Dubrovnik old town, Croatia, the highlight of any Adriatic cruise

Croatia & Adriatic cruises

The lands that border the Adriatic Sea are home to ancient walled cities, idyllic islands, a fascinating blend of cultures and a warm tradition of hospitality, from Slovenia and Croatia in the north to Montenegro and Albania in the south.

When to go

May to October

Duration

Starting at 7 nights

How to get there

Short flight from the UK

Our insight

Cruising in the Adriatic

Tourism is booming on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, from the islands of Hvar and Korčula to the enchanting walled city of Dubrovnik. This is a coastline where Venetian poise meets warm Balkan hospitality; the Italian influence is felt most strongly in Slovenia in the north, while to the south are Montenegro's rugged, fjord-like bays and the fascinating former hermit state of Albania.

The main start and end points for cruises visiting the Adriatic Sea are Venice, Athens and Dubrovnik, though longer voyages from the Western Mediterranean will often call at ports on the Dalmatian Coast. A small ship will allow you to really make the most of your time in the region, calling at the smaller Croatian islands and less crowded ports.

The region is a real treat for history and architecture buffs; take your pick from Roman amphitheatres, Venetian palazzos, Ottoman mosques and the concrete brutalism of the communist era. Dubrovnik's marble streets and wonderfully preserved walls are the star attraction, but there are plenty of less celebrated gems along the coast, such as the UNESCO-listed towns of Šibenik and Trogir, or Montenegro's breathtaking Bay of Kotor. Further south, Albania is slowly opening up to tourism; highlights include the lovely Ottoman architecture of Berat and the beaches around Sarandë.

Dubrovnik and the more popular Croatian islands can be rather crowded in the high season months of July and August, and the temperatures at this time of year can be scorching, particularly if you head inland. The weather is already very pleasant in spring; in our opinion, the 'shoulder season' months of April to May and September to October are the best time to visit.

Our tips

Ways to make it better

Mostar bridge, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Day trips from Dubrovnik

Make the short trip across the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina and visit the pretty little town of Mostar, with its famous stone bridge over the river Neretva.

Villa Orsula, Dubrovnik

Our favourite hotel in Dubrovnik

We love the intimate Villa Orsula, with just eight lovely bedrooms and excellent sea views.

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