A bewitching sequence of foaming waterfalls and turquoise lakes, hemmed in by forest-clad hills.
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#02 Pula Amphitheatre
Imperial Rome’s greatest gift to the eastern Adriatic, this awesome arena still serves as the venue for pack-’em-in summertime concerts.
#03 Sunsets in Zadar
Alfred Hitchcock raved about them, and you will be bowled over too, especially now sunsets in Zadar are accompanied by the complimentary sound-and-light effects of the famous Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ art installations.
#04 Hvar: the island
Beautifully unspoiled and pitted with a wealth of bays and coves, the island of Hvar still has what it takes to enchant the seclusion-seeker.
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This mould-breaking museum of the human emotions is witty, well designed and wryly philosophical all at the same time.
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#06 Sea Kayaking
The Dalmatian coast is often best enjoyed from the water, and what better way to see it than by taking a leisurely paddle.
This bucolic timber-built village in the Lonjsko polje wetlands is the famed nesting-ground of white storks.
Once the ugly duckling of Adriatic tourism, Šibenik’s recent urban makeover sheds new light on its stupendous fortresses, music festivals and medieval gardens.
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#09 Walking Dubrovnik’s walls
The briefest of trots round the battlements will serve as a breathtaking introduction to this ancient city.
#10 Kornati Islands
Largely uninhabited and with tourist facilities limited to a handful of shoreline restaurants and the odd yachting berth, the Kornati represent the Adriatic at its most untouched.
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A postcard-perfect Baroque town, complete with opulent squares, crumbling palaces and a unique garden cemetery.
#12 Pag cheese
The uncompromisingly arid, sage-covered landscape of Pag island produces this addictively tangy sheep’s cheese. Visit local dairies to buy your own wedge of yellow heaven.
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#13 Hvar: the Town
The swankiest resort on the Adriatic is full of temptations, whether you’re a culture vulture, Mediterranean foodie or cocktail-bar cruiser.
#14 Skradinski buk
Head for Krka National Park to admire this stunning series of waterfalls. Don’t forget to take your bathing costume.
Explore rugged mountain scenery, quiet coves and unspoilt seaside villages in a region renowned for its robust red wines and fantastic seafood.
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#16 Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Taken over by the townsfolk centuries ago, the Roman emperor’s pied-à-terre now forms the chaotic heart of the modern city.
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#17 Summer festivals
Pretty much every genre of music is catered for in Croatia’s summer-long festival calendar, with indie rock at InMusic, cutting-edge dance music at Tisno and dub-to-dubstep extravaganzas at Outlook, near Pula.
Eastern Croatia’s most compelling destination, Vukovar combines state-of-the-art museum attractions with sites commemorating the 1991 siege.
Slow-roasting lamb, octopus or other local goodies under the ember-covered metal lid known as a peka is the traditional route to a deliciously succulent meal.
Riviera-town chic collides with fishing-port charm in the most Italianate of Istria’s coastal resorts.
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#21 Truffle days, Istria
The start of the truffle-hunting season is marked by festivities throughout Istria in September – especially in Buzet, where the world’s largest truffle omelette is eagerly scoffed by an army of celebrants.
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Relax in Renaissance gardens in this beautiful coastal village just north of Dubrovnik.
These easy-to-explore, largely car-free islands offer great hiking, sandy beaches and plenty of peace and quiet.
There’s nothing like a shot of rakija (grape brandy) to oil the wheels of social intercourse. Try herb-infused travarica or carob-flavoured rogačica for a truly heart- and soul-warming experience.
#25 Walking the Premužic Trail
Croatia’s most exhilarating long-distance hiking route takes in mountain ridges, dense forests and awesome views.