Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast

Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast Travel Guide

Between the two regions, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast offer an endless parade of historic sights, sweeping panoramic views and cultural curiosities sure to satisfy the most cosmopolitan traveler. Any list of things to do in Dubrovnik should include a tour of the magnificent city walls, built between the 13th and 15th centuries to protect the city’s residents from the Ottoman Turks. Other can’t-miss historic sights include Pile Gate, the 16th-century gateway to the city, guarded by the statue of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint; the Franciscan Monastery & Museum, which preserves the ruined doorway of a once-majestic monastery destroyed in the 17th century, as well as a lushly landscaped, mid-14th century cloister; and the Gothic-Renaissance Rector’s Palace, renown for its incredible sculptural ornamentation. For awe-inspiring aerial views of Dubrovnik, take the cable car from north of the city walls to the summit of Mt Srđ. It overlooks the terracotta rooftops of the old town, the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, and the Elfati and Lokrum islands.

Travelers looking for things to do on the Dalmatian Coast should take advantage of the region’s gorgeous lakes and parks. Plitvice National Park, a World Heritage site, encompasses 16 beautiful lakes connected by waterfalls and cascades, as well as the reed-bordered Lake Visovac and Skradinski Buk, the park’s largest waterfall. Visitors to the Dalmatian Coast should also soak in the region’s religious history. Storied cathedrals and churches in the area include the Cathedral of St. James, the Church of St. Donat, and St. Simeon’s Church.

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.

A two-hour ferry ride from Split, Hvar has medieval hilltop monasteries.

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.

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.

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

This massive nightclub resides near the harbor on Croatia’s Hvar Island and takes on different personalities throughout the day. When the sun’s out, people lounge by the edge of azure waters, bring out boats, and relax.

Inside the fortress-like cloister—built around the same time as the city walls—you'll find a rich collection of Renaissance paintings and hundreds of illuminated manuscripts.

Stop by this outdoor club, especially during July when it hosts an annual music festival.

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.