A prominent tourist highlight of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik's beauty should be experienced first-hand by every serious holidaymaker. Take a cable car for a romantic view of baroque rooftops or get the whole family involved on a sightseeing trip in nearby Montenegro. No matter what you do, you'll be bathed in beautiful sunshine
There's no getting around it - Dubrovnik is a picture-postcard of a city. Even the most cynical of tourists couldn't help but fall in love with its marbled streets, ornate buildings and strong sense of patriotism - all of which combine to create a wonderfully cultured ambience.
With a rich religious history, Dubrovnik's most beautiful buildings all carry holy significance. Tour the lavish Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the 7th century, or admire the Dominican monastery and museum, particularly stunning when lit up at night.
If you'd rather something more active, Dubrovnik's cable car system will take you from the city walls to the dizzying heights of Mount Srđ in just four minutes, while day trips to nearby Montenegro are a short ferry ride away. Water sports are a popular pastime on Banje Beach - go snorkelling or kayaking as a group, or swim solo 'til your heart's content in the impossibly clear water.
When Croatians aren't on the beach, they love to cook. Be sure to try the fresh seafood, or satisfy a sweet tooth at Sugar & Spice, a boutique bakery on the coast that offers the best cheesecake, banana pie and chocolate torte in town. Eat, drink and be merry - Dubrovnik is the home of good times.
Get ready for your pace of life to drop down a few gears. Your seafront base might have hosted Roman gladiators back in the day but Pula is now the champion of the cool and serene.
How are you going to Split your time? Big city Split is a gateway to adventurous outdoors and home of lively nightlife.