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Ancient Towns of the Dalmatian Coast

Explore's Head of Finance, Eileen, travelled to the beautiful coastline of Croatia to discover the ancient towns of the Dalmatian Coast. Find out more about the highlights below:

"This was my first trip to Croatia (it had been on my wish list for ages) and it went beyond all my expectations. We visited many wonderful medieval towns, including Dubrovnik, Ston, Split, Zadar & Trogir travelled through scenic countryside and along miles of stunning Adriatic coastline.

Our guide took us on a morning tour of the Old Town in Dubrovnik, she shared so much knowledge of the history both old & recent.

I had a walk around the walls of the city looking out across the red tiled buildings and to the islands dotted along the Adriatic; surrounded by the sea on three sides made the views at every turn simply stunning.

I loved wandering around the narrow streets and side alleys; walking up and down the steps to find hidden treasures.

For another great view take the cable car and spend some time at the top to visit the War Museum where you will find many photos that will make you appreciate all the more the quality of the work to repair Dubrovnik after the conflict. A great effort was made to match tiles etc.

There are a number of choices on your free day; I spent mine walking around the nearby pretty island of Lokrum, it’s inhabited by peacocks! Visiting the old monastry, botanical gardens and climbing up the fort for the great views back over to Dubrovnik. You can swim off the rocks or access by steps if need be, unfortunately I forgot my kit. It’s just a short ferry ride across and they run every 15 minutes.

We had a dreamy river journey along the Cetina from Omis the water was crystal clear, and the banks are so lush, the entire journey was serene.

My absolute favourite time was walking in the Plitvice national park, its one of the most picturesque places I've ever seen. The waterfalls and lakes are crysal clear, you can see all the fish. The walkways take you through scented woodlands with lots of butterflies, birds & wild flowers. Even though our visit was on a national holiday the number of visitors could not distract from the tranquility and beauty of the park.

The trip felt unrushed with plenty of free time to do your own thing. Don’t be concerned over the longer journeys, the bus is comfortable and with breaks along the way with time to stretch your legs, have a coffee and a mooch around. The food was wonderful, along the way we tried a few regional dishes but the seafood everywhere was so good that it was a highlight for me!"

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