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Al Fresco on the Adriatic


Dining in the Paljesac Peninsula

Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia has long been a favorite holiday for Europeans looking to escape the typical tourist haunts and cruise ports of the Mediterranean. More relaxed and less expensive than its neighbors to the west, the Dalmatian Coast features a pleasant mix of sunny islets and seaside towns, sprawling vineyards and Medieval villages. And amidst all the love from sophisticated world travelers, no one is more pleased to see Croatia having its moment in the sun than foodies. Those in the know are heading to the southern tip of the country to a slice of land known as the Paljesac Peninsula to enjoy its bounty of seafood and some pretty spectacular wines as well. Here are our top five food finds in Croatia -- giving you ample flavors to savor and plenty of reasons why this European destination should be on your travel radar:

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Croatia's Natural Wonder: Tips for Exploring Plitvice National Park


A Park of Waterfalls

A popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s second largest attraction behind the Adriatic Coast. Known for its dramatic waterfalls and startling turquoise blue waters, the park is one of the region’s most majestic and touted natural wonders and a favorite of small group travel tours. If it’s not on your list of things to do in Croatia, here are a few reasons why it should be and some tips for making the most of your visit:

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Top Five Reasons Why Croatia Is The Next Big Thing in Travel


The next Riviera

The Dalmatian Coast is having a moment. The result of a perfect storm of place and time, the coast of southern Croatia is fast becoming the next Riviera. Current enough to attract sophisticated travelers but far enough removed from the hordes of tour buses that descend on other Mediterranean beaches, the sunny islets and seaside towns that dot the Adriatic are true gems. So just what’s so great about the Dalmatian Coast? Here are five of the top things to do on a luxury tour of Croatia and why this European destination should be on your travel radar:

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The Island That Was: Rovinj, Croatia


Top Things to Do in Rovinj, Croatia

The Istria Peninsula where the charming town of Rovinj, Croatia sits was once an island in the Adriatic. Separated from the mainland by a channel that was later filled in, this Old-World city is now actually an archipelago made up of 22 islets. For centuries, Rovinj was part of the Austrian Empire. Then later it was held by the Italians who left the greatest mark on the town which lies just 70 miles west of Venice. The seaside retreat has long been a favorite holiday destination of Europeans because of its crystal-clear waters, Venetian-style architecture and rich cultural heritage. Here are a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss on your luxury tour of Croatia: the “pearl of Istria."

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10 Things to Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia


Exploring the Pearl of the Adriatic

Affectionately known as the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is a living history museum. Encircled with centuries-old walls, the old town in Croatia features Baroque buildings of sand-colored stone and terra-cotta roofs, narrow marble streets and a priceless view of the shimmering sea. As a walking city, there are no motorized vehicles with honking horns to ruin the ambiance and strolling in the quaint streets and tucked-away alleyways is a favorite pastime. Exhaust yourself tracing the city’s ancient history, exploring the local cafes or simply going for a swim in the azure waters.

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4 of Croatia’s Best Open-Air Markets


To Market, To Market

In a world of big box stores and shopping malls with megaplexes, the outdoor markets of Croatia are a welcome change. Wander into most towns and villages and you’ll discover produce stalls and colorful umbrellas crowding the heart of charming city squares. Whether you’re in search of fresh produce or locally-made cheese, an antique keepsake or just a glimpse into the day-to-life of locals, these artisanal markets offer an authentic cultural experience and a pretty nice way to spend your day. Here are a few of our favorites:

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The Adriatic Coast


A UNESCO Wonderland


The “undiscovered country” along the eastern Adriatic epitomizes the fabled beauty and fairy-tale ambience of the Old World. Rarely visited by American travelers, this splendorous region is a wonderland of deep-blue seas, magical islands, Roman ruins, medieval towns, celebrated cities, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

According to UNESCO, "Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration." The countries along the Adriatic Coast are blessed to have so many wonderful UNESCO sites within such a relatively small geographic area. The entire Old Town of Dubrovnik in Croatia survived an earthquake in 1667 and the bombardment of 1991 and remains an unforgettable destination filled with architectural splendors. Plitvice Lakes National Park, where water flowing through limestone and chalk over millennia has created beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls, is a nature lover’s delight and an especially great spot for bird watching. With its hilltop fortresses, impressive monuments and beautiful architecture, Montenegro’s historic city of Kotor has been an important artistic and commercial center since the Middle Ages. Severely damaged by an earthquake in 1979, the bayside town has been restored with a significant amount of aid from UNESCO. Beyond just wondrous places classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Adriatic region abounds with other incredible attractions, like the amazing cave system of Slovenia’s Postojna and St. Mary’s Church on a tiny island in Lake Bled.

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Topics: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro

The Adriatic Coast


The “Undiscovered Country” 




The “undiscovered country” along the eastern Adriatic epitomizes the fabled beauty and fairy-tale ambience of the Old World. Rarely visited by American travelers, this splendorous region is a wonderland of deep-blue seas, magical islands, Roman ruins, medieval towns, celebrated cities, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Stretching back millennia, the region now home to Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro, and along the coastline of the Adriatic, has played unwitting host to countless invasions and occupations from Pagans, Christians, and Muslims. These scenic and strategic lands have seen the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms. Romans from the west and Byzantines from east, Barbarians, Venetians, Hapsburgs, Ottomans and Turks—all these peoples and more have left behind an eclectic mix of custom, cuisine and architecture on this remarkable land. During the 20th century, conflict in the region made it one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Even with the end of World War II, the turmoil would continue as Croatian-born Dictator Josip Broz Tito downplayed sectarian differences among the ethnically diverse land and ruled a united Yugoslavia—with authoritarian intolerance—for 34 years. With Tito’s death in 1980, the sectarian differences arose once more with staggering costs. Now, with each passing year, more and more visitors are discovering the picturesque gems of Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro, the Adriatic Coast, and all that it has to offer: friendly people, great food and wine, gorgeous scenery, historic places and fascinating history.

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Cuisine from the Adriatic Coast


Culture Through Food

Among the well-traveled, the most famous cuisine of Europe has been enjoyed. But the flavors of Coastal Adriatic prove that the Continent still has some delectable surprises to offer.

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Topics: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro