• Split


Dubrovnik is the darling of the Dalmatian Coast, but Split is Croatia’s “second city” (after Zagreb), bustling with 178,000 people. If you’ve been hopping along the coast, landing in urban Split feels like a return to civilization. While most Dalmatian coastal towns seem made for tourists, Split is real and vibrant — a shipbuilding city with ugly sprawl surrounding an atmospheric Old Town, which teems with Croatians living life to the fullest.