The Dalmatian Coast
Perhaps the most famous route in Croatia is the coast road. Leave the motorway and travel to Dubrovnik along winding roads, with a backdrop of mountains to one side and the ocean to the other. Hop by ferry from one scenic island to the next, making a detour to take in Hvar Island, or pass through Bosnia, having made sure the hire car is covered for this country. Dubrovnik’s rambling, hilly streets, gorgeous beaches, picturesque old town and historic port merit at least a couple of nights’ stay before returning to Split to drop off your hire car or travelling further along the coast to the holiday resorts of the Istrian region.
The best of Croatia
Split is situated roughly halfway along the coast of Croatia, making it the ideal starting point for exploring this part of the world. With a hire car, even more of the country is within reach, to Dubrovnik and the border with Montenegro in one direction, Slovenia and the Italian coast in the other. Krka National Park, with its sweet-scented pine forests and majestic waterfalls, is just an hour and a half from Split by hire car. Zagreb, the Croatian capital, is a longer journey, but it is worth taking a day or two to visit. Some car hire firms will let you drop your hire car off at a different branch, so you can make another city the finishing point of your tour.
The range of accommodation is extremely varied - from campsites to family bungalows as well as comfortable hotels.