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At the crossroads of the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea, lies mystical incredible Croatia. As the walls of Dubrovnik reveal shimmering waters and Split’s Diocletian’s Palace casts shadows upon the marble, the mystery and romanticism of the place is simply undeniable.
the romance
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Take on the city of Dubrovnik – noted for its blaze of five star hotels and gastronome feats. For the yachters in the bunch, make your way to Hvar Town - exquisitely sunny and bathed in lavender fields.
Other posh, cozy musts:
The port town of Jelsa – gleaming swimming coves and sandy niches
A stay in a Croatian lighthouse off of a remote inlet – an easy-breezy suite rented by the week
A sure-fire fave among seclusion-seeking couples – Little Saplunara Beach along Mljet Island
the scenery
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The Adriatic coast is sapphire splendor teeming with clandestine isles and tradish fishing villages. Sprawling karst mountains, cascading waterfalls, and remote primeval forests lend itself to a region of true awe.
Look for:
A view of the clay roof tops of Korcula Town on the peninsula by ferry boat
The Venetian-styled houses of Rovini, a small fishing port replete with wondrous bell tower
The Lungomare path – extending from Opatija to Lovran offering rocky breathy views of the Kvarner coastline
the attractions
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Roman ruins, verdant mazes, and glass-polished lakes – Croatia kicks things up a notch with mind-bedazzling architectural and naturalistic feats. Not too mention its bar-hoppers can party with the best of them thanks to brandy-like ‘rakija.’
Be sure to visit:
Diocletian’s Palace – UNESCO protected for good reason – some of the most stunning Roman ruins in the world
Plitvice Lakes National Park - bears, wolves, waterfalls, and over 120 different species of birds
Euphrasian Basilica - this 6th-century basilica houses one of the art world’s finest examples of preserved Byzantine mosaic
the adventure
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It’s all about earning your nautical stripes - cruise the Dalmation coast between Split and Dubrovnik for ruggedly handsome shorelines or explore such islands as Hvar and Korčula. If you’ve got the chops, challenge your chic compass by docking at some of the harder-to-reach hotspots (think Kornati or Elafiti).
High-sea escapades include:
Chartering your very own boat through the otherworldly azure waters
Hiking across the wet wooden walkways of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Island hopping across central or southern Dalmatia
the secrets
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Though the café culture of Zagreb reigns king, the hub-bub of market town Zadar gives it a run for best midday jolt. Stand in the awe-inspiring shadow of the Church of St Donat and savor a cup of špica, a welcomed pre-lunch coffee drinking ritual.
Other delightful and unusual sights include:
Sinjska Alka – a cultural and national phenomenon – a knightly procession and horsemen games
The oldest music festival in the world – the Klapa Festival held every summer in Split
The Oprah tower of the Klis Fortess – a medieval pit-stop between Split and wild hinterland
before you go
What to Expect
Warm season: Spring and fall are mild while summer can get quite hot. The average temperature can range from 15°C (59°F) in the spring to 39°C (102°F) in the summer.
Winter season: Winter is cold and snowy in central and northern regions, and slightly milder along the coast. The average temperature ranges from -10°C (14°F) to 11°C (52°F).
For the warmer months wear light, chic European clothing with a pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat
Croatian kuna
The Lingo
Croatian, English, German, Italian
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Štrukli: a traditional pasta dish filled with cheese
Kremšnita: a vanilla and custard cream cake