Location - Surround attractions - Islands

Island Brač, visible from the terraces of BelEtage, lies south of Split. With the dense pine forests amidst which lovely vineyards and olive groves have been developed Brač has become a very popular international holiday resort. Along with untouched nature, countless bays also offers historical- cultural heritage. The beach “Zlatni rat” in Bol is definitely one of the most famous Croatian beaches, a shingle cape of several hundred meters developed straight into the sea.
This island is often voted among the ten most beautiful islands of the world. This is the island of lavender, olive groves and vineyards. The largest town on the island, the town Hvar is often called the Croatian St. Tropez. On a romantic evening stroll along the town waterfront, decorated with a row of palm trees, one can enjoy the sound of the Adriatic and the views on countless, luxurious yachts that berth in the port of Hvar. Who knows, you might even see a celebrity or two here, like Sharon Stone, Tom Cruise or Stephanie of Monaco.
Vis Stiniva
Vis is the farthest located island from the Croatian mainland. Because of this strategic location, it was used as a military base for a long period of time, to be opened for foreigners only twenty years ago. On the island are two larger settlements, the main island town Vis and the fisher town Komiža. The Blue cave, on the adjacent island Biševo is a magnet for many tourists who come to enjoy the unique, almost turquoise water color of the sea, created by breaking of the sun rays in this cave, thus representing a true natural phenomena.
Between pine forests, olive groves, figs, vineyards , lavender and cypresses one finds rosemary and sage, growing along with many other herbs. Picturesque bays with small islets, crystal clear sea water, small fisher villages and the famous , golden honey produced on the island made Šolta a destination port for Roman commercial ships in the time of the emperor Diocletian. The main towns on this island are Maslinica, Rogač, Nečujam and Stomorska and the villages Donje Selo; Srednje Selo and Gornje Selo. The main town of the island is Grohote.
The island Korčula, with 48 km length and 8 km width is also known as the „green island“ because of the dense vegetation covering the island and creating the feeling of a jungle. This is also the birth place of Marco Polo. Today, some 1700 inhabitants live on the island, mainly of tourism, vineyards and olives. The largest island town – the “black Korčula” , was by legend established by the Trojan hero Antenor. Korčula offers a rich cultural and historical heritage, along with natural beauties, beautiful beaches, untouched nature, lovely bays and from the hills breathtaking views onto the surrounding area.
Island Mljet
90% of this island is under a dense forest, making Mljet the greenest island in the Mediterranean. Mljet can be reached by ferry from Dubrovnik or Korčula . Its western part was declared a national park. The park’s overall surface is 5375 acres. The salt water lakes on the island named Malo i Veliko jezero are a unique oceanographic phenomena that is over 10000 years old. Interesting is the fact that up to 2000 years ago the water in the lakes was fresh water. The carst of the island hides other natural beauties like caves and rare brake water lakes, that suddenly disappear over a period of time and then reappear.
Kornati islands
Because of the unique shapes and beauty, the Kornati archipelago was declared a National park already in 1980. With its overall surface area of 70 km2 and 140 islands, the archipelago has become a paradise for yacht owners, divers and individualists enjoying the blue and clear sea and many attractive coral riffs. Many call the National park also a “Robinsonian paradise”, since the majority of the islands in non-inhabited. The archipelago was named on behalf of the largest island, the island “Kornat” (32,6sqm), which in Croatian language means “Crown”. Accordingly the famous quote of George Bernard Shaw is extracted from this: “The last day of creation God wanted to crown his masterpiece and created the Kornati islands out of stars, tears and divine breath”.
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