Here’s an insider’s guide to the best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands on the east coast of the Adriatic, with a mix of cerulean blue water, fair winds, warm weather and more than a touch of history (the islands were ruled by the Republic of Venice from before Columbus’ time to 1797).
You can cruise among the islands in a chartered boat, stopping to explore historic towns with medieval walls, cobblestone streets and waterfront bars; Korcula, pictured above, is the birthplace of Marco Polo and one of the oldest towns in Croatia.
Or get a guide and enter blue and green caves by small boat. If you want an adrenaline rush, you can try some cliff jumping from the top of the caves, or you can relax at Stivina Bay, often acknowledged as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And don’t forget to sample some of the local wines, mussels and oysters. For more, take a look: