Rijeka: The third largest city in Croatia, Rijeka is located on Kvarner Bay, where the Istrian Peninsula meets with the rest of Croatia. The historic resort for Europe’s wealthy, Opatija is located approximately 20 minutes by bus from Rijeka and is worth a visit if you want to enjoy this peaceful seaside town.
Senj:Senj is an ancient settlement with a history that even predates the Romans. Its symbol is a 16th-century fortress. Senj attracts visitors with its history and calendar of cultural events that honor its medieval heritage.
Zadar: Zadar is full of historic monuments, including an unusual circular 9th-century Romanesque church, Roman ruins, medieval city gates, and a lovely ocean-side promenade with its modern sea organ, which plays haunting notes powered by the waves.
Šibenik: The Cathedral of St. James is a major site in Šibenik and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This grand medieval structure is one of several historical sights in the town, which include fortresses used to protect the port.
Split: Another large Croatian city, Split is home to Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The palace, built on the sea and subsequently occupied by successive generations of settlers to the area, is a living monument and one of Croatia’s most incredible sights.
Trogir : This small, fortified town under UNESCO protection is almost like a miniature version of Dubrovnik and is situated on an island inhabited before Roman times. Wander it streets to take in its wonders and marvel at its Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
The Adriatic Highway crosses into the short coastal section of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum, which is not a destination in itself and serves as a checkpoint for travelers passing through to Dubrovnik or on to Montenegro. Passports are checked at this border crossing, though if it’s clear you’re passing through, no other requirements should arise.
Dubrovnik: Croatia’s number-one destination can be reached by the Adriatic Highway. The old fortified town has lured travelers for centuries and enchanted them with its views, the friendliness of its people, and of course its warm Mediterranean weather. Enjoy a day or two—or longer—in Dubrovnik if you’re driving this route and enjoy the sparkle of this historic city.
Kotor: Kotor is Montenegro’s famous fairy-tale walled city with its mist-enshrouded mountain fortress. Also a UNESCO site, Kotor shows its Italian influence well. Small palaces, historic churches, open squares, and plenty of personality are characteristic of Kotor.
Budva: Budva is another walled city with a different look and feel to Kotor. Though it’s a popular European travel destination, it feels neglected and taken for granted, lacking the better-kempt exterior of Kotor. Along the Adriatic Highway, it’s possible to catch glimpses of craggy cliffs, secluded bays, rugged islands, clusters of vacation houses, sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, vineyards, olive groves, and lakes formed in the valleys of the mountains. You’ll want a good camera on your journey; showing off the record of your journey to friends and family will be almost as pleasurable as the trip itself, and you’re sure to have stories and observances to share with each picture.