Dubrovnik, where the streets are full of cruise ship passengers and crazy Game of Thrones fans. This city is downright dazzling, with it's sublime location overlooking the crystal clear blue waters of the Adriatic, the medieval limestone walls that safeguard the terra cotta roofed buildings are very impressive. Dubrovnik is considered to be one of the world's most outstanding walled cities.
We enjoyed our time in Dubrovnik but we didn't enjoy the fact that due to all of these movies/tv shows being filmed here and the endless cruise ships coming and going, that has meant that the price of everything has skyrocketed.
Split, the second largest city in Croatia with roughly 200,000 inhabitants.
While wandering around Split, there are some fantastic sights to see, both Roman and modern. There are some excellent options for dining, drinking and nightlife (maybe not as many if you are on a budget like ours as Croatia is quite expensive). For a lovely relaxing day we would recommend wandering through Split's old town and checking out the Roman architecture, Diocletian's Palace, the sprawling 4th century residence within the old town walls. Explore the cobblestone streets and fashionable boutiques or take a stroll along the harbourside promenade and people watch from one of its cafes.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is known for its 18th-19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture. In the center you will find the Upper Town, this is the site of the gothic area, the twin-spired Zagreb cathedral and the beautiful 13th century St. Mark's Church with a striking colourfully tiled roof. Nearby you will find the pedestrian friendly Tkalciceva Street which is lined with quirky outdoor cafes. The Lower Town has a the main square, museums and shops.
We really enjoyed our time in Zagreb as it was less crowded compared to the cities next to the Adriatic Sea.