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The iconic Dubrovnik Summer Festival's 71st edition begins... Today!
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The iconic Dubrovnik Summer Festival's 71st edition begins... Today!

Theatre, dancing, jazz, film, folklore, fine arts, classical music... All that and much more are on the menu at this year's Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The iconic event is one of the Croatia's best and most famous - plus, it's one of the oldest festivals in Europe. Dubrovnik Summer Festival is on this year from July 10 to August 25, though its 71st edition will be a bit different due to epidemiological measures and financial consequences of the ongoing pandemic. Events will be held at reduced capacities and in accordance with COVID-19 measures laid out by the Croatian government.  Nonetheless, as always, the festival promises amazing culture, entertainment, and art aplenty. Dubrovnik Summer Festival's fantastic programme Over 40 performances are planned at various venues across the wonderful walled city of Dubrovnik. The festival's opening ceremony, directed by Marina Pejnović, will take place at Dubrovnik's Old City Port on Friday, July 10. It will include a performance by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tomislav Fačini. Joining the grand opening are the Croatian Radio and Television Jazz Orchestra, conducted by trombone player and conductor Miron Hauser, pianist Aljoša Jurinić, mezzo-soprano Dubravka Šeparović Mušović and saxophonist Ivan Bonačić. Attendees will also get to see the Festival Drama Ensemble and Linđo Folklore Ensemble.   © Dubrovačke Ljetne Igre   Terrific theatre Dubrovnik Summer Festival's theatre programme will be hard to beat. Among amazin

Dubrovnik's Fish Restaurant Proto is fit for Poseidon
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Dubrovnik's Fish Restaurant Proto is fit for Poseidon

Total seafood seduction is what you're in for at Fish Restaurant Proto, where the food is swimming in the sea one minute and being served onto your plate the next. Picture moseying down the time-slicked cobblestones of Old Town Dubrovnik's main street Stradun. On a side street about halfway between the Pile Gate and the harbour, you'll notice old-school lamp sconces bearing Proto's name - if aromas of sizzling Mediterranean morsels haven't steered you that way already.  Family owned Proto traces its culinary heritage back to 1886, the restaurant's year of foundation. Since then, seafood right off the boat and organic vegetables scrupulously grown in small-scale gardens across the Dubrovnik region are menu mainstays. Offerings change daily depending on the weather and catches, but a few favorites that are generally always available for the feasting include oysters from Croatia's own shellfish central, Mali Ston Bay, perfectly charred sea bream and Adriatic lobster; all dressed to impress in the savouriest of sauces. For the more shellfish-shy, waiters are on call to explain menu minutiae from A to Z, and even fillet fish for de-boning beginners. Along with its fare, this Michelin-recommended restaurant also keeps its dining area fresh and fashionable. Remniscent of a 1950s bop-worthy ballroom, the interior features plush armchairs and cherry wood panelling, but it's all accented with a distinct Adriatic flavour. The floors are comprised of off-white stone, reflecting the stree

Flights between Scandinavia and Croatia are resuming
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Flights between Scandinavia and Croatia are resuming

Two of the world's top tourist destinations are connecting via air again thanks to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (aka Norwegian) and Scandinavian Airlines System (aka SAS), Norway's two largest domestic carriers.  As The Norwegian Standard states, the airlines plan to connect Scandinavia with Croatia, which is a favorite holiday spot of Norwegians.   The northern lights lighting up the Norwegian skies.© Tom Vooght   The Norwegian Standard reports the details on flights that SAS and Norwegian are offering to Croatia, starting in July 2020.  Scandinavia to Croatia flights via SAS: Copenhagen, Denmark to Pula, Croatia Copenhagen, Denmark to Split, Croatia Oslo, Norway to Split, Croatia Stockholm, Sweden to Split, Croatia   Scandinavia to Croatia flights via Norwegian: Bergen, Norway to Dubrovnik Croatia Bergen, Norway to Split, Croatia Copenhagen, Denmark to Split, Croatia Oslo, Norway to Dubrovnik Croatia Oslo, Norway to Split, Croatia Stavanger, Norway to Dubrovnik Croatia Stavanger, Norway to Split, Croatia Stockholm, Sweden to Split Croatia Trondheim, Norway to Dubrovnik Croatia Trondheim, Norway to Split, Croatia     Split is one of the stunning destinations Scandinavians will be able to fly to.© Split Tourist Board   Of course, as the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic develops, flights can change and travellers should always follow health and safety instructions issued by governmental and official institutions. Norway has over 40 and Croatia nine main airpor

Introducing one of the best restaurants in Zagreb: Beštija
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Introducing one of the best restaurants in Zagreb: Beštija

Imagine yourself sipping a coffee on Zagreb's famed flower square; life all around you. The chorus of lively chatter and laughter is joined by happy yells of children chasing each other through the plaza. Hopeful pigeons waddle around groups of students eating sandwiches in front of the adjacent cathedral. You're starting to get hungry yourself... and just a bit wishful of some peace from all the urban hubbub.  Your needs are ready to be fully met - all you've got to do is walk three minutes southward. One cobblestoned left turn later, passing beneath Austro-Hungarian-era buildings, and you'll arrived at your destination on Masarykova street...  Almost.   © Lara Rasin   Beštija isn't immediately noticeable from the street, but a tell-tale signpost at the top of a courtyard's entry arch will point you in the proper direction. That's right - Beštija is, in fact, not located on the street but nestled a few steps within an open-air, terracotta rooftop-flanked courtyard. This ambience of delightful seclusion (while being still being within the bustling city center) is just one of the restaurant's many draws. Once you've arrived, choose an indoor of outdoor seat. Inside, you'll be surrounded by a fabulous mix of funky green plants, tastefully exposed walls and a neon light reading "Beštija" - all illuminated by the big windows making up an entire wall of the restaurant. Wooden and metal furniture (which, per the owner, were procured from a Zagreb art dealer) is placed on grey, in

Art Park will return to Zagreb with fab street art this summer
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Art Park will return to Zagreb with fab street art this summer

Loved by locals and tourists alike, Zagreb's Art Park spectacle is set to return to the city's Ribnjak Park this summer. This year's Art Park will kick off with an epic opening lasting from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.  The musical opening of the festival will begin with tunes chosen by Jeff Jarunski and Kune. Band Ljetno kino will take the stage on June 20, as visitors groove along and admire the open-air street art exhibition. On June 21, which is World Music Day, noted street musician Matt Shaft will perform with his violin.   Ljetno kino© Borut Planinc   Art Park's organisers (some of which are local artists) recently spearheaded the redecorating of hundreds of metres of walls across Opatovina. Their next venture is this year's edition of Art Park - the festival's fifth.   © Borut Planinc   Among many unique works, the festival will present "Kauboji, pištolji i feminizam (meaning Cowboys, pistols and feminism) by Marin Remić, "Ćilimi za chill" (meaning Carpets for chill) by Tihomir Krlec, and "Crvena Sonja" (meaning Red Sonja) by Boris Bare. The work "Planet ili plastika" (meaning Planet or plastic), encompassing five sculptures made from donated plastic bags, will peek out from the treetops scattered across the park. This work is by sculptor Ivo Gašparić and fits into Art Park 2020's overall focus on ecology and recycling. After the opening weekend, and through September 6, Art Park will host expert-led art workshops for adults and children, music and film

The best of Croatia

The 13 best Croatian islands
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The 13 best Croatian islands

Croatia’s coast is pure, nearly all 2,000 kilometres and 1,200 islands of it, and is open to all.

The 10 best Croatia beaches
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The 10 best Croatia beaches

Everything you need to know about the best beaches in Croatia.

The 43 best things to do in Croatia
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The 43 best things to do in Croatia

Whatever you’re into, you’ll find your heaven in Croatia.

The 51 best things to do in Dubrovnik
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The 51 best things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own, with endless things to do all year round. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion's share of Croatia's visitors. Read on for our insider's guide to the best things to do in Dubrovnik. RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in Dubrovnik. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

The 71 best things to do in Zagreb
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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, destination busy bars and numerous live-music venues.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cruise Croatia through 10 fantastic photos
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PHOTO GALLERY: Cruise Croatia through 10 fantastic photos

Many countries still have travel restrictions in place, so, Cruise Croatia is providing travellers with 10 photos of the most dazzling Croatian locations - to keep stir it up the wanderlust when travel is safe again. Take in hidden areas of Croatia, from sea-surrounded saltwater lakes in Mljet National Park to the world's smallest - and probably most charming - town Hum, with a population of 30. When things get back to normal, fully satiate your wanderlust with a small ship cruise throughout the Croatian coast with Cruise Croatia.

In pictures: Top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific nature trails
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In pictures: Top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific nature trails

From forest-blanketed mountains in the verdant Gorski Kotar region to islands as beautiful as they are historic, Croatia is chock-full of nature trails waiting to be traversed. Discover the best treks and routes in the country through our gallery of the top 42 photos of Croatia's terrific trails.

In pictures: Top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia
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In pictures: Top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia

Croatia is rife with perfect places for all your stargazing day dreams, from a designated Dark Sky area just outside of Zagreb to countless Milky Way-lit spots on the coast - and much more. Explore these space-ial area with out gallery of the top 42 photos of where to go stargazing in Croatia.

In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons
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In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons

The landscape of Croatia is every nature lover's dream. It changes from mountain ranges along the coast across endless flatland fields to canyons carved from the winding rivers - and much more in between. Take an online trek with our gallery of Croatia's marvelous mountains and canyons.

In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's beautiful rivieras
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In pictures: 42 photos of Croatia's beautiful rivieras

Croatia's magnificent coastline is broken up into beautiful beaches, Roman-era towns and - picture-perfect rivieras. Take a virtual stroll with our gallery of 42 photos showcasing the country's stunning rivieras.

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Sail Croatia, the best way to see the country in summer
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Sail Croatia, the best way to see the country in summer

From Michelin-recommended restaurants and internationally famous music festivals to some of the world's best-preserved Roman architecture, secret coves and idyllic beaches, Croatia has endless options for a summer holiday. But, with so much to choose from, how can you make sure you catch the very best of what Croatia has to offer? Croatia sailing holidays are one of the very best ways to take it all in. Sailing in Croatia allows you to tailor your holiday to be the once-in-a-lifetime experience you always wanted, allowing you to take in everything and for each day to hold a different, unforgettable experience. As Croatia's largest charter yacht company, Gulet Expert is one of the Mediterranean's best experts in this type of holiday. Here are just some of the reasons why a sailing holiday is the best option for experiencing Croatia.

Croatia villa holidays with Villsy
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Croatia villa holidays with Villsy

A land of over 1000 islands and almost six thousand kilometres of pristine coastline, Croatia villa holidays are often the very best way to experience and explore this beautiful country. And with over 1000 properties scattered all across the country, Villsy are one of the best choices for Croatia villa holidays. Whether it's the preserved, historic architecture of Pula, quiet coves and beaches reachable only by boat, epic national parks, world-famous music festivals in Dalmatia or bustling cities like Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia is a country with countless offers for the visitor. Choosing to spend your nights in one of Villsy's luxury villas will allow you the freedom to explore whichever part of Croatia appeals to you and your fellow travellers, whether they be family members, business colleagues, friends or just that special someone. Here are five destinations with distinctly different offers, each of which can be explored while on Croatia villa holidays with Villsy.

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The incredible monuments of Bjelovar-Bilogora county
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The incredible monuments of Bjelovar-Bilogora county

Bjelovar-Bilogora county is steeped in history, reflected in its attractive Habsburg buildings, its Austro-Hungarian spas and its post-war memorials. These three monuments provide distinctly different architectural value, which anyone visiting Zagreb, central Croatia or Slavonia should see. This article is sponsored by the Bjelovar Bilogora county TB and The Croatian National Tourism Board: 'Croatia Full of Life'.

Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men
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Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men

Losinj Hotels & Villas' award-winning Hotel Bellevue is launching a restorative weekend getaway aimed at men. The five-star hotel is the brand's principle wellness resort and holds the famous Bellevue Spa Clinic, which was just renovated in 2018. Located in Čikat Bay, the complex will play host the men's health and wellness weekend between October 4 and 6. In addition to the usual wellness treatments available from Bellevue Spa Clinic, the weekend offers a specially constructed calendar of event and activities specially designed to interest, destress and relax a male clientele. There will be a welcome dinner at the hotel's fusion restaurant Matsunoki, which combines Japanese and Mediterranean foods. On the weekend's second day, attendees will be offered the chance to experience some of the natural beauty of the island with a selection of outdoor activities including FootNet, SUP, kayaking and much more in the natural embrace of the island. Lunch will be served by the waterside and will be comprised of local wines and Mediterranean specialities. In the afternoon, guests will take their pick of treatments at the Bellevue Spa before that evening's seafood-based dinner at the hotel's sister property, the nearby Boutique Hotel Alhambra which will have a theatrical cabaret theme and will be followed by cognac and cigars at Villa Augusta. On Sunday, a hiking tour around Čikat Bay concludes the weekend. The two-night Gentlemen's Getaway Weekend starts from EUR 351.00 per person (a

Osijek on a plate
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Osijek on a plate

Fresh pasta from Istria, served with generous shavings of truffle, sumptuous seafood accompanied by zesty wedges of lemon and the traditional green chard; Croatia's cuisine has become one of the more famous facets of a holiday on the country's coast. And deservedly so. Locally-sourced flavours and ingredients are nearly always found alongside summertime coastal dishes although, with an ever-expanding gastro scene, some of Croatia's top chefs are now looking to employ adventurous techniques which allow them to experiment with such time-honoured dishes. However, Croatia's gastronomical offer extends much further than the seasonal menus of the seaside. And, after turning their attentions to the famous coastal platters of Istria and Dalmatia, the next area ripe for culinary rediscovery must surely be Slavonia. Čobanac © Maja Danica PečanićThe county of Osijek Baranja, located in the far east of Croatia and at the heart of the flatlands known as the Pannonian Basin, is Croatia's great unknown gastronomic star. Here, as in Istria and Dalmatia, flavours and components are selected from nearby, creating a menu in which ingredients complement each other naturally. But, the difference here is the wealth of ingredients on offer. Dalmatia is characterised by its crystal clear Adriatic, glorious sunsets and the spectacular backdrop of the Dinaric Alps. The rock which lies beneath accounts for much of what you'll see there, from the shingle beaches to the mountain ranges. But, it won't

Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj Hotels & Villas has announced an exciting new pop-up exhibition at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, a collaboration with leading galleries and curators Josip Konta Art Studio, Galerija Libar Gallery and Patrizio Contemporary Gallery. This autumn season, from September 28 to October 5 2019, guests at the luxurious hotel can experience the rejuvenating 'Art & Beauty' package which offers exclusive access to a curated collection by iconic artists including pop-art icon Andy Warhol and a visit to the Croatian Apoxyomenos, one of the world's best-preserved ancient Greek statues - plus art-inspired treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic. Launching on September 28 with an opening reception, the gallery open daily from 10am until 6pm for one week and offers guests the opportunity to meet with prominent curator Goran Margeta and international art dealer and historian Dr. Marco Antonio Patrizio. The pop-up exhibition is the collaboration between academic sculptor and painter Josip Konta, one of the most prominent names of the contemporary Croatian art scene; Croatian art gallery Galerija Libar and art advisor and collector Dr Marco Antonio Patrizio. Visitors can see works from domestic and international artists Julie Knifer, Getulio Alviani, Piero Gilardi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bernard Aubertin, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Edo Murtic, Ivan Picelj and many more. The hotel's award-winning Bellevue Spa Clinic will also feature a dedicated menu of pampering treatments inspired by fam

Croatia's best cities

The 66 best things to do in Zagreb
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The 66 best things to do in Zagreb

Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, busy bars and fabulous live-music venues.

The 20 best things to do in Split
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The 20 best things to do in Split

Split is brimming with high-quality bistros, antiquities aplenty and the best bar scene on the Adriatic.

The 20 best things to do in Dubrovnik
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The 20 best things to do in Dubrovnik

Your bucket and spade list.

The 20 best things to do in Zadar
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The 20 best things to do in Zadar

Imaginative public installations like the Zadar Sea Organ by give this historic Roman city a contemporary, vibrant feel.

The 20 best things to do in Rijeka
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The 20 best things to do in Rijeka

Rijeka has a fascinating history, great restaurants and kicking year-round nightlife.

20 great things to do in Pula
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20 great things to do in Pula

Istria’s historic main city of Pula is symbolised by its Roman amphitheatre, scene of a surprisingly wide range of outdoor events every summer. Festivals of film and electronic music, and concerts by everyone from Elton John to José Carreras, fill the 2,000-year-old arena, with its near intact walled ring. Roman remains also form Pula’s city centre, dominated by a hilltop Venetian fortress. With docks rather than beaches nearby, many head south for out-of-town seaside fun in Verudela and Medulin. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Pula. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

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Croatia's best islands

20 best things to do on Hvar
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20 best things to do on Hvar

Hvar is Croatia’s most happening island, a destination for celebs, moneyed revellers and visitors familiar with five-star luxury.

20 best things to do on Brač
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20 best things to do on Brač

The Dalmatian island of Brač is best known for its iconic beach of Zlatni rat, which moves according to winds and tides.

20 best things to do on Vis
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20 best things to do on Vis

Secluded beaches, sunlit caves and succulent lobster make the longer crossing from Split well worth the journey. 

20 best things to do on Pag
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20 best things to do on Pag

Pag is Croatia’s up-and-coming island, its profile raised by the Ibiza-like phenomenon of Zrće.

20 best things to do on Cres
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20 best things to do on Cres

One of the largest but least developed of Croatia’s islands, the relatively untouched gem of Cres is a rugged wilderness.

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Popular destinations in Croatia

The 20 best things to do in Rovinj
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The 20 best things to do in Rovinj

Rovinj is Istria at its most chic, a scenic resort of quality restaurants and cocktail bars, galleries and boutiques.

The 20 best things to do on Krk island
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The 20 best things to do on Krk island

Nearly 20,000 locals call this diverse island home, their forefathers subject to Roman, Avar, Frankopans, Venetian, Habsburg and Italian rule.

The 20 best things to do in Trogir
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The 20 best things to do in Trogir

Just behind Split airport, Trogir offers intricate medieval architecture, Dalmatian waterside dining and a busy market across two interlinked islands.

The 20 best things to do in Poreč
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The 20 best things to do in Poreč

Halfway between Rovinj and Novigrad on Istria’s busy west coast, Poreč has long been given over to tourism, even before Croatia’s current boom.

The 20 best things to do in Šibenik
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The 20 best things to do in Šibenik

A classic Dalmatian destination in many ways, historic Šibenik is coming into its own after being somewhat left behind by nearby Zadar and Split.

The 20 best things to do in Pelješac
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The 20 best things to do in Pelješac

Lined with long shingle beaches, the Pelješac peninsula is that wonderful rarity, a Dalmatian getaway without the crowds.

Croatia's best bars and restaurants

The best Dubrovnik restaurants
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The best Dubrovnik restaurants

Dubrovnik restaurants are beginning to offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination. And dining in Dubrovnik needn't cost an arm and a leg: many places offers simple, wholesome dishes at wallet-friendly prices.

The 100 best Zagreb restaurants
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The 100 best Zagreb restaurants

This ultimate guide to Zagreb restaurants covers it all: from splash-out fine dining to street food, bistros and east-west fusion.

The best Split restaurants
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The best Split restaurants

Croatia's second city is a gastronomic destination equal to almost any in the country.

The best Zagreb bars
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The best Zagreb bars

People in Croatia's capital city always give themselves time to linger and socialise over drinks. Whatever the time of year, new Zagreb bars are always raising and lowering their banners across the city centre and beyond, while traditional landmarks stay firm. Time Out's experts discover the best places to sip across town.

The best Dubrovnik bars
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The best Dubrovnik bars

Dubrovnik bars spring to life by night, with a number of atmospheric spots serving up anything from fine Dalmatian wines to fancy cocktails.

The best Split bars
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The best Split bars

On any given night, you’ll find at least one you love, but know you’ll never find again.

More great travel destinations in Croatia

20 great things to do in Motovun
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20 great things to do in Motovun

Motovun is one of Istria’s most beautiful and best-preserved medieval hilltop settlements.

The 20 best things to do on Rab
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The 20 best things to do on Rab

The busiest of the islands dotted around Kvarner, Rab has been a popular tourist destination ever since Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson frolicked nakedly in its waters in ’36.

20 great things to do in Makarska
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20 great things to do in Makarska

Makarska lends its name to the Riviera that stretches for 30 kilometres in either direction, one north towards Split, the other south to Dubrovnik.

The 20 best things to do in Osijek
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The 20 best things to do in Osijek

Arguably the home of Croatia’s friendliest hosts and some of the finest examples of Austro-Hungarian cuisine in the country.

The 20 best things to do in Primošten
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The 20 best things to do in Primošten

Fragrant pines back its pretty beaches, hilltop restaurants offer fresh seafood and stunning views, and seafront cafés fill with locals.

The 20 best things to do in Novigrad
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The 20 best things to do in Novigrad

Novigrad is neither as posh as Rovinj nor as packed as Poreč, but that’s precisely why this can be a charming location for a relaxing time by the sea.