If there is a more enticing stretch of coastline than Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast then we would dearly love to know about it.
The waters between magnificent Split and majestic Dubrovnik are punctuated by myriad islands of all shape and size. Some are uninhabited but those that are, leave you with an indelible sense of immense envy. Is it really fair that people get to live in such idyllic places?
So, once you’ve marvelled at Split’s Old Town and the vestiges of Diocletian’s remarkable Palace the only way to travel south to Dubrovnik is on a small ship cruise. Everything here on the Dalmatian coast is blue. The sky is blue, the sea is a shade of blue which is generally only reserved for holiday brochures and even the islands appear a bluish grey in the shimmering heat haze of summer.
The islands are heavenly. You could happily spend years exploring them by hopping (in style) from Brac to Hvar to Korcula, Mljet before arriving in the jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is the stuff of legend, a magnificent walled city which has understandably been widely purloined as a film and TV set (not least for Game of Thrones). Dubrovnik is all about honey-coloured buildings, red-tiled rooftops, grand squares and labyrinthine alleyways. It’s as close to perfect as a city can be.