Above: View of the old town center of Korčula

The Mediterranean has more than its fair share of beautiful coastlines, but few are as stupendously scenic as the coast ofCroatia. There, rugged limestone mountains, lined with terraced vineyards and olive groves (some thousands of years old), plunge into the sea. Green archipelagoes stand just offshore for most of its length, and defensible peninsulas and islands shelter well-preserved medieval towns.

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