Experience Croatia and Montenegro with Star Clippers
16th July 2015
Venturing into the Eastern Mediterranean with Star Clippers will enable you to visit stunning Adriatic destinations such as Venice; as well as the Greek Islands. There are a range of Balkan destinations that have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. The Greece, Montenegro and Croatia cruise itinerary will allow you to explore a range of destinations across Croatia and Montenegro that you may currently know little to nothing about. So, to shed a little more light on these fantastic destinations, Star Clippers takes a closer look at what you can expect from Croatia and Montenegro.
Mali Losinj – Croatia
Historically, since the 19th century, Mali Losinj has been popular with merchants. Back then, there were 11 shipyards situated in the little town – more than anywhere else in the Adriatic, including Venice. Mali Losinj has lost a little ground in terms of tourism in recent years, but this almost-secret paradise has much to offer to everyone who visits. There is no airport on the island and, as a result, the 30km long beach is yours for the taking and at the same time, it offers almost every water sport imaginable. Alternatively, you can visit the fortified town of Veli Losinj – where it is possible to climb the historical 15th century defence tower.
Hvar - Croatia
Slightly more popular, but every bit as beautiful; the Croatian island of Hvar sits off the Dalmatian Coast. This island presents a mixture of history from the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian eras. The town square is the largest in the whole of Croatia, whilst the walls of the fortress on top of hill encompass a large part of the city. Enjoy all of this whilst admiring the crystal blue seas and surrounding fields and valleys – where lavender perfumes the air.
Dubrovnik - Croatia
In the extreme south of Croatia lies the walled city of Dubrovnik – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. George Bernard Shaw, playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics, once said: “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Walk the city’s 2km walls, which will take you around the old forts of the city. Also worth visiting is the old town, much of which has been repaired following the Croatian War of Independence from 1991-1995. Alternatively, stroll along the harbour of the old town and soak up the sun.
Kotor – Montenegro
More and more travellers are opting not to visit Monte Carlo; instead opting to visit the remote idyllic Montenegrin paradise of Kotor. It soon becomes clear, upon arrival, that you are visiting somewhere very special. The stunning rock-walled chasm, that splits the coastal mountains, is the longest arm of sea in southern Europe. Kotor Bay is absolutely stunning and its natural fjord-like bay is the deepest of its kind in the Mediterranean Sea. The entire city has been built around the old town, Stari Grad – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whilst this blog has shed light on these beautiful Balkan paradises; the only way to truly appreciate them is to embark on a Star Clippers cruise for yourself. Star Clippers operate many exciting itineraries around the Eastern Mediterranean; as well as the Western Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Cuba.