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With a multitude of facets waiting to be explored, Croatia spans the Adriatic coast with unique Mediterranean charm. The poet Lord Byron once described the city of Dubrovnik as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ — and indeed, it’s a Croatian gem not to be missed. Whilst there, visit the local beach of Banje to bask in the sun, before heading out to discover the rich history of the city. Walk along the walls of the old fortress, visit the old Pile Gate and the 7th century Cathedral of the Assumption, or go on guided tours that will take you through history and sightseeing in a matter of hours.
Croatia’s coastal cities have had great cultural and historical importance throughout the centuries. This is visible in the beautifully preserved sites found in each of its cities: Sibenik, Split, Porec and Dubrovnik have intricate fortress-complexes and architecturally stunning buildings that guarantee a bird’s eye view of Croatian culture.
Speaking of culture, the capital of Zagreb invites visitors to experience the lively atmosphere and welcoming air that makes Croatia special. Its nightlife is unmatched in Europe, with bars and clubs open till dawn. For those looking for a more leisurely stay, quirky museums like The Museum of Broken Relationships and The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art offer unique art experiences.
Almost 10% of Croatia is made up of nature parks and reserves, and both the mainland and the islands of the Adriatic Coast are home to unique wildlife and stunning nature. Head off the beaten track on the island of Hvar and visit the Gromin Dolac beach for a less-frequented coastal spot. Mali Losinj, an island further north, has long been favoured by visitors for its fresh air, charming buildings and serene nature. While visiting, keep an eye out for dolphins swimming near the coast, or the griffon vulture, a species only found here and on the neighbouring island of Cres.
When the sun sets over the rooftops, retire to a restaurant frequented by locals. Croatia boasts a proud history of wine-making and their local cuisine complements the crisp taste of the grapes. Tuck into generous portions of the Dalmatian beef stew Pasticada, sample smoky grilled fish or feast your taste buds on famous black risotto, flavoured with fresh squid or cuttlefish.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/