The Croatian islands have been galloping into the top spots of Europe over the past few years, slowly gaining recognition for the perfectly blended holiday they offer, mixing culture, nature and nightlife to an artful measure. Of the some 1000 islands and islets owned by Croatia only 48 are permanently inhabited, leaving the others as empty expanses of nature free to explore. The northern islands, including the archipelagos of Zadar and Kornati, attract few tourists and are renowned for their barren landscapes. Meanwhile, the southern islands of Dalmatia are where you will find well-recognised names like Hvar and Brac, along with the many tourists drawn to their idyllic scenery. The joy of Croatia boat tours is their ability to sojourn travellers quickly and easily between secret spots and popular attractions, meaning you could be dancing between a crowd in a ritzy bar one moment, and exploring a private fresh water spring the next. Amongst fields of heavenly scented lavender and pine forests, the islands of Croatia brag many charming vineyards and olive groves, meaning the outdoors can be enjoyed beyond the shores of the beach.