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Kaptol 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
We've been on a global "cafe hop" for four months now - sipping an espresso in just about every place our bags land. It's not just the coffee that lures us in, but the culture that comes with it - the art of steeping/sipping/stirring coffee all...
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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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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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Kaptol, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zlatna Ribica ("goldfish") Bar in Sarajevo, on Kaptol just north of Marsala Tita, has a Sarajevo-hipster-mixed-with-postwar-intellectual vibe, including the cluttered ephemera-filled decor, the thick cigarette smoke, and the handlebar-mustachioed...
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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
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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With hourly departures until 1 p.m., this 45-minute cruise runs along Korčula’s northern shores and out to the surrounding archipelago. Buy a ticket at Korkyra Info Office (4 Kralja Tomislava) and sail to islets like Vrnik, known for its stone...
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Catch a taxi at the Old Town’s main bus station and head to the island's first organic wine producer for a taste of Korčula’s traditional wines. A century after the indigenous grape variety Grk had disappeared from Korčula, vintner Frano Milina...
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The local go-to spot for great food, Filippi is fast becoming Korčula’s signature gastronomic restaurant. The family-run eatery, designed around the slow food concept, serves the best of Mediterranean fare on a seafront terrace with spectacular...
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Ul. Hrvatske Bratske Zajednice, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
Auntie or Teta Smilja, as locals lovingly call her, opened her cozy shop back in 1994. Since then, her sweets—made using traditional and original recipes—have been featured in international magazines and won national awards. Packed to go, her ...
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284, Stari Grad Budva, Kotor 85330, Montenegro
When you think of the Adriatic, what comes to mind? Many people will imagine the walled city of Dubrovnik, with its iconic terra-cotta roof tiles, but the region is filled with so many other interesting and beautiful destinations just waiting to...
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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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Ul. kneza Damjana Jude 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Cathedral stands out among the almost 30 churches and chapels in the Old Town. The striking minimalism of its main altar accentuates the central painting, The Assumption of Mary, attributed to the Venetian Renaissance master Titian and...
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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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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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Prijeko bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
As a gluten-intolerant eater and ‘selectarian’ exploring the Balkans (a region that favors pork, beef, and bread), I was ecstatic to dine at Nishta's Restaurant, which is in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town. My husband and I feasted upon the...
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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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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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True, the ground may be a bit uneven, the sun may be shining brightly upon you and you just may have to endure friendly boaters waiving as they sail by, BUT it's a small price to pay for the experience and breathtaking view of practicing on the...
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2, Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Its name honors an avant-garde woman poet from Dubrovnik’s golden age, Cvijeta Zuzorić. Its menu, by star chef Jeffery Vella, honors one of the Cvijeta’s tenets: No compromising on the things you believe in. And what the staff believes...
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Dubrovnik’s star turn as King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones brought a new immediacy to the city’s historic sites. The infamous Season 5 “Walk of Shame” scene took place on the Jesuit Staircase that descends from Gundulic Square to St....
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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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Croatia
Mljet (pronounced Mee-yet) National Park is located on a stunningly beautiful island in the Adriatic off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentions this island in the Odyssey, and according to legend Odysseus was marooned...
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Sv. Dominika bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This extraordinary restaurant holds a prime position in Dubrovnik: It's located on the city walls with wide-open views of the old town harbor. The expert staff puts a unique spin on Mediterranean cuisine and presents it in an almost artistic...
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Kotor, Montenegro
Walking through Kotor was like stepping back in time. This is the view of the hillside behind the town within the city walls.
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The views of Napoleon’s theater, City Clock tower and Rector’s Palace are nearly as good as the fantastic coffee and homemade cakes. Try the krempitas (vanilla slice) or the Montenegrin specialty Dobrotska Torta, made with eggs, almonds and cherry...
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Kotor, Montenegro
Just outside of the entrance to Kotor's old town is a bazaar that seems to have survived for an eternity. With mostly fruits, veges and fish on offer, if you walk halfway down the centre you'll come to a meat specialist who will let you taste his...
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The small museum’s collection of international cat-related memorabilia includes cat-themed postcards, comic and coins as well as photos of famous people with cats. It is guaranteed to amuse with its ‘good vibe, no politics’ philosophy. At the Cats...
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Try a variety of Montenegrin wines by the glass or opt for the five-wine tasting menu over a platter of local cheeses and Njegoš prosciutto. While the alfresco terrace is charming, the interior blends modern and traditional with nice touches such...
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Perast, Montenegro
Balanced on a natural reef, the monastery lies atop a tiny islet, just off shore from the legendary fishing port of Perast and is the final resting place of dozens of sea captains.
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Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro
Black mountains. Those mountains in the background are the source of the name, Montenegro. Here before me in the Bay of Kotor is the tiny, picture-perfect islet I’ve seen in literature, the very image that lured me to the place. And now, it’s...
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Built on a peninsula on the Dalmatian coast, the former Greek and Roman colony of Budva lies just 23 kilometer south of Kotor. Fortified in medieval times, today its lively maze of stone streets brims with shops, cafés and restaurants. Scenic boat...
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Gundulićeva poljana, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This lovely open-air market in the Old Town is full of color and sells a bounty of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s also the place to taste sugar-coated orange and lemon peels (arancini and lemoncini), sugar-coated almonds...
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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...