Croatia has become one of the most popular summer destinations in all of Europe, and as wonderful as it can be to a country, mass tourism has its dark side. Sleepy fishing villages and charming small towns become gaudy palaces of obscene commercialisation, all filled with much of the same, all copies of each other.
Luckily Croatia still has several treasures largely undiscovered by tourists, offering a glimpse into the authentic way of local life. The island of Ciovo is one of those spots.
Ciovo might not be the traditional picture of a paradise island with white sandy beaches and palm trees, but there is a rugged beauty to the rural region.
The island only has a few small grocery stores, restaurants and bars and a handful of small hotels and inns. There are a few beaches with activities, but most of the island’s coastline is rocky.
Hiking around the island offers fantastic views of the surrounding area, from the mountains on the mainland to grapes ripening on vines in the hills.
A typical “beach” in Ciovo
The village of Arbanija is connected to the nearby town of Trogir by a frequent ferry service, giving you a chance to hit up one of the prettiest spots in the country and see some wonderful views on the way!