8 secret islands of Croatia
Location: Pristine wilderness sitting between Zadar and Italy
Off the radar rating: 4/5
Ancient natives lived on this luxuriously long, green tongue of land, eating olives, collecting mussels and making rudimentary wine. Population growth has been so slow since then that just 1,500 locals now call Dugi Otok home; dive in from the sun-kissed pebbles at Veli Žalor or into the rock pools at Brbinj and yours could be the only towel on the beach.
Captain Tom Filby, of 44 metre Blue Vision, available to charter with Camper & Nicholsons, is a fan. “Several tiny islands mark a route from the main bay of Dugi Otok,” he says. “Here you’ll have the tranquil island bay of Luka Telašćica entirely to yourself.” Head to Saharun, a powder sand beach on Dugi’s northern tip, for a mellow beach bar.