Top Ten Cheap Vacations

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia (instead of Amalfi Coast, Italy)
Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia
The Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia (Digital Vision)

8. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Don't think you can hang with the jet set that flocks to the Amalfi Coast? Soak up the same picturesque terrain and deep blue Adriatic waters in Croatia on the Dalamatian Coast for a lot less. The secret's getting out about this Mediterranean resort spot, though, and prices are going up, so go while you still can.

Dubrovnik, the southernmost city in Croatia, is what Lord Byron called "the pearl of the Adriatic." One of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, its Old City walls helped it withstand centuries of invaders, including the Venetians and Turks. Walk around atop these centuries-old walls (built between the 13th and 16th centuries) and get a view of the sea of burnt-orange roofs from above. Charter a boat and take in the beauty of this rugged coastline, with beaches, vineyards, and olive groves mixed into the scenery. Then head over to Split, where Diocletian, Roman emperor and famous persecutor of Christians, built his retirement palace, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Finish your trip in Hvar, where you'll glimpse the glitterati who stop by in yachts to enjoy the beauty of the 16th-century venetian architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and a giant central piazza. Plus, you don't want to miss being able to make all of those "I'm really Hvar from home" puns.
Dalmatian Coast Travel Guide

Published: 25 Mar 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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