Every bit as beautiful as the brochures say it is, Dubrovnik is the obvious place to begin or end your travels. It’s choked with trippers during the day – save yourself for the evenings and early mornings and let the city work its magic.
An obvious next stop from Dubrovnik, Korčula is a green island studded with pebbly coves and sandy bays; a reputation for good wines and rustic cuisine ensures there’s lots to enjoy.
A rising jet-set reputation is yet to dent Hvar’s essential charm, and it remains southern Dalmatia’s all-round best-of-everything island. Get set for historic towns, unspoiled beaches and the Adriatic’s best nightlife.
A play-hard Riviera town built on top of a Roman palace, Split is more than just the main gateway to the south Dalmatian islands.
An obvious stopover on any coastal trip, the main city of northern Dalmatia is oozing with both history and contemporary style.
Scattered with Roman-era oddities, including one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the Mediterranean, Istria’s self-possessed port city never feels like a resort.
A pretty peninsula town of sloping alleys, Venetian architecture and lip-smacking seafood, Rovinj is the most laid back and chic of the settlements along the tourist-thronged Istrian coast.
Croatia’s understated capital’s combination of café society, contemporary art and cultural energy more than merits the trip inland.
9 Plitvice Lakes
The sequence of lakes and waterfalls that make up Croatia’s most publicized national park is truly stunning; it’s an essential journey-breaker between Zagreb and the coast.