The Balkans for Travellers with a Sense of Adventure

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If spectacular coastal and mountain scenery appeals to you, along with fascinating cultural and architectural heritage, then check out the Balkans and in particular Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. This is not family holiday territory, although there are …

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Croatia – My Top Ten Places to Visit

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Croatia may not be the top Mediterranean destination for family holidays; it has few sandy beaches and little in the way of child-friendly entertainment. However it has a great deal to offer the discerning senior traveller. In addition to magnificent coastal …

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Jewels of Croatia – Saga Dalmatian Coast Tour

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STE’s Holiday Editor, Tony Taylor, reports on his experiences on a Saga Holidays tour along the Dalmation Coast. We had taken two touring holidays previously with Saga Holidays and were pleased with both of them (see posts on Moghuls and Palaces in India and …

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Dubrovnik: Historic Old Town plus an Island and a Hill

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Dubrovnik in Croatia attracts vast numbers of tourists each year to marvel at its distinctive Old Town surrounded by massive walls. Now completely rebuilt after its bombardment in 1991-2, it is certainly one of the great historic sights of the region. If you …

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Southern Istria, Croatia – Roman, Italian and Yugoslavian heritage

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Hidden away at the top of the Adriatic is Istria, an almost triangular peninsula with a long and fascinating history. The Romans built one of their greatest amphitheatres there, still largely intact externally. Italy dominated the area for centuries until after …

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Zagreb – Short break

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Zagreb is sometimes described as being a Central European city with a Mediterranean outlook – old buildings and coffee houses typical of Budapest or Vienna with a café culture in the evenings reminiscent of Barcelona. Although it was only 1991 …

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