You did it! You made it to Dubrovnik, aka the Pearl of the Adriatic, aka King's Landing. You've seen the sights, wandered the ancient walls, recreated several scenes from Game of Thrones, hiked to the top of Mt. Srd, and relaxed on Lokrum island.
If you aren't quite ready to go home yet, there's still plenty left to explore. From stunning island adventures to natural parks to quaint medeival towns, get out and experience all the treasures Croatia has to offer.
If you loved everything about Dubrovnik EXCEPT for the crowds, then you'll adore Cavtat. This quiet town south of Dubrovnik features idlyllic sea strolls and gorgeous beaches. It's the perfect place to sip local wines, try homemade olive oils, and unwind. This waterfront destination is just as colorful as Dubrovnik, with painted red rooftops and blue ocean views around every corner, but it embraces a calmer pace of life that will be the perfect respite.
Tree-lined sandy beaches on a tranquil bay, this resort paradise is perfect for families and beach lovers. Its central location means that you'll have quick acces to the many islands along the coast. Sign up for snorkeling or other water activities, or just spread out a towel and relax. If you get restless, strap on hiking shoes and hit nearby Mount Ilija for some stunning trails.
3. Plitvice Lakes National Park
This national park features 16 stunning lakes connected by jaw-dropping waterfalls. Lush green vegetation and a variety of wildlife make this a can’t-miss stop on your Croatian tour. Explore the park on foot or take advantage of the buses and boats. But be warned, there's no swimming allowed in these watering holes.
4. Mali Ston
This village on the Pelješac peninsula is often overlooked, but embodies an incredible history that is worth checking out. From the fortress of Koruna, to the stone walls that connect Mali Ston to its larger neighbor Ston, you can walk among history as you explore. The little town is also a gastronomic delight, with delicious seafood dishes, wines from nearby vineyards, and world-famous oysters.
Everyone who visits the Dalmatian coast comes away with a favorite island excursion, but Hvar is overwhelmingly one of the best. From the blue cave, to its sparkling beaches, to its swanky beach parties, this island shines. Park your yacht at the dock (or, you know, pretend like you did) and explore the isolated coves and hamlets to find your quiet space. Also check out St. Stephen’s Square, a historic center overlooked by St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
6. Krka National Park
Magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes dominate this national park. People come from all over to swim in the crystal clear pools near Skradinski Buk falls, or visit the small island of Visovac and tour the monastery. Wander the footpaths through the park or take a boat excursion down the river.
The reported birthplace of Marco Polo, this walled island town is a beautiful and historic exploration. Visit the Venetian-inspired cathedral, and wander down the narrow streets. Find yourself resting next to calm bays or taking a nap on one of the many sandy beaches.