Rab Island, Croatia

One of the cluster of islands that decorate the Gulf of Kvarner at Croatia’s northern end. The familiar Venetian-style campaniles bristle above the medieval town, whose narrow cobbled streets wind to unexpected small piazzas where people gather for coffee and the latest gossip. Stroll the serpentine Lungo Mare Promenade along the waterfront, or investigate one of the many churches that dot the town. Across the island, one of Europe’s last remaining oak forests still survives.