With a quiet beach, authentic restaurants and a sprinkling of rooftop bars, holidays to Orasac are ones to remember.
The perfect package
The pretty, 10th-century village of Orasac's just north of Dubrovnik on Croatia
's Dalmatian Coast
. Perched on an emerald hillside overlooking the Elaphite Islands, it's got narrow winding streets, sweet little restaurants and a tranquil beach – a winning combo for any getaway.
The beach through the trees
Hawaii Beach's tucked away behind pine trees. The shore's a clean sweep of sand and pebbles, and you get an unbroken panorama of the nearby islands. The spot's got all the bases for a lazy afternoon covered – there's a cafe-bar at the harbour serving pizzas and drinks too.
For authentic dishes, sample the cooking at a 'konoba' –
Croatia's take on the traditional taverna. Quality ingredients are served with love at family-run eateries, where diners are welcomed by friendly hosts and coastal views. Expect to find Dalmatian appetisers, tasty meat dishes and homemade wines.
Dip to DubrovnikDubrovnik
, just 20 minutes' drive from Orasac, has got a reputation as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. History's everywhere you look in this ancient city, and the views of terracotta roofs and deep-blue waters from atop the old town walls are breathtaking.