Cruises from Dubrovnik usually stay in the Adriatic to stop off at ports like Venice, Koper and Rijeka with ocean cruise lines such as Marella and Saga. In addition, there are also cruise itineraries which hug the coast to explore the gorgeous Croatian islands and the Hvar, Korcula and Mijet Islands, as well as fantastic stops at Split and Sipan with Emerald Waterways.
With thousands of secluded islands sparkling in the Adriatic, you don’t have to look hard to see why Croatia is one of Europe’s most fashionable holiday destinations. Azure waters, delicious cuisine and friendly locals are all part of the allure, but there is also much more to Croatia than first meets the eye.
Take Dubrovnik for starters. This is a city that is one of the most easily recognisable in the Mediterranean due to its distinctive terracotta rooftops, pale stone buildings and ancient town walls, but as you venture into the beautiful old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll also find marble boulevards and a wonderful mix of Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and fountains.
Discover the city’s fascinating history with a visit to the Dominican Monastery, the 17th-century Cathedral, or the 15th Century Rector’s Palace. Alternatively, you can escape the city for a tour of the Dalmatian Coast’s romantic villages, through the green hills and valleys of the beautiful countryside.
Hvar is another island that is continuously growing in popularity, which also claims to be the sunniest island in the Adriatic. Situated in a large natural bay, the ancient town of Hvar was historically an important harbour town for Venice’s Adriatic fleet, the remnants of which can still be found in the fortifications that overlook the harbour.
Fishing boats bob gently in the harbour, and the winding limestone lanes lead onto an expansive piazza in the middle of the traffic free town. You’ll find great restaurants, serving freshly produced local cuisine, and a bustling nightlife. And further inland there are beautiful vineyards and lavender fields scattered across the lush landscapes. One huge advantage of such a large number islands is the thousands of miles of coastline that come with them. The clear blue waters twinkle under the Mediterranean sunshine and secluded coves and ancient villages are perfect for exploring by boat. Swim, snorkel and explore to your heart’s content- you’re sure to be spoilt for choice by the endless treasures.