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The Best Things To Do In Sinj, Croatia

The Best Things To Do In Sinj, Croatia

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Family-friendly beaches on the Adriatic Coast and medieval cities dotted with Game of Thrones filming locations might be the first options for those who visit Croatia. But the country also has a showcase of offbeat places that appeal to the most inquisitive travelers. Sinj, for instance, is a small Croatian town with a rich cultural heritage. The city might not be the first option when it comes to a trip to Croatia, but it’s surely a worth visiting destination.

Located in the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland, within a 40-minute driving distance north from Split, Sinj is an agricultural center that lies between four scenic mountains: Svilaja, Dinara, Kamešnica, and Visoka. Sinj has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and aside from boasting a range of monuments, and historic buildings, Sinj plays host to the iconic Sinjska Alka, a traditional knight tournament that happens during the summer, and was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage, in 2010.

There is no doubt whether travelers should visit Sinj or not — it’s a definite yes. The city is especially great for a day trip to Croatia, and there are a lot of tourist attractions and amazing activities in Sinj for a culture-filled trip. And if you get the chance to be in Sinj during the Sinjska Alka tournament, make sure to marvel at the majestic horses galloping the city street while passionate riders dressed in traditional costumes aim their lances at a hanging metal ring.

But, before you go, have a look at our travel guide to find out what are the top tourist attractions in Sinj, one of the most fascinating cities in Croatia!

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

Planning A Trip To Sinj, Croatia

Sinj: A Small Town With A Rich History

The chapel above the town of Sinj, in Croatia

As you may guess by name (or, several of them), the history of Sinj spans over many time periods, and the city landscape provides tourists with diverse cultural experiences that reflect the rich heritage of the Sinj.

Sinj has been inhabited since the Stone Age, as the valley of Cetina river, cast between the mountains, and favored the region with a mix of continental and sub-Medditarean climates, which allowed for the locals to settle and flourish.

The Illyrian tribe, the first inhabitants of Sinj, had left a large footprint in the Croatian culture. For example, the famous peka food preparation style, cooking under the bell jar, it’s a heritage as ancient as 2250-1600 BC.

In the late Medieval period, Sinj outgrew the ancient fortress, which surrounded the city. In the 17th century, during the times of the Ottoman Empire, Sinj grew around the monastery and the church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj (Gospa Sinjska), which you can still visit today on the main square.

By the end of the century, Sinj was taken over by Venetians, and 100 years after Sinj town was annexed to Austria, where it remained for another century. In the 20th century, Sinj was under the rule of Yugoslavia, until independence, in the late 20th century.

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The Best Time To Visit Sinj, Croatia

Aerial view of Sinj surounded by the Dalmatian hinterland, in Croatia.

Sinj has a sub-Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summer days, and very cold winters. So, for the ideal climate, visit the city between March and July. This is when the weather is warm and pleasant, which allows travelers to indulge in a range of outdoor activities and uncover the top attractions in Sinj. August is the hottest month, which can be overwhelming for some travelers. But bear in mind that the Sinjska Alka tournament happens during this month, so if you want to watch it, you’ll have to endure the warmer weather.

How To Get To Sinj, Croatia

Aerial view of Sinj in Dalmatia hinterland southern Croatia


Getting to Sink depends on the location you’re at. Arriving there from Split is quite quick and easy, and you can either take the bus, taxi or even go on a road trip and drive to the final destination. If you’re in Dubrovnik, which located by the Adriatic Sea, you can go by bus (the trip takes a bit more than 6 hours), or take the ferry to Split and then go to Sinj,

Top Activities in Sinj, Croatia

Watching The Sinjska Alka, in Sinj

Alkar on his decorated horse galloping, hitting the metal ring  with his spear during Sinjska Alka, tournament, in Sinj

This is, undoubtedly, one of the top activities in Sinj. The Sinjska Alka is an equestrian competition held in Sinj every first Sunday in August, since 1715. The tournament was established to celebrate the Croatian-Venetian victory over 60,000 Ottoman soldiers on August 1715.

Witnessed every year by thousands of spectators, the Alka gathers between 11 to 17 Alkar (the knights) that ride their horses at full speed towards the Alka, a ring that consists of two concentric iron circles joined by three bars. The goal? To target the inside circle of the ring with a 3-meter long pointy spare while riding the horse. The knights are awarded points according to which sector of the ring they are able to pierce: the central circle, which is the smallest one, is worth three points, the upper field two points, and the two lower fields one point each.

Sinjska Alka is spread over three days, and the grand celebration is held on Sunday, which is the last day of the event. The day starts with a beautiful traditional procession, which passes through thousands of spectators, including travelers, and the proud families of the knights.

Curious fact: only men born in Sink or one of the surrounding villages can compete in the tournament. They wear elaborate ornamented costumes that are identical to the ones worn by the knights in the 18th-century.

Exploring The Old Town of Sinj

Aerial view of small picturesque town of Sinj in Croatia.

Most of the top attractions in Sinj are located in the Old Town. So, if you dedicate some time to truly wander the streets and explore the historic city center, you’ll be able to uncover most of Sinj’s landmarks. With remnants of the old fortress that protected the city, “The Town”, as locals say, used to harbor people and the soldiers during the Turkish invasions.

While strolling around the center of Sinj, you’ll be able to spot the church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, which sits in the city’s main square. Considered one of the top tourist attractions in Sink, the church was built from 1699 to 1712, and it endured wars and earthquakes over the years, preserving its original appearance.

In the city center of Sinj, make sure to also go to the piazza fountain, which is locally known as “funtana” and was erected in 1852 by mayor Antonio Buglian.

Also in the very town center of Sinj, opposite the Church of the Miraculous Madonna of Sinj, there’s the Kamičak Fort, a star-shaped fort built in 1712 on top of a hill of the same name. The fort displays a layout that dates back to 1890 when the walls were built and the pine trees planted on the site.

After discovering the top attractions in Sinj, a great idea is to plan a day trip to a nearby destination. Check below what are the top cities that are located within a driving distance from Sinj for the perfect Croatian getaway.

Best Daytrips From Sinj

Orlova Staza, For Adventure Travelers

Are you ready to experience a bit of action during your vacation? After enjoying the top activities in Sinj, head over to Orlova Staza for the Eagle’ s trail near Sinj. The 44 km route is not quite flat, with an elevation of 969 meters. It is not boring, though – the mix of cross trail and road cycling will keep you awake. Starting with asphalt, continuing with picturesque gravel roads, and ending with oak forest, the route is demanding but provides travelers with excellent views of places such as Lake Peruča. You can also cycle until you reach the spring of the river Cetina.

The Klis Fortress, For Game of Thrones Fans

The Klis Fortress, located near Split, in Croatia.

Traveling with your kids and not sure if they’ll enjoy long hours on a bike? Then you can take them to a Game of Thrones filming location instead. And, surprisingly enough, we’re not talking about Dubrovnik, but actually the Klis Fortress. Located between Split and Sinj, this medieval fortress was built at an altitude of 360 meters to ensure the control of invasions. This magnificent fortress is featured in Game of Thrones season 4 when Daenerys Targaryen and her army go to Meereen to free the slaves.

You can get there from Sinj by taking a taxi (24 km) or renting a car. Alternatively, if you come from Split, take the bus No.22 from the National Theatre (buy the ticket in the kiosk). The trip is totally worth it, as it’s one of the best family-friendly tourist attractions around Sinj.

Krka National Park, For Nature Lovers

The Krka National Park, in Croatia

The best way of ending a tour around the top attractions in Sinj is by having an authentic travel experience in nature. So, if being immersed in natural beauty sounds appealing to you, make sure to include a visit to the Krka National Park in your itinerary. Located within one hour drive from Sinj, in southern Croatia, the park covers an area of over 142 square km and includes two-thirds of the Krka River. The main highlight of this pristine paradise is the Skradinski Buk, an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width which encompasses 17 waterfalls that range in height by over 45 meters. The National Park also harbors rich wildlife, with over 800 species of plants, over 200 bird species, and some 18 different species of bats.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

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A Guide to The Art Nouveau Architecture In Riga

A Guide to The Art Nouveau Architecture In Riga

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Being culturally aware during a trip is an eye-opening experience and, fortunately, Europe offers a wide range of culture-filled destinations for travelers to experience. Birthplace of some of the most brilliant artists and architects of all time, the Old Continent is home to more than 40 stunning castles, and it harbors 18 of the 25 most beautiful buildings in the world.

A must-go destination for art-enthusiasts, Europe was also the birthplace of a visually intriguing art-movement called Art Nouveau. Known for its sinuous lines and curves, this nature-inspired movement spread all over Europe during the 19th-century

While touristy European cities, including Prague, Budapest, and Barcelona display a showcase of preserved Art Nouveau Style buildings, the top destination for a true Art Nouveau immersion is Riga, the capital of Latvia. Shaped by a rich architectural heritage, the city has over 700 Art Nouveau buildings, more than any other city in the world.

Today, we’re taking you to discover the most intriguing samples of Art Nouveau architecture in Riga. From art museums to picturesque streets, this guide will help you experience architecture like never before. Have a look!

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

What is the Art Nouveau Style

Light pink façade of an ornamented Art Nouveau Building.

Art Nouveau is an artistic style characterized by the use of distinct sinuous lines, nature-shaped motifs, and organic forms and patterns. The movement flourished throughout Europe and the United States between the late 19th-century and the early 20th-century, being employed mostly in architecture, art, jewelry, illustration, and glass design.

Regarded as a universal art style, Art Nouveau was explored by many renowned artists in Europe, such as Gustav Klimt and Antoni Gaudí. Because of that, this style has different names depending on the country. In Germany, it’s known as Jugendstil; in Italy, Stile Liberty in Italian, in Catalunya, Modernisme Català, and in Sweden it’s regarded as National Romantic style.

Art Nouveau Architecture in Europe

There are several destinations where you can experience Art Nouveau architecture at its finest in Europe. In case you’re planning to visit Eastern Europe, two great spots for some Art Nouveau immersion are Prague and Budapest. But if going to Southern Europe is on the top of your bucket list, you can find some stunning Art Nouveau architecture samples in Turin, Italy; Barcelona, Spain, and Aveiro, Portugal.

Now, if going to an offbeat European destination is the ultimate travel experience you’re seeking, Riga, in Latvia, is the place to be.

Traveling To Riga, Latvia

Historical buildings in Riva's Old Town during the sunset.

Riga lies in the center of three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and is the capital of Latvia. Apart from Art Noveau Riga architecture, the city is famous for its wooden buildings and medieval pedestrian-only Old Town, which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Riga is the most lively in the summer months when the weather is warm, and the city is bustling with open-air concerts, free music festivals, and outdoor cinemas.

However, Latvia offers much more than typical city entertainment. The country is surrounded by Estonia, Russia, Belorussia, and Lithuania, and sports 500 km of coastline. To enjoy the wild abandoned beaches of the country, you can hop on the train to Jurmala or visit the Kemeri National Park for its bog lakes, mineral waters, and therapeutic mud SPAs nearby.

When in Latvia, visiting the bordering countries is also a great option, and you can add trips to St. Petersburg and Tallinn to your itinerary.

The History of Art Nouveau in Riga

Detail of a blue and white Art Nouveau buildin located at Elizabetes Street, in Riva.

To understand why Art Noveau gained the hype in Riga back in the day, we will drop some facts. During the late 19th-century, Riga experienced rapid economic development. It grew by 88% between 1897 and 1913 and, during WWII, Riva was the third-largest city in the Baltic region. Between 1910 and 1913, almost 500 new buildings were built in Riga annually. Most of them were in Art Noveau style and were placed outside of the Old Town of Riga. The architects in charge of designing the Art Nouveau buildings in Riga ranged from Baltic Germans, Jewish, and newly taught ethnic Latvians.

Today, the Art Nouveau Riga buildings represent one-third of all the buildings in the center of the city. This is exactly why Riga, Latvia, is often regarded as the Art Noveau Mecca, as it has the highest concentration of this architecture-style in the world.

Art Nouveau Tour In Riga, Latvia

While wandering around the streets of Riga looking for stunning Art Nouveau buildings, there are some places you don’t wanna miss. A good tip is to start off your trip by strolling through the Old Town, just to get acquainted with the city. Then, you can make your move to some of the places listed below. We guarantee you won’t regret it.

Alberta Street

If there is one street you absolutely have to visit in Riga, is Alberta Street. Named after Bishop Albert who founded Riga more than 800 years ago, the street is a trademark thanks to its Eclectic Art Nouveau buildings. Most of them where designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, and some by Konstantīns Pēkšēns and Eižens Laube, a teacher, and his pupil. The buildings are decorated with sculptures, ornamented balconies, columns, and other Art Nouveau elements.

Riga Art Nouveau Centre

Located on Alberta Street, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre is the only museum in the Baltics that entirely showcases the history of the Art Nouveau movement. The Riga Art Nouveau Centre is placed within a building that belonged Konstantīns Pēkšēns, one of the most famous Latvian Art Nouveau architects.

Walking through the 20th-century building will take you on a journey back in time. During your tour, you’ll not only learn about Art Nouveau but also about how the former owners hosted their guests, how people behaved, and more.

Make sure you look up to the ceiling when entering the building, You’ll see an ornamented spiral staircase, which is a fine example of the Art Nouveau style.

The Riga Artt Nouveau Centre is open every day (except for Mondays) from 10 am to 6 pm. The entrance fee is 9 euros for the full exposition. 

Art Noveau Route in the Riga City Center

If you got excited after discovering the examples of Art Nouveau in Alberta Street, you can surely go beyond and uncover more architectural gems in Riga. The Alberta Street harbors some of the finest samples of the Eclectic Art Nouveau Style in Riga, but there are three other styles you can uncover in the city: the Perpendicular Art Nouveau, National Romantic Art Nouveau, and the Neo-Classical Art Nouveau. 

For exploring the Perpendicular Art Nouveau category, which is commonly referred to to as “department store style” or Warenhausstil (in German) , head over to Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela (Krišjānis Valdemārs Street) number 37, which is home to a multi-storey building designed by Eižens Laube.

A good Neo-Classical example is the former Commercial Bank of Riga, which sits in the very center of the Old Riga, right opposite the Doms Cathedral.

To discover the National Romantic style, or the Nordic Art Noveau, in Riga, stay in the Alberta Street and head over the building number 11, also designed by Eižens Laube.

Take a Free Art Noveau Tour in Riga

If you want to travel on a budget, then a good idea is going on free Riga Art Noveau guided tour. Tours will take you through Alberta Street and Elizabetes Street, as well as to explore some less popular Art Noveau examples. Tours take around 2 hours, and start daily at 3 pm (until the end of September) at the stairs of the National Opera House of Latvia. 

Drink a Coffee Surrounded by the Art Noveau Style in Riga

Tired after seeing too many curvy lines and floral decorations? Have a cup of coffee and slice of cake at this boutique Art Noveau cafe Sienna just across Alberta Street. 

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Balkan Nature Wellness Roadtrip Itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro

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Balkan Croatia Montenegro CuddlyNest blog roadtrip senior nature getaway relaxing

Senior travel in 2019 is great and booming. But while hotels and resorts offer more and more yoga and health, meditation and yoga holidays, some elderly prefer to go on an active holiday and enjoy nature hikes, mountain climbing, and even canoe trips, discovering what Europe has to offer from a different perspective.

Senior Holidays in Europe

If you prefer visiting Europe and its Central European capitals, or travel to Northern Europe for Art Noveau architecture, or visit

other Balkan countries for great food, go and visit some of our previous blogs. But if you want to treat yourself well, and allow your body to relax on holiday while giving it enough active time, keep reading and learn what great Balkan destinations to visit and add to your South-Eastern Europe bucket list when going on winter or spring holidays 2019. CuddlyNest put up an itinerary for your active, adventurous, and yet not too much physically demanding holidays – and we are sure you would love to get some relaxation time with SPA and beauty retreats in between! 

Balkan and Greece Itinerary Plan for Active Seniors

Balkan and Greece itinerary is a great option if you are looking for a laid-back travel destination country and want to go somewhere you’ve never been before. From Croatia to Montenegro, from Greece to Albania, there are well-known and popular destinations as well as harder to reach, much more rural and even abandoned nature-only places.

  1. Split, Croatia
  2. Brac Island, Croatia
  3. Pasjača Beach, Croatia
  4. Vranjina, Montenegro
  5. Locven and Skadar Lake National Parks, Montenegro
  6. Durrës, Albania
  7. Sarandë, Albania
  8. Corfu, Greece
  9. Patras, Greece

Split, Croatia.

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Split, Croatia Best SPA and Nearby Beaches

While Split is the capital of Croatia and one of the best-connected cities in the region, there is not much nature around the city, apart from the very well-kept white sandy beach. To relax and care for your health, we recommend staying at SPA apartments and enjoy the Split hospitality for very affordable prices. 

There is a SPA and wellness centre also in Divota Apartment hotel, where private studio apartments in Veli Varos District just 5 minutes from the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva seaside Promenade. The rooms have access to massages and SPA and wellness centres.

If you are more into hotels than private apartments, Hotel Park Split has a seasonal outdoor pool, and couped with SPA and wellness centre Filomena Priska Spa on its underground floor. The center includes a hot tub, sauna and even a gym! Located on one of the Split’ s most famous beaches Bacvice, it is Make sure to try out their 19th century inspired massages, facial and body treatments, as well as services like waxing, manicure and pedicures.

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Makarska, Sumartin and Brac Island 

To truly enjoy the wild spirit and sense the Split itself, you must dive into island-hopping even if only for a short time. From Split, you can travel to Makarska, a nearby town just a 1-hour ride away. Makarska is known for its Riviera beaches, and seafront promenade, but to get to less crowded and wilder beaches, we suggest visiting Kačić Square and then continuing to port and getting on a ferry to Brač island.

How to get to Makarska

To get to Makarska, get on a Promet Makarska bus. It will take a little over 1 hour from Split to Makarska. Get your tickets at the bus station, but check the schedule or if you wish to, then book your tickets on their website. The bus goes hourly from 5 am to 10.30 pm daily, and you can get a ticket for 50 HRR, approximately €7.

Sumartin and Brac.

Sumartin and Brač Island are an old and scarcely populated island. Sumartin village is the youngest town on the island, homing around 500 people only. Established in the 17th century, the town comprises Fraciscian monastery, and some other religious buildings, among old farmhouses. When visiting Brac island, take it slowly and enjoy the local wines, food, and other  . If you earlier visited Split and saw the UNESCO inscribed Diocletian palace. Built for Emperor around 4 AD, today it forms around half of Split old town. If you wonder where the material for the magnificent building was taken, then it is just there, in Brac. Near Supertar, there were dolomite Rasohe quarry, in which slaves worked day and night to gather material for the palace. Still today, you can see a small engraving – the legend says the picture was engraved by slaves asking for guidance and strength to Hercules, the Roman hero famous for strenht and other features. When visiting Splitska, Smartin and other places in Barc, you can rent a bike to get around the island faster.

There are also several SPA resorts and nature and eco-travel guest houses offered for staying at and enjoying your holidays in a laid-back, natural atmosphere on this Croatian island.

Makarska to Brač Island ferry

To get from Makarska to Sumartin, you can take a ferry by Jardolinija route 638. The service runs 3 times a day in the off-season, 4 times a day in June and September, and 5 times a day in July and August. The ferry costs 30 HKR for an adult, but you can check more precise ticket information here

Pasjaca Beach.

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Best Beach in 2019: Visit Croatia Pasjača Beach

If you are keen to see one of the wild beaches compromising both white sand, pristine blue water and even some cliffs, then look for it no more and head to the now-famous Pasjaca beach. It was claimed to be the best beach in the world in 2019, sporting the 1st place and ranking above the world-famous beaches of Spain and Greece. If you can catch both, we also suggest going to Nugal beach just to see what the hype is about.

As for the origins of the beach, it is not exactly a natural beach, as you may expect. Developed from a symbiosis of man and nature, the origins of the Pasjac (or Popovic) beach date back to 1955 when there was a tunnel constructed, leading to the sea. Workers left the excavated rocks just there, and in a few years, the waves crashed against to fill the shore with white sand at the bottom of the majestic cliffs on Konavile. Today, you can, therefore, see both white sand and cliff shore watered by the blue Medditarea sea water.

How to get from Brac to Pasjaca

To get from Brac island to Pasjaca, the easiest way is to go from Supertar to Split by ferry, and then take a bus from Split to Popovic. The whole trip will take around 4 hours, and cost from €31. The bus route is not going by the seaside but is surely a picturesque journey, taking you through the mountainous region of Dio Kanjona Rijeke Cetine, the Dio Canion of the river Cetina. 

Kotori, Montenegro.

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Bay of Kotori, Montenegro

To continue your road trip, you can head to the nearby Cavtat caostal town to rent a car and go further on your own into the nature parks of Montenegro. The car drive from Cavtat to Kostanjica in Kotor, just by the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro will take you no more than a 1-hour drive, and the road is simply beautiful, with flat and landscape, small road going through the coastal towns. If you are not in a rush, definitely stop at Igalo Игало in Montenegro, take a dip in the water at Tople, walk the promenade and see the Old Škver Harbor, before heading to Kamenari passing Savina Monastery in Herceg-Novi, on the way overseeing the most beautiful bay in Montenegro, Boka Kortska.

Cavtat Car Rental 

Renting a car at Cavtat Croatia will not cost you a fortune. While some car companies allow you to drop a car off at your hotel in Cavtat for free and renting within Croatia will be around £54 for an economy car but you would have to pay €40 to take it into Montenegro. Axa rental service offers the prepayment to be around £21 for the excess, while for other companies, like iCrahire, it would cost 45 Euros for the green card to take it out of Croatia. There is also another cost you must take into account, hence the insurance To reduce the insurance to zero, you can use iCarhire and reduce the 1500 euro excess to £20 for the week to reduce it to zero. However, the company will still need your card to reserve the insured amount, and 15 euros to reduce the excess. All in all, you will hardly spend over 100 euros for a week of car rental, and the money will get you much further than taking buses. However, we only suggest booking a car after going to the islands, as ferry fees can quickly add up if you want to take your car with you.

Ferry from Kamenari to Lepetani

 To get from Kamenari to Lepetani by car, you cannot take a ferry or ride the walking bridge connecting Kamenari to Lepetani. Instead, you shall ride all the way the scenic route by the inner part of the bay, and going through Dobrota and Kotor towns. Whilst on the road, we recommend also take a chance and enjoy the local cuisine, and get some of the best Montenegro food, ordering either the tasty fish soup or squid-ink-colored black risotto at one of the restaurants in the towns.

Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

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Visit Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

Visiting Lovcen National Park is a must if you want to wind off and just enjoy the wild beauty of Montenegro. From weeklong meditation retreats on your own in the 62 km2 area in the central highest part of the mount Lovcen, to wandering the historical buildings, farmhouses and village guvnas, cottages in katuns and more man-made but integrated spaces. The mountainous region is popular with tourists but less so in September and October season. The best time to camp here in July and August, but for a digital recharge, or off-grid life for a few days to relax your senses and get back the health, you may also visit the park in the shoulder season. 

Lovcen National Park Practical Information: Entrance Fees and Accommodation

To enter the National park, you must buy a ticket for £2, but the entrance for children under 7 years old is free. You can also camp here, with your tent or camper. Sleeping in nature will cost you 10€ while there are also several hotels located within the nature park, hence Hotel Ivanov Konak ad Hotel Monte Rosa. The former one also has a bicycle and car rental for your convenience. 

Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro

After taking time in Cetinje in Lovcen National Park, you can drive further to either Podgorica and Budva, to visit either the capital or one of the best-rated resort towns in Montenegro. However, you can just continue along the road  M23 from Centinje t Podgorica, and take a turn at Meterizi, turning onto a small countryside road going to Skadar. Skadar is well known for its nature, and the lake feels untouched by men.

If you wish to deep dive into nature and relax, then gong for birdwatching either alone equipped with a book and binocular, or in an organized tour, you can spot all kinds of birds all season long. As for other activities, like boat rides, you can relax taking a sunset ride into the beautiful lake.

Rijeka Crnojevića

Before coming to the lake itself, you will pass by the Rijeka Crnojevića, Ријека Црнојевића. To take the most from the local cuisine, we suggest having lunch with the local scallops in the Old Bridge Restaurant, alternatively heading to the nearby Šinđon and get some lake fresh food fro the Eko Restaurant Šinđon.

Balkan Itinerary: Visit Virpazar

Virpazar is one of the smallest villages around the lake, at the same time offering one of the best options for winding off, taking a break from city life and enjoying yoga retreat, off-grid life, and fresh air all day, all night. With a population of a little over 300 inhabitants, both Serbs and Montenegrins, the  village is the perfect place to escape the city buzz. When bored, you can climb up the Besac Castle which is open every day and watch the lake from up.

 

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Best Eastern Europe Festivals to Attend

Best Eastern Europe Festivals to Attend

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You already attended at least some Europe festivals in the first months of summer? There is still August left to enjoy! Here we list the best music festivals in Eastern Europe in August 2019. While Eastern European events are generally more friendly to pocket, you can expect the line-ups being as diverse and interesting as their British isle and Western Europe counterparts. Let’s dive in!

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Sziget | Hungary

When? 7-13 August 2019

Music genres? Electronic dance music (EDM), indie, rock, pop, rap

Where? Budapest

Born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union and located on the island in the heart of Budapest, this festival features the best world-class musicians. Find your place to stay here or take a hammock with you to sleep between the concerts of your favourite artists!

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UNTOLD Festival | Romania

When? 1-4 August 2019

Music genres? Various pop, rock and EDM

Where?  Cluj-Napoca

Romania is famous for its wine, warmhearted welcomeness to guests and rose plantations. But what’s more, Romania is expanding with every year in its music scene, and Untold festival is no different. Hosted in the central park of Cluj Napoca, this festival sees 300,000 visitors yearly, and hosts one of the best dance music DJ’s in the world.

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Defected | Croatia 

When?  8-13 August 2019

Music genres? House

Where?  Tisno

Defected is a boutique festival which has found its venue on the shores of Adriatic. Get yourself a tent, or grab a hammock to go to the house music festival!

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Sea Dance | Montenegro

When? 30 August – 1 September 2019

Music genres? Electronic dance music (EDM), electronic, house techno

Where? Budva

Montenegro is famous for its yet undiscovered nature with mountains and beautiful coastal area. Dance and house will shake you up, and Buljarica Beach will treat you well.

Image source: Awake FestivalAwake | Romania

When? 15 – 18 August 2019

Music genres?  Drum’n’bass, hip-hop, indie, soul and punk

Where? Teleki

Awake is a boutique festival in Romania. The rural baroque castle Teleki Estate homes dancers and music lovers from all over Europe, and with a good reason. Not only the festival offers music, but also enhances the experience with interactive theatre and cinema, a forest library, talks from the “feed your mind” and wellness activities.

Image source: Uprising Festival | Europe Music Festivals 2019Uprising | Slovakia

When? 23-24 August 2019

Music genres? Reggae, dancehall, ska, latino, hip-hop, jungle and drum’n’bass

Extras: half-pipe, yoga, capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), dance workshops, street art, Jamaican food

Where? Bratislava

Slovak festivals marking the anniversary of the second world war resistance movement, the Slovak National Uprising of 1944 is held in a laid-back atmosphere by the natural park with a lake. Take it slow and breathe in – the dance workshops, yoga and other activities will sum up your summer in a relaxing way.

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15 Reasons to Visit Balkans this Summer

15 Reasons to Visit Balkans this Summer

Balkans 2 MINS READ

What are Balkan Countries

The Balkan region is countries located in southeastern Europe. Culturally diverse, yet historically connected, the region consists of a bunch of small countries. It includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro. Also North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Greece, and Slovenia.

 1. Your tastebuds will be forever grateful for trying Croatian Pag Cheese

2. You will learn that good wine does not have to be expensive

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3. You will learn how to swim (in case you cannot, yet)

4. You will discover that eggplant can be tasty when on bread – taste Ajvar

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5. You will learn to dance crazy by Balkan music rhythms

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6. And you will never forget the parties at Belgrade floating party boats

7. Summer music festivals are cheap and good

8. You will get to Eat Burek when visit Balkans summer 2019

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9. Drinks here are good and cheap and turn white when mixed with water – try Rakia

10. You will learn where democracy was born when visit Balkans summer 2019

11. You will discover the generosity of people

12. And, you will discover the cultural differences between East and West

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13.You will be in a region where you can’t guess the word and will learn to adapt when visit Balkans summer

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14. Fresh foods will make you want to change your diet for good

15. Turquoise see will make you wonder leaving your daytime job for a life in paradise to visit Balkans summer 2019

Still wondering when and where in Balkans to go this summer?
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The Best Croatia Beaches for Family Holidays

The Best Croatia Beaches for Family Holidays

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Croatia is surely famous for its wine, delicious food, and for its iconic Game of Thrones locations. But the wild idyllic beaches with transparent water and luxury resorts are definitely some of the finest assets of the country.

Home to 1,200 islands, islets, and crags off the coast of the mainland, Croatia is dotted with postcard-worthy beaches, more than 100 of these beaches have been granted the prestigious blue flag status thanks to their purity on land and in the sea.

But, even though the beaches in Croatia are amazing and well-known, not all of them are suitable for families with children. So, if you’re planning a summer trip to Croatia with the little ones, you might wanna know what are the best beaches for a family holiday.

Read this post to find out what are the best Croatia Beaches for a family holiday.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

Best Croatia Beaches for a Family Holiday

Croatia Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok

Aerial view of the blue transparent water of the Sakarun Beach, in Croatia.

Croatia beaches cannot look any more paradisiac than this. Sakarun beach is known as one of the best beaches on the Dalmatian coast, which is a must-visit place for beach-lovers. Thanks to its natural beauty and blue-green transparent waters, Sakarun Beach was included in the Croatian ecological network, which was created to protect biodiversity.

The little bay of Sakarun Beach is just like heaven. In there, you get the view of the turquoise and calm water of the ocean, soft white sand and, of course, plenty of sun during the summer. The beach is also not extremely crowded, which means your kids would enough have space to play around while you can read a book and contemplate the Zadar Archipelago, where the beach is located.

How to get to Sakarun Beach?

The beach is located on the west side of Dugi Otok. If you’re already in Zadar, you can take a tourist train from the Hotel Maxim and then take the ferry.

However, you can also take a ferry from Zadar city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Ferries are going daily year-round, and it takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes for you to get to the beach.

Dražiča Beach, Biograd na Moru

The sun and shade make this one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children. Located on the southeast part of Biograd, a town in northern Dalmatia, the Blue Flag Dražica Beach is perfect for fun activities and chill water sports, such as canoeing, water skiing, and kayaking.

Dražica Beach also has a great infrastructure, and it’s home to a playground for kids, WC, and a shower.

How to get to Dražiča Beach?

The beach is just 10 minutes’ walk away from the center of Biograd, and you can reach it by pathway.

Slatina Beach, Martinšćica, Cres Island

Aerial panoramical view of the Slatina Beach, in Croatia.

Located near a camp with the same name, Slatina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cres-Lošnij archipelago. Unlike many other beaches in Croatia, Slatina has very warm water, which looks green due to its sandy bottom. The beach itself is partially sandy and partially concrete, and this feature makes it a good choice for those seeking the middle term between wilderness and infrastructure.

Another fact that makes Slatina Beach one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children, is the fact that the beach has a great infrastructure, being home to a restaurant, showers, changing rooms, and a lifeguard’s tower, as well as sports and animation centers nearby.

How to get to Slatina Beach?

The beach is located on Kress Island, so if you are in Opatija, and wish to visit Slatina for the weekend, get in the car, drive the beautiful coastal motorway and get to the beach by ferry. 

Zaton Holiday Resort Beach

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While Zatar is one of the top choices for families visiting Croatia exclusively for beach holidays, Zaton and Nin are famous for their sandy coasts. Zaton Beach stretches more than 1.5 km. It is on the premises of the Zaton Holiday Resort, a family-friendly vacation paradise in Croatia.

You will see many amusement parks and water attractions for children in Zaton Beach. This means the kids can have a great time, while you soak up the sun and relax. The coastline water pools are safe and the coast area is shallow, making it perfectly safe for children as well.

Other attractions, like bars and restaurants, are also available serving delicious Croatian food. For your comfort, the beach also has outdoor showers, cabins, sports shops. There’s also a beach chair and umbrella rental, public toilets and a grocery store.

How to get to Zaton Beach?

If you’re staying in Zadar, you can take a suburban bus running between Zaton and Nin. The ticket will cost you 13 kuna (EUR 1.75) one-way.
If you are coming with your family from Split or Dubrovnik, the
Game of Thrones film set, we suggesting hiring a car and driving the picturesque coastal road on your way to the beach.

Where to stay near Zaton Beach?

You can stay in Zadar country houses, beach villas, and condos with your family. Here are some of our favorites.

Vela Beach, Baška, Krk Island

View of the Krk Bay, in Croatia.

As we already wrote, Krk Island is amazing purely to experience the Croatian winemaking tradition,  but you may as well enjoy the local beach in the daytime.

Vela Plaža is one of the most popular beaches on Krk Island, and you are likely gonna find yourself between crowds of Croatian, Italian, and German tourists whilst sunbathing in this paradise. The water, always calm, has a perfect turquoise shade, which makes this beach looks like it came straight out of a postcard.

Visiting Vela beach with the little is a great idea, especially if your kids love love making sandcastles or creating pebble stone fortresses. With that said, the Vela beach has it all – white sand and gravel alike, supplied with a couple of beach bars and opportunities to keep one active playing sports. You can rent a ball and play volley with your kids, or get on a pedal boat with them and enjoy the calm blue sea of the Krk Island.

How to get to Vela Plaža, Krk island

If you find yourself on the island, the beach is just near the center of town Baska. If, however, you are visiting Krk island from the mainland, you can either take a bus or walk your way on the bridge, as there are no ferries linking Krk with the mainland directly.

Buses from Rijeka to Krk town are running daily, and the journey lasts around 1 hour and costs EUR 9. You can look up the bus schedule on Autotrans website. If you are coming from Zagreb, it will take 3 hours and cost EUR 19. You can take a bus run by Autotrans or Croatia Bus.

Zlatni Rat Beach

Aerial view of the Zlatni Rat Beach, in Croatia.

One of the most curious fun about Croatia is that the country has a beach that changes shape and position. Located less than 2km from the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat Beach has a unique shape that stretches into the Mediterranean Sea, and it changes depending on the wind, tide, and current.

Listed many times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Zlatni Rat is 500 meters long and can accommodate over 10.000 people. The beach is surrounded by a crystal-clear sea, which is extremely calm on one side of the beach, offering the ideal conditions for families with kids.

Definitely one of the best places for families, this paradisiac beach is also home to an inflatable water park filled with slides, trampolines, and lily pads for little ones who want to have a good time.

How to Get to Zlatni Beach?

To go from Split to Zlatni, you can get the ferry to the Supetar Port, on Brac. In there, there’s a bus station, with buses that run fairly regularly to Bol (it takes about 50 minutes). You can also take a taxi from the port to Bol.

Keep in Mind When Visiting The Best Croatia Beaches

While we strongly encourage you to enjoy your family beach holidays when your schedule allows you to, the best times to visit Croatia is nevertheless the shoulder seasons, that is May and September – October. For tips on what you need to bring to each beach and insider tips, Sail Croatia, is an excellent source. Between our guides, you can’t go wrong when planning a beach vacation in Croatia. 

Although speaking only English is not going to be a barrier, as 81% of Croatians speak English, practicing German is not a bad idea, either, as German and Italian are both popular languages as well.

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