Eight Hidden Destinations On A Croatia Small Ship Cruise

Set sail on a small ship cruise and discover spectacular hidden destinations in Croatia. Whilst you can easily enjoy a relaxing and entertaining holiday visiting some of Croatia’s most popular beautiful cities and charming towns, nothing beats escaping to an idyllic island retreat. On a small ship cruise you can directly access destinations that larger ships can’t quite reach.

Join our exclusive island-hopping guided tours and discover scenic beauty spots, tranquil coves and bays, and enchanting hideaways and havens on an unforgettable holiday. Breathtaking picturesque views come as standard.

Vis

Croatia’s furthermost island is situated a stone’s throw from the coast of Italy. Due to its remote location Vis Island was used as a Yugoslav naval base during WWII and was strictly off limits. As you have to travel a little further to enjoy the tranquillity and unspoilt beauty, Vis is less crowded than Croatia’s larger archipelago islands. However, since starring as a refashioned Greek isle in the hit movie Mamma Mia 2, visitors to Vis are fast growing in numbers. Vis Town boasts delightful Venetian architecture and the freshest seafood dishes. Relax on Stiniva beach and enjoy spectacular sunset views of Italy across Komiža Bay, from the summit of Mount Hum.

Rab

Situated in the Kvarner Gulf, behind the Istria Peninsula, Rab Island has long been a popular royal holiday destination. In 1936, King Edward VIII whisked away his married lover for a romantic tryst on the beautiful island of Rab. The island’s landscape features traditional whitewashed buildings with terracotta rooftops and elevated bell towers that dominate the skyline. Ancient medieval walls encircle the historic Rab Town and the Romanesque Cathedral, monastery and churches that feature the town’s four prominent bell towers. The 150 km stretch of hiking and biking trails lead you to secluded nature spots from where you can enjoy glorious views.

Lošinj

Well known for its lush green hills, stunning bays and natural harbour, Lošinj Island is both tranquil and scenic. The island is located in the northern region of the Adriatic Sea and is home to the popular tourist resort of Mali Losinj. The island’s indented coastline and landscape are studded with fragrant centuries-old pine trees and endemic plant species. Stunning vistas of the tamed wilderness, and the Lošinj and Cres archipelago, are yours to enjoy from the top of St Ivan Mt. To get away from the crowds, head for Cikat Bay and relax on the beach or enjoy windsurfing and other watersports activities.

Hidden Destinations on a Croatia Small Ship Cruise
Mljet, Croatia Small Ship Cruise

Mljet

Mljet Island is one of Dalmatia’s larger islands and is also Croatia’s greenest. The sandy shoreline is enveloped by lush Mediterranean vegetation. Situated on the west part of the island is the magnificent top tourist attraction of Mljet National Park, which features the famous saltwater lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. St Mary’s Island is a picturesque fairytale islet situated in a tranquil corner of the large (Veliko Jezero) lake. Enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking in the National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also hire a bike and explore the 43 km road that crosses the entire island.

Skradin

The quaint little town of Skradin is conveniently situated within close proximity of Krka National Park, and is therefore often visited by island-hopping day-trippers. The Šibenik-Knin county town boasts one of Croatia’s oldest settlements and also has a beautiful protected marina, and landscape that is embellished with rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards. Take a leisurely stroll along the narrow cobbled streets and discover the historic 18th century landmark attraction of the Church of Our Lady. Explore the medieval Fortress of Turina and visit the Skradin Town Museum. If you love fine wine, a tasting tour of the famous Bibich winery is not to be missed.

Sibenik, Croatia Small Ship Cruise
Mali Ston, Croatia Cruises

Ston

Located in the heart of the Peljesac Peninsula, Ston is a well-preserved town that is famous for its salt works and seafood. The town is surrounded by ancient stone walls that are much longer than the protective structure that encircles the city of Dubrovnik. It’s a fact that Ston’s 14th century defensive walls are the longest in all of Europe! The salt works of Ston were established in the 13th century and still produce salt in the traditional way. During the summer you can have a go at harvesting. To dine on the Catch of the Day oysters and mussels, visit the quaint village of Mali Ston, which is linked to Ston by the historic Walls of Ston.

Stari Grad, Hvar

Hvar Island’s Stari Grad was originally founded by the ancient Greeks and is one of Europe’s oldest towns. The charming pedestrian-only town was once the island’s capital and features a stunning protected bay. There are no crowded beaches or streets packed with cafes, shops and restaurants here. Instead you can meander through the peaceful ancient streets and squares and discover hidden gems at your own pace. Visit the Stari Grad Museum and admire the collection of historic archaeological artefacts that date back to the 5th-8th centuries BC. St Stephen’s Church, and its separate bell tower, is another popular local attraction to add to your sightseeing itinerary.

Šibenik

Founded over 1000 years ago, Šibenik is affectionately known as the gateway to the Kornati Islands, and the national parks of Krka and Kornati. The Dalmatia city boasts many fine examples of historic landmarks and distinctive architecture, and also stunning views from its beautiful bay. St James’ Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region, and is made entirely from the iconic white stone that is quarried on neighbouring Korčula and Brač islands. Visit the enchanting Medieval Monastery Mediterranean Garden to admire the award-winning formal garden layout designed by landscape artist Dragutin Kis. Wander through the narrow backstreets and alleyways to discover hidden gems like the 17th century Rector’s Palace, which is now home to the Šibenik City Museum. From the top of St Michael’s Fortress you can enjoy fabulous panoramic vistas of the ancient city and Krk River.

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