History and Romance
Trimmed by verdant islands, lonely lighthouses and golden sands, the Adriatic Sea is rich with history and romance. A millennium ago, exotic silks and spices made their way from the Far East to Europe via the Republic of Venice. A cluster of 118 islands, today La Serenissima is scattered with elegant palazzi and criss-crossed by colourful canals. Across the Adriatics navy depths, Croatia lays claim to 1,000 sublime islands. Some, such as celebrity-studded Hvar, are favoured for their unrivalled nightlife. Others, like the Lastovo Archipelago, are virtually inaccessible except by private yacht.