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Jarun, 10110, Zagreb, Croatia

Built from the aftermath of the Sava River’s epic flooding in 1964, Jarun Lake is now one of Zagreb’s most cherished recreational areas. Swim, canoe, or sunbathe in the nude during the day. Then dance the night away at one of the legendary clubs...

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Ul. Antuna Mihanovića 1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

This storied hotel opened in Zagreb in 1925 as a way station for travelers on the Orient Express, which stopped a block from the hotel. The Esplanade’s art-deco design and imposing grandeur are intact. Best of all, the hotel is located at the...

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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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Flavijevska ul., 52100, Pula, Croatia
The sixth largest Roman amphitheater still standing today, the Pula Arena is Croatia’s most magnificent classical monument—and reason enough to check out Pula, Istria’s main city. Built in the 1st century C.E. during the rule of...
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Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj was our first stop in Croatia after two weeks in Italy. It felt like forever getting there. Altogether, an almost 5-hour journey from our hotel in Venice, combining vaporetto, trains and bus, and two border crossings into Slovenia and...
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Aleja Hermanna Bollea 27, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Mirogaj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. The mortuary, and the impressive arcades with the church of Christ the King made it one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. This is where Dr Franco Tudman, Croatia's first President was laid to...
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Croatia’s oldest and biggest national park, Plitvice is a four-season playground known for its pristine forests, stunning waterfalls, and dozens of turquoise lakes. To see it all, trek along the wooden pathways that twist through...
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Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
An elegant square lined with grand, 19th-century buildings, Ban Jelačić is a great spot to feel the city’s pulse. It often plays host to fairs and performances, as well as locals chatting under the sculpture of Ban Josip Jelačić or the...
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10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Who would guess that the sunset in Zagreb will be so beautiful? The sky was changing it's color constantly using every possible shape of pink and purple. I literally couldn't leave the square in front of the Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol till it got...
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Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj was probably my favorite town we visited in Croatia- the twisty cobblestone streets in the steeply-pitched stari grad were lined with brightly colored row houses with the regional terra cotta shingles. I loved these brightly colored shirts,...
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Ul. Ćirila Ivekovića 4, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
With Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, architect Nikola Bašić has created two spectacles that harness the beauty of Zadar’s famous sunsets. Sea Organ is a musical instrument fashioned from pipes and holes drilled through stone stairs that...
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Ul. Vice Vukova 8, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
While visiting Zagreb, a friend drove me over to the new arena in Novi (new) Zagreb called, coincidentally, "Arena Zagreb." "It looks like ribs of whale," he said. I nodded. It does. It's used for myriad sporting events and conventions.
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Motovun, Croatia
Croatia's Istrian peninsula is renowned for its local delicacies, especially those made with the region's white truffles. To find out what the fuss is about, head for the medieval hill town of Motovun and climb the spiraling main street to the...
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Medulin, Croatia
My husband and I spent a summer driving around the former Yugoslavia. Looking for a cheap place to stay after visiting Pula, we decided on the city of Medulin. It is a short drive north-east of Pula and right on the end of Croatia and the sea. We...
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Zrinjevac, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
The leafy Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, known locally as Zrinjevac, is a verdant escape from the bustling city. Lined with historical mansions and neo-Renaissance palaces, it’s technically part of the Lenuci Horseshoe—a feat of...
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Rovinj, Croatia
After a lovely evening at Sidro restaurant in Rovinj drinking Kabola Merlot and eating cevapcici and kajmak we walked past all the fishing boats settling in for the night. The wet, cool air woke us up just as it was time to settle down.
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8, Preradovićeva ul., 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

The collection of Croatian jams, liqueurs, olive oils, and spirits at this sliver of a store in Zagreb is vast. Every item can be sampled, so be sure to ask for a taste of maraska (sour cherry) liqueur or the country’s famous Maraschino liqueur,...

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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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Dolac 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
A roam through this colorful farmers’ market, just up a set of stairs from Ban Jelačić Square, is a feast for the senses—in fact, Dolac is often referred to as “the belly of Zagreb” by locals. On the upper outdoor level,...
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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...