The Adriatic coast of Croatia is sun-drenched and stunning. There are more than 1,000 islands, each with its own character and terrain. Plentiful sunshine year-round makes island hopping a pastime on the Dalmatian coast. Some host buzzing resorts, while others are beautifully serene.

Glitz and glam abound on the island of Hvar. Swanky hotels and stylish restaurants are the place to people watch. Yachts glide through the tranquil waters in the shadow of a medieval castle. The castle has passed hands between the Byzantines, Venetians, and Austrians. From up top see the azure sea, green islands of Pakleni, and red roofs of the charming town below. See the collection of ancient Roman jars, discovered in a seabed. Vineyards and fragrant lavender fields dot the island.

The island of Korcula is covered in pines, olive groves, and cypress trees. When the Greeks first arrived, they were astounded by the dense, dark forests. Splash along the gentle surf on the sandy beaches of the southern coast. The small town of Korcula is surrounded by medieval walls and defensive towers. Explore the galleries and museums and learn about the history of shipbuilding, music, and writing of this rich cultural landscape. It is believed that world explorer Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, was born in this charming place. The narrow stone lanes and St. Mark’s Square invite you to spend the day getting lost or sipping on a glass of crisp, white wine. Bicycle around to explore the bays and coves.

Stroll along Mljet National Park and climb to the top of the hills to enjoy the views. Take a dip in one of the two salt lakes, and savor goat cheese. Further north, Krk Island is Croatia’s largest. The 13th century Frankopan castle and the cathedral watch over the white boats floating on the glassy, turquoise sea. The pebbles on the beaches are small and round enough to feel soft, giving your foot a natural massage.

The many islands along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia make for varied vacations. A lazy and languid pace takes hold on the Elafiti Islands, where you’ll find the 15th century Church of St. Nicholas, the saint of sailors. The white stone on the island of Brac is world renowned. Mother nature generously gave Brac orchards of olives, figs, and cherries too. Secluded bays make the island of Vis the place for romance. Old fishing boats bob on the emerald waters while snorkelers discover the turtles and dolphins below.