Often referred to as Croatia’s sunniest islands, the Pakleni Islands are among the most-visited places making them a must when planning a Croatian trip. The island chain is located just a short boat ride away from the famous Hvar Island. Considered slightly off-the-beaten-path, some of the islands are not as popular as others and will welcome you with the tranquility of some of their rugged beaches, small coves and endless greenery. Take a water taxi, private boat, group trip, or sailing adventure to see these beautiful islands.
While you can definitely plan a day trip from Hvar to Pakleni Islands, you need to have in mind that the chain of islands consists of numerous spectacular hidden gems. That’s the reason why, it would be impossible to immerse yourself into the relaxing and unwinding atmosphere of the Pakleni islands in just one day. I strongly suggest planning a longer trip, or a boat trip that includes a night stay to visit the most picturesque islands. Keep reading to learn more about each one of them as well as the available activities.
With its pristine white sandy beaches, the charming Island Jerolim should be the first stop of your trip across the Pakleni archipelago. After a refreshing dip into the turquoise waters, we had a drink and relaxed at a funky beach bar with chic, boho style seating areas. Amo Beach is definitely the most popular beach on the island, however, if you’re a naturist, you can take a short walk to Kordovan beach, which has been considered among the most beautiful nudist beaches in the world.
The island of Marinkovac is another truly breathtaking location worth exploring. While the island of Jerolim is a lot more secluded, Marinkovac is a place that never sleeps. It is considered one of the best party destinations along the Adriatic. With numerous cocktail bars lining along the beachfront, it seems like the party starts at dusk until dawn. One of the most popular areas on the island is Stipanska. Besides sunbathing and relaxing on the beach, though, you can also rent clear bottom kayaks and admire the marine wildlife. We were up for the fun; however, the dog did not enjoy it, she was afraid and wanted out. Strongly recommend stopping by the Carpe Diem beach club and grabbing one of their signature drinks.
Island St. Klement
On the way back, it was impossible to miss the largest island part of the Pakleni archipelago – Island St. Klement. The island is uninhabited and has a fantastic rugged, natural feel to it. The most popular area on the island – Palmižana is located on the southern side, offering a few small restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a beach to relax by. We decided to treat ourselves for a late lunch at Bacchus. The mouth-watering fish was accompanied by delicious wine and we managed to fully relax and unwind, while admiring the picturesque scenery. If you are a coffee lover, I strongly recommend stopping by Laganini Lounge bar. They have some cozy seating on docks which are fun, you should call to reserve them in advance.
Since we traveled during the pandemic, we did a private boat trip and we absolutely loved it as we were able to set our own pace without being rushed and pressured by the time.
The company we took the trip with was:
vl. Stipe Jeličić
Trg sv. Stjepana 18, Hvar
The beauty of Pakleni Islands does not finish here. There are some other islands which I have added to my travel itinerary for the next time. Leaving them below for inspiration and if you are planning a longer trip around the Pakleni archipelago:
Hvar – Located on the Adriatic coast, the island of Hvar is among the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. With its beautiful lavender fields, white sandy beaches and rich history Hvar is a perfect choice for a family-friendly vacation.
Milna – Milna might be just a small village, however, it will greet you with its scenic beauty, delicious cuisine and charming vibe. Also referred to as “the bay of thousand ships”, make sure to plan a stroll down the promenade and admire the picturesque harbor.
Zaraće – Zaraće is another small village located on the island of Hvar. While it was established back in the 19th century, there is no evidence of its origin. There are numerous legends speaking of sailors on board of a ship, which sank at this location. If you want to learn more make sure to add it to your travel itinerary.
Velo Grablje – Founded back in the 14th century, the Velo Grablje village is perfect for the history buffs or those who would like to immerse themselves in the charming countryside vibe.
Sv. Nedjelja – The village of Sv. Nedjelja is mostly known as the home to the small monastery built in a cave. Located on top of a steep cliff, the views are truly spectacular but only for the bravest!
Vrboska is the small settlement on the island of Hvar. What once used to be a fishing village is now an interesting destination for all foodie-lovers.
Sucuraj is another small fishing village, which makes for the perfect day trip to relax and unwind while strolling down the harbor and the narrow quaint streets.
Sailing around the islands is a popular way to see them. If you want more time to spend there few hotels can be found, but book in advance because they sell out fast during summer months. Hvar has amazing hotels which we have planned to enjoy for summer 2021. Come back to see more about Hvar and subscribe for more posts about Croatia. Have a lovely day.