I was blown away by the excellence of Hotel Bastion in Zadar, Croatia. This hotel is like living in a historic building – or at a wealthy friend’s address.
The breezy shores are full of history but happily free of the mainland's beach-going hordes. And it's not too pricey, either.
We advice on Istria, the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik and not to forget islands and the area behind.