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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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Topics: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro

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