for a diverse experience. Explore Hvar's historic streets and vibrant nightlife, then relax on its stunning beaches. On Brac, visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach and marvel at the ancient stone quarries.

Korcula beckons with its medieval charm and legendary history as the birthplace of Marco Polo, meanwhile, Pag offers a unique landscape of rocky terrain and salt pans, renowned for its distinct sheep's cheese and lacework. Indulge in local delicacies, from fresh seafood to traditional pastries, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of these captivating Dalmatian islands. You’re guaranteed to want to come back year after year.

Food & drink in the Dalmatian Islands

You guessed it - seafood takes centre stage in island cuisine with freshly caught fish, octopus, and shellfish often grilled to perfection and served with local olive oil, aromatic herbs, and garlic.

Traditional dishes like black risotto, made with cuttlefish ink, and brudet, a rich fish stew, showcase the abundance of the Adriatic Sea. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and cured meats add depth to the gastronomic offerings. Pair these delectable dishes with renowned Dalmatian wines, such as Plavac Mali and Pošip, or indulge in a glass of rakija, a potent fruit brandy enjoyed as a digestif.

For something sweet, fritule are small, deep-fried doughnuts or fritters that are traditionally enjoyed during festive occasions like Christmas and Carnival season. Dining in the Dalmatian Islands is a celebration of fresh, flavourful ingredients and centuries-old culinary traditions.

Croatian Fritule

Why it’s perfect for a getaway:

Great for babies: The calm and shallow waters of many beaches in the Dalmatian Islands make them perfect for babies to splash and play safely.

Great for kids: The islands offer a wide range of family-friendly activities, including boat trips to explore hidden caves and snorkelling adventures to discover colourful marine life.

Great for teens: Teens can enjoy thrilling water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, and jet skiing, as well as exploring ancient ruins and historic towns for a mix of adventure and cultural experiences.

Top tips

  • Summers boast temperatures averaging 25-30°C (77-86°F), ideal for beach activities and outdoor exploration.
  • Venture off the beaten path to discover quaint fishing villages, secluded beaches, and authentic local experiences, like sampling fresh seafood at a family-run tavern and hiking along scenic coastal trails.

What Oliver Loves

These islands offer a remarkable juxtaposition of ancient history and contemporary charm, where medieval fortresses stand against a backdrop of azure waters and sun-kissed beaches.

Best beaches in the Dalmatian Islands

From the iconic Zlatni Rat Beach on Brac to the secluded coves of Vis, each beach offers its own unique charm. With crystal-clear turquoise waters, soft sandy shores, and rugged cliffs, these beaches provide idyllic settings for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty and steeped in history and culture, these beaches are the perfect destination for a relaxing seaside getaway in Croatia.

Renowned for its distinctive shape and crystal-clear waters, Zlatni Rat offers excellent windsurfing conditions and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Often described as a "Golden Horn" this stunning beach extends like a narrow tongue into the sea, shifting its shape and direction depending on the wind and tides.

Accessible only by boat or a challenging hike, Stiniva Beach is tucked into a stunning cove with turquoise waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

With its pebble shore and azure sea, Dubovica Beach is surrounded by picturesque cliffs and boasts a charming stone house, providing a serene setting for relaxation.

Nestled within a protected bay on the island of Mljet, Saplunara Beach offers a tranquil escape with its soft sandy shores and shallow turquoise waters, perfect for families.

A hidden gem on Brac Island, Lovrecina Beach features a sandy shoreline framed by pine trees and archaeological ruins, making it an idyllic spot for a peaceful day by the sea.

Located on Ugljan and Pasman’s neighbouring island of Dugi Otok, Sakarun Beach boasts pristine white sands and turquoise waters, making it a paradise for sunbathers and swimmers alike.

Towns and villages in the Dalmatian Islands

Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore the enchanting towns and villages scattered across the Dalmatian Islands. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Stari Grad, where ancient streets lead to hidden squares filled with local charm. Wander through the winding lanes of Supetar, where centuries-old churches stand amidst modern cafes and shops.

Experience the timeless beauty of Jelsa, nestled between verdant vineyards and azure seas, offering a serene escape from the bustle of modern life. With each destination offering its own unique blend of history, culture, and natural splendour, the Dalmatian Islands promise endless excitement and adventure for all who visit.

One of the highlights of Solta is its stunning natural beauty, characterized by secluded coves, olive groves, and vineyards. Visitors can explore charming fishing villages like Maslinica, with its picturesque harbour and historic castle, or Stomorska, known for its authentic atmosphere and traditional stone houses.

Hvar Town on Hvar Island is a picturesque destination known for its historic architecture, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful beaches. Explore landmarks like the 13th-century Hvar Fortress, stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade, and enjoy watersports and sunbathing on nearby beaches.

Korcula Town, located on Korcula Island, is a charming medieval town surrounded by ancient walls and fortified towers. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, visit historic sites like the Cathedral of St. Mark, and enjoy local cuisine at waterfront restaurants.

This laid-back fishing village with a rich history dating back to ancient times and is home to landmarks such as the British Fort George. Enjoy secluded beaches like Stiniva Cove, and dine at waterfront tavernas serving fresh seafood.

Bol is famous for its stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach, a unique spit of land that changes shape with the tide and wind. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, windsurfing, and other watersports at Zlatni Rat, explore the charming town centre and visit historic sites like the Dominican Monastery.

Supetar is the main town on Brac Island, offering a more laid-back atmosphere compared to Bol. Stroll along the waterfront promenade, visit cultural attractions like the Parish Church of Mary's Annunciation, and relax on nearby beaches where the water gently laps the shore.

Stari Grad on Hvar Island is one of the oldest towns in Croatia, known for its well-preserved historic centre and picturesque surroundings. Visit cultural sites like the Dominican Monastery, explore ancient ruins and enjoy hiking and cycling in the scenic countryside.

Dalmatian Islands travel: Getting there and around

Split Airport is the primary gateway to the central Dalmatian region, including popular destinations like Split, Hvar, Brac, and Vis, whereas Dubrovnik Airport serves the southern Dalmatian coast, including the city of Dubrovnik and nearby islands like Korcula and Mljet. Flights from the UK take roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes.

By Car:

Renting a car is a convenient way to explore the Dalmatian Islands, especially if you want to visit multiple islands or explore remote areas. Most of the larger islands like Hvar, Brac, and Korcula have well-maintained road networks, but keep in mind that some smaller islands might have narrower roads or limited accessibility. Ferries and car ferries operate between the islands and the mainland, allowing you to bring your car along for the journey.

By Boat:

Boating is one of the most popular ways to get around the Dalmatian Islands, offering stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the coastline. Regular ferry services connect the major islands with each other and the mainland, operated by Jadrolinija and other local companies.
Private boat rentals and organised boat tours are also available, allowing you to explore secluded beaches, hidden coves, and picturesque islands at your own pace.

By Public Transport:

Public transport options like buses and catamarans are available on some of the larger islands, providing connections between towns and villages. Bus services are generally reliable and affordable, but schedules may be less frequent on smaller islands or during the off-peak season.
Catamarans offer faster connections between islands and the mainland, with services operated by companies like Krilo and Kapetan Luka.

By Bike:

Cycling is a popular way to explore the Dalmatian Islands. Many islands have designated cycling routes and trails, ranging from easy coastal paths to more challenging mountain tracks. Keep in mind that some islands may have hilly terrain or narrow roads, so be prepared for varying levels of difficulty depending on your route.

By Foot:

Exploring the Dalmatian Islands on foot is a fantastic way to discover their natural beauty, charming villages, and historical sites. Many islands have well-marked hiking trails and walking paths, ranging from short coastal strolls to longer treks through scenic landscapes.
Don't miss the opportunity to hike to viewpoints, ancient ruins, and hidden beaches for breathtaking panoramic views and memorable experiences.

Top Tips

  • Try island hopping by kayak. Many tour operators offer guided kayak tours, ranging from short excursions to multi-day adventures, providing you with an unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty of the islands.
  • For a truly personalized and luxurious island-hopping experience, consider chartering a private boat. This option allows you to customise your itinerary, visit remote islands, and discover lesser-known attractions away from the crowds.

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