Best for: active rural roamers
The lowdown: If you’re looking for a rural adventure with stunning scenery and close wildlife encounters then Croatia is hard to beat, be it cycling the stunning island-dotted coastline or trekking through breathtaking national parks.
Explore the medieval architecture and stonewalls of Dubrovnik Game of Thrones fans will revel in the chance to take a walking tour through the streets of ‘Kings Landing’, walking the 82ft tall city walls and the iconic fortress of Minčeta Tower with its 6m-thick walls, perfect for protecting the Old Town.
Where’s the adventure? Hire a bike and head to the coastline, with its stunning cliffs, deep coves and island viewpoints. Less than an hour from Dubrovnik you’ll find the forest-filled peninsula of Babin Kuk, rich in quiet beaches and opportunities to camp under the stars. Or take to the sea – it’s easy to rent a kayak, boat or stand up paddleboard to explore the nearby islands, with kit and lessons easily available.
Want more? Fly into Zagreb and you’re within reach of the Plitvice Lakes National Park – a photographer’s dream. Pack your walking boots to trek through this lush forest in search of magnificent waterfalls and a chain of 16 turquoise lakes.
Game of Thrones fans will revel in the chance to take a walking tour through the streets of ‘Kings Landing’