Known as the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is located in southern Croatia, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The ancient city was created for maritime trade, once rivaling Venice in the Middle Ages. It is famous for its distinguishing Old Town, surrounded by the world’s most majestic stone walls in the 16th century facing the brilliant blue Adriatic. Its well-conserved structures vary from Baroque-style churches to Renaissance-style palaces.
Hvar is the royalty of the Croatian Dalmatian islands in the sparkling Adriatic Sea and is best known as a summer resort. Its strategic nautical location has made this port town well-known since antiquity. An hour away from Split, Hvar is considered one of Croatia’s most enchanting islands and is a trendy destination.
Korčula is one of Croatia’s most cherished islands in the Adriatic Sea, just off the Dalmatian coast. It is 20 miles long, only four to five miles wide, and is Croatia’s sixth largest island. The Greek name Corkyra Melaina was given to Korčula by a colony of Greeks coming from Corfu. When they first laid eyes on this lovely island, they were awestruck by the dense forests that cover the hills, giving it the illusion of blackness. Taking the name Corfu from their homeland, they added Melaina, meaning black. Hence, Corkyra Melaina or Black Corfu.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK
Krka National Park runs alongside the Krka River in the southernmost part of Croatia and is prized for its seven cascading waterfalls. Up north, you will find a hiking trail that passes through a different series of spectacular waterfalls. Visovac Island houses the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy. The Krka Monastery was developed above old Roman catacombs and Roški Slap.
LJUBLJANA / LAKE BLED
Ljubljana to Lake Bled is a great day trip from Slovenia’s capital, or you can spend the night in nearby accommodations. Lake Bled is located in the northwestern edge of Slovenia, snuggled in between the Alps to the north, and Triglav National Park to the west.
Montenegro is a Balkan country on the Adriatic Sea, standing on the edge between west and east. Bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to the north, Kosovo to the east, Serbia to the northeast, and Albania to the South. Over the centuries, many civilizations have collided to leave behind beautiful marks between the rugged mountain ranges of this breathtaking country. From Venetian walls, Roman mosaics, Illyrian churches, Catholic churches, Orthodox monasteries, mosque minarets, and socialist-style buildings, Montenegro is blessed with a rich and diverse cultural history.
Mostar is located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, right along the Neretva River. It began as a tiny town on the trading route between central Bosnia and the Adriatic Coast. It is famous for its breathtaking reconstructed historic Ottoman-style arched bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge), which spans the Neretva river in the heart of the city. The nearby streets are lined with bustling market stalls and shops, and you can discover the bridge’s long history in the Old Bridge Museum. A narrow stairwell brings you to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for scenic city views.