There’s a lot more to see than Dubrovnik and Split but those are great places to start and what an introduction. Driving Croatia is an easy way to get around the country. Car rentals are reasonable and they drive on the same side of the road as we do. But if you don’t want to drive buses and trains are a great alternative but be aware that Dubrovnik is the only major city in Croatia not served by trains.
Dubrovnik is famous for it’s massive stone walls, renaissance inspired buildings and orange tile roofs.It has a perfect setting on the blue Mediterranean and an impressive mountain backdrop. The view from the hill above the city is breathtaking. And from Dubrovnik, after breakfast on the harbor take a ferry to one of the beautiful less touristy islands nearby.
Hvar is a coastal city that claims to be the sunniest spot in all of Europe. It’s an island off the coast of Croatia with beautiful beaches that are much less crowded than other stops along the coast. Pathways lined with lavender vines that lead to secluded coves, small fishing villages and local vineyards, and ferries and catamarans carry visitors across the calm, blue waters to the surrounding islands, are just some of the draws of this charming island.
Plitvice Lakes Croatians are proud of their natural wonders and their Plitvica Lakes National Parks is at the top of their list. With its spellbinding forest reserve in the center of Croatia its an easy excursion from just about anywhere. You’ll find waterfalls, lakes and a limestone canyon with loads of hiking trails. Just lots and lots of natural beauty.
Split If you are a beach lover and historian you will love this ancient city. Visit Diocletians’ Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Nearby you’ll find lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Zadar is another of Croatia’s beautiful and interesting coastal cities. With an Old Town filled with Roman ruins it’s fun to explore on foot. You’ll also find lots of great museums and maybe the prettiest sunset on the Dalmatian coast.
Okay, i haven’t mentioned Zagreb, Trogir or Korcula and they are certainly worth seeing too. There’s a lot to see and do in Croatia and I recommend a 10 day visit. Most of the cities aren’t that big and what you’ll want to see are in a fairly small area so you can see a lot in those 10 days. Just promise me you won’t think Dubrovnik IS Croatia because there’s so much more to see. One other note, this is a great place to rent an apartment or villa and do day trips to the most interesting places. It’s still a very affordable place to go.