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The Guardian praises the Croatian islands

23 November 2011 No Comment

British daily newspapaer The Guardian has recently published an article in its travel section full of praise for five Croatian islands. British author and reporter James Hopkin, had nothing but praise for Vis, Hvar, Mali Lošinj, Korčula and Pag, pointing out how they are the best islands for a holiday. He thinks it is best to visit Croatia after the tourist crowds have cleared to enjoy the warm sea, the old towns and excellent food.

Hopkin starts his list of beautiful Croatian islands with Vis, for which he thinks is ideal for couples wishing to escape the city bustle. Hidden bays, beautiful vineyards, palm trees, olives, oleanders, around three hundred aromatic herb species, small fishing boat rides, dolphin spotting, emerald waters near Stiniva, discovering the military history of the island and the local seafood and good wine are ideal for a romantic dream holiday, says the author.

For lovers of culture and history he recommends Korčula, which `combines a part of Dubrovnik`s chic with an aboundance of natural beauty`. Compared to Dubrovnik, he gives an advantage to Korčula because it has more contents and there is the possibility of one day trips to the nearby islands as a bonus. From Greek and Roman artefacts, through to the speculation whether Marco Polo was really born on this island, all the way to the well documented local tradition of shipbuilding, lovers of history and cultural events will find everything they are looking for on Korčula.

For those who wish to relax, on the other hand, the best place to do this is on the `most relaxed` island – Mali Lošinj. The colour of the sea here is surprisingly green, as are the many forested areas on the island, for which the island of Mali Lošinj is known as an island of vitality. Close by is Veli Lošinj, `an old fishing area with a combination of Venetian and Greek urban details and beautiful small bays ideal for therapeutic swimming`, states the article.

As far as food is concerned, the author liked Pag most of all, which he says is famous for moonlike landscapes, cheese, lamb and salt. Apart from the traditional production of cheese, the author was obviously fascinated by the phenomenon of salty grass due to the winds coming from the sea, which gives the lamb from Pag a special taste.

For those looking for a good time, he recommends the `most glamorous` island of Hvar and the town of Hvar, which is at the height of the season `full of Italians, party posers and snobby English yachtsmen and sailors`. In the article he metions that the town was founded the same year that Aristotel was born in, and that King Edward VIII and his lover Wallis Simpson would often loose themselves among its beautiful stone paved streets.
Hopkin`s trilogy of short stories about Dalmatia will be aired on BBC`s Radio 4 in March of 2012.

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