7 Must-See Old Towns in the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

The following is a guest post from Wandering Feathers.

Where can you find picturesque cliffsides, red-tiled roofed buildings, and romantic old towns all in one place? Simple, the Dalmatian Coast.

The Dalmatian Coast is a 200-mile stretch of Croatian coastline from Zadar to Dubrovnik. The charming old towns that made this region famous owe their origins to the many Mediterranean empires, including Venice and Greece.

The old towns of Croatia are home to some of the most beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. The old towns feature towering cathedrals, sprawling squares, colossal walls, and winding romantic alleyways.

However, each destination has its own special flair. Some reflect a Venetian influence, others have a multitude of modern cafes and bars, and some are quiet and romantic. Whatever appeals to your travel taste-buds, you can find it in the old towns of the Dalmatian Coast.

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Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Review – A Perfect Stay

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik from the FortressIt should be no surprise when we say we love our credit cards. As an American it is incredibly easy to get some truly amazing perks just for opening a particular card and (sometimes) meeting a minimum spending requirement.

If you have been following us for a while, you may already know about how we opened credit cards to travel and have been following along with our updates on how we've been doing. Since opening our first set of cards about a year and a half ago, we decided to open a few more.  As we were doing pretty good on our airline points, our attention shifted to hotel points to allow us to have a nice stay in a few places around the world.

Our company of choice? Hilton.  Our goal?  10-12 nights at any resort on the planet.

The first redemption was a doozy.

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Why You Should Book a Plitvice Hotel and Stay In the Park

Before we even started our RTW trip, we knew that Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia was one of our must-see stops. The logistics of planning a trip to this remote location were slightly trickier, however.

At first we considered visiting the park on a day trip from Zagreb. With only a few hours in the park, we wondered if the trip was worth the cost ($50+/person).

Our next thought was to stop at Plitvice on our way from Zagreb to Zadar, but the bus schedules still would have only allowed us a few hours in the park and it would have cost about the same as a day trip.

We finally realized that in order to see the whole park we'd have to spend a night there, and that meant booking a Plitvice hotel.

After researching accommodation options we found that there were a select few more expensive hotels within the actual park, and cheaper options farther from the park. 

So to help you make the best choice for your stay in Plitvice, we're summarizing them here and including information we did not find online and only learned after our stay at the national park.

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