If you’re looking for a small and charming coastal town with plenty to see and do, during the day as well as in the evening, Porec is the ideal choice, a picturesque town packed with sightseeing options. What’s particularly great about this town is that it’s small enough to explore in a day, but also makes for a great base to explore the rest of Istria. We recommend spending at least two full days, preferably three, in the area. This blog post contains the best things to do in Porec, as well as recommended beaches, restaurants, bars and accommodations.
Situated on the pretty Istrian coastline, ideally placed to explore further afield too, the picturesqueness and nightlife of Porec may be a strange combination, but it’s one that works fantastically!
It’s virtually impossible to get lost in Porec, which is ideal for those who enjoy wandering around as they please, seeing what they can find along the way. The beaches in and around the town are also typically idyllic.
Read more from source: Poreč Travel Blog: Things To Do In Poreč
The old walls of Dubrovnik have gained much popularity since they were used as the main film location depicting the fictional world of King’s Landing from the popular television series Game of Thrones. But look beyond those stately castle walls of imaginary Westeros – Croatia has always been home to other spectacular sights to offer for those willing to explore a little more. Here are some of our favourite sights in Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes (Plitvička Jezera)
The UNESCO World Heritage Plitvice Lakes National Park, located in the central Lika-Senj County, is the first national park in Croatia and one of its most photographed and visited sights. With 16 cerulean blue lakes, numerous waterfalls and lush green foliage, summer is the most popular time to take in the gorgeous park. Come winter, frozen cascades and snow-covered trees covers the surreal landscape.
The majestic waterfalls of Krka National Park are located in Šibenik-Knin County between Zadar and Split. The best way to appreciate the falls is to get in the water at Skradinski buk(town) where you can swim quite close to the thundering cascades.
Finding where to stay in Dubrovnik can be difficult and you need to be equipped with the right tools. It’s a choice that can color your whole experience of this ravishing UNESCO-protected historic town.
We’ve partnered with Dubrovnik local Andrea Pisac and created this guide to help make those things easier for you.
In the last few years, Dubrovnik has become one of the most desirable travel destinations. I have seen this magical city at the height of the season when thousands of tourists swarm inside the Old Town.
But I also know how special it feels during quieter times. This is when you can bond with its charms and stories in a more personal way.
The thing is, you can avoid the crowds even during peak times if you choose the right neighborhood to stay.
Some people won’t mind masses of tourists in the Old Town. Because, the truth is, staying in a 16th century stone palace is special, no matter how crowded the streets get.
Read more from source: Where to Stay in Dubrovnik – A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods
Summers are perhaps the best time to visit Europe, and everyone is already firming up their vacation plans. While the typical tourist hotspots such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona will continue to attract millions, the LFAL team put our collective experience together to enlist unique places to go to and quaint towns that you should put on your radar for a healthy dose of scenic beauty, culture and history.
Here are our top picks of European cities to visit this summer that will make you dream of Europe long after you come back from your trip.
4-hours by train from Paris lies Annecy in southeastern France. This quaint town is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Lake Annecy and overlooks the snow-capped French Alps. It’s almost like you are in Switzerland, but you are still in France.
Rent a bike and spend the day cycling around the lake. Take a stroll along the canals.
Read more from source: Offbeat European Cities to visit this summer! – Live from a Lounge
You, the night and a gondola. It’s a description of a popular evening excursion from cruise ships in Venice. And it certainly sounds appealing–until you realize that the blissfully romantic experience may actually be shared with another couple in a gondola that’s threading through a canal in a convoy of other gondolas.
Mass tourism is a reality not only in Venice, but in once-pristine locales around the world. You name it: sunrise at Taj Mahal, sunset at Angkor Wat, or even a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro will be less a memory of a personal dream realized and more a struggle to elbow through the crowd to get a good camera angle for a selfie.
Over-tourism has gone from a debate to a call for action at popular destinations around the world. At a recent cruise industry forum accepted part of the blame and are looking for solutions to keep tourism sustainable.
“What we’re talking about is more sustainable tourism, doing it in a better way,” said Richard Fain, chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at the Seatrade convention in Florida.
UNESCO has inscribed beech tree forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks in Croatia as a new world heritage site.
The decision was made at the 41st sitting of the World Heritage Committee in Kraków, Poland back in July and yesterday in Zagreb the official UNESCO Charter was presented to directors of both National Parks.
The UNESCO World Heritage Charter was presented to the NP Paklenica Director Natalija Andačić and NP Northern Velebit Director Irena Glavičić Sertić by Croatia’s Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek and Environment Minister Tomislav Ćorić.
The decision to inscribe beech tree forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks is an extension of the UNESCO protection of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, which now stretches over 12 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Ukraine.
The beech forests at Northern Velebit National Park are situated in two special reservations in the park called Hajdučki kukovi and Rožanski kukovi.
Read more from source: Beech Forest in Croatian National Parks on UNESCO World Heritage List
A heart-shaped peninsula on the northern end of Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, Istria is Croatia’s perfectly formed gem. Offering three of Croatia’s most attractive coastal towns in Pula, Rovinj and Porec, Istria is rich in culinary treasures, history and culture. Beginning this summer British Airways is celebrating its first full season flying to Pula Airport in Istria, direct from London Heathrow as well as other airlines now operating weekly flights* making it easier for visitors to discover its 445km of pristine coastline, hidden corners, preserved natural surroundings and its three gastronomic pearls; truffles, olive oil and wine.
Treasure troves of antiquity that were once ancient Istrian towns are dotted both inland and on the coastline. Situated furthest South is Pula, once Istria’s main port and today making a name for itself as Istria’s liveliest town. Liberally dotted with ancient monuments, along with its vibrant main square, Pula is proudly home to one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the Roman world.
Sixteen pools of crystal clear water and a chain of small and big waterfalls, surrounded by luxuriant green vegetation. The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s postcard image of paradise on Earth, now threatened by a huge upswing in tourism, development and pollution.
So much so that UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) will consider in June whether to put the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is currently on the World Heritage List, on its List of World Heritage in Danger instead. The park runs the risk of losing its coveted status if doesn’t act quickly.
Turning up the pressure, a group of Croatian war veterans organised a protest camp in the village of Plitvica Selo to draw attention to the excessive levels of construction within the area of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Their sit-in lasted over 100 days, drawing the media attention they had hoped for. Unfortunately, the government didn’t react.
Ivica Jandrić is one of the leaders of the movement. He grew up in the area and is well-aware of the damage caused by tourism-related development.
Read more from source: Is this Croatian paradise in danger?
Four planes a week will take off for the European destination
Get ready to experience the gorgeous landscapes of Dubrovnik – the airline flydubai has launched flights to Croatia for summer.
The city is located on the spectacular coastline of the Adriatic sea and is known for its Old Town, which is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Four planes a week will take off for the European destination between today and October 25 this year. Fares are available from Dhs1,245 return.