While The Balkans may bring to mind a region with a tumultuous past, the political unrest has long since subsided, and today, the area offers a wealth of fabulous travel destinations, with its diverse cultures, incredible scenery from jewel-like islands to soaring mountains.
The stunningly gorgeous country of Montenegro only became an independent nation in 2006, and the city of Kotor, set within a secluded tip of Boka Kotorsky Bay, offers extraordinary beauty few travelers get to experience, simply because they aren’t aware it exists. This coastal town on the Adriatic offers a true unspoiled retreat from the chaos of the modern world, with the entire old town area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Float through the sunlight-drenched fjords with mountains soaring overhead, dine on delectable Mediterranean cuisine and explore the medieval walled city with its many ancient structures, churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums, for a trip you won’t soon forget.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia