This eight-day itinerary highlights some of Croatia's most popular attractions with a few less-visited gems. Covering the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik, you will stop along the way in Ston on the Pelješac Peninsula, as well as enjoy day trips to Trogir, Krka National Park, and the Elafiti Islands. Discover ancient Roman ruins, medieval town centers historic islands, and trek amid rushing waterfalls.
On the way to or from Cavtat, you can opt for a slight detour to Sokol grad (Hawk Castle) just north of Gruda. Constructed partially on a cliff overlooking olive terraces, this 14th-century tower is one of the most impressive fortresses in the Dubrovnik area. Sokol grad was used as a defensive strongpoint, housing soldiers, commanders, and an arsenal. Abandoned in the 18th century and restored and reopened in 2013, today visitors can take in the dizzying views from the clifftop ramparts, see the commander's quarters and barracks, and view a collection of archeological artifacts from the medieval era.
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Itineraries with Visit Cavtat & Sokol Grad
In eight days, explore Croatia's captivating Dalmatian coast and nearby Adriatic islands on foot, using Dubrovnik as a springboard into the surrounding area. Local-curated walking routes will take you past stone villages, family-run vineyards, dramatic coastal paths, and through thick forests of pine, oak, and Mediterranean scrub. Along the way, you'll spend three nights in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik, the perfect baroque and Renaissance contrast to all that untouched countryside.
This self-guided 8-day cycling tour starts in Croatia's Konavle, the rural countryside beyond Dubrovnik, before leading you through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula to your first Adriatic island, Korčula. You'll pedal amid olive groves, vineyard-covered hills, and along stunning coastal paths until it's time to venture to Mljet National Park to cover equally, if not more beautiful ground. You'll end your active holiday with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," enough time to explore the city as well as visit the nearby island of Šipan for one last day of riding.