245 days of yearly sunshine. Sapphire waters and whitewashed villages. Marvel at sublime Adriatic views while you pedal. Then be a part of the view as you boat between islands. It's as relaxing as the Caribbean, as historic as Venice. It's a destination reborn, yet it still feels like, as the Croatians say, "The Mediterranean as it once was."
1 Explore the dazzling Dalmatian Coast by bike Our first stop is Brač Island, renowned since ancient Greece for its white marble Passing picturesque stone walls shaded by cypress, olive, fig, and orange trees, ride from seaside villages to the quaint town of Pučića Dine on garden-fresh regional dishes.
2-3 Island-hop on the sun-drenched Adriatic and swim in azure coves A beautiful coastal spin and a series of climbs take you to Brač's oldest village Head to Hvar, a chic isle where average annual sun fall is 2,724 hours Our friends Mate and Michaela invite us over for a home-cooked meal made with vegetables fresh from their garden Bike amid jagged limestone cliffs and endless rosemary and lavender fields Visit Vinko and Darinka, whose family has been making wine and grappa for generations—let's join them for a taste! Ready to cool off? Take the plunge in refreshing waters off quiet beaches The Hvar Town harbor sets off brilliant sunsets.
4-5 Gain insight into Croatia's history and culture A hilly route leads you around Korčula Island, lush with vineyards, olive groves and forests Explore elegant Korčula Town, a fortified medieval village and former Venetian settlement—it's a reputed birthplace of Marco Polo Cycle to your heart's content and savor lovely ocean vistas and charming villages Enjoy dinner on a terrace in the heart of Dubrovnik's old town.
6 Turrets, spires and tiled roofs add the finishing touch to Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece Take in views of this World Heritage site during a guided walk of the old town and atop the magnificent city walls.