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Koper, Slovenia – A Great Day Trip

Koper is a Slovenian city that is right on the border with Italy. Koper was originally built on an island very near the shore. Now the island is a peninsula as a straight that has been filled in. The Golden Age of Koper was during the 15th and 16th centuries and was controlled by the Venetian Republic. Currently Koper is Slovenia’s only port city and it is a business and industrial center.

Koper

Koper

Koper is the largest city on the Slovenia coast and there are several attractions, many restaurants, a small beach, and a recreational center. There is also a lot of shopping near the marina. Koper is a great day trip and if you are traveling from Italy onto Croatia, which is a country I highly recommend visiting, it is right on the way and a great place to stop and check out. If you plan on staying overnight, you can check out the price comparison site HotelsCombined to find the best deals on hotels in Koper.

There are many monuments, old palaces, and quite a few churches in Koper. There are a few tourist offices in Koper, mainly around the marina, and you can pick up some info on all that Koper has to offer. The main place to start may be Titov trg and most of the roads in the city lead to this main square. It is nice on all sides having a town hall, a cathedral, the Praetorian Palace and the Logia kavarna, which has a great coffeehouse in an old Venetian building.

Koper Palace

Praetorian Palace

The palace is located on the south end of Titov trg and it has a Venetian Gothic and Renaissance style. The palace was constructed in the 15th century built from 2 older houses dating from the 13th century. The Praetorian Palace was the palace of the mayor and the façade of the palace features many shields and coat of arms. There is a great archway leading to the small cobbler street of Cevljarska ulica. Inside the palace you can find the Tourist Information Office.

The Loggia is at the northern end of Titov trg and was constructed in 1463 and was renovated in the 17th century with 5 arches facing the square and then there were more arches added that face Verdi Street. In 1555 a terra cotta statue of the Virgin Mary was erected. Now the ground floor of the building is a posh coffee shop, which is a great place to have a drink and look over the square.

A great thing to do in Koper is to wander around the old city center, which is made up of narrow alleys with many small restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Just up from Koper you can find the Socerb Castle, which sits on the Karst Ridge. At the castle you can get great views of the bay of Trieste and the Slovenian countryside. Other attractions in Koper include the Rotunda of St John the Baptist and Muda Gate.

In the marina there are many restaurants, cafes, and a few bars. This is where most of the shopping is as well, as there are many clothing, jewelry, and souvenir shops in the area. During the summer you can relax on the small coastal area and lay down a towel on the many small piers. Across from the marina there are a couple of huge casinos if you are feeling lucky.

While Koper is not really a main destination it is a great place to check out for a day or so, especially if you are traveling from Italy and Croatia and vice versa. Trieste has an airport and RyanAir has flights that land there originating in Stansted.

Maribor Slovenia, Hit the Wine Roads or Hit the Slopes and More!

Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and the city and the surrounding areas are packed with things to do, especially if you are a lover of wine and wine roads and winter and active sports. The city lies on the river Drava at the meeting point of the Pohorje Mountain, the Drava Valley, the Drava Plain, and the Kozjak and Slovenske gorice hill ranges. Maribor is set in a beautiful location with its historic streets, medieval remains, gorgeous city parks, a castle, a cathedral and one of the largest and oldest wine cellars in all of Europe.

Maribor

Maribor

Maribor houses the famous Old Vine House, which houses the oldest wine vine in the world. The wine roads in the Maribor area that should not be missed are the Maribor wine-tourist road, Podpohorska wine-tourist road, Upper Slovenske gorice wine-tourist road, and The Trail of Archduke Johann from Graz to Maribor. Farms for tourists and wine shops on each of the three roads are a great place to visit or stay over on a trip to Maribor. They are also a great place just to relax and enjoy a glass of vino in beautiful surroundings just outside the city. At the wine roads there are many places to sit and relax with a glass of excellent vintage wine. Also in the city and suburb restaurants, inns and pubs you can find many of the wines that are featured on the wineries on the roads.

Maribor Wine Road

Maribor Wine Road

There is so much more that the wine roads in and around Maribor, such as cultural sites like the Cathedral with viewing tower, Synagogue, Maribor Castle with the Regional Museum, Slovene National Theatre in Maribor, and the Art Gallery Maribor. There are many great outdoor activities to take part in just outside Maribor such as skiing, Adrenaline Park, hiking, cycling and bridle paths on Pohorje.

Minutes from Maribor is the skiing area of Mariborsko Pohorje, which has 220 hectares of slopes and is the biggest skiing area in Slovenia. Mariborsko Pohorje is great for beginner skiers and intermediate skiers while advanced skiers will still enjoy a good workout and why not try night skiing, which is a local favorite.

If you are into an action packed vacation then Maribor is for you, as you can find go-kart racing, caving, white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and even skydiving.

There are great natural parks such as Pohorje primeval forest, peat moor with lakes (Lovrenška, Črno, Ribniško), Veliki and Mali Šumik waterfalls, City Park, Botanical Garden University of Maribor – Pivola, and the Botanical Garden TAL 2000. These places of natural beauty are a great place to go on a picnic, and I would suggest picking up a bottle of wine and some delights from the many city bakeries and sit and soak up all the surrounding sights.

There are tons of restaurants in the city and many serve both national Slovenian cuisine and international cuisine. There are many cafes, pubs, and small restaurants located right on the river and they are a great place to enjoy some food or drink and watch the town go by. If you are feeling lucky there are also several casinos, where you may run into Lady Luck and she may even pay for your vacation!

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Sarajevo Bosnia’s Fascinating Capital

Sarajevo is a fascinating European city that is full of history. There are lots of things to do in Sarajevo and the food in the city is amazing. The city is in a valley and at the bottom is cut in half by a river with the city built on both sides. The city has two main religions of Islam and Christianity, as there are churches and mosques all around.

I have been to Sarajevo twice now and had a great time both times. The highlight of Sarajevo sightseeing for me was the Baščaršija, which literally translates to “main marketplace.” This is the area that surrounds the Sebilj fountain. The marketplace area was built in the middle of the 15th century being the main economic area and built on the model of an Arabian “suk”, which are many big lots connected by many small streets. All around the marketplace there are many types of shops, cafes, restaurants, and is the area where may of the city’s attractions are. The shops are great and may of them have the special craft of the city, which are copper works. There are many items that are made from copper, especially engraved plates, tea sets, and many other items forged from the rust colored metal. There are many of these types of shops located at The Coppersmith Street.

City Hall

City Hall

A few of the Sarajevo attractions that are located in or near the marketplace are The Emperor’s Mosque (Careva džamija), The Town Hall (Gradska vijećnica), The Spite House (Inat kuća), The Goat Bridge, The Latin Bridge (Princip’s Bridge), The Bridge at PlandiÅ¡te- The Roman bridge, Sarajevo Cathedral, The Orthodox Cathedral, and the Sebilj Fountain in BaščarÅ¡ija. The Latin Bridge is especially interesting historically, as it was where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, which kicked off World War II. There is a small monument on the wall near the bridge, as well as a video that always runs that shows what exactly happened on that fateful day.

Mosque at Dusk

Mosque at Dusk

When I went I was interested in seeing some of the Olympic sights (Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984), but many of them were destroyed during the war in the 90’s.

A few of the other Sarajevo sightseeing attractions are The National Museum of BiH, The Waterfall at Skakavac, Springs of river Bosna, the Cauldrons on Željeznica, The Lakes on Treskavica, Jahorina Montains, Mostar with its famous bridge and Butmir, which is a fascinating Neolithic settlement.

All around the city, especially in and around the marketplace you can see remnants of the war with a few bombed out buildings and bullet holes in many of the buildings. The history of the city is very interesting, but much of the recent history revolves around the war and especially the siege of Sarajevo.

The food in the city can’t be beat, as there are so many options in and around the marketplace. You have to try the Ćevapčići, which is Bosnian and Serbian dish of grilled minced meat and severed with onions and flatbread. Burek is also a highlight as it is flaky crust with cheese on the inside and great with yogurt. You can also find Burek with veggies, meat, and spinach. Burek is great in the morning as well as after a night at the bars.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia – Big City with Small City Charm

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and even though there are over 300,000 residents the city has the charm of a much smaller city. Ljubljana is one of the more colorful cities in the Balkan region and here are my tips for things to do Ljubljana.

things to do Ljubljana

River going through Old Town

There is a river that flows through the city and you definitely want to check out the old part of Ljubljana. Here you can see many old buildings and churches and it is the part of the city where there is the most shopping as well as dining and nightclub attractions are located. This part of the city is located right below the city castle and across from the Triple Bridge. There are many narrow lanes with tons of shops, great cafes, quaint restaurants, and happening nightclubs.

The Triple Bridge is actually 3 interconnected bridges leading to the center square where the town hall is located. In the square there is the statue of France PreÅ¡eren, who was Slovenia’s greatest poet. Near the Triple Bridge is Old Ljubljana, a great open-air market, and you can even catch a train to the castle.

The Ljubljana Castle, up from the old town, can be reached by hiking up the steep hill or taking the Funicular Railway. Entrance to the Castle Courtyard, Chapel and Gift shop is free of charge, but there is a charge for access to the tower. I would definitely suggest paying to check out the tower, as you can see all of Ljubljana as well as the Sava River and Kamnik Alps off in the distance. At the castle there is also a 3D Movie of the history of Ljubljana from a pre-historic settlement to the Roman Empire to modern times.

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View of Castle from Old Town

If you are a museum buff then Ljubljana has you covered. There are many great and fascinating museums, many of which are located near the old town. Just some of the museums you should check out are The National Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, National Museum of Contemporary History, and the Tivoli Gallery – International centre of Graphic Art.

Other attractions in Ljubljana include the Ljubljana Zoo, Tivoli Park, Water City of Atlantis (thermal baths), and Laguna Fun & Spa.

In the old part of Ljubljana you can find many restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs. There are tons of eating options from authentic Slovenian food to fantastic pizzas and everything in between. There are some romantic quaint restaurants tucked in many of the small lanes in the old part of town. There are tons of cafes, but I would suggest finding one right on the river, as it makes it a relaxing time. Ljubljana, is known for its nightlife, as besides all the nightclubs in the city there are also may huge concerts with some of the biggest music acts in the world that play in the city. Just walking around the old part of town is a great way to spend the day.

Considering that Ljubljana is a big city there are many hotels available, as well as pensions, and private accommodations. Near the city’s main university, located near the old town, there are many small pensions that are very reasonable priced.

Ljubljana is one of the more beautiful, and especially colorful, cities in the Balkan region. If you are anywhere near Slovenia, you should check out the capital, as it is a city that is full of life.

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You Have to Check Out Bled, Slovenia!

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway then there is no better place than Bled, Slovenia. Bled is a small lakeside town that is gorgeous with a high castle overlooking a small lake and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. There are many accommodation options and for such as small town it is surprising the amount of places that there are to eat. There are also a couple of cool bars on the main street in the town.

Bled Lake and Castle

Bled Lake and Castle

In the summer the lake hosts many water sports and in the winter it is one big ice skating rink. When the lake is not frozen over you can take a small gondola out to the tiny island on the lake, which features the Baroque-decorated Church of Sv Marika Božja.

There are a couple of paths up to the Bled Castle, which is an 11th century fort that has a fascinating museum, local artwork, and offers some fantastic views of the lake and across the Alps.

One of the main attractions of Bled is located in the outlying hills in the Vintgar Gorge, which has a small chapel and a great walking path through the forest. The Vintgar Gorge is a great place to have a picnic. To get there you can head northwest out of Bled on the Vintgar road, next to the bus station, turning right on the outskirts of town towards the small villages of Gmajna and Zasip. Then Head uphill through Zasip to the hilltop chapel of Sv Katarina before leading you to a path through the forest to the gorge entrance.

You can also stroll around the lake on a walking path that takes a few hours and could not be more peaceful.

View of Lake Bled from Walking Path

View of Lake Bled from Walking Path

If you are looking for some nightlife, you can head to one of the many small bars located around the lake and a couple near the bus station. There is also a casino that is located right on the lake if you are feeling lucky. One of my favorite bars is Cocktails and Dreams, which is located near the lake.

There are no shortages of food options in Bled from real Slovenian food and high-end classy restaurants to great Italian food and pizza joints. There is a great kebab place in the small shopping center across from the lake. I went there and had a great kebab and the worker was so nice he even gave me a big beer. So what if it was 11 in the morning I was on vacation! There is even a fantastic Chinese restaurant located juts behind the shopping area. In the shopping area there are clothing stores, souvenir shops, sporting goods, and even a tiny market.

Bled is not hard to get to, as you can take a train from the capital of Ljubljana to near Bled and then take a bus right to Bled.

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Lopud: An Elaphite Island, Croatia

The Elaphite Islands are a small group of 6 islands that are located close to Dubrovnik, which is in the southern part of Croatia. The islands are gorgeous and a must see if you are traveling to Dubrovnik. If you are planning to go to Croatia, you HAVE to visit Dubrovnik, as it is amazing. I covered Dubrovnik in a previous article, which you can read here.

The Elaphite Islands are great for a relaxing holiday and relaxing is an understatement since the islands are free of cars. There are quaint and pristine beaches, great food, and a laid back atmosphere on the islands.

The islands can be reached from Dubrovnik. Jadrolinija has a daily ferry service that goes to Kolocep (15 minutes), Lopud (40 minutes), and Sudjuradj (55 minutes) and Sipanska Luka (1 hour 40 minutes) on Sipan.

Lopud is the most developed of the islands, but don’t let the word fool you, as it is still laid back and very relaxing. It is the second largest of the Elaphite Islands and one of the better ones for accommodations.

Lopud

Lopud

One of the highlights of Lopud is the ruins, especially Rector’s Palace on the outskirts of the island’s only town and the hill-top Franciscan Monastery offers fantastic views of the island and the surrounding coastline. You can also see the ruins of many churches on the island. Two hills are connected by a beautiful valley where a footpath goes through to the bay called Šunj at the other side of the island. The island has been inhabited for thousands of years and you can find a lot of old Greek, Roman and old Slavic buildings and ruins.

Sunj Bay, which is located on the far side of the island, has calm waters and a pleasant white sandy beach, which is great for a picnic and sunbathing. The northeast side of the island is not easy accessible by the rocks and steep cliffs and the island has a coastline of 11,5 km and 1.2 km are sandy beaches.

The food on the island is amazing, and it is not a shock to tell you that the seafood is the highlight. There are quaint restaurants on the island and some bigger more expensive ones located in the resorts and hotels. There are a few hotels, but I would suggest looking for a private room, as sometimes you can not only find great deals but fantastic rooms and small apartments near the water. There is also a youth hostel on Lopud.

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Mali Losinj – A Croatian Island Treasure

Mali Losinj is a small port town that is located on the picturesque island of Losinj. Mali Losinj is a quaint town with great food, many attractions, many accommodation options, and a sense of humour. Humour? Oh yeah, as near Mali Losijn is Veli Lošinj, and Mali means small and Veli means big, but for some reason they named the bigger, much bigger, town Mali (small) and the tiny town Veli (big). Oh those crazy Croats.

Island of Losinj

Island of Losinj

One of the main attractions in Veli Losinj is the town’s tower, which dates back to 1445. The Tower was constructed to defend the small harbour from attacks from pirates in the area. Inside the Tower are an interesting museum and several gallery rooms. The image of the tower is the theme of the coat of arms of the town.

The Church of Saint Martin dates back to 1450 and is located in the graveyard of the town, where it is an interesting walk, as you can read the history of Losinj. The priests that used to serve in the church were Glagolitic monks.

If you want a little culture you should check out the Art Collection of Andro Vid and Katarina Mihicic and the Piperata Collection of Old Masters, which contains around 20 oils on canvas and water-colours by Italian, French and Dutch painters from the 17th and 18th century.

The parish church of the Nativity of the Virgin and the quaint piazza date from 1696-1775. This is church of 3 naves that has relics of St. Romulus and a painting of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the altar.

Mali Losinj is known for their fantastic seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. The main characteristics of this type of cuisine are fish and seafood, which are dishes that are based on traditional island recipes and use local herbs, potherbs and fresh olive oil. Many of the restaurants have great cold starters such as smoked ham, sheep’s cheese, salted anchovies, and seafood salad. Some great local hot dishes are seafood risotto or pasta, minestra or brodetto cooked in classic Dalmatian style, fresh sea fish, scampi and especially squid, prepared in various ways, shellfish. If you crave some meat try the roast lamb under peka (earthen baking lid). Most of the local dishes are seasoned with fresh oregano, basil, sage, balm, thyme, rosemary and laurel.

There is great homemade brandy on the island and head to the small nearby island of Susak for some great wine. Taking a day trip to Susak is a thing that can’t be missed if you are in the area.

In the main harbour there are many nice little café’s where you can sit down and have a coffee or drink and relax and watch life go by. At night there are also a few taverns and bars that are pretty happening in the summertime with all the tourists on the island.

You have to take a ferry to the island of Losinj, but it heads to and from the island several times per day.

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Zagreb – The Capital of Croatia

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and it is, by far, the biggest city. Zagreb is located in the middle of the country and can be easily reached by plane and train. Now I am not going to sugar-coat this article and say that I am in love with the city, but being that it is the major hub of a lot of travel in Croatia I have been there many times. Zagreb has many interesting attractions, great shopping, happening nigh tlife, and great food. I would not recommend Zagreb as a main attraction, but considering that it is the biggest city and easiest to fly to in order see other areas of the gorgeous country, there are some things you should check out if you are there.

Statue in Main Square

Statue in Main Square

One of the coolest things to do in Zagreb is to take a walk around the central main part of the old historical area. Central Zagreb has the best shopping in the city, great restaurants and nightclubs, and has a fantastic open-air market. The market is generally happening from the early morning until the mid afternoon. You can find everything there from fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh meat to great handcrafts and local wine and honey. A walk around the huge market can take hours and you will be sure to find some great things. Just up from the main open air market is the Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol, which is probably the most famous building in Zagreb and its spires can be seen from all around the city.

In the historical old town centre is the Croatian History Museum. The museum is part of history itself as a gorgeous Baroque palace, Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch, which was built at the end of the 18th century and the museum was formerly the private residence of 3 successive baronial families.

The building that houses the Croatian National Theatre is a national treasure and holds great dramatic, opera, music, and ballet productions. One highlight of the Theatre is the ceremonial curtain, which was painted by renowned Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac.

If you want a little history you can head to the village of Scitarjevo, which is just outside Zagreb, and check out the Andautonia Archaeological Park. Here there are the remains of the ancient Roman town called Andautonia, which has been excavated and is currently a fascinating tourist attraction.

The nightlife in Zagreb is great with a huge student population. There are many small bars and cafes located on the cool street of lining the cool street of Tkalciceva in Gornji Grad. If you want a little more sophistication you can check out try either Hemingway, Trg Marsal Tita 1, or Skola, Bogoviceva 7, which are both chic lounge-bars that serve cocktails and have great music. If you want a brewery atmosphere head to either Pivnica Medvedgrad, Savska 56, or K Pivovari, Ilica 222, both of which are Central European style beer halls that are attached to breweries. There are also many cafes and bars located in the main square.

There are a lot of cool clubs in the city, but a couple of the better ones are the dance club Aquarius, which overlooks Lake Jarun and is about 4 kilometres from the city center. If you wan t a chance to see some Croatian celebrities check out Saloon, Tuskanac, which is THE place to be seen.

There are no shortages of restaurants all around town, but since it is a huge city you can also find many international types of food. In the main square area you can find these eateries and real Croatian fare, along with some of the best pizzas in the city.

Ok, so Zagreb is not one of my favourite cities, but there are a lot of things to see and the open-air market is one of the better ones I have been to in big metropolitan areas.

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Zadar Croatia, Old Town Charm in a Lively City

Zadar is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Croatia and is located in Northern Dalmatia. Zadar is known for its old town, which is inside of big walls and used to be surrounded by a moat, but is now filled in. Inside of the old town there are no cars or bikes, as everyone walks, which makes for a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. There are many restaurants, bars, fresh markets, and shops within the old town. There is also the Riva, which is right on the water and has a couple of new art attractions that can’t be missed.

Just Outside Old Town

Just Outside Old Town

Some of the best sights located within the city walls are structures from Roman times. You can check out the, church of St. Donatus from 9th Century and the church of St. Stosija (Anastasia) from 12th Century. Both of these magnificent churches are located near the Roman Forum and the most popular street in the old town, which is called Kalelarga. The Forum is now the town square and was built way back in the 1st century.

The food in Zadar is amazing, as they have great seafood and authentic Croatian dishes. The fresh markets in Zadar can’t be missed, as you cannot only find fresh fruit and vegetables, but fruit brandy, fresh cheese, and homemade olive oil.

Zadar is also a very happening city outside of the old town, as there are many great nightclubs, restaurants, and even a couple of casinos.

One of the highlights of Zadar is taking a walk around the Zadar Riva, which is located just outside the old town. There are descending stairs down to the water that extends for about 70 meters. Under the stairs there are 35 pipes that are of different length that make up the unique Sea Organ. As the water pushes into the pipes it makes a sound on the various pipes, which makes it sound like a huge organ. Right next to the Sea Organ is the Greeting of the Sun, which is 300 multi-layer glass panels that are set on the same level as the paving, which forms a circle of 22 meters. The Greeting of the Sun is a small amphitheater that is surrounded by a display of the Solar System and all of its orbits. When the light of the sunset hits the Greeting of the Sun the lights begin to dance and with the nearby Sea Organ it is a show that cannot be missed. Zadar is famous for its sunsets and Alfred Hitchcock once stated that the most beautiful sunset he ever saw was in Zadar.

Zadar Sunset

Zadar Sunset

There are many accommodations in Zadar, both in the city itself and inside the old town. During the peak summer months accommodation inside the old city can be sparse. One of the most affordable accommodation options is staying in a private house. You can find these by visiting one of the many travel bureaus located in Zadar.

Zadar is also the launching point for many island excursions. There are many boats that travel to the islands, which are located off the coast, all day long.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park – Natural Croatian Beauty

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia, with good reason, is the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Because of the natural beauty of the Park it was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. The Park is situated in the heart of the country in between the gorgeous coastal city of Zadar and the nation’s capital, Zagreb.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The main reason the Park is so beautiful is the 16 lakes. The lakes in the Park are connected by many waterfalls and set in a lush forest. The total area of Plitvice Lakes National Park is around 300 square kilometers, while the lakes cover a distance of around 8 kilometres. The highest point in the Park is 1,280 metres and the lowest point is 380 meters. The largest waterfall in the Park is 70 metres high (Veliki Slap).

Plitvice Lakes National Park is open year round and there are different prices for entrance depending on when you visit. The summertime is the most popular time at the Park and that is when the most tourists are there. There are discount for bigger groups and there are guided tours available in Italian, German, and English.

There are many trails throughout the park to walk around and take a nice hike and check out the gorgeous blue water and all the waterfalls. The water is clear and there is wildlife in the forest that can sometimes be seen. If you do not feel like walking around the Park there is also a train that can take you around. There is no swimming in the lakes, which was a disappointment to me seeing it was hot and the water looked oh so inviting. There is a ferryboat on one of the lakes, which takes you to the other side, where there is a food stand and souvenir shop. In the Park itself there are 2 restaurants, as well as many smaller snack shops and places to get a drink. There are a few café’s in the Park and some are located at scenic areas, where it is great to get a beer or cold drink and take in all the scenery.

One of the Many Waterfalls in the Park

One of the Many Waterfalls in the Park

There are 3 hotels in the Park, which are very close together near Entrance #2. There is also a nearby campsite, which has both bungalows and 500 spaces for camping. The campground is located 7 km outside the Park. I would suggest looking for private accommodations in the small surrounding towns. Slunj is a small town where it is easy to find accommodations. During the summer accommodations can be hard to find, so it is best to book early. I visited the Park in the spring and found a quaint little country house and me, my girlfriend, and a couple of friends stayed there for 50 Euros total for all 4 of us.

Our guesthouse (50 Euros Total!!)

Our guesthouse (50 Euros Total!!)

If you are in the mood for a relaxing time in nature then be sure to check out Plitvice Lakes National Park, as it is one of the highlights of Croatia.

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