Sep 27

TOP THREE CITIES TO BEGIN YOUR TOUR IN THE BALKANS WITH

Tourism in Eastern Europe is going through an era of development, which is great, because this region that has been long ignored it is not less important and has a lot of great things to offer to its visitors: from amazing architecture, to great food, fascinating history and a wonderful scenery. We shall begin our travel today with a top three of some of the most beautiful cities in the Balkans region, chosen randomly. And because there is a lot more to see, we promise to cover as many regions, countries and cities as possible.

Kotor in Montenegro

Montenegro is often sadly ignored by backpackers in Europe. But with such spectacular vistas in Europe’s deepest fjord, Kotor is not easily forgotten! The friendly people and cheap local wine, mean you really can’t go far wrong here so take a leap of faith and trust us on this one! The idyllic Bay of Kotor and its impressive ancient port town is Montenegro at its best. With its strong Venetian influences (the Republic conquered this area long ago) and unique river canyon from the Adriatic, it’s little wonder that Kotor has been named a cultural and natural World Heritage Centre. The summer carnival always proves to be a big draw, with thousands partying on the streets every year.

Zarad in Croatia

The city’s historic old town is the big draw with glowing white flagstones and the Riva – a picturesque waterfront promenade. In the evening, people gather at the promontory to watch the sunset – which Hitchcock famously claimed to be the most beautiful in the world. To add to the magic, Nikola Basic’s Sea Organ (click to listen!) provides a soundtrack to the setting of the sun. The art installation is operated by the tides which flow in and out of a series of tunnels underfoot to create an eclectic and poetic drone. You will catch people crouching with their ear to the ground in awe of the music.

Cocktails are best enjoyed at the Bedouin-style Garden Grow bar, opened by UB40 drummer James Brown. Once you’ve tasted the city’s heady nightlife, Zadar itself doesn’t need more than a few days. When you’ve had your fill, check out the popular Soundwave Festival or explore the northern Zadar archipelago for a spot of island hopping in Croatia to Pag, Ugljan or Dugi for idyllic beaches.

Belgrade in Serbia

his city is something of an up-and-coming destination, which today means you need to look beyond the city’s rather ugly housing blocks and cast your eyes to the heart of Belgrade – to the leafy squares and ancient churches – to see its true beauty. They are a reminder of this region’s diverse culture and religious history. There is, in fact, something of Paris’s Montmartre in Belgrade’s pretty Skadarska area too.

The real draw of Belgrade, however, is its hedonistic nightlife. During the summer, clubs open up along the Danube River on barges and some 3-storey boats. The city comes alive with the blast of techno rhythms and ravers waving glow sticks at open-air events, although most music tastes are catered for in some club or other, if that’s not your thing.

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Sep 26

CROATIA FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Where should you go if you want your children to feel good and enjoy the holiday?
It is still summer and sunshine, so what could be more delightful for a child than a wading into the sea? Rab Island has a beach that is ideal for families with children. “Paradise Beach” is located in the resort of Saint Marino, near Lopar. After all the info about the rocky beaches in Croatia, you will be surprised to discover an enormous stretch covered by the finest sand, clear warm water and low depth for a great distance from the shore and a lot of temptations: expensive boats, slides, aqua park (located right by the sea), trampolines, water games. Saint Marino Camping is huge and yet, in late August, it is still full.

the prices vary depending on where you choose to settle your “headquarters”, the most expensive being near the beach, where you can adjust your camp right on the sand, while remaining pleasantly in the shade of pine trees and each plot has its own sink. There are generally good conditions, you will find shade under the old trees, shops, restaurants, ice cream, cars, and everything that can make a child happy. The minuses can be deduced from what we have stated above: for adults, the shallow water can make you bored with walking till you manage to reach a depth where you can swim, and the various temptations can make your child happy or unhappy, depending on your budget and how each parent decides what their offspring will do for fun. For example, one single slide costs 4 kuna, while 5 minutes of trampolining cost 20 kuna. If you go there, come prepared with tools for building the most beautiful sand castles.

The rocky beaches with pebbles are not neglected either. If we as adults we have preferred deeper water clarity and color and surreal blue water, a child will always find pleasure in playing with stones rounded by water, or different colors and compositions. If you’re sitting on the beaches so be prepared to go home a part of landfill and gravel stones beware of frogs.

By the sea, the Plitvice National Park with its beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls are also worth a visit. Many spectacular cascades, and emerald lakes, fish that crowd curious to the shore, and caves can all be reason enough for delight to a child. The landscape is unique and reflects the way the 16 lakes have formed. From the main entrance you can choose several paths, depending on the time available and your desire to walk.

Wooden footbridges that fit naturally into the landscape will take you over the lakes and close to the spectacular waterfalls and you almost sense that you have been touched by divine grace and that you can walk on water. Nature is respected everywhere, directional signs are in turn made of wood and on the route there are only restaurants at the entrance. So take with you sandwiches and water, but pick up the trash! However, if you are too tired to walk back, there are buses that can transport visitors to the outputs.

So Croatia is a perfect place to go with the entire family!

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Sep 21

PULA, THE REVEALED SECRET OF CROATIA

Turquoise bays, stunning beaches and towns that seemed detached from the stories: Croatia has earned the reputation of being one of the most enchanting places in Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Croatia is no longer the best kept touristic secret of Europe, since the influx of tourists in search of low prices and uncharted territories. Yet you will find something perfect for your stay in Croatia. Below there are some valuable information about the wonderful historic town of Pula.

Located east of Italy in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia adopted several architecture and cuisine from its neighbors after the Istrian peninsula was conquered by the Romans in the year 177 B.C. Nowadays, Pula still retains many monuments dating from the Roman Empire, as a tribute to the history of the Romans whose writing contributed greatly. Pula became a part of Croatia during the war, when residents fled Italy back in their homeland, leaving the locals build the city by themselves.

Things to visit in Pula

If you think about it, do not go on vacation to stay in a hotel room, so explore and discover what Pula has to offer. There are a lot more to do and see than you expect, that will keep the family occupied during the entire length of the stay. Besides admire the Roman architecture that you encounter everywhere, you can do a lot of activities: visits to museums, sunbathing on the beach, racing kart that you can participate with friends and family, observing the marine life at the aquarium.

No trip to Pula would be complete without a visit to the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fights used to unfold once, and even up to our contemporary days, the amphitheater is still working as a stage, hosting concerts of the biggest names, such as Pavarotti, Jose Carrerras, Elton John, Sting and Jamiroquai.  The Arena in Pula is the sixth largest of the remaining Roman Empire and the only one with all four side towers intact, along with three series of Roman architectural series that rule proudly inside the amphitheater.

Food and drink

If you want to try the local cuisine, among the recommended restaurants there are Galeb, Milan 1967 and Valsabbion, where many of the dishes are inspired from Italian cuisine. But there are also Croatian, Austrian and Hungarian influences. Seafood is not missing from the menu, with fish and shellfish species, a very popular choice among locals. If you want to try a traditional Croatian dish, then you can order the traditional dish named buzara with Kvarner shrimp.

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Aug 26

FIVE MOST POPULAR TOURISTIC ATTRACTIONS IN DUBROVNIK (DUBROVNIK)

Dubrovnik. Adored by international celebrities,  this ‘jewel of the Adriatic’ is considered the Venice of Eastern Europe – without flooding, however. The southernmost city in Croatia, Dubrovnik was one of the centers of development of language and literature in this country and is the place where they many poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians and other renowned scientists used to live. The lovely old city was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage in 1979, and its charm attracts tourists who want to get acquainted to the Mediterranean spirit, but without the overcrowdness in Greece and Italy.

The city is perfect for visitors, beach lovers and those looking for an active nightlife. Although many of the city buildings were destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 and by bombing during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s, it was mostly rebuilt and is still considered obe of the best preserved touristic attraction in Croatia.

Roam though Stradun

Enjoy a coffee and a croissant while you wander around through the main street of Dubrovnik, Stradun. Formerly a swamp, Stradun is now a place where locals and tourists alike gather during the days and evenings. With its numerous cafes and restaurants, the street is a great place to relax after a full day of visiting the city’s attractions.

Sponza Palace

Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik was built in 1522, originally as the customs office where goods were brought by merchants worldwide; they had to pay a fee before selling their merchandise. The palace is a simplistic example of Croatian architecture, which still strikes you at first sight. Sponza Palace now houses the city archives and can be visited free of charge, as a refuge from the sun. Do not overlook the Gothic  building with Renaissance windows.

Onofrio’s Fountain

Built in 1438 by Italian architect Onofrio della Cava, the 16-sided fountain was partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1667 but it still remains as a representation of the old rustic architecture of Dubrovnik. The fountain was a part of the water system of the city, built in the 15th century and was considered an architectural masterpiece in its time. Make a stop at this huge fountain, which represented the main water reserve for the Croats during the war in 1992.

Dubrovnik Cathedral

For a refuge in the shade and the chance to see a real work of art, just pay a visit to the Cathedral. The current edifice was built in 1673 by the Italian architect Andrea Buffalini in order to replace the original 12th century cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake. Here you can admire Titian’s polyptych, depicting the Assumption, and the skull of St. Blaise, locked in a crown with precious stones. When another earthquake struck in 1979, excavations under the cathedral revealed another cathedral under the current, which had been built during the last period of the Roman Empire. Continuing the excavation work, yet another another church was revealed underneath it, dating from the 6th century.

Dubrovnic is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe; everywhere you look, you will admire a slice of history, a legend, the mark left by a historic personality, a work of art and many other surprises that are impossible to be discovered in only one visit.

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Jul 29

NATURIST LIFESTYLE ON THE DALMATIAN SHORES – BEST BEACHES OF CROATIA (CROATIA)

Croatia is already famous for its beautiful cities, resorts on the Adriatic and superb opportunities for spending your holiday. Increasingly more tourists go to places like Dubrovnik, Pula and Opatija for the summer, looking for total relaxation. However, despite the ravishing beauty of the landscape, not all beaches in these resorts are appreciated by tourists because of the lack of sand and the sharp pebbles. We have here a classification of the best beaches of Croatia, where you can go and enjoy your time:

Dubovica beach

Dubovica is located on Hvar Island, on the Dalmatian coast. It is a lagoon beach, covered with white gravel and dotted with clumps of lavender (hence the fragrant air). The area is relatively less crowded and it is not exploited for tourism. It’s a great place for adults, who are looking for silence, but the beach is not exactly good for the entire family; it is rather for couples and friends. But remember that water is excellent and offers very good conditions for swimming.

Milna

Milna is located on the Brac Island and has four lagoon-shaped beaches. Gravel beaches are surrounded by trees and the scenery includes pine forests, vineyards and orchards. If you want to swim quietly this is the perfect place.

Zlatni Rat beach

Also on the Brac Island there is the Zlatni Rat beach, whose name means “Golden Horn”, due golden sands that attract many tourists. People come here especially for swimming, but also for marine sports, the beach is a strip of sand that seems to emerge from the sea. Depending on wind and tide, the beach frequently changes its shape.

Valalta, Lokrum and Koversada Island – the nudist paradise

Valalta is a very popular nudist beach in Croatia, located near the town of Rovinj. Tourists usually choose Valalta because they have the possibility to camp here and the place has very good restaurants. Here you will find a fine sandy beach, but it is artificial and built especially for tourism.

In order to reach Lokrum Island you have to take a boat from Dubrovnik. The island is considered a natural reserve and is protected by the Academy of Art and Science in Croatia; on the east side there is a rocky beach, intended for nudists. The attractions of Lokrumsunt Island are represented by the botanical garden and the old French fort on the highest mountain peak, which is easily accessible. Another objective would be the old monastery on the island. Regarding the beach, it is located on a lake with opening to the sea, which is very suitable for inexperienced swimmers, due to the shallow and placid waters.

Koversada is another nudist beach in Croatia (and one of the oldest in Europe), located in the same area with Valalta. The town nearby is very impregnated by the “nude” current even stronger than Valalta. Here you can find both sandy beaches and gravel beaches, each of them offering good conditions for swimming and marine sports.

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Jul 19

WINE TOURISM IN CROATIA: ISTRIAN WINES (ISTRIA, CROATIA)

When people think of Croatia, they hardly think of wine. But those for whom the Bacchus liquor means more than drinking a glass per meal should know that Istria Penninsula, which lies in the west of the country on the Adriatic Coast, has some wonderful wines known worldwide.

Wine production in Istria is focused in four centers, which are Buje, Porec, Pazin and Rovinj, plus their adjacent areas. You can visit the wineries in the region, along the so-called roads of wine and you can taste both wines that have won international medals, and those made by local people at home. By following these trails you can stop either at wineries or private property that have listings that offer wine. Take your time to stroll around the roads winding through the beautiful Istria Peninsula and you will see that each place has its own Konoba, a local traditional restaurant, where you can try the wine of the region and under no circumstances do not dare to miss prsut – a smoked ham which is absolutely fantastic. Many villages and towns offer rooms and accommodation.

The four famous wine roads are:

  1. Brtonigla, Umag, Novigrad, Dajla, Nova Vas, Grožnjan, Buje, Savudrija
  2. Visnjan, Tar, Baderna, Funtana, Lovrec
  3. Buzet, Tinjan, Pazin
  4. Rovinj, Vodnjan, Valbandon

There are three types of Istrian wine: white wine Malvazija (malmsey), Muscat (Muscatel) and red wine Teran. Malvazija is dating for centuries and is a golden yellow wine, with acacia flower fragrance. Because this wine has a very refreshing flavor, it goes well with the sensational seafood in the Istria Peninsula, found mostly in the cities of the coast. Teran, which has been always treasured and is knows as Casanova’s favorite – Casanova was a resident of Istria, by the way – has a fruity flavor and goes well with red meat. One of the most popular wines in this area is Muskat, which has a golden color, a floral scent and is very sweet. Be careful though consumption of this variety, as it is considered to be aphrodisiac! 😉

Istria is the largest peninsula on the Adriatic Coast and tilts slightly towards the Adriatic. The wine region is enriched by the terroir, the land structure and the rich red soil. The largest city in Istria is Pula, where you will arrive by plane that lands on the local airport which has flights landing here from all over Europe. You can reach Istria by car or by train, which leaves you in the big cities nearby: Zagreb in Croatia, Venice and Trieste in Italy.

Besides wine, agro-tourism is very popular in the peninsula. If you’re looking for a culinary vacation and sprinkled with quality wine, this is the place to live and you will not be disappointed.

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Jun 08

THE MAIN TOURISTIC ATTRACTIONS OF CROATIA

With its rocky, uneven shore and its over 1000 islands, Croatia boasts one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Europe. In addition, many cities and rural settlements in this country carry a fascinating history and are full of ruins dating back to Roman and Venetian times. Following we have created a list of the best-known tourist attractions in Croatia.

The sixth largest Croatian island, Korcula is separated from land by a narrow strait. The island capital goes by the same name. Nicknamed “Little Dubrovnik”, this ancient city is among the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. One of its main attractions is the house where Marco Polo was born, allegedly. The largest and most beautiful building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and finished in the 15th century.

Mljet Island is one of the largest islands located on the coast of the southern part of Croatia. 72% of the surface covered by forests and the rest of the plains, vines and small settlements, Mljet is an ideal location for relaxation. In the western part of the island there are two lakes with salt water, and Veliko Jezero Malo. Veliko Jezero lake in the middle, there is a small island where there is an old Benedictine monastery belonging to religious orders.

Rovinj is one of the most picturesque cities in the Mediterranean region. Studded with houses in pastel colors, put together along the winding and narrow streets, is a great place to go for a walk. Rovinj is still a fishing port and visitors can board a boat to take them to the delightful islands offshore. The region around the town of Rovinj has been described as a marvel of pure beauty due to its picturesque coast and rich forests.

Euphrasian Basilica dating from the 6th century is the main attraction in Porec, a city 2,000 years old in the region of Istria. This is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean region and that has kept most of its original form, despite calamities, fires and earthquakes that affected some of the details of construction. The basilica was built on the site of an ancient basilica, during Euphrasius bishop. The mosaics on the walls were executed by Byzantine masters, and those on the ground floor of craftsmen.

Gornji Grad is the medieval center of Zagreb city and translates as Superior City. This area was developed as two separate cities, Kaptol, Gradec and the bishop’s residence, the traders and craftsmen living in. The cities joined in 1770, detaching it from the northern portion of the city historic Zagreb. The main attraction of Gornji Grad is the market around the church St. Mark parish in Old Town.

Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, before his retirement from the throne. He lived here in old age, his only concern being her vegetable gardens. After the Romans abandoned the place, the palace remained uninhabited for several decades. In the 7th century, residents living nearby had taken refuge within the walls of the palace to escape the invading barbarians. Since then, the palace has remained filled and the residents who have been living here have opened several local businesses in the basement of the settlement and around it. Nowadays, here you can find many good restaurants and shops.

Amphitheater of Pula is the fifth largest Roman arena that has endured throughout the centuries and one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Croatia. Pula Arena was built around the 1st century b.C. and can accommodate over 26,000 spectators. In the 15th century, many stones were taken from the amphitheater to build houses and other structures around Pula, but fortunately this practice was stopped before the whole structure was completely destroyed. Currently, it is an important tourist attraction of Croatia and all kinds of festivals and artistic performances take place here especially during summertime.

Hvar Island and especially the town of Hvar represent some of the most popular attractions in Croatia. Olive groves, orchards and fields full of lavender make up the largely agricultural landscape of the area. Hvar town, situated in a picturesque bay protected towards the south by a chain of islands named Pakleni, is a popular port where, especially during the summer, the Adriatic Sea fills with yachts that anchor on the rocky shores. Starigrad is the oldest settlement on the island, and Jelsa together with the multitude of little villages in the area, spread along the coast or inland and they all deserve to be seen.

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May 26

MOSTAR – A BRIDGE OVER THE HISTORY OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Today we are going to Neretva Valley, heading to Mostar. The landscape displays an amazing beauty mixing spectacular views of the mountains, water and blue sky. At times, a burned village reminding of ancient ruins, but this is not a deserted village of 1500 years, but the maximum four years.

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Neretva Valley tightens more and more as we pass through some magnificent gorges among villages untouched by war on a side and completely scorched villages on another side. When we approach the Mostar the valley suddenly opens and you feel a breath of Adriatic: the sky is blue, the grey lead-like atmosphere of Sarajevo is left back.

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Mostar: New Town is Croatian, Old Town is Muslim. When you reach the Old Town, you will get to admire a sample of authentic Turkish-Oriental architecture. Being quite close to the Dalmatian coast flooded by German and Scandinavian tourists, many of whom come to Mostar for a breath of Oriental exoticism on European soil.

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The symbol of the city, the famous Mostar Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 1566; the pinnacle of engineering for its time, it was destroyed by well-targeted ordnance in November 1993. Now, a suspended and flexible bridge, it is hanged at about 100 meters above the Neretva, tethered to what’s left of the ends of the bridge. They say the old bridge was made of a special stone taken from a quarry in Herzegovina which used to change color depending on how the sun touched the stone.

More than 20 years after the war that broke out and slaughtered tens of thousands of lives throughout the city, Mostar came alive in power and joyfully receives thousands of tourists every day. While Stari Grad (Old Town) is animated, colorful and restored in most part, the rest of the city is like a ghost that haunts the locals and doesn’t allow them to forget what happened in ’93. Nor do they want to forget: the hills outside the city are full of graves, almost every family in Mostar had lost at least a loved one in the months of that gory interethnic siege, on November 9, 1993 Stari Most – the bridge built at Suleyman the Magnificent’s orders between 1557 and 1566 – was shot and fell into the river Neretva.

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During the Ottoman Empire, Mostar was a boundary city and, in in 1557, Suleyman the Magnificent asked to be built here a bridge across the river. It is said that nearly 10 years later (in 1566) – When the bridge was ready, the architect did not believe that the stone structure will resist and that virtually signed his death sentence. Well, the bridge has stood the test of time, and it was recreated from its ashes, with pieces of the old bridge, recovered from the waters of the river, and is now protected by UNESCO.

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In the1400s the Old City of Mostar (Stari Grad) was bordering the Ottoman Empire and over the years the homes of the Turkish ethnics and the Bazaar have been kept in perfect function and the bridge over the Neretva River has long been the binding element between ethnicities that lived together in peace and harmony ( Muslim Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs).

The Mostar of today is a scenery of colored silks, fine pottery, kettles, brass and other “bling-bling” items, a huge bazaar of mottled merchandise, with the traditional Turkish coffee where coffee kettle is the epitome of hospitability, with restaurants perched on cliffs that dispute the supremacy over which one has the best view of the river Neretva and its turquoise waters.

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The oldest and the most beautiful street in Mostar is the one where boutiques, art galleries, houses with stone roofs are aligned one one side – a mixture of colorful buildings that give life to “the gold street ” as it is dubbed.

Kujundžiluk Mostar is the soul of the Old town; this is where the Muslim inhabitants in the city begin and end their day – at Koski Mehmet Dzamija Pasina Mosque, built in 1617. The mosque is open to the public and it cost 8 convertible marks (4 Euros); anyone can visit it and climb the minaret for the most spectacular view of Stari Most.

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Stari Most – Old Bridge in translation –has been the strongest link between residents living on each side of the Neretva River for generations, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

Stari Most’s most photographed tourist attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In full touristic season, you have to stand in line so you can take a picture of it. In every July the locals (and a few brave tourists) jump off the bridge in the cool waters of the river – a tradition that’s been lasting for nearly 50 years (with a break of 10 years when the bridge was destroyed).

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As for accommodation, in Old Mostar there are plenty of hotels, guest houses, pensions and apartments for rent and prices start at 100 lei per night / double room.

Just come here with an open heart and you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the cultural blend and the touching real-life stories of the warm hearted locals.

May 20

A JOURNEY ON THE COAST OF DALMATIA

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in today’s Croatia, bordered by the Rab Isle in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor to the southeast.

There is so much to say beautiful Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country, but different from Greece, or Italy, especially in terms of abundant vegetation, rocky beaches and a rather western air.

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If you want to be introduced to the luxurious Dalmatian Coast, first stop should be Zadar. Until recently, it used to be a very little known resort in Croatia, but things are beginning to change; here you can find accommodation on the spot without any problems and at very reasonable prices; locals are so friendly and eager to offer you shelter. Zadar features an Old Center with a cozy and friendly air, with streets paved in white stone, inviting you to stroll around. There are plenty of restaurants, terraces and cafes all over town and the prices are very inviting.

The Dalmatian beaches, just like in most part of Croatia, are rocky and have pebbles instead of sand, that is why water sneakers are recommended for two reasons: you can damage your feet against some sharp rock that you might encounter on the bottom of the sea, and you will avoid stepping on any sea urchins and deal with other subsequent inconveniences.

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Close to Zadar there is a fishing village called Nin. Today it is a tourist destination that will charm you with its picturesque charm. Nothing of the atmosphere in Nin will leave you the impression that you have to do with a popular and crowded resort, there’s no feeling of “aggressive tourism”, but rather a remote place where you can enjoy nature and local tradition in a quiet way, without feeling annoyed by noisy crowds.

The little fortress inside Nin is to be seen primarily. At the entrance to the fortress you will be welcomed by a traditional Croatian boat. The ruins of the ancient citadel dating from the second century Roman are still standing.

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Also in Nin there is the smallest cathedral in the world – the Church of the Holly Cross, one of the best-known symbols of the town. This cathedral was listed as being the tiniest in the world and was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 meters in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cm thick and does not contain the chair of the Bishop.

Immediately outside the village there is a sandy beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. The more interesting part is that, in order to reach it, you have to walk about 300 meters on an isthmus covered in very warm water (heated from the sun), not deeper than 30-40 cm. The beach is a spit of sand, and all around is shallow and tepid-warm water.

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From Dalmatia to Istria. In Istria, as in the rest of Croatia, all cities have names with Italian resonance and there are many Italians who live or have homes there. It is understandable, since Italy is on the other side of the bay.

Rovinj is the most beautiful in the area. It is full of greenery and the whole cliff to the Mediterranean is a pristine natural park and no building in about 10-12 kilometers. So you can bathe in the Mediterranean and get yourself a chair between the trees in the shade. Here and there are portions of walls where you can enjoy some rock climbing. You can also travel from one town to the other preferably by walking or renting bicycles.

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Old Rovinj is built on steps that lead to “Holy Eufemia” Cathedral  uptown, and therefore this settlement had gained domination over the surroundings and all streets in the old city reach “Holy Eufemia”.

From here in Rovinj, you can reach Venice within an hour on a motor boat.

Porec is another popular resort. Again, you will notice a considerable Italians presence by the yachts displayed in the port. Porec is a lovely site with while cobblestone streets that get crowded during nighttime when tourists begin their evening walk downtown and enjoying the local cuisine at restaurants nearby. The landmark is a beautiful old monastery that you can visit and if you get on top of its high tower, you’ll be granted with stunning view upon the area.

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Buzet is a city in the center of Istria region, located between Dalmatian hills. The main attraction is a small town perched up on a hill. At the foot of the hill, there is the New Town that preserves the same picturesque feeling of the region.

There are plenty more to see here, but if you can’t manage to fill everything in, you are always welcomed back.