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Talking Savvy: Sarah Hendren’s Croatian Vacation

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Even though summer officially begins in June, there’s just something about the 4th of July that seems to kick off the season for real, and nothing says summer like a long vacation—preferably on a beach somewhere.

Instead of the usual suspects like Cabo or the Virgin Islands, why not try something a little less expected? Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast has mild temps, rich history and crazy-beautiful views, as our travel-loving Savvy buyer, Sarah, recently found out. Read on as she shares the best places to hit up.

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“My first stop was Dubrovnik, a bustling city filled with mind-blowing history. There are these massive walls surrounding most of the Old Town, built centuries ago as protection. It’s perfectly preserved and so authentically medieval-feeling that some of Game of Thrones is filmed here! I stayed at the seriously luxe Hotel Excelsior. It’s right on the water, has insane views and is a quick walk to the gates of Old Town. And Proto, in Old Town, has delicious seafood plucked right from the waters of the Adriatic Sea.”

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“Next up: Hvar, a dreamy island north of Dubrovnik. Hotel Adriana was another spot with stunning views. They’ve got a spa, too, but who’s going to be stressed out here? I had an amazing meal at Konoba Dionis on the Pakleni Islands, but just know you have to take a boat and then hike a bit to get there, so make reservations. It’s no fun to show up and find out this tiny, authentic spot is all booked up.”

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“On my last day in Hvar, I hopped a boat (it’s pretty much the only way to get around here) for a day trip to Vis to check out the Blue Grotto—a sea cave that glows blue at certain times of the day. The trip was SO amazing, and I can’t wait to go back.”

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[Dubrovnik image via Croatian National Tourism Board.]