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Dubrovnik is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Photo: Shutterstock
Dubrovnik is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Photo: Shutterstock

Croatian sailor’s favorite islands

Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik sits proudly on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast from where a whole host of paradise-like islands can be reached. Here are Croatian sailor Gamuli’s favorites.

Mljet

Mljet is one of the largest islands close to Dubrovnik. Photo: ShutterstockOne of the largest of the islands close to Dubrovnik, Mljet’s southern tip is a designated national park. Fast catamarans come here several times a day. Mljet is a perfect destination for a day trip, although longer stays are recommended.

Hvar

Gamulin’s parents came from the town of Jelsa on Hvar and his dad learned to sail here. His forefathers, dating back to the 16th century, were fishermen here. It’s now a tourist magnet and a bit like Saint­Tropez, but there are still some stunningly beauti­ful unspoiled areas.

The Elaphite Islands

A group of 13 large and small islands, including Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. Small boats come here daily, but there are ­surprisingly few tourists, making these islands the perfect places to get away from it all.

Vis

In the communist years, Vis was closed to the outside world and home to a large military base. The beautiful island still feels isolated and wild with few hotels. The people here make good wine and high quality olive oil, infused with rosemary. 

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