Croatia is one of my favourite countries in Europe. It has incredible natural scenery, incredible food and wine, pretty stone towns and beautiful islands. Dubrovnik is on many bucket lists but there are plenty of other wonderful places to visit in Croatia.
- Split, Kaštela, Trogir – Plitvice and Krka
Sometimes playing second fiddle to Dubrovnik, Split is a vibrant urban centre and a starting point for many sailing journeys. You can save money and stay outside of Split, in quaint little towns like Kaštela as Ubers are easy to access to go into Split when you feel like being in town. Just a little further is the quant little Trogir old town. This is an entirely walled island, close to Split airport and also a popular marina for sailing trips. You can get reasonably priced, easily accessible accomodation around here. It is a long day trip, but you can also visit the Plitvice Lakes from here. Krka national park (and waterfalls) are a closer and easier day trip.
Vis is one of the less developed islands off the Croatian coast and was used as a Naval Base until 1989. It is now popular on the sailing routes around the Adriatic. No visit to Vis is complete without a meal at Konoba Magić a traditional style restaurant serving Peka (a traditional Croatia dish/cooking method) – get your accomodation to make a booking for you. If you want to go more remote, head to Lastovo.
Another walled island, the town of Korčula is sufficiently touristy to be easy to get to and around, but still retains enough charm and local flavour. Make an effort to wander further around the island (also named Korčula like the town) and enjoy the charm of the Croatian island countryside.
4. Dubrovnik (Mostar, Bosnia and Kotor, Montenegro)
Most people want to visit Dubrovnik (the real life “King’s Landing”) but again, you do not need to spend all your money staying in Dubrovnik. If your budget won’t stretch that far, stay further out and get an Uber to drop you at the entrance to the walled city. While in the area, you can hire a car and drive to Mostar in Bosnia and/or Kotor in Montenegro as easy day trips from Dubrovnik (Kotor is quite easy, Mostar a bit more effort – Bosnia is so affordable I would actually recommend staying there for a few days).