Croatia Travel Guide: Hotels in Dubrovnik Croatia in general and Dubrovnik in particular have become a must-see destination for travelers. http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/travel-to-croatia-hotels-in-dubrovnik/
Novigrad: "This mini walled town, at less than 500m² is a gem of a feature on the Istrian coast. Known as Cittanova in Italian, it holds three of the top-rated restaurants in Croatia (yes, not just in Istria) as well as some unique hotels, and some particularly rich naval attractions." Istria: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
After going and visiting the palace walls in Split, Croatia, venture out to the Bacvice Beach, where you can enjoy the local bars, sunbathe, and play "picigin" (a game with a ball which is played in the shoal).