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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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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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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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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...
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Istria County, Croatia
Istria, Croatia is "truffle country". Knowing this, I was determined to dine at the world's best truffle restaurant while there. I found it at Zigante where each dish, from the pasta to the ice cream, was embellished with delicate, exquisite black...
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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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Ulica kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
In a swift four-minute ride, the Dubrovnik cable car can deliver you to the top of Mount Srdj for a bird’s-eye perspective of the Old Town and surrounding areas. Sometimes, on really crisp days, Italy will appear far out on the horizon. Even...
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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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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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23000, Zadar, Croatia
My favorite city in Croatia, Zadar may not be on everyone’s radar, but it should be. Combining history with the casual elegance more commonly found along the Mediterranean, this is the perfect city to relax in for a few days. Along the waterfront...
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13, Vicka Butorovića, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
At the beachside restaurant Robinson's--a hidden gem with no electricity or running water, tucked away a nude beach on the coast of Hvar--every bite of "Squid Nona Mikra" is worth trekking for. And trek you will, as it's only reachable by an hour...
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Dolac, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb's central open air market brings together all the old women with small inventories of what they just pulled from their garden and larger vendors with bigger piles of seasonal produce. Both look great but you always want to dive into the...
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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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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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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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Sveti Filip i Jakov, Croatia
Literally translated to Saint Philip and Jacob, this charming town of about 5,000 inhabitants offers homey hospitality, rocky beaches and sun rays that literally give you a bronzed tan. Not olive, not brown, bronze. The food is delicious at every...
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Novigrad, Croatia
There’s a budding movement in Istria to serve raw fish parts traditionally eaten in fishermen’s homes. At Batelina (Cimulje 25, Banjole, 385/ (0) 52-573-767), chef David Skoko prepares mostly raw dishes from seafood caught each morning. The menu...
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Mali Ston, Croatia
If you're a seafood-lover visiting Dubrovnik, it's worthwhile making the short trip to Mali Stone for the freshest oysters you've ever tasted. We arrived in town, with our excellent guide, Zoran, from Vacation in Dubrovnik (link below), just as...
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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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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik has plenty of traditional handmade goods to purchase. Many of the local artisans can be found set up with their items on the street, while the official shops generally have items from Croatia at large. However, there are many local...
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Trstenik, Croatia
When it comes to great wines, Croatia's Peljesac Peninsula doesn't exactly spring to mind the way Montepulciano or Rioja might. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't pay a visit to Peljesac's family-owned wineries and start swigging. Our favorite,...
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51410, Opatija, Croatia
Volosko is a little Istrian seaside town, not far from Rijeka. Konoba Tramerka isn't right on the water, it's up a little alley, which means that it's slightly off the tourist path. Fresh octopus was marinated then grilled and dressed with a...
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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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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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Rovinj, Croatia
The cobblestones that make up the alleys of old Rovinj are no ordinary cobblestones, more like purposefully crafted marble sculptures each one of them. It's almost as if the rain and the 300 year old footsteps of the fishermen traipsing home after...
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Ul. Miha Pracata 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatian made jewelry is unique, intricate, and has a long history. Many of the jewelry store owners have family heirlooms of jewelry, metalwork, swords, and pistols dating hundreds of years back on display. Treat yourself to a story of local...
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Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships has a way of sneaking up on you. When I visited the Croatian capital in Summer 2012, I figured looking at a bunch of objects that were symbols of various heart broken people's failed relationships would be a...
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Gundulićeva ul. 18, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Gostionica Tip Top is an old bohemian hangout—Croatian poet Tin Ujevic used to hang out here. They serve inexpensive but delicious Dalmatian cuisine in downtown Zagreb, and are known for their set menus—in particular, octopus stew on Thursdays and...
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Punta Milna 27, 21450, Malo Grablje, Croatia
Hotel Fortuna and the little town of Milna (Hvar), Croatia are magical. The location is so incredibly beautiful. The water is crystal clear and the perfect temperature in July. Refreshingly cool, but not cold. Myself, my husband, and our 11 and...
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Peruški 49, 52208, Peruški, Krnica, 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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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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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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Does it seem like he's looking at you? This is just one of the 70-some sculpture-portraits, said to be of individuals known to their creator. The head adorns the exterior of the Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik, Croatia (once Venetian territory),...
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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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21231, Klis, Croatia
Admittedly, I've never seen an episode of the Game of Thrones, nevertheless, we couldn't escape the hype surrounding the upcoming series premiere when we were in Split, Croatia, one of the filming locations. One weekend, we joined our friends on a...
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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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Istria
The scenery in the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia was amazing. Everywhere you looked, there was something to see. This was just a stop on the side of the road to look at a river. Just beautiful!
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52424, Kaldir, Croatia
This is Livio Benvenuti, the man in charge at the Benvenuti winery in the Istrian region of Croatia. The Benvenuti family has been making wine in this region for a long time and the taste of their wines prove it. Livio is a kind man and is very...
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Ul. Blata 15, 22211, Vodice, Croatia
This stunning blue flag beach gently shelves into the crystal clear warm water of the Adriatic Sea and was the perfect spot to relax. When we felt like some excitement there was an excellent choice of water sports right on hand. The adjacent...
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Mletačka ul. 11, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
"Didovs san" translated means Grandpas dream and dreamy is exactly how I would describe the food here. I grew up around my Croatian Grandmothers table and this place certainly brought back some memories. Everything on the menu is a speciality of...
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8 Mediteranskih Igara 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
Experience top-tier European football far away from the more prominent leagues in England, Spain, and Germany by taking in a Hajduk Split match in Split, Croatia. The team is historically the 2nd-best team in Croatia behind eternal rival Dinamo...
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49295, Kumrovec, Croatia
Tito's home town has been turned into a tourist attraction for those that long for the Balkan equivalent of the pioneer days--see how they made toys, and, erm, reared turkeys?
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Must see & experience on a trip to Croatia or Northern Italy. This natural wonder is well worth the drive and a full day. Enjoy incredible waterfall formations and stunning views.
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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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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
There is nothing like the power of water. What it's done along the one mile trail through the Radovna River gorge is an engineering masterpiece. Built on wood scaffolding, the trail winds its way down river, crisscrossing the current in the...