This is a list of islands of Croatia. There are over a thousand islands in Croatia, the exact number varying according to definitions, and they cover a total area of about 3,300 km2 (1,300 sq mi).
The number and classification of islands in Croatia varies over time and across different measurements, causing some domestic controversy when discrepancies are found
These are the larger ones, sorted approximately from northwest to southeast:
- the Brijuni islands, also a national park
- Krk, the largest along with Cres
- Cres, the largest along with Krk
- Goli otok
- Sveti Grgur
- Dugi otok
- the Kornati archipelago, also a national park
Central and southern Dalmatia
- Jabuka, closest to Italy
- Korčula, the most populated one
- Mljet, includes a national park
- the Elaphiti Islands: Koločep, Lopud, Šipan
- Palagruža, southernmost one
Hydrographic Institute definitions
The Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia classifies all landforms surrounded by water in the Adriatic Sea as islands, islets and rocks. The categorization is determined according to their surface area. Rocks are defined as islets smaller than 0.1 km², islets are between 0.1 and 1.0 km² and islands proper are bigger than 1.0 km².
|#||Number||Area (km²)||Percentage of
|Rocks and rocks awash||642||1.44||106.82|
|Source: T. Duplančić Leder, T. Ujević, M. Čala: Coastline lengths and areas… Geoadria, 9/1, 5-32, 2004.|
According to measurements obtained in early 2000s the largest islands in the Adriatic Sea are Cres with an area of 405.70 km2, and Krk with an area of 405.22 km2 (In earlier literature, including atlases, Krk was usually cited as the largest island). The smallest island is Smokvica Vela (Kornati) with an area of 1.04 km2.
The island with the longest coastline of 302.47 km (187.95 mi) is Pag, being the fifth according to area value and the island with the shortest coastline length of 5.8 km (3.60 mi) is Vele Orjule.
The biggest islet is Badija with an area of 0.97 km2, while the smallest one is Galicija covering 0.01 km2.