Ziplining in Omis, Croatia

ziplining in omis, croatia

A year ago I made a deal with Vedran, our Croatian friend. “If we come back to Croatia next year we’re going to go ziplining”. We shook hands on it.

Why ziplining? We were standing at the top of the Starigrad fortress in Omiš, a little town in Croatia that is also the country’s adventure capital. The views are incredible and looking at the high cliffs I could imagine what an incredible experience it would be to zip along their edges and over the Cetina river below. Omiš has the longest ziplines in Croatia. Neither of us had ever ziplined. So what better place to do it for the first time? [Read more…]

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Rovinj is a very pretty small town and for many people that’s reason enough to make it a place worth visiting. Many will spend 2-3 days and will most likely rave about its romantic charm, colorful streets and glorious sunsets.  People staying longer (like us – we used Rovinj as a base for 5 weeks) will need more. I’ll cover that further below. For now here are some photos of beautiful Rovinj.

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The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

I had never heard of the Euphrasian Basilica, much less did I know that Porec had a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of seven UNESCO sites in Croatia).

Porec is a small seaside town, similar to both Rovinj and Novigrad in size and geography (all are located on spits of land sticking out into the sea). It’s a pretty place with white limestone pavement and is a popular base for tourists who want a holiday of rest and relaxation on the Istrian coast. It’s a laid back town. What makes it spectacular is the Euphrasian Basilica. [Read more…]

Umbrellas and Fortifications in Novigrad, Croatia

Umbrellas and Fortifications in Novigrad, Croatia

You won’t see Novigrad on any Istrian “must see” list. It’s not as famous as romantic Rovinj and doesn’t have the incredible historical sights of either Pula or Porec.  What Novigrad does have are medieval fortifications (which I’ll cover further below) and a laid-back atmosphere.

What we didn’t expect was to see streets lined with suspended umbrellas.
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The Hilltowns of Istria

The Hilltowns of Istria

Many people think that Croatia is all rugged coastline and sea. The Istrian peninsula is an exception to that generalization, an region of green rolling hills that will remind many visitors of Tuscany (in Italy). One of the highlights of visiting the region is discovering some of its medieval hilltowns. This post covers 8 different hilltowns that we visited – all unique in different ways – with our recommendations on which to prioritize. [Read more…]

Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

I’ll usually do a post on a city and at the bottom mention where we stayed. This time I’ll do it the other way around. Because how we felt about Rovinj was totally eclipsed by the incredible, fantastic, amazing and extraordinary Croatian family that hosted us.  I’ve never done a post uniquely addressing a place of accommodation so this is a first.

We stayed a total of 5 weeks in Marina’s apartment. On the first day we were treated to a full meal (made by Marina) served to us on our balcony. She’s a professional chef by the way. As we would find out, nothing you eat in Rovinj will compare to her cooking. Throughout our stay there were surprises: strawberries or salad left at our door, home-made crepes with (of course) home-made jam, home-made cakes, a large fish platter, seafood soup, a spinach dish, risotto…I could go on and on with all the food she plied us with over 5 weeks. [Read more…]

How Pula’s Amphitheatre stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

How Pula Arena stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

If you research the most famous Roman Arenas in the world you’ll usually find these four on the top of most lists: The Colosseum in Rome, the Amphitheatre of El Djem in Tunisia (where ‘Gladiator’ was filmed), the Arena in Verona…and the Amphitheatre in Pula.

We’ve been lucky enough to see 3 of the above over the last month (El Djem being the one we haven’t seen) and it’s interesting how each is different. Before I compare them, a few notes on the Amphitheatre in Pula: [Read more…]

Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes

Croatia's 10 Best Hikes

Two countries have stood out for me after 2 years of full-time travel: South Africa and Croatia. What do they have in common? Rugged mountains, beautiful coastlines…and incredibly scenic hikes.

We spent 3 months in Croatia last year, staying in Airbnb apartments as we covered most of this country. Looking for something more luxurious? Well, how about renting a villa? I’ve teamed up with Villa Plus on this post to share my list of 10 of the Best Hikes in Croatia, a topic close to my heart. [Read more…]

A year of Airbnb apartments (July 2014 – July 2015)

A year of Airbnb

We had never used Airbnb before last summer. Move the clock forward and we’ve stayed 196 nights of the past year in a total of 15 Airbnb apartments. I don’t know how we would travel the way we do without Airbnb.

In this post I’ll feature our favorite Airbnb apartment stays over the past year [Read more…]

Why “Feel good” quotes represent everything that’s wrong with the world.

Why “Feel good” quotes  represent everything that’s wrong with the world

Uck. I hate feel good quotes. Hate is a pretty strong word.  I was reminded of how intense my feelings are towards them when we recently stayed in an Airbnb apartment in Zagreb literally jam-packed with saccharine sweet slogans and sayings. A few photos from the apartment. [Read more…]

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