1 Eating in Volosko

This cute former fishing village boasts some of the finest seafood restaurants in the country.

2 Lovran

An Italianate, green-shuttered coastal town scattered with Habsburg-era villas.

3 Cres

One of the more unspoiled Kvarner Gulf islands, its ancient villages hovering above a craggy, uncrowded coast.

4 Veli Lošinj

An attractive little port with a warren of pastel-coloured houses strung tightly around a boat-filled harbour.

5 Northern Velebit National Park

Highland hiking paradise offering spectacular views of the coast, rustic villages and close encounters of the brown-bear kind.

6 Paklenica National Park

Staggeringly beautiful mountain landscape comprising an enticing mixture of karst wilderness, deciduous forests and fir-clad slopes.

7 Rab Town

Peninsula-hugging medieval town famous for its skyscraping church belfries.

8 Lopar Peninsula, Rabown

Truly sandy beaches in Croatia are few and far between, but this scrub-covered peninsula is studded with them.

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