#01 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.

#02 Walking Dubrovnik’s walls

The briefest of trots round the battlements will serve as a breathtaking introduction to this ancient city.

#03 Plitvice Lakes National Park

A bewitching sequence of foaming waterfalls and turquoise lakes, hemmed in by forest-clad hills.

#04 Walking the Premužic Trail

Croatia’s most exhilarating long-distance hiking route takes in mountain ridges, dense forests and awesome views.

#05 Rovinj

Riviera-town chic collides with fishing-port charm in the most Italianate of Istria’s coastal resorts.

#06 Varaždin

A postcard-perfect Baroque town, complete with opulent squares, crumbling palaces and a unique garden cemetery.

#07 The Elaphite Islands

These easy-to-explore, largely car-free islands offer great hiking, sandy beaches and plenty of peace and quiet.

#08 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.

#09 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.

#10 Pelješac peninsula

Explore rugged mountain scenery, quiet coves and unspoilt seaside villages in a region renowned for its robust red wines and fantastic seafood.

#11 Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Always a hotbed of cutting-edge culture, Zagreb has burst confidently onto the European arts map with this exciting new building.

#12 Stari Grad

Stone houses and Renaissance palaces help make this as restful a spot as you will find on the Dalmatian coast.

#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 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.

#15 Skradinski buk

Head for Krka National Park to admire this stunning series of waterfalls. Don’t forget to take your bathing costume.

#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.

#17 Trsteno

Relax in Renaissance gardens in this beautiful coastal village just north of Dubrovnik.

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