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Bay of Kotor
Descending upon Montenegro's coast via Cetinje during the winter is like crossing continents in a moment. From icy peaks you first come upon Budva, then continue on to Kotor Bay. The bay is breathtaking. You'd think the first thing to elaborate on...
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Virpazar, Montenegro
Ukljeve is a small bleak found only in Lake Skadar, Montenegro – one of 7 endemic fish species in the lake. This tasty little fish is just one of the many treats you will find at Virpazar’s annual Ukljeve i Vina festival, held in February this...
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Rijeka Crnojevića, Montenegro
Hidden beneath the overbearing black mountains that crown Lake Skadar in Montenegro is the small fishing village of Karuc – an unexpected oasis in an austere mountain landscape. Arrive in Karuc from a windy road off the main way from Podgorica,...
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Podgorica, Montenegro
It doesn't get any better than Kotor, Montenegro - really, it doesn't. The landscape is stunning, the weather is mild and the architecture is lovely. Throw in a vibrant Southern European culture, and you're really, really close to perfection....
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Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan 85315, Montenegro
Sometimes you just need an iced coffee. That can be a difficult find in Europe. Finally, after backpacking around the Balkans and bumming on Montenegrin beaches, we found some suitable, Nescafe frappes on a 15th century, fortified island village....
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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
Our wonderful host, Luka at the Garni Hotel Berc, told us we shouldn't miss out on the beautiful bridge and boardwalk hike at the nearby Vintgar Gorge- he was right! What a gem. The water was so deep and the most surreal aquamarine I've ever seen....
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5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Kobarid is also known as Caporetto, because the town—on the border with Italy—was annexed by the Italians for part of World War I. The brutality of that war has been erased—and scenery like this has survived (you can revisit the war at the museum...
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5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
The Soča River runs along Western Slovenia and following its path made for a beautiful road trip. The river has a deep emerald hue that looks photoshopped in pictures, but is 100% real. Coming from Ljubljana with the goal of arriving in Bled, we...
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5222 Jezerca, Slovenia
Triglavski Narodi, or "Triglav" is one of Europe's oldest parks and is a hidden traveling treasure. Premiere places to see while traveling western Slovenia. Raft the Soča River, one of the world's premier rafting locations and an important battle...
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4265 Ribčev Laz, Slovenia
Largest national park in Slovenia
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
Need a break from the snow and mountains? The bright Istrian town of Piran, on the Adriatic Sea, can feel downright Mediterranean if you time your surprisingly short trip right. Just an hour and a half from Slovenia. Tool around Istria while...
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It's not for the easily carsick, but driving the Vršič pass provides some of Slovenia's best views. We started from Ljubljana in the morning, made our way north to Kranjska Gora near the Austrian border, and then entered Triglav National Park....
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5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Slovenia's Soca Valley is one of the world's great adventure hubs – the steep terrain of the Julian Alps is carved with narrow gorges for hiking and canyoning, while the ice-blue Soca River has class I-V rapids for rafting, kayaking and canoeing....
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Turjaška ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
While in LJ City we took the tram up to the castle for a lovely September afternoon enjoying the museum and panoramas of the city and mountains. This is a must while in town.
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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Lozovac, Croatia
Skradinski Buk is the name given to the series of tiers of cascades and waterfalls located in Krka National Park. The water flows from the Krka River and the volume is so great that it literally thunders as it rages, full force, over the karst...
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Obala kralja Zvonimira 13, 21220, Trogir, Croatia
My mom kept urging me to go to Croatia because she had seen images of the beautiful Dalmatian coast. I resisted because Croatia was not on my travel agenda at the time. I finally caved in and I’m so glad I did because it’s a gem of a country! Most...
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Croatia
Waterfalls on a stormy day.
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Rovinj, Croatia
A year ago I took a short road trip through Istria, Croatia to explore the medieval hilltop towns, Venitian cities, sacred churches, and the famous wine, olive oil and truffles. It is an amazing area of Croatia just across the sea from Venice. It...
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Ul. kralja Petra Krešimira IV 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
I kept putting this off during my trip thinking it was too touristy, but I'm glad I finally did it. The view really is breathtaking and the museum in the Imperial Fortress just behind it is a must.
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21483, Podhumlje, Croatia
If you are able to tour the Pakleni Islands near Hvar in Croatia ask to be taken to Bisevo to see the blue grotto. Once you are there you will be taken in a small embarkation as the entrance to the cave is only 1.5 meters high. Once you enter your...
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Schlosserove stube 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
From the moment our bleary eyes adjusted to the bright lights of Zagreb's bus terminal from our overnight journey from Split, my friend and I fell in love with what a line in our guidebook claimed as the city's "cafe culture". From the steaming...
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21450, Zaraće, Croatia
You know the feeling. As the sun sets and closes the door on a beautiful, relaxing day, you secretly say to yourself "Sun, don't go...just stay a little while longer". That was this moment. Spent snorkeling in the cove, watching people on their...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thanks to reading recommendations here on Afar.com, I picked up a copy of Sarajevo Marlboro at a bookstore, just as we crossed the famous, historic bridge in Mostar, Bosnia. At the bookstore, a short film played over and over, documenting the...
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Baščaršija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bascarcija, the Ottoman center of Sarajevo, is a lot like the markets of Istanbul. Or, it's a lot like what the markets of Istanbul would be like if they took a handful of Valium and relaxed. Nobody bustles, and nobody seems to be in a hurry. A...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you venture to Mostar, and I recommend you do, and you’re up for some no-frills, delicious, Bosnian local specialties, this is the place to visit. It doesn’t look like much, and to be fair, we likely would have passed it by if it wasn’t so...
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Street 1;Village Matka, Village Matka 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Matka Canyon, Macedonia: Since there weren’t any signs and we didn’t quite know what we were getting into, we should have brought more things from the car—like cash for tipping a boat driver. We took the meandering path along the edge of a...
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Zheleznichka 114, Ohrid 6000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Ohrid (Macedonian: Охрид) is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia. It has about 56,000 inhabitants, making it the seventh largest city in the country. The city is the seat of Ohrid Municipality. Ohrid is notable...
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Galichnik, Macedonia (FYROM)
While staying in Macedonia, you can enjoy horse riding in the area of Galicnik, one of Macedonia's most pictoresque villages. After the riding experience, You can be offered to taste slow food of Galicnik, such as lamb prepared from local people...
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Macedonia (FYROM)
Flying over the Ohrid lake (UNESCO natural and historical heritage site), in the Galica National Park, is an incredible experience that you will never forget! Tandem flight can be enjoyed by anyone at the age of 7 –77, no prior experience...
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Macedonia (FYROM)
The “Mavrovo” National Park with it's landscapes, lakes and forests, is one of the most beautiful areas in Macedonia. Encompassing a territory of 73.000 ha, the Mavrovo area is the largest National Park in the country. The highest peak is Mt....
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Bitola 7000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Heraclea Lyncestis was an ancient Macedonian city situated 2 km south of the present-day town of Bitola, Republic of Macedonia.It was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC, after he had conquered the surrounding...
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The east end of the village of Bansko, the place where the spring of thermo-mineral water is, is know by the name "Bath" among the local population, and it used to be a thermal healing spa from late antiquity. The archeological excavations on the...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...