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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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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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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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21483, Duboka, 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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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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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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Setaliste Vladimira Gortana 7, 52420, Buzet, Croatia
Another one of Istria’s hilltop highlights, this stylish boutique hotel is perched in the medieval town of Buzet, known for being Istria’s center of truffles—and decidedly less crowded than Motovun. It features just 19 rooms,...
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52420, Buzet, Croatia
I am having a mad love affair with Croatia (Ssshhh, don't tell France.) In particular, its heart-shaped peninsula Istria that juts into the north Adriatic Sea. Istria is Croatia’s culinary gut, and I make the easy a 2.5-hour drive from the...
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Prijeko ul., 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When wandering around Dubrovnik and you are in the need of eating lunch head over to Prijeko street it's parallel to crowded Placa. Choose one of the restaurants, seat along the street and enjoy some delectable oysters.
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Budislavićeva ul. 15, 21220, Trogir, Croatia
One of the most popular meals in Croatia’s Dalmatia region is 'peka.' It's a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome. You’ll see it listed on menus throughout...
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Pag, Croatia
Before every meal in Croatia, in a very Mediterranean fashion, there is usually served some bread, ham and of course cheese. Amongst all the Croatian cheeses the most desired is Pag cheese, from the small island of Pag near Zadar. The clinical...
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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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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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51410, Opatija, Croatia
Konoba Tramerka serves some of Kvarner’s freshest seafood and locally sourced meats, all expertly prepared with a dash of soul. The restaurant is tucked away on a narrow cobblestone street just steps from the seafront in the tiny fishing...
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In Dubrovnik, you have to walk the walls. It's a must. Not only for stellar views over one of what is arguably one of the most beautiful old cities in the world, but also for the friendly faces you might find. Like this one. My friend Katie...
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Lozovac, Croatia
Located near the coastal city of Šibenik, Krka National Park is named for the river that runs through its lush forests and feeds its most famous site, Skradinski Buk—a huge, clear pool that starts and ends in waterfalls. The park is...
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,Croacia, D421 14, 52224, Trget, Croatia
Trget is a relatively remote town in Istria, on the south-eastern coastline. Driving there, it seemed like the road was about to end right at the sea, but we rounded a corner and arrived at a pleasantly casual tavern. Fresh anchovies, a seafood...
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Ul. Fausta Vrančića 18, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia
One of Dalmatia’s most underrated cities, Šibenik is finally being recognized as an exciting coastal destination. Its medieval heart is a stone maze of steep alleyways dotted with charming squares and hidden cul-de-sacs, not to...
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Cres, Croatia
There are not many places in the world where one can experience the pleasure of pure nature, escape from civilization, sandy beaches, all just a short distance from the city's usual daily activities. In Croatia, it is all possible. Maybe not...
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Poljička cesta, Croatia
Simple elegance best explains the Croatian countryside. The light falling through the window created a beautiful setting for lunch with a Croatian family in Polijicka. Leave the city for a few hours to experience Croatian life in the hillside...
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Čabarnica 42, Zrenj, 52428 Oprtalj, 52428, Žnjidarići, Croatia
If you want to check out a real-deal agritourism (a family-run working farm), Tončić is the top choice. Located in a hilly hamlet in Istria’s bucolic interior, the farm not only has panoramic views of Čićarija mountain and the Mirna river...
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Preluk 1, 51000, Rijeka, Croatia
Once on my birthday I walked the shore-hugging path from Opatija to the seaside village of Volosko. I’d come to see the chimneys. I ate lunch at a small outdoor café, looking up. Then I walked the town taking about 100 pictures of The Chimneys of...
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49 Peruški, 52208, Peruški, Croatia
While traveling throughout Croatia, my friend and I spent some time in Istria eating fabulous food and drinking fantastic wine. What better place to stop before we headed south than the only goat farm in Istria, Stancija Kumparicka? What was going...
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21220, Trogir, Croatia
As you drive from Split to Dubrovnik, be sure to make a short detour to the small but distinctive town of Trogir. Yet another UNESCO World Heritage List inductee, Trogir dates back to Greek times; its history reflected on every stone. Massive...
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21480, Podselje, Croatia
While on a day long small boat trip, we stopped at Stoncica Cove on the island of Vis. We spent a couple hours here, enjoying the sandy beach, the shallow, crystal clear water, and the lively restaurant located just yards from the water. The cooks...
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23247, Vinjerac, Croatia
Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Dinaric Mountains, the isolated Croatian village of Vinjerac lies asleep, haunted by the ghostly few who live there and the destruction inflicted by World War II. The coastline remains scarred from the...
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Trg Republike Hrvatske 1, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia
Crowning the buzzy seafront city of Šibenik is the Cathedral of St. James, an architectural masterpiece incorporating both Gothic and Renaissance styles. The triple-nave cathedral is said to be the world’s largest church built...
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Motovun, Croatia
Standing supported by an arch that has supported so many before us, listening to the singing of the truffle-searching dogs across the valley.
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Maršići 16, 52428 Oprtalj Croatia, 52428, Oprtalj, Croatia
This is the view from Casa Maršić apartment in Istria, inside it's just as nice and the surrounding property provides many of the olives that go into their olive oil. You can get a tasting from Vlado or, if you speak Italian, chat with Maria who...
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Obala Alda Rismonda, Rovinj, Croatia
Head to Sidro right in the port. Fantastic staff and great food. Get the Pinot Grigio (photo). Wines are local. The grape leaves were a favorite and pastas are delicious. End the night with some honey grappa ... Great end to a wonderful night.
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Paladini 14, 52420, Buzet, Croatia
Ahhhh truffles!The funky, pungent fungi that are worth a fortune.The Karlic Estate located near the village of Paladini in Central Istria is one incredible destination. In addition to being able to sample truffle-centric dishes, the Karlic Estate...
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Omiš, Croatia
The view of the Cetina River as it hits the Adriatic Sea is just stunning in Omiš. Climb up the 13th century fortress for the best view.
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Motovun, Croatia
Klapa singing is something that is highly popular around the Dalmatia region of Croatia. Klapa, a form of a cappella singing, can often be heard in public areas during peak hours of day; so it isn't to hard to find a performance. I would recommend...
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Ul. Joakima Rakovca 7, 52424, Motovun, Croatia
Hotel Kastel in Motovun, Croatia is a perfect place to stop for a meal when traveling in the region of Istria. The meals highlight the quality of meat in produce from the region and often blend traditional and modern approaches to rustic cuisine....
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20232, Slano, Croatia
If you are in Croatia try to get yourself to a village feast. I've been going to this one in Slano since I was knee high to a grass hopper. Every year we eat too much lamb, go swimming, drink beer and buy hand woven baskets and wood-carved toys...
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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), or Blue Grotto, on the nearby island of Biševo. Visitors can enter the cave entrance for a minor fee and only by small boat. As we...
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Trg Ivana Pavla II 7, 21220, Trogir, Croatia
Walk through Trogir’s north gate and you’ll find yourself in the historic heart of the city, where the octagonal street plan dates back to the Ancient Greek era. Roam around the maze of stone alleys and admire the Romanesque churches...
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Omiš, Croatia
Omiš is just outside of Split and an easy bus ride way (60 bus). Here is a view of the town walking down from the fortress. It is worth a few hours to check out Omiš and if you are into rafting or canyoning, this is the place for you
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Četvrt kralja Slavca 16, 21310, Omiš, Croatia
If you are staying in Split it is worth taking the 60 bus out to Omiš for the fortress. The bus ride will take you a little over 30 minutes from Split. It is an easy walk/climb to the top of the fortress and it offers great vies of the area. The...
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Loznati, 51557, Cres, Croatia
High up on a hill about 3 miles from Croatia's Cres Town sits Bukaleta, perhaps the best place on the island to sample the local lamb specialty for which Cres is known. Try it grilled, breaded or roasted on a spit -- they'll also whip it up...
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Stari most, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
We spent a day in Bosnia, it's an easy drive from Dubrovnik. The transition was dramatic: from the Latin alphabet to the Cyrillic; from lazy tourists driving Fiats to vigilant UN peacekeepers driving tanks. This bridge was destroyed in 1993 during...
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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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Baščaršija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cevapi is a simple snack or even full meal that is popular in Sarajevo . They're made of grilled sausages of beef or lamb and put into some pita bread along with lots of chopped onions.
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War provided theenduring image of the city for many Westerners. Bullet casings from that conflict have been turned into pens and vases, symbolic souvenirs of the city’s healing. Pick one up on Kazandžiluk...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
While there are an abundance of restaurants along the Neretva river in Mostar, one superb choice is Urban Grill. Here you can try the traditional ćevapi (a dish of minced meat, similar to sausages) in somun (or flatbread), which is considered a...
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Josip Broz Tito ruled Yugoslavia from World War II until his death in 1980. Today he’s a pop-culture icon, celebrated on mugs and T-shirts and at Caffe Tito, a spot behind the National Museum where students born after his reign get their...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I can’t name all the ways our hostess made us feel at home—but I’ll list a few. When we arrived, road weary, she had muffins ready for us, baked with locally-grown, organic flour—and local fruit brandy. She dug up turtles to amuse our kids—despite...
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Fra Anđela Zvizdovića 8, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Salep is a warm drink made from the tubers of an orchid genus called Orchis (according to Wikipedia at least). It tastes a little like warm horchata—comforting and creamy. In fact, we thought it was rice-based at first. Morica Han is an old...
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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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Bravadžiluk 11, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The owner of the place we were staying told us that Bosnians respect their stuffed dough creations enough to give each kind (they have different fillings) unique names. The jab is at Croatians, who refer to all of these filled pies as burek. This...
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Ciglane bb, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
As interesting as the city of Sarajevo is, the tragic side is still very evident. Many of the buildings are still bombed out from the war, with bullet holes in them and also in some signs around town. The most tragic thing however is all the grave...
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Onescukova 30, Rade Bitange 9a, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
There may not be much to do in Mostar, but it sure is lovely! Quiet, peaceful, and breathtakingly beautiful, to be exact. Wander the old stone streets, take in the views of the historic bridges, and relax over an espresso. Could 48 hours possibly...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Oh my god, he’s going to do it!” screeched the American teenager to my left. Sure enough with a quick wave to the crowd, a furtive glance downwards and a tuck of the pants, over he leapt. One of Mostar’s bridge-jumpers had just taken the plunge...
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Stari most, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bata's Crazy Mostar tour is a must!