Mediterranean Cruise is located along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast lends itself perfectly to cruising. There are several ways to explore Croatia, whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, to explore the local gastronomy, or to relax on a beautiful beach.
1. Game of Thrones
Dubrovnik has landed on more travelers’ radar thanks to its role as King’s Landing in the television series “Game of Thrones.” Head into the oldest section of Dubrovnik to see the fictional capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Some essential sites include the Lovrijenac Fortress, which is located just outside the medieval walls. Called Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar, this fortress dates back to the 11th century and represents Blackwater Bay in the series. There are plenty of other sites in the area as well, including the Jesuit Staircase used in season five and St. Dominic Street where many market scenes were filmed.
2. Go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The old town of Dubrovnik is listed into UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been dubbed by many as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The medieval walls are still intact and surround the city. The walls stretch just over 6,300 feet and have 16 strategically placed watchtowers.
3. Go-Wine Tasting
Croatia is known for its wines, and there are plenty of opportunities to go wine tasting in the region. There are four central wine regions in Croatia, which can be subdivided into 12 smaller areas. It may surprise you to learn that Croatia has over 60 distinct types of grapes and hundreds of wineries. In the local market, white wines are more popular than red. You should also try the sweet dessert wine, Prošek.
4. Get Out on the Water
The Adriatic Sea lends itself to plenty of on-the-water adventures. Book an adventurous excursion where you can go kayaking around the Lapad Peninsula. For something more low key, consider a sailing and beach break excursion where you will sail along Dubrovnik’s Old Town. And then, stop on either Copacabana Beach or Sunset Beach, both of which offer sheltered coves that are perfect for a little relaxation before heading back to the ship.
5. Explore Croatia’s Gastronomy Scene
When it comes to Croatian cuisine, you will find it’s primarily divided up into three regions – Kvarner, Istria, and Dalmatia. On your Norwegian cruise, you’ll likely be visiting the Dalmatian Coast where you will find a variety of amazing eats. Popular dishes involve seafood, pasta, local grilled fish, crackling pig, local olives, and fresh anchovies.