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Croatia

Natural Beauty

<p style=”text-align: center;”>From soccer to Game of Thrones, Croatia has been quite the buzz these days. This intriguing country deserves even more acclaim when it comes to its natural beauty, the hospitality of its people and its wonderful cuisine. Apart from indulging in food and nature, you will also have the opportunity to visit well-preserved historical sites that in some cases date to prehistory. You will learn the role Croatia played to the many empires of which it was part of because of its strategic position. Many elements of older languages, traditions and customs are to this day embedded in the contemporary culture of the region. In summary, a truly unique place to visit!</p>

What to See

<p style=”text-align: center;”>Both the inland and coast offer a lot of historical sites and opportunities for sightseeing. Depending on where you start your trip, you cannot miss seeing at least some of the most important cultural landmarks. Dubrovnik, in the south, needs no introduction since it’s probably one of the best known Croatian towns – especially since it has been one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones. The island of Mljet is close by, and so are the cities of Split, Trogir and the island of Korcula – the alleged, but not proven, birthplace of Marco Polo. Just visiting the islands could make a vacation on its own, and our favorite pick is Hvar. National Park Kornati is also in this area, which is our favorite pick when it comes to national parks. As you proceed north towards Istria, there are many options for you if you’re into lakes and rivers, the two main stops being the National Park Krka and the ancient lakes of Plitvice – also a protected area. If you have the time, spend a night in the region. You will get a taste of what continental Croatia feels like in the summer – with cooler nights, yet still pretty warm days. Further north-west is the town of Rijeka and the region of Kvarner. There are some great vista points in this area that overlook the Kvarner Bay, including some of the closest islands like Krk and Cres. Once you pass the Mount Ucka, you’re in Istria, the Tuscany of Croatia. Rolling hills, vineyards, hilltop towns, rivers, and our favorite parts – beaches, can all be found in Istria, and the best part is that it is fairly small, so you can take your time and explore the region extensively. Great wines, olive oil, prosciutto, fish and truffles only start to describe the eclectic culinary experience you will experience here. Please let us know what your favorite dish was!</p>

What to Do

<p style=”text-align: center;”>From sightseeing to white river rafting – there is plenty to do in Croatia, for every travel style and preference. Croatia offers great spots for hiking, mountaineering, backpacking and camping – if you like to stay close to nature. It also has many high-end hotels with amenities that include wellness centers and spas, massage rooms, private pools and exquisite restaurants. If you don’t like to stay only in one place, you can choose to spend your vacation on a sailboat, and go from port to port, exploring the many islands and coastal towns. Whatever your style, we can help you find the best option and itinerary!</p>

What to Eat

<p style=”text-align: center;”>This is the best part of your trip, maybe the most important one. Maybe we’re biased because we really love food, and especially Croatian food. Now, there is no particular dish that is specifically “Croatian”, because Croatian cuisine has been influenced by many other cuisines – depending on which empire or power was in charge, but Croatian versions of these dishes always have a twist of their own, and it varies by region. If in Istria, you absolutely have to try the homemade pasta. <em>Fuzi</em> and <em>pljukanci </em>are the two varieties you will find the most, and they both pair well with either game or cream of truffles. Istria is famous for its truffles, olive oil and wines – both red and white. Fish – <em>branzino</em> or <em>orata</em> – is also a dish you will want to have often, especially grilled or baked in salt. In Dalmatia, you will not want to miss the seafood stew (<em>brodet</em>), as well as baked octopus (<em>hobotnica pod pekom</em>). Continental Croatia is bigger on meat and hearty dishes, heavily influenced by Central Europe. Lamb, beef, and pork are very common, and so is turkey. Dobar tek! Bon Appétit!</p>

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