Despite ranking as Croatia's oldest continuously inhabited city, Zadar is a place most people would struggle to place on a map. A destination bursting with history, jaw-dropping beauty and a surprisingly flourishing creative scene, life here may date back to the ninth century, but there is absolutely nothing dated or dull about Zadar - picture a beautifully modern streetscape that marries traditional heritage with a free-spirited, urban vibe. Start your day navigating narrow passageways and wandering alongside the Unesco-listed fortified walls, before visiting the crumbling ruins of the famous Roman Forum. Then, while away the afternoon dipping in and out of charming cafés, independent galleries and parasol-shaded bars. Come sunset, skip along to The Garden Lounge, where sea-facing cabanas and live DJ sets draw a techno-loving crowd.
Where to stay: Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel