Travel to Croatia and Slovenia, Balkan Favorites
Travel to Croatia and Slovenia for a unique taste of the Mediterranean. Natural beauty aside, these countries are chock-full of medieval castles, Roman ruins, vineyards, and charismatic towns and cities.
In Croatia, car-free Old Towns are a visitor’s delight. Even the capital Zagreb is walkable. Explore the city’s atmospheric streets and Upper and Lower Towns on foot, visiting the Esplanade, the Gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral, and many wonderful museums.
Croatia’s long coastline on the Adriatic Sea has historic ports, beaches, and lovely islands to spend idyllic days. Walk the ramparts of the walled city of Dubrovnik, and explore the labyrinth of limestone streets in the Old Town. Take a cable car up Srd Hill, for superb views of the city and Elaphiti Islands. The port city of Split, has a bustling waterfront and enormous palace, not to be missed.
Two hours from Dubrovnik at Korcula Island on the Dalmatian coast, feast on the freshest seafood and sip on the region’s award-winning wines. Hvar Island may be famous for its celebrity guests, but it really is a slice of paradise with olive groves, lavender fields, and secluded pebble beaches.
Croatia’s natural beauty also extends to its many national parks, none as well-known as the Plitvice Lakes with 16 terraced turquoise waterbodies connected by waterfalls.
Neighboring Slovenia is just as pretty. Compact, but bustling Ljubljana is a charmer, with cafés, art galleries, and riverside bars. It has the customary car-free Old Town and hilltop castle which you can reach via a funicular. An hour away at Lake Bled, explore yet another cliff top castle and the 15th century Assumption of Mary Church on Bled Island. Just 25 miles from Bled, in the Julian Alps, Kranjska Gora is an alpine resort that is gorgeous even in summer, when you can take short hikes to picturesque waterfalls and lakes. At the foot of these mountains near the Italian border, stop in the Goriska Brda wine-growing region which produces world-class Rebola and Friulano wines.Few know of the cultural diversity of this region, or that it is brimming with convivial, historic cities and scenic landscapes. For an alternative itinerary that avoids overcrowded European hotspots, bet on an Enchanting Travels expert to design your dream vacation.
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Lake Bled is an aqua-toned Alpine lake set against a dramatic backdrop of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke, by the old town of Bled.
Dubrovnik has to be one of the best preserved historical towns standing by the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea.
Goriska Brda Wine Region is a stunning wine country wedged between the Adriatic Sea on one side and the Alps on the other.
Goriska Brda Wine Region
Hvar is a beautiful island resort on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, well known for its hip and happening nightlife.
Kranjska Gora is one of Slovenia’s most popular skiing destinations, but that's not all.
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