I have never been a traveler. Alas. And now, at a healthy almost 70, I'm planning to retire as an ex-pat in about two years and have fallen in long-distance love with Croatia, from Split to points north, probably along the coast. I like cold weather and rain in the winter, and prefer rocky beaches to sand. I do not speak Croatian but could pick up Italian without too much difficulty (I think). While I'm not wild about tourist crowds, I grew up in a tourist town and know how to hunker down and wait for winter.
My supportive boss has given his blessing for a month-long vacation in a year--sometime NEXT September/October. I figure that will provide me with a solid three weeks in Croatia (and a side-trip to Sofia with my Bulgarian travel companion). Before I hunt up a Rick Steves travel consultant for fine-tuning, I'd appreciate advice on which towns to settle into for 3 or 4 nights, to get a feel for the local environment: the people, food, day-to-day environment. I'd like to be able to explore the countryside around each location.
Does anyone here have itinerary suggestions--a special "must see" place for someone wanting to settle in?
Thanking you in advance . . .