Croatia

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Recently rediscovered since the dissolution of the Yugoslav state, Croatia has added its name to the hot list of places to be in the Mediterranean–and for good reason. The Dalmatian Coast boasts thousands of offshore islands, many of which are unpopulated, and cities along the coast such as Split and Dubrovnik recall the splendid history of this Adriatic gem.

Currency:

Kuna; Exchange Rate: $1= 5.65 Kuna (September 5, 2010) For currency conversion info visit xe.com

When to Go:

Winter is a tough time to be in Croatia. The coast takes on a Mediterranean climate of chilly rain and bitter north winds, while the inland areas hunker down under the full snap of winter. That being said, most choose to visit Croatia from April to October. In the spring months the water along the coast is still too chilly to be comfortably enjoyed, although the throngs of tourists are not there to crowd the beaches either. July and August signal the peak season, with outdoor activities aplenty right on through September.

The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:

1. Lose yourself on the Dalmatian Coast

Chill out in Hvar harbor or catch a traditional sword dance on Korcula for a taste of what these island jewels have to offer.

2. Hunker inside the walled city of Dubrovnik

Claiming to never have been conquered, this thick walled city lives up to its name as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”,  its ccroatia_map_updateobbled streets and artsy interior resting tranquilly on impossibly turquoise waters.

3. Get wet at Krka National Park

Take a dip in the Krka river at the base of thundering falls in this watery wonderland located just outside the quaint town of Sibenik.

4. Get a workout in Rijeka

Climb the Trsat Stairs on the outskirts of Rijeka as over 500 steps lead up to The Church of Our Lady and a fabulous view of the city.

5. Explore the massive interior of Diocletian’s Palace, Split

Once the waterfront palace of King’s this massive structure s now home to a large shopping district on the manicured harborfront

6. Stay in a sobe

Many places in Croatia are devoid of proper hostels or backpacker lodging, so to fill the void many families rent out extra rooms in their house. Staying in a sobe can be a very traditional experience.

Posts on Croatia by Kyle the Vagabond:

-Ferries Through Rijeka, Krka, and Split (2005)

-An Island Called Hvar (2005)

-The Walled City of Dubrovnik (2005)

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