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Split — Croatia’s second largest city benefits from its warm Mediterranean location smack in the middle of Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast. A popular jumping off point for the Croatian island paradises of Hvar and Korcula (Bill Gates is rumored to have a house here), Split also earned UNESCO recognition for Diocletian’s Palace, a 4th-century castle escape for Roman royalty. The old town surrounding the palace is also a hotbed of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Of course, strolling the picturesque cobblestone streets, soaking up the sea views, and downing hearty Mediterranean fare is just as much of a draw as the city’s historical highlights.

Why Go

For the crowning city of the Dalmatian Coast in all of its laid-back and not-yet-commercialized historical glory.

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