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ACTIVE TRAVEL | ROAD TRIP THROUGH ITALY, SLOVENIA, AND CROATIA

Take a road trip to see the beauties of the Slovenian Alps, Inner Carniola, and best of Adriatic coast – from Istria to Dalmatia.
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Are you seeking out a unique type of trip? Are you ready to experience some outstanding destinations? Does your idea of good times consist of being constantly on the move, adventuresome and dynamic? In this case, you have come to the right place.

Through working week we usually commit to doing the same old things over and over, that's why we need a break – we need to do something that excites us. Some of us have a primary need to see the great outdoors, change numerous locations and visit the most outstanding places.

So, here is your chance to escape the daily grind, experience the most spectacular view of Julian Alps, feel the fresh breeze on the beaches of Adriatic Sea, and get your adrenaline pumping.

Sounds appealing? Before you start packing your swimsuits and hiking boots, read our guide. We have made a memorable road trip itinerary through Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia with all the activities, best-camping sites, wild beaches, and local food!

Starting point: Venice Marco Polo Airport

Lake Bled-Jewel in the Slovenian Alps

Head to Bled and take a swim in the glacial lake with a cute tiny island. You can hike to the fairy-tale medieval castle or just enjoy the bedazzling view of the highest Slovenian mountain peaks.

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Activities: rafting, canyoning, hiking, zip-line, rent a bike, trekking, swimming

Best local restaurant: Ostarija Babji Zob

Camping: Camping Sobec

Ljubljana-The capital of bridges

Europe's most green capital will astonish you with its vibrant nightlife on the Ljubljanica river banks. Summer in Ljubljana really looks like a huge street party with numerous lively cafes, restaurants and bitsy boutiques. Jože Plečnik was the Slovenian superstar architect, and he is mostly to blame for the outfit of Old Ljubljana city.

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Must see:

           •          Ljubljana Castle,

           •          Tivoli Park,

           •          Central Market and the Butcher Bridge,

           •          Triple Bridge.

Where to Stay: Hostel Celica

Where to eat: Odprta Kuhna, Druga Violina (hint: try their pasta with truffles, roast veal, and struklji-cheese dumplings)

Postojna-Postojna cave and Predjamski castle

Postojna Cave and Predjamski Castle are a must. Postojna Cave besides being the largest cave in the world is a home to Proteus or Human Fish – one of the most unique creatures on our planet. Cave train will take you through the 27 km long system of caves and tunnels, where you'll be able to admire the miracles of nature: magnificent stalactites and stalagmites.

Predjama Castle is an imposing complex build into a cliff face and a former home of the legendary knight Erasmus. For all the legends and mysteries, visit à Predjama Castle 

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Where to eat: Pizzeria Minutka 

Piran-Piece of Venice

For the best-preserved Venetian architecture in the Adriatic region, you have to stopover in the old city of Piran. At the heart of this miniature city, you will find Tartini Square – standing proud all covered in marble and full of verve.

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Pula-A refreshing stop

Biggest Istrian City with Roman Heritage – here you'll see one of the best-preserved Amphitheatres and if you're lucky even catch the Pula Film Festival (14th - 22nd July). If you're not here for the city, but the coast, you won't be disappointed either. A 10-minute drive with your hired car will take you to the best-unspoiled beaches of Istria – Rt Kamenjak.

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Activities: rent a bike, explore caves, swim

Where to eat: Konoba Istriana - when at the seaside – go for the seafood. For a quick snack visit Safari Bar at Rt Kamenjak – sardines in local olive oil and their homemade tea is indispensable.

Camping: Brioni Sunny Camping

Opatija-Chill and stylish city

Opatija is a tranquil old town. Its seaside promenade is perfect for long romantic walks or evening jogging.

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Activities: For hiking, biking or even hang gliding visit Učka National Park 

Camping in Opatija: http://www.campingopatija.com/

Where to eat: We suggest you head to Rijeka –where Konoba kod Ive serves best local food. 

Plitvice Lakes-National park

For all nature lovers, UNESCO heritage Site Plitvice Lakes National Park is a must. Turquoise waters of 16 natural lakes will leave you in awe. Plitvice Lakes are truly a natural wonderland of wild forests and waterfalls. We suggest you hike to the Big Waterfall – the highest waterfall in Croatia.

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Camping: Camp Borje 

Where to eat: Head to Korenica for best roast lamb at Bistro Vila Velebita 

Zadar-Sun salutation city

The capital of the northern Dalmatian region is unjustifiably overlooked, which is a shame since Zadar has a lot to offer; numerous cafes, museums, churches, and Roman ruins. Its monument to the sun and sea organ make Zadar a really remarkable city – just as good as Dubrovnik.

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Activities: take a private half-day speedboat tour to nearby islands

Where to eat: For great local vine and fresh fish head to Trg Petra Zoranica – Konoba Skobler. 

Murter – quick stop for a swim

For more sun and beach hopping check the Island Murter and visit spectacular bay of Jasenovec.

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Vodice – a bedazzling old village

It will take you about 2 hours to get to Vodice – an enchanting village where you can stop at Konoba Tri Piruna – you have to try their oysters, black risotto, and Fiorentina – in that exact order.

Camping: Camping Vodice – Autocamp Ivona

Split- Atmospheric old town

Second largest city of Croatia was founded as a Greek colony in 3rd century BC. Besides being a home of Diocletian’s Palace, Split is also a proud owner of the Blue Flag beach award. Beach Bacvice and Trstenik will bedazzle you with its white pebbles and crystal clear waters.

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Camping: Camping Stobrec Split

Where to eat: For more local cuisine visit Villa Spiza. Stuffed peppers and grilled tuna steak that melts in your mouth – yes, even Anthony Bourdain would eat here. 

Makarska - quick stop for a swim

On your way to Dubrovnik, we suggest you stop in Makarska. It’s hard to find the words to describe beach Brela, so we’ll just say it’s a dreamland beach. 

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Dubrovnik – The source of wealth and culture

Here we are – the star of the show – Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is packed with Baroque churches, medieval fortifications, and glamour. If you're planning on visiting Dubrovnik in July or August you can check the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The only downside of Dubrovnik is its overcrowdedness.

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Activities:

In Dubrovnik, everything is possible – from sea kayaking to freediving

Where to eat: Konoba Veranda serves best truffles and brodet (seafood stew)

Glamping: Head to Čilipi – but first make a reservation at Cadmos Village. Let’s go glamping --> Treehouse at Cadmos Village

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