Cruising the Coast

  • Three Weeks

Take it easy along the Dalmatian coast for a couple of weeks. Start in the cobblestoned fishing village of Rovinj, then take in the landscapes of cape Rt Kamenjak, near Pula, on your way to Rijeka. From here, detour to Plitvice Lakes National Park for its famed waterfalls. Plunge down to Zadar, to wander through the slippery marble streets of the Old Town.

Keep cruising the coast to Split, home to the Diocletian’s Palace and gateway to Hvar Island. After a few days on Hvar, continue down to Dubrovnik, with foreboding walls that are a crowning glory of the coast. From here, take a side trip to forest-covered Mljet Island.

If you still have time and can’t get enough of the seaside, leave Croatia and explore tiny but tantalising Montenegro, where historic towns line the limestone cliffs of the Bay of Kotor. Further along the Adriatic coast, you will find Budva with its atmospheric Old Town and numerous beaches. Five kilometres south of Budva is the cherry on the coast, Sveti Stefan, with its iconic terracotta roofs and views you could stare at all day.