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Croatia and Slovenia travel attractions

Top places to see in Croatia and Slovenia and the region weather? Spreading over an area of some 320 square kilometers-it’s 35 kilometers long and 13 kilometers wide-the Kornati archipelago encompasses 89 scattered islets, big and small. Rocky and arid with little fertile soil, the islets are practically uninhabited, though there are some very basic stone cottages dotted here and there. Originally built as one-room shelters by local fishermen and shepherds, they’re now often used as holiday retreats or seasonal seafood restaurants. The best way to explore this stunningly beautiful coastal region is by private sailing boat, with the nearest charter base being located in Biograd Na Moru. It’s also possible to visit the Kornati as a day trip by excursion boat from either Zadar or Sibenik on the mainland. If sailing under your own step, (as it were), you’ll need to purchase a valid permit, available online (see the official site below).

When still operating, Mercury Mine in Idrija was the second largest mercury mine in the world. Now, it is an excellent museum that takes visitors underground and introduces them to the life of Slovenian miners. The entrance to the museum is through Anthony’s Main Road, which was built in the sixteenth century and is one of the oldest mine shaft entrances in Europe. The historical importance of the Mercury Mine in Idrija is the reason that the mine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.

The island of Mljet is one of the larger islands off the coast of Southern Croatia. With 72% of the island covered by forests and the rest dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages, Mljet is a perfect place to relax. The island contains two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, that are located at the western end of the island. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a small island with an old Benedictine monastery.

Not all elements of Nature manage to entice everyone. For example, some may like to watch stunning waterfalls while some others may prefer to gaze through a green blanket while some others may want to tune their souls with the silence of Nature. Whatever the reason be, Krka National Park is one of the best places to go to Croatia. The primary attraction of this park is a wide range of stunning waterfalls, the best of which is Skradinski Buk Falls. Apart from this stunner, there is a host of diversified wildlife that can entice almost anyone at any time. Some human touch can be found in the form of secluded monasteries too. The 200-meter deep canyon through which the Krka River flows is yet another famous tourist destination in Croatia. See even more details on Zadar vreme.

On the 18th August each year, a pirate battle (well, a re-enactment of a 13th century one!) takes place off the coast of Omis. Thousands of people are drawn to witness this special event! Set one street in from Makarska’s busy seafront, Jez has long been a locals’ favourite, a reliable choice for Dalmatian standards. Then came Jadran Grancic, only 25 but with eight years of experience at the top hotels in Zagreb. Initially suspicious regulars needed time, and a special gastronomic evening, to take to his molecular gastronomy, but now Jez has won over both the traditional customer and the discerning tourist, happy to find swordfish on a Makarska menu and home-made bread to accompany the divine prawn soup. Classy service and decor are both appropriate for the upper price bracket.

Encompassing 95 square km of the Velebit mountain range, the Paklenica National Park boasts some of the most dramatic mountain views in Croatia. There are plenty of excellent opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and cycling here, and visitors might even be lucky enough to spot animals like eagles, bears, lynx, and chamois. The park is also home to two stunning gorges: The 14-km-long Velika Paklenica and the 12-km-long Mala Paklenica. Several basic lodges are available for anyone wishing to spend the night in the park, and there is also a campsite that is open from March to November. See additional information on here.

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