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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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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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Blue Eye, Albania
This place is in the middle of nowhere in Southern Albania. There is no bus stop. You just have to motion to the driver to pull over at the side of the road when you see a promising looking dirt trail. You take that trail off the main road, all...
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6, Ul. Don. Pavla Poše 1, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
The Relais & Châteaux property, a former 18th-century bishop’s palace in Korčula’s Old Town, has been meticulously restored into an all-apartment luxury hotel. Each of the five suites is decorated along a...
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Croatia
If going to Croatia you must check out Plitvice Lakes - a world heritage park of impossibly-coloured lakes criss-crossed by wooden boardwalks. Fed by hundreds of falls and scattered with autumn leaves, the lakes presented a surreal Monet-esque...
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Livade, Croatia
On the steep hills above the truffle-obsessed town of Livade in central Istria, Croatia, a man named Vlado Tomažič makes olive oil on his family’s farm. When my husband and I rented the apartment, Casa Maršić (casamarsic.com), adjacent to the...
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5271 Slap, Slovenia
Zmago, the owner and lead winemaker, met us at the top of the hill that leads to his family farm and the headquarters of a small organic Slovene wine label, Guerila. He walked down from the family's house to greet us, a plate of dried fruit,...
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Tomićeva ul. 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Wine has been made in Croatia for centuries. Explore the country’s newfound dedication to quality winemaking at the grape-focused restaurant, Bistro Karlo, and the easygoing wine bar Basement. Some grapes to look for include the white Graševina...

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Jelsa874a, 21465, Jelsa, Croatia
On the pretty island of Hvar, beneath the Bastijana Winery of Andro Tomic, lies a jewel of a wine tasting hall. The dramatic cellar is called Triclinium and has been strikingly constructed out of various types of limestone in a similar manner to...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
While Mostar itself is a relatively small town it is one of the most visited in the Balkans. Known for its alley of coppersmiths, where the sons and daughters of coppersmiths before them have toiled, the ‘clang clang clang’ nearly drowns out 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
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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Built in 1166, the Catholic cathedral dedicated to Kotor’s patron saint Tryphon is sure to impress with its two towers, massive columns and vaulted roofs, as well as its many fine examples of local gold and silversmithing. The saint’s relics are...
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Kotor's Old Town is surrounded by extensive fortifications built into the steep, rocky mountainside, with the city walls forming an impressive 4-kilometer continuous loop. Perched at the very top, the 1,200-meter-high fortress of Saint Giovanni...
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The Stari Grad (or Old Town) of Kotor is steeped in history, from the Venetian lions standing guard at the entrance to its piazzas with names like Square of Flour and Square of Weapons after the items that were once traded there. The labyrinth of...
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Located to the right of the Sea Gate, Kotor’s open-air market is packed with local homemade and homegrown delicacies, such as fresh fruit, goat cheese and porcini mushrooms, as well as fish straight from the sea and Montenegrin wines and...
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Lovers of fine art and upscale mementos will appreciate Vidra’s keen curation of one-of-a-kind handicrafts, artwork, jewelry, tablecloths and lace. The locally produced metal fish sculptures epitomize Kotor and its bay—and make a great souvenir.
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With its stone walls, 1980s-style furniture and minimalist décor vividly evoking the Socialist era, dining at Bastion is like taking a trip into Kotor's recent past. The lengthy menu is legendary for dishes such as minced-meat stuffed peppers, ...
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Kotor, Montenegro
After climbing 1,352 stairs of the fortified walls of Kotor, we reach St. Ivan's fortress. However, our adventure was just beginning. On our descent we spot a sign directing us off the path. We took the diversion. Looking through the window we saw...
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Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor has one of the best preserved old towns in all of Europe. If you’re looking to step back in time and soak up the European history we all come to enjoy, wander around it’s smooth cobbled streets. Stop to enjoy a local white wine and a cheese...
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Tucked away next to the Maritime Museum, Kotor’s oldest antiques shop is home to an eclectic collection of treasures like Roman coins and fibulas, original Montenegrin national costumes and pieces of contemporary history like industrial warning...
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Floating above the Adriatic, Galion’s terrace takes in the splendor of Kotor’s Old Town just across the harbor. Choose from the menu of Mediterranean specialties-with-a-twist, such as octopus salad spiced with chili or Saint-Pierre fillet with...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, 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...