Croatia, to many, is the place for long summer breaks. But there's also plenty of opportunity for brilliant short trips. Croatia's cities are reasonably small, meaning that - even in capital Zagreb - you can get a real sense of the place in just a couple of days. The generally relaxed pace of life will let you come away feeling rested, but the country's varied and historic architecture provides plenty to see. Here are the best short breaks in Croatia.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia's most photographed city, is so visually stunning that you needn't do much more than spend a weekend gazing at the views. But if you are after some sight-seeing, almost everything is located in the compact Old Town. The majestic city walls, the cobbled old town, and a host of top quality restaurants make for a delightful weekend break.
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This formerly frumpy seaside town has recently been revamped: with new landmark public installations such as the ‘Sea Organ’ and ‘Greeting to the Sun’, and the Arsenal, an arts centre in a beautifully-restored Venetian armoury, Zadar is now a creatively-edged coastal destination. There's enough ecclesiastical architecture to keep you awe-struck for the whole break, and the nightlife keeps getting better and better.
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A city airport and great bus connections make Pula extremely easy to get to. Known for its bustling shopping district, the small city is Istria's commercial centre, making it a lively destination for a short break. There's plenty of attractions to keep you occupied; new ones include the spectacularly renovated former church of Sveta Srca, and the ramshackle but promising Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria. Its famous Roman amphitheatre, meanwhile, remains its magnificent crown jewel.
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Read our full guide to Rijeka
Read our full guide to Rovinj