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Old 12-31-2016, 01:29 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Hello

In a few months, some of us are going on an escorted tour to Croatia, with time in Montenegro and Slovenia. I have spent a little time in Split and Dubrovnik on a cruise but do not know much about the rest of Croatia, nor anything about Montenegro and Slovenia.

I would welcome any input the City-Data members might have. I am especially interested in information about local food and drink, especially tips on local wines and spirits.

Thanks in advance
Mytarge13
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:58 PM
 
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Montenegro is one of my favorite countries.
Unfortunately, I only spent a few days there - but it left quite an impression.
Check out Durmitor National Park if you're outdoorsy.
Podgorica was magic.
Kotor Bay is amazingly beautiful


In Slovenia
Bled was nice - but a bit overrated.
The castle in Ljubljana has a fantastic view of the city
Check out Logarska Dolina (valley) and Slap Rinka (waterfall).
Jamal Peka (cave) is also a nice trip.


If you have a chance you should skip over to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzogovena - a beautiful city with an interesting history.

Have a great trip
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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Montenegro is beautiful as is Croatia and Slovenia. All ex Yu countries are worth visit, the most beautiful area in Europe full of history, good food and wine, very nice people etc.

Croatia has one of the most varied coast with hundreds islands, Plitvice and Krka National Parks, Istria. Food is very good as is wine. I would check TA for local advice what to see and where to eat, as options are endless.

Slovenia is paradise for outdoor people with thousands trekking opportunities, beautiful Alpine valleys,Triglav National Park with Soca Valley. Lots of WWI history and in Kobarid one of the beast restaurants in this part of Europe - Hisa Franko. Also look at Nebesa for accommodation ( Nebesa means Heaven in Slovene ). Worth visit are also Skocjan Caves - Unesco and Lipica if you are into horses - Lippizaner.
Ljubljana is small capital with best vibe in Europe and thousand very good restaurants in Old Town.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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You all have me wanting to hop on a plane today and head for Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia! I'd love to hike to the castle in Ljubljana. It's now on my must-see list.

In the fall of 2015 we were in a couple of Croatia's coastal cities. Beautiful places and friendly people, indeed. The views of the sea and the city from atop The Wall in Dubrovnik were among the most breathtaking sights I'd ever seen.

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Old 01-03-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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You all have me wanting to hop on a plane today and head for Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia!
Me too.
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the info thus far. I am really looking forward to seeing some of this for myself. This will be a very scenic trip, especially if we get decent weather. I know Dubrovnik is extremely scenic and am now looking forward to Montenegro as well.

The sites at ancient roman sites at **** and Split are especially interesting to me, as are the sites where the Game of Thrones was filmed.

I am also looking forward to tasting the local food and wine. Slovenia really seems to have a nice mix of food as well as a rich wine tradition. I am a bit less sure of what we will find in Montenegro.

I would welcome any specific suggestions for what to eat or drink in any of these areas.....except suggestions on what to eat in Dubrovnik. I already know there is a big dish of shrimp waiting just for me in Dubrovnik.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:52 PM
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Blitva and crni rižot are a good start for authentic Croatian/Dalmatian specialties. If you will be in the Split area, do plan a visit to Trogir, it is beautiful and very historic. In Split, check out the amphitheater in the ruins of Salona/Solin - a Roman Empire era remnant, as well as the magnificent Diocletian's palace. Just down the road from Trogir you have Seget and the best beaches/lungomare by the Hotel and Apartmani Medena. You don't have to be a guest to enjoy this, they have day parking and you can spend the whole day there, plenty to eat, swim, recreation, sunning, even a water slide.

They arrange a day trip from this area to see Šibenik and Krka Falls, guided tour in Šibenik showing the ornate church/basilica, time to stop for a cappuccino before heading to the falls where you can actually swim right in the pools/waterfalls. We took a hydrofoil down to the island of Hvar and to the beach of Bol on Brač island. Both of those locations were far better than Dubrovnik which is just lovely but also a tourist trap and always overcrowded with foreigners.

We've also spent time in Slovenia and if you can still rent a room at the Castle Otoćec I highly recommend it. We stayed in the top floor luxe suite, it was filled with original Biedermeier antiques and original artwork. We watched the graceful swans gliding around the castle gracefully, had a lovely dinner in the castle's restaurant, everything was so peaceful and serene.

If you need more info let me know. I've been all over Croatia, only parts of Slovenia, Serbia, and tiny part of Montenegro.

Hope you enjoy your trip - be sure to visit the Pekara Svaguša while in Croatia, their krofne are to die for.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:27 PM
 
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Hvala DontH8Me!

Excellent suggestions! I had never heard of crni rizot, so I looked it up. The pictures I found online look absolutely fantastic. You can bet I will be trying this on the trip. I also bookmarked a website with the address to Pekara Svaguša in Split. The Krofne look delicious.
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Old 01-08-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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I hope your tour group is taking you to Pvitlice lakes, that was my favorite part.

Well actually my favorite part was a neighborhood called Rastoke, tucked underneath a curved bridge just north of the small town of Slunj. It is like Pvitlice lakes meets hansel and Gretel.

That is one advantage of traveling without a set itinerary, when I stumbled across rastoke, it wasn't too early to stop for the night so I found a zimmer frei.

I guess it would help to know what other cities/places are on your itinerary.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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You should add Mostar, Bosnia. It is very close to Dubrovnik and is a beautiful sighthing to behold.
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