If you want drive-in access, on-tap cocktails and parasols emblazoned with corporate branding, Lubenice is not for you. Its location alone keeps it untouched by all but the most determined of intrepid travelers. It’s on the island of Cres, a boat ride from the Istrian Peninsula, which is itself a boat ride from Venice, Italy (or a three hour drive from Croatia’s capital, Zagreb). Once you arrive in the hilltop medieval village of Lubenice, a steep path descends a thousand feet down the cliff leading, at last, to the silent, secluded cove.
Why bother? Well, apart from the sense of achievement, there’s the Blue Cave. A few yards along the cliff, a natural grotto is carved into the rock -- swim inside, and you’ll find yourself in a mystical, magical mini-lagoon lit by sunlight reflecting through the water. Later, hike back up to the village, and brag to everyone about your achievement over a well-deserved seafood dinner.