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Up a flight of stairs in a narrow alley off of the main square in Hvar Town, a tongue-in-cheek sign outside the restaurant Luna warns “for Lunatics only.” After entering and ascending a flight of stairs adorned with multi-lingual proclamations...
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Hvar, Croatia
If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic then Hvar Town is Mini Pearl. It has everything to offer that Dubrovnik has but on a far smaller scale. Hvar Town is a picturesque little town located on the southwestern coast of Hvar Island. The heart of...
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Ul. Higijeničkog Društva 19, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Simply a must for anyone visiting Hvar town on the island of Hvar, the fortress overlooking the town is very old, and offers a splendid view of the town below, and of the islands in the distance. Make the short walk up here, pay the modest...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Hvar island is a surefire spot to get your groove on. Fun is round the clock here—you'll find sunset beach parties, full-moon revelries, and bass-infused beach bashes. Don’t miss designer cocktails at Carpe Diem, a seafront bar...
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RUDA 2, Plisko Polje, 21480, Plisko Polje, Croatia
For our few days in Vis, a two-hour ferry ride from Split, we would drive our Vespa until we got to a beach—they are not hard to come by on this small island. This beach, right about in the middle of the south coast of the island, is mostly only...
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PORAT 00, Biševo, 21485, Biševo, Croatia
When sailing from the town of Vis to Komiža on Vis Island, we stopped at the Blue Cave (Modra špilja) on the nearby island of Biševo. Visitors can enter the cave entrance for a minor fee and only by small boat. As we made our way inside, the water...
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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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Vis, Croatia
This is a traditional cooking vessel in Vis, a small island in the middle of the Adriatic, about two hours' ferry ride from Split, Croatia. The method is called "pod pekom," which means that it's slow-cooked with embers on top and underneath....
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Bol, Croatia
Rakija (a distilled spirit, or Grappa) comes in many different flavors in Croatia. When we asked if we should drink it before dinner as an aperitif or after dinner, the answer was, "drink it whenever you can!".
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Put Zlatnog rata, 21420, Bol, Croatia
Waves lapping, people sun bathing and cappuccinos pouring. What a life! Zlatni Rat (or Golden Horn Beach) on the south side of Brac island, in Croatia, is an incredible beach worthy of a trip. The beach isn't sandy but is made up of small smooth...
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Put Zlatnog rata, 21420, Bol, Croatia
Zlatni Rat beach, our Croatian friend told us, is one of the most photographed beaches in Croatia. It took no more time than our arrival there to convince me. "Zlatni Rat" means "the Golden Cape," and the beach is made up of shining white pebbles...
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Vis, island, Ul. don Mihovila Pavlinovića 3, 21485, Komiža, Croatia
The blue cave in Croatia is one of the most beautiful and astonishing sights I have ever seen. Accessible by yacht from the Croatian coast, or from Komiza, on the island of Vis, this sea-cave in a small bay called Balun on the island of Bisevo is...
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Šetalište Petra Kanavelića, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
What an amazing place to have a drink. But don't have too many. Remember you have to climb back down the ladder. The bar is on top of one of the turrets on the Korcula town wall. You have to climb a steep ladder through a small hatch to get to the...
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Korčula, Croatia
We sailed into Korčula late in the afternoon with plenty of time to wander the narrow streets. While crisscrossing the old neighborhoods keep your eyes open for a glimpse into private gardens and ancient townhouses. In the evening be sure to grab...
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Žrnovo, Croatia
Take a hike with a guide and you're sure to explore some of the reaches of Korcula Island you wouldn't have ventured to otherwise. Not to mention, the views back down on the Old Town are best from above.
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Ul. Hrvatske Bratske Zajednice, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
Pastry shop Cukarin on Korcula Island serves traditional local cakes such as this Klašun pastry with walnut and rose brandy filling. Yum!
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Žrnovo, Croatia
The shop is called Fresh and it's along the Sveti Nikola in Korcula. The proprietor is very generous and she has the best homemade goods to take home as gifts -- or to keep for yourself! We left with olive oil, grappa, capers, almonds, and...
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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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Lokrum, Dubrovnik, Croatia
We laid down our beach towels on the rocks, where the edge of the island met the soft lapping waves. Several peacocks watched us from a close distance, their eyes gleaming with hunger and curiosity. We kept them in our peripheral sight as we...
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Palmotićeva ul. 4a, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Wine is an integral part of life on the Dalmatian Coast, a region with many indigenous varietals; a visit to Dubrovnik shouldn’t go by without a glass of local wine. Tucked away on Palmotićeva Street off the main Stradun, D’Vino offers...
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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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Stradun 21, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Old Town’s main street, Stradun, also known as Placa, can’t be missed—it’s the biggest and widest of all the thoroughfares, and you will probably walk it several times during your stay here. It’s especially nice...
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Ul. Svetog Đurđa 14, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik's City Walls are the longest and most complete in Europe. They also offer a fascinating way to see the city. While making the circuit of the city, you can peer down on the narrow streets below, peek into secret courtyards, and catch a...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is one of the best preserved medieval, walled cities in the world. Inside the city are delightful narrow streets, churches, synagogues, and squares. However, the best way to appreciate Dubrovnik is atop its walls. The citizens relied on...
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Poljana Paska Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Of the cities I've seen world-wide the last 12 years on the road, Dubrovnik, Croatia is an absolute 'Top Five' for me. It is beautiful, historical, magical at night and one of the more walkable towns on earth. The cost to access the walled walk...
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Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The name hardly prepares you for the exquisitely cut and styled women’s clothes inside. Among the featured Croatian designers, my favorite, who goes by the name Rococo, creates Grecian-themed gowns and cocktail dresses. The Dubrovnik branch will...
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If you are lucky enough to be in Croatia when they play football, join the locals in any bar, pub or restaurant for a fantastic time. I happened to be in Gundulic square in Old Town Dubrovnik when Croatia played Spain in UEFA Euro 2012. Wow!
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Ul. od Tabakarije 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Near Old Town, but tucked away from the busy summertime crowds, is Restaurant Orhan. Best seat in the house is at one of the waterfront tables under their outdoor covered terrace, where you can leisurely indulge in a fresh meal, all while taking...
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Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This 18th-century hotel at the foot of the Stradun, the polished limestone pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, is set on a small square in close proximity to the city’s most famous sights and museums (and...
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Zeljarica ul. 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Nested between the cliffs of the Lovrijenac (the Dubrovnik Castle) and the American College of Management and Technology (yes, that one) is a beach that everybody misses in their attempts to find the best spot in Dubrovnik to catch some rays. Sure...
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Kovačka ul. 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik boasts a car-free historic center with civic spaces framed by historic architecture. Our visit was enriched by enjoying a traditional Croatian music and dance performance.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tucked into the rocks off the walled center of Dubrovnik, The Bard offered locals and travelers a rocky but picturesque spot for a cool beverage and a platform for diving into the cool blue Adriatic below.
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Lučarica ul. 5, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Pizza was the last thing I thought I would be impressed by while visiting Croatia but this was amazing! So good I ate it two nights in a row. You might notice the single slices in the window on the main street but don't make your decision based on...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
For some of the most gorgeous water in the world, visit the aquamarine bay of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Pack your camera and phone in a plastic baggie, and spend the afternoon kayaking around this stunning old fortified fort city.
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20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Don't pay for water in Dubrovnik, you'd be wasting money and an opportunity to drink some great tasting natural spring water. Bring a small water bottle and fill up as needed from the ornately carved fountains around town. The grandest fountain,...
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At first we only went outside of the City Walls to grab a lunch, where there's fresh seafood, the prices aren't too crazy and the view pleasant and away from the crowds. Our studio host recommended the Orhan Restaurant, just a brief walk from the...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
The drive from Split to Dubrovnik along the Southern Dalmatian coast is breathtaking. It is not a long drive and is supposed to take only four hours to complete, but stunning views across the Adriatic seduced us into stopping our car every 10...
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There isn't a shortage of pools or beaches to swim in Dubrovnik. But when you want to get away from the crowds in the Old Town, take a day trip to the close by Lokrum Island. The boat ride takes about 15 minutes and it costs less than $7. The more...
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Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
Split is not known as a shopping destination, but if you have a hankering to go shopping, then head underground to the Podrum. The Podrum is a labyrinth of vaulted underground chambers that is located under what was Diocletian’s Palace. Back in...
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21000, Split, Croatia
If I have visited a place that is fascinating by all standards, then Split in Croatia stands as one of these. Everything in this city ranging from the fishing villages to spectacular natural landscapes is simply amazing. I visited Split as a part...
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Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
The focal point of Split, this 1,700-year-old Roman palace is nestled on the Adriatic seafront and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Roman Emperor Diocletian built the palace as his seaside retirement home, and across the centuries...
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Ul. Iza Vestibula 4, 21000, Split, Croatia
When we arrived in Croatia, we were surprised to learn that the Zinfandel grape's ancestral origins are in Dalmatia. Eager to taste wine, and try authentic cuisine in the Split area, we embarked on a fantastic and private day trip. As a...
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Ulica Andrije Buvine 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
As the name implies, any stress you may have will melt away at the No Stress Café in Split, Croatia. Located on the corner of Pjaca (also known as Narodni trg or People's Square), the al fresco café feels like a vibrant summer garden. The menu is...
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Ul. Marka Marulića 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
As a tribute to the zinfandel grape, which originated in Croatia, this food and wine bar has a zin-centric wine list, but doesn’t ignore other regional favorites. Among 100 bottles, about 30 are available by the glass, so it’s a great...
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Bosanska ul. 4, 21000, Split, Croatia
Master filigree jeweler Viktor Čivljak has a gentle and humble manner despite regularly wielding blow torches and hammers in his making of Old World jewelry. The 73-year-old has been making filigree masterpieces for the past 60 years, and today...
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21000, Split, Croatia
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, and you are planning a vacation to Croatia then you’ll want to get your Unsullied Army ready to march along this Game of Thrones tour. Seasons one through to four of the fantasy drama were shot in Dubrovnik, but...
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Grljevacka, 2A, Podstrana, 21312, Split, Croatia
A table with a view of the sea in Split, Croatia is a whole different thing. Walk on the beach and go left from the hotel and you will find little restaurants like this. For more info read Things I Have Learned in Croatia...
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21000, Split, Croatia
When the sun shines brightly on the Promenade, the effect can be blinding to the eyes from the reflection of the sunlight. But people seem to be enjoying the sun on lazy chairs and benches under palm trees since summer comes only a few months in a...
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21000, Split, Croatia
San Servolo (Istria) just started brewing this year. Their beers have made it on the market in Split. Although they call the beer 'homemade' it is the only craft beer style that seems to exist. They produce a Vienna Lager and a red. They are found...
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Ul. Antuna Kuzmanića 13, 21000, Split, Croatia
On a weekend afternoon, we went to the vineyard cottage of our winemaker friend, who lives near seaside Split. Four hundred meters above the Adriatic Sea, we learned more about Dalmatian cuisine while savoring grilled fish, a mixture of wild...
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Solurat ul. 7, 21000, Split, Croatia
I happened upon Teraca Bamba as I was getting myself lost on the winding, ancient streets of Split. Seeing the awning of this caffe bar on the second-story of a quintessential stone building, I knew that the view of the Riva just had to be...
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Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 25, 21000, Split, Croatia
A stone's throw from downtown Split, at the tip of this peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic, Marjan is a hilltop forest park about the same size as New York City’s Central Park. Known as the lungs of the city, Marjan provides an ideal...