The oddly shaped nation that sits beside Serbia and Slovenia and straddles Bosnia is of course known for its incredibly exciting coastline – the Dalmatian coast has even been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones and has also lent its name to a certain spotted dog breed. But just off the coast of Croatia lie the perhaps most underrated islands anywhere in the world, with unpronounceable, vowel-less names, white sandy shores, and eagles soaring in a vivid blue sky. Sure, this country may have amazing natural wonders in spades, fascinating history with a number of forts and castles dotting it, but it also knows how to get down: Croatia is fun like nowhere else. Visit Zagreb, a lesser-known gem, or the most popular destination of all, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world heritage site. While it remains wildly popular, Croatia has largely stuck to its image of a budget-friendly paradise, though you couldn’t tell by looking at it.

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