Islands for Sale in Croatia

Last updated: July 28, 2022

Dugi Otok Cape in Croatia
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The Croatian coast has over 1,200 islands, many of which are for sale. All of Croatia’s private islands for sale are located in the Adriatic Sea. Some, are near Zadar, whilst others are further south – towards Šibenik.

Islands in Croatia, as in most nations, are commonly sold as freehold. Some, however, are sold as leasehold – but it’s less common.

Buying freehold means gaining full ownership of the island and its land. Buying leasehold means purchasing ownership of the land for a set period of time – leaseholds can be renewed once the contract runs its course.

Croatia is a nation of two climates. The weather system of the country’s interior is decidedly continental – hot summers and cold winters.

Croatia’s coastal regions though – where the abundance of private islands can be found – boast a typically Mediterranean climate. Winters on the coast are very mild, and the summers remain hot and dry.

We’ve scouted 10 private islands in Croatia that are available to purchase. The cheapest island on offer spans ~15,000 square metres and costs €1,050,000. The most expensive island costs €26,000,000 and stands at over 330 hectares.


10 Private Islands for Sale in Croatia

Croatian Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 10
Mean island size: ~519,111 SQM (128 acres)
Mean island price: ~€6,044,000 ($6,129,311)
Mean island square meter price: ~€10 ($10.14)
Last updated: July, 2022

1. Male Orjule (€7.5M / $7.7M)


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  • Location: Mali Lošinj, Veli Lošinj, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Western Croatia
  • Size: ~97 acres / ~39.5 hectares / ~395,000 square metres
  • Description: 2km east of Losinj Island, 70km southeast of Pula, 185km southwest of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Part ownership / Croatian state remain in 50% ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Male Orjule exists as an example of Croatia’s natural splendour. The sizeable island can be found sunken into the clear-blue waters of the Adriatic, and is only populated by olive and pine trees. Though, perhaps Male Orjule’s greatest natural treasures are its two resident freshwater springs.

Another native feature of note is the marina that can be found on the island’s south coast.

Part ownership of the island, in collaboration with the Croatian State, grants the investor complete maritime concession for the entire island. This means that any visit to the island requires direct permission from said investor – a valuable perk.

With the island already having received documentation from public authorities, and its bounty of natural resources, Male Orjule is priced as one of the most expensive Croatian islands on the market.

Male Orjule Island is listed for sale here.

2. Škarda Island (€26M / $26.4M)


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  • Location: Zadar Archipelago, Adriatic Sea, Western Croatia
  • Size: ~820 acres / ~332 hectares / ~3,320,000 square metres
  • Description: 43km from Zadar Port, 55km from Zadar Airport, 190km southwest of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Škarda – by far the largest private island on offer in the Croatian market.

The island offers over 800-acres of pristine Adriatic wilderness – a body of land covered in pine trees, holm oaks, and macchia shrubland. Škarda’s size allows for a complete escape from the sights and sounds of civilisation; a perfect place to bathe in Croatian tranquillity. A lengthy coastline comes as another benefit born from the island’s vast acreage.

Beyond Škarda’s own shores is more natural beauty. Three Croatian national parks exist in close proximity to the island: Paklencia National Park, the Kornati Islands, and Krka National Park.

With its size, and vicinity to major transport links, Škarda is an ideal base for resort development (and/or private residence).

Škarda Island is listed for sale here.

3. Mali Kosmać (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: Split, Dalmatia, Sibenik Archipelago
  • Size: ~1.2 acres / ~0.5 hectares / ~5000 square metres
  • Description: 250m from shore, 22km from Split Airport, 261km south of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Mali Komsać is, on the other hand, one of the smallest islands within the Croatian private island market. The plot of land spans just ~1.2 acres, though this size makes the island an incredibly manageable investment.

Aside from its convenient size, Mali Kosmać also benefits from close proximity to the city of Split – the second largest city in all of Croatia, and the largest city in Croatia’s coastal region of Dalmatia. Split has its own international airport (SPU), making international travel in and out of the region very easy.

Mali Kosmać itself is a uniformly flat island, and currently covered by macchia shrubland – a ideal situation for potential residential construction.

The island stands as one of the more affordable options for those wanting to pursue a permanent island retreat.

Mali Kosmać Island is listed for sale here.


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4. Pelin Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: Zadar County, Adriatic Sea, Western Croatia
  • Size: ~0.73 acres / ~0.3 hectares / ~3000 square metres
  • Description: 350m from Brusnjak Island, 14km from Biograd (40min by boat), 20km from Zadar Airport, 215km south of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Tranquil getaways on a private Croatian island – that’s what Pelin Island offers to prospective investors. The small island, which can be found in the Adriatic Sea near Zadar, has been used as such by its current owners – their mobile home is the island’s only sign of habitation. There are also berths for two yachts; another courtesy of the current owners.

Pelin’s location is one of its most alluring features. Not only is the island within an hour’s boat ride from the large city of Zadar, but it is also neighbouring the Kornati Island National Park. This not only provides the island’s owners with intimate access to the park, but also adds the potential to capitalise on rental income through the resident tourism industry.

Pelin Island is listed for sale here.

5. Trstenik Island (€1.05M / $1.06M)


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  • Location: Dubrovnik-Neretva, Dalmatian Archipelago, Adriatic Sea, Southern Croatia
  • Size: ~3.7 acres / ~1.5 hectares / ~1500 square metres
  • Description: 13km from Vela Luka Port, 75km from Split Airport, 326km southwest of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Trstenik Island’s placement on the market presents investors with a special opportunity to own land within the famous Dalmatian Archipelago – there are few better places to embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle, and there would be few better places to explore the Dalmatian Coast from. Trstenik is located near-equidistance from both the major cultural cities of Split and Dubrovnik.

The island itself sits just shy of 500m from the shores of Korčula, the second-most populated Adriatic island after Krk. Neighbouring Korčula grants the island owners easy access to essential, and leisure, facilities.

Of note too: pre-existing building foundations on Trstenik (125 square metres) present valuable groundwork for any future residential construction. Aside from the building foundations, the island is visually defined by macchia shrubland and pine trees.

Trstenik Island is primed for development.

Part of Trstenik Island is listed for sale here.

6. Private Island near the Kornati National Park (€1.2M / $1.22M)


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  • Location: Kornati Archipelago, Adriatic Sea
  • Size: ~49.4 acres / ~20 hectares / ~200,000 square metres
  • Description: 20km from Murter Island, 13km from Biograd Port, ~25km from Zadar Airport, ~220km south of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold

Located within the Kornati Archipelago, this island serves as a premier gateway to the Kornati Islands National Park. It’s an area defined by immense natural beauty; clear waters, ocean life, and colourful flora.

The island itself is very generous in size, and currently only occupied by a plethora of low Mediterranean vegetation.

Relative proximity to Zadar Airport is a huge benefit too. Domestic and international travel are both constantly available.

This private island is listed for sale here.

7. Private Island in the Zadar Archipelago (€6.7M / $6.8M)


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  • Location: Zadar Archipelago, Adriatic Sea, Western Croatia
  • Size: ~31.6 acres / ~12.8 hectares / ~128,000 square metres
  • Description: Near to Veli Iž Island, ~16km from Sukosan Port, ~22km from Zadar Airport, ~210km south of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold

This island holds an enviable location within the Zadar Archipelago. The land is surrounded on all sides by the wonders of the Adriatic – inviting waters, world-class beaches, exotic flora and fauna. The list goes on.

An old house already resides on the island – though the aged structure can be used as a base for renovations and expansion. Beyond its lone house, the island is otherwise covered in the verdant greens of Mediterranean vegetation.

This private island is listed for sale here.

8. Large Private Island near the Island of Zut (€4.95M / $5.02M)


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  • Location: Kornati Archipelago, Adriatic Sea
  • Size: ~111 acres / ~45 hectares / ~450,000 square metres
  • Description: Near Zut Island, ~22km from Sukosan Port, ~28km from Zadar Airport, ~220km South of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold

Another island found within touching distance of the Kornati National Park. Beauty of surroundings and proximity to travel links are the defining characteristics of this investment opportunity.

As is, native Mediterranean flora covers much of the island – a stone shore is the other natural feature of note.

Islands of this size, and with such valuable proximity to Croatian hotspots, are rare to come by.

This private island is listed for sale here.

9. Private Island in Central Dalmatia (€1.5M / $1.52M)


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  • Location: Central Dalmatia, Adriatic Sea
  • Size: ~8.6 acres / ~3.5 hectares / ~35,000 square metres
  • Description: Central Dalmatia, Adriatic Sea
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold

This ~8.6-acre island showcases all that the Dalmatian Coast has to offer. It hosts a dense pine forest, ready to be explored. A perimeter of clear-blue shores, and a lagoon to facilitate all manner of aquatic adventure.

This island is certainly fit for a range of purposes.

This private island is listed for sale here.

10. Private Island near the Kornati National Park (€5.5M / $5.6M)


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  • Location: Kornati Archipelago, Adriatic Sea
  • Size: ~158 acres / ~64 hectares / ~640,000 square metres
  • Description: ~23km from Biograd Port, ~30km from Zadar Airport, ~225km south of Zagreb
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold

Investment in this property provides unfettered access to one of Croatia’s most acclaimed landscapes. As, once again, proximity to the Kornati National Park is a major selling point of this private island.

Bright blue seas hug the shores of this ~158-acre plot of land; an abundance of indigenous Mediterranean plants cover the interior.

Two ruins exist on the island that are fit for renovation, be it for personal residence or commercial accommodation.

This private island is listed for sale here.


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