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Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Until recently, the absence of charming and comfortable places to stay meant that the only agreeable way to visit the Dalmatian coast was by boat. Unlike the heavily urbanized French Riviera or overbuilt stretches of the Spanish and Italian shorelines, the coast remains remarkably unchanged ...

Until recently, the absence of charming and comfortable places to stay meant that the only agreeable way to visit the Dalmatian coast was by boat. Unlike the heavily urbanized French Riviera or overbuilt stretches of the Spanish and Italian shorelines, the coast remains remarkably unchanged. Bone-white mountains rear dramatically above the Adriatic, an expanse of cobalt blue bordered by aromatic shrubs and dotted with more than 1,000 islands. Here, you can rediscover the Mediterranean world of 50 years ago. 

While many visitors will still wish to spend time afloat, a new crop of luxury hotels provides a fine choice of pre- or post-cruise options. A spell on land makes it easy to take escorted tours to places such as the exquisite medieval town of Mostar in Bosnia. An ideal itinerary would contain a mixture of sightseeing and pure relaxation. Split and Dubrovnik (both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites) are so interesting that they merit at least two days each of exploration. Afterward, an excursion to the lovely Croatian island of Hvar (reached from Split) is virtually mandatory. The best months of the year to travel are June-July and September-October.

WHEN TO VISIT

After a chilly and rainy winter, spring comes to Croatia at the beginning of May. Summer is hot and sunny. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for three months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov

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