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Adriatic Port Planner

The Adriatic is a long, narrow sea of crystalline waters and spectacular natural beauty. Bordered by Italy to the west and the Balkan countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania to the east, more than 1,000 pine-covered islands and rocky islets can be found off shore. From steep, rocky hills…

The Adriatic is a long, narrow sea of crystalline waters and spectacular natural beauty. Bordered by Italy to the west and the Balkan countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania to the east, more than 1,000 pine-covered islands and rocky islets can be found off shore. From steep, rocky hills the scent of the wild maquis wafts over the water, tantalizing the traveler with the thought of what lies just beyond the next curving bay.
 
As if determined to offer some competition to what nature has wrought here, long-gone emperors and rulers built extraordinary cities that remain a boon to the eye and the soul. There is glorious Venice, which ruled an empire across the Adriatic and beyond; Split, seat of the Roman emperor Diocletian; Dubrovnik, the undisputed jewel of the Adriatic; and the dollhouselike perfection of the villages of Korcula and Sveti Stefan. The astonishing Bay of Kotor is a Mediterranean fjord and natural harbor, home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and gorgeous scenery.
 
The Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, Slavs and Austro-Hungarians all ruled here at various times, and today, traces of these empires can be found in the ancient ruins, maritime museums, churches and palaces that fill the cities and towns. The region has also known modern-day strife, but blossomed under the peace and prosperity brought by the past two decades.
 
It’s the simple pleasures that are best here: dining on fresh, grilled octopus caught the same day it is served; sipping a fresh white wine made from ancient vines; and sailing on the blue and emerald waves.
 

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