What can you see in Slovenia and Croatia? The attractive city of Rijeka, often overlooked by vacationers to the Dalmatian Coast, is well worth adding to your Croatia travel itinerary. In addition to the bonus of having to deal with fewer crowds, this long-important port city offers plenty of attractions and things to do for those who do visit. Highlights include exploring the Old Town’s well-preserved cobbled streets and lanes, each lined with splendid examples of townhomes and dwellings-as well as old shops and places of trade-that were built in the 1700s. Be sure to visit the magnificent Trsat Castle (Gradina Trsat), built above the town in the 13th century and accessible via a lovely pathway that also leads to the nearby Church of Our Lady of Trsat (Gospa Trsat). Add to this a mix of great art galleries and museums, Croatia’s largest carnival, and the nearby Risnjak National Park, and there’s no end of good excuses to visit this charming town.
Lake Bled is one of the most visited attractions in Slovenia. The beautiful views of the lake and the small island it surrounds brings thousands of visitors every year. The best way to reach the island is taking pletna, a traditional gondola in the Bled area. Once on the island, visitors must walk up ninety-nine steps to reach the island’s church. It is considered good luck to ring the church’s bell when visiting the island.
Nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Croatia and the Mediterranean. The walled city was built on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages it became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice and achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, fountains and the famous walls that surround the old city.
If there is a place where party goers, nature lovers, and adrenaline addicts coexist in Croatia, then it is none other than Makarska. Nestled right between Biokovo mountain range and Makarska Riviera, this is a place of everything rocking and everything tranquil. For beach bums, this is a top tourist attraction in Croatia because of the stunning pebbly beaches. For adrenaline addicts, there’s paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, windsurfing, and more. For party-goers, some exquisite restaurants and bars do the magic, while for the individual types, the nature lovers, a relaxing stroll along the waterfront spells all the magic. Those who drop in during the seasons, a vibrant nightlife becomes the reason to die for. Read more information at Koper vreme.
The Baska Voda Summer encompasses a range of cultural events from early July through to September. These include assorted concerts, small theatre events, and other open air activities – once again, check locally for full details. Set one street in from Makarska’s busy seafront, Jez has long been a locals’ favourite, a reliable choice for Dalmatian standards. Then came Jadran Grancic, only 25 but with eight years of experience at the top hotels in Zagreb. Initially suspicious regulars needed time, and a special gastronomic evening, to take to his molecular gastronomy, but now Jez has won over both the traditional customer and the discerning tourist, happy to find swordfish on a Makarska menu and home-made bread to accompany the divine prawn soup. Classy service and decor are both appropriate for the upper price bracket.
Nestled around a small marina, Bol is a charming old town made up of historical stone houses connected by meandering streets. The town is an especially good place to visit during the summer, and the most popular attraction here by far is the Zlatni Rat beach. This stunning pebble beach protrudes into the Adriatic Sea, shifting with the tides and providing plenty of space for swimmers, sunbathers, and the many windsurfers that the area attracts. A charming tree-lined promenade runs between the beach and the town, and plenty of bars and restaurants can be found along the harbor. Find more information on this website.