Croatia Travel Guide

Dubrovnik is not the place for cutting-edge clothing and furniture boutiques, but Old Town is home to a handful of quirky stores—and a thriving gallery scene.

A massive renovation in the past several years has made the neo-Renaissance building near Banja beach the best place to gain perspective on Croatia's unique 19th-century artists; it houses more than 2,000 works by native painters and sculptors.

Take a 30-minute ferry ride from Split to this beautiful island. Spend the day sampling locally made cheeses and wines, and strolling along golden-sand Zlatni Rat beach.

This Hvar bar, restaurant, and lounge fronts the beach, where during the day visitors relax by sunbathing, swimming, and diving. More proactive guests opt for beach volleyball or a spa treatment in a palm-leaf-roofed bamboo hut.

This nearly 150-year-old traditional Milanese millinery shop still makes its impeccably crafted hats on the original molds.

Every old city in Europe has an Old City historic district—but Split has the only downtown actually carved from the carcass of an ancient Roman palace. When the emperor Diocletian split the Roman Empire in A.D.

Charter a gulet, a two-masted wooden sailboat that accommodates 8-16 passengers.

Winemaker Miljenko Grgic, better known as Mike Grgich, became famous for producing the Chardonnay that helped Napa Valley best the French in a 1976 blind tasting. He returned to his Croatian homeland to open Grgić Vina with daughter Violet in 1996.

With Cuban cigars and an open-air patio that evoke a Caribbean atmosphere, this Bojnice cocktail bar is situated in bustling Hubanovo Square.

There are 17 churches in the Old Town, but if you only have time for one, make it the Baroque, domed Dubrovnik cathedral. Titian's polyptych The Assumption hangs behind the main altar.

Explore the hidden coves and almost 100 islands in this beautiful park.

Located on Croatia's Brac Island, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) Beach takes its moniker from the cone-shaped, white-pebble beach that measures out to about 520 meters along the southern coast of Bol, an island just off the mainland of Croatia.

This tiny outdoor café near Plokata Square serves cakes, pastries, and ice cream. Overlooking the Peljesac Channel, the terrace is surrounded by a planter wall filled with flowers and has rows of small round tables covered with floral linens.

Check out the ancient potions and jars on display inside the Romanesque monastery's pharmacy, which has been in business since 1317. You can also pick up some locally produced cosmetics from this century.

The lush courtyard inside the sprawling Gothic-Renaissance building hosts art exhibitions and the occasional concert. The state archives are also housed here, as is a memorial to the Croats who were killed in the 1991–1992 siege of Dubrovnik.