Sarajevo is simply special and, by far, one of the most unique capital cities in Europe. Fall in love with the sinfully delicious food, its surrounding mountain scenery, the kindness of the locals, or its unbreakable spirit.
The lesser-known of the islands close to Split, but with regular ferry connections to its main town and port of Rogač, Šolta offers similar pleasures to Brač, only without the crowds.
Unsung Cres, sitting in the Gulf of Kvarner, is more sparsely populated than its neighbouring island of Krk. Best known for its wildlife, with a colony of rare griffon vultures at Beli, Cres also contains historic sights, such as a Roman-built channel at Osor.
Badija has been uninhabited since the community of Bosnian monks established here 500 years ago was broken up in the 1950s. Today you’ll find deer and, in season, leisure-seekers and naturists.
From Korcula, go just a little bit to the south-east, and you’ll reach Mljet, another of the gorgeous Croatian islands. This one contains a national park on the western end of the island, where you’ll find the island’s two stunning lakes, Veliko jezero and Malo jezero.