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Guide to Durmitor National Park

Visiting the Durmitor National Park is one of many things to do in Montenegro. Situated in the north-east of Montenegro, Durmitor National Park is Montenegro’s largest national park. Boasting magnificent mountain peaks, forests, and lakes, the park is a breath-taking setting for both relaxation and adventure activities. The mountains of Durmitor National Park comprise 48...
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Guide to Biogradska Gora National Park

Situated in the north-east of Montenegro, magnificent scenes of green forest and aqua lake waters make up the beautiful Biogradska Gora National Park. Although the protected area is only 5650 hectares, making it the smallest of Montenegro’s 5 national parks, it is home to one of only 3 primal forests left in Europe, 6 lakes,...
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27 Things to Do in Montenegro

The Balkan country of Montenegro lies tucked between Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Albania. The country may be small, yet it has a diverse range of spectacular activities and scenery on offer. A magnificent combination of scenic beaches, charming villages, mountain peaks, azure lakes, and ancient architecture make for a fabulous European summer...
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11 Things To Do On Vis Island

Croatia’s Vis Island has been a late bloomer in the tourism arena due to the Yugoslav National Army’s base on the island, making it out of bounds to foreign visitors. In 1989 the island became open to foreigners, making for a paradise of unspoiled beauty due to years of little commercialism. In 2018 the movie...
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What Currency Is Used in Croatia?

Despite Croatia being part of the European Union, it still trades in its own currency, the Kuna; its sign is Kn and currency code HRK. In Croatian Kuna means pine marten, referring to the weasel-like animal found in Eurasia and North America. In the past, the pine marten’s fur was used for trading, hence the...
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9 Things To Do In Rijeka

Croatia’s third-largest city and biggest seaport doesn’t generally feature as the first place tourists pick as their Croatia holiday destination. However, the city of Rijeka has a host of magnificent features making it a very worthy addition to any holiday itinerary or even as a short Mediterranean city break within itself. Being named the European...
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9 Most Famous Croatians

The mention of Croatia may bring to mind summer holidays and idyllic beaches, yet did you know the country is home to international sports, music and film stars as well as one of the world’s greatest inventors? Here we take a look at some of the most famous Croats to make international centre stage. Janica...
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9 Best Places In Northern Croatia

With unending coastlines, glorious beaches, enchanting history and magnificent inland parks, deciding where to tour in northern Croatia can be overwhelming. Here are our top 9 places to visit in northern Croatia. 1. Opatija Known as the oldest tourist destination in Croatia, Opatija was regarded a famous luxury villa retreat for the European elite in...
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Why You Should Visit St. Mark’s Church in Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is home to one of the most instantly recognisable symbols of the country, St Mark’s Church. In the Upper Town centre lies the proud 13th-century church with its colourfully tiled roof. Portraying so much more than just sand and stone, St Mark’s Church is a ‘must visit’ when passing through the capital...
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Where Was Nikola Tesla Born (And Why it Might Surprise You)

If you use electricity, listen to the radio, or ever had an x-ray, you have Nikola Tesla to thank in some way for his great inventory genius. Along Croatia’s very own Walk of Fame on Opatija’s coastal promenade, Tesla has a marble star dedicated in his honour. The local Croatian spin-off of Hollywood’s Walk of...
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