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Want a stunning 1 week Montenegro Itinerary? Then you’ve come to the right place you lucky sausage.

I first heard a lot about Montenegro when I was in Croatia. Fellow travellers just coming from Croatia’s small neighbour were raving about the place.

Rustic, cheap, crystal clear waters, less tourists and plenty of stunning nature.

I had to go.

A month later I was flying into Montenegros capital, Podgorica, to start a 1 week adventure like no other.

For this 1 week Montenegro Itinerary you can fly into the capital Podgorica and fly out of Tivat. Or you can do it the other way around!


You Montenegro itinerary begins..

Skadar National Park – 2 nights

Lake Skadar is your first stop on Your Montenegro Itinerary. After taking the ancient train from the airport you arrive in arguably the most beautiful part of Montenegro.

Skadar National park is a nature lovers paradise and isn’t short of activities to keep you busy.

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Kaying Lake Skadar

The centre-piece of the National Park is Lake Skadar itself, and it’s surrounded by huge limestone hills.

As you kayak on the lake you’ll glide over the carpet of lily pads and see the many birds that call this lake home.

You can easily spend a morning exploring the lake. It’s pretty tiring but if you want you can even visit some local islands and beaches!

Godinje Bay

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Hidden about a 90min trek or 10 min taxi ride from the town of Virpazar is Godinje bay. The bay isn’t that well known and as a result its beach will only have a few visitors.

The beach overlooks the lake with stunning views of the distant mountains as well as an island that has the ruins of an Ottoman prison.

The beach has kayaks available to rent as as well as a small restaurant to keep you fed and happy.

Some of the best hiking in Europe

Now I’ve been on my fair share of hikes, but Montenegro has honestly the best hike i’ve ever been on.

The hike in Walnut valley will take you along a crystal clear river with old ottoman bridges crossing it. The whole way you wont see another soul and the hike culminates in the freshest waterfalls i’ve ever swam in!

Viewpoint

Lake Skadar Montenegro itinerary

Besac Castle overlooks the Lake Skadar and the town of Virpazar. The castle costs 1 euro to enter and has recently been restored to its former glory.

Its only a 15 minute walk from the town and is a great place to watch the sunset.


Budva – 2 nights

Budva is a bustling seaside town that is a big draw for tourists from all over. Although busy, the town is well worth a visit and will keep you entertained for your stay.

Beaches and Cliff jumps

Budva cliff jumping Montenegro itinerary

Budva is famous for it’s beaches, and they’re busy during the summer! However that’s for good reason, the waters are crystal clear and the beaches are beautiful.

On the north side of Mogren Beach you will find two stunning cliff jumps. one is about 7m and the other is over 15m. The scenery is stunning and the waters so inviting!

Jump at your own risk!

Aquapark Budva

Situated up in the hills overlooking Budva is Aquapark Budva. Opened in 2016 the park has 7 waterslides and apparently you can get up to 80kmh on one of them!

The park has plenty of restaurants and bars and it also hosts plenty of parties during the summer for you to enjoy.

Night Life

The night life in Budva is buzzing and the best you’ll find on your Montenegro Itinerary!

Inside the old town there are plenty of cool bars and pubs for you to visit – my fave was Casper Bar. Some are a little stuck up and only let you have a table if you buy a bottle – but you can avoid those!

Once these places quieten down you can head to the clubs if that’s your thing! Top Hill was voted the worlds best club in 2012 and still impresses. It wasn’t out thing so we just headed to the beach and talked! Grandad, I know.

Sveti Stefan

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You have probably seen a picture of Sveti Stefan from Instagram. It’s a stunning piece of land that juts out into the sea. On the island is Montenegros most exclusive hotel as well as a swathe of fancy restaurants.

Viewing the island from the shore and visiting the beaches in the area is an experience itself. To get on the island you need to book a table at one of the restaurants – check you out fancy pants.


Kotor – 2 nights

Kotor fortifications view

Kotor may well be the highlight of your Montenegro Itinerary – it was for me! The town has simultaneously the best old town i’ve visited and the most jaw dropping scenery to accompany it.

Old Town

The old town of Kotor is the one of most stunning i’ve visited in Europe. The town is surrounded by its ancient walls and the streets have so many secrets to explore.

Off each cobbled street you will find churches, cute cafes, tiny shops, and great pubs.

Fortifications of Kotor

The imposing fortifications of Kotor overlook the town and are a great place to view the sunset. Getting to the fortifications is about a 30 – 45min walk and there is a way you pay 8 euros or another way it’s free.

The free way is fun and takes you up a shepherd path, past some pretty cool ruins, and into the fortress through a back door.

once at the top the views of the bay of Kotor are stunning and exploring the fortress is great fun.

Perast and Our lady of the rocks

Montenegro itinerary Perast

Perast is a small piece of Venice about a 30minute drive up the coast from Kotor. The town is small but has stunning buildings and views to accompany!

Our Lady of The Rocks is a small island that was formed by sailors dropping rocks on the spot until it formed an island. On this island has been built multiple places of worship and rocks are still dropped there today!

Saturday Market

The Saturday market in Kotor is a must visit if you’re in the town on a weekend.

TripAdvisor has this rated as the 3rd best attraction in Kotor so it must be pretty good 😉

Vendors come from all over the region to sell their homemade produce such as olive oil, fruit, and trinkets.

Lovćen National Park

Montenegro Itineary Lovćen National Park

Lovćen National Park is another paradise straddling the paradise that is Kotor.

The small National Park contains the best panoramic views in Montenegro. A hike up the steps to the Njegos Mausoleum is tiring but well worth it.

The mausoleum is guarded by two huge statues and you’ll feel like you’re on the lord of the rings set. The views from site are a Panormaic dream.

Theres also 3 great hikes in the park ranging from 4.5km through to 12.5km.


You Montenegro itinerary summary

This stunning 1 week Montenegro Itinerary will take you on an adventure through the rustic young country.

Skadar will provide you with stunning nature and outdoors activities. Budva will provide you with fun times on beautiful beaches. Whilst Kotor will show you the stunning ancient history of Montenegro in jaw dropping surroundings.

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I have a confession to make. Southern Albania was never one of my bucket list destinations. 

If you’re like I was then you probably don’t know much about the countries blisteringly eventful past, let alone the name of the capital (it’s Tirana, just in case). 

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One if Tirana’s imposing communist buildings.

Albania only crossed my path when I recently spent a week in Its neighbour, Montenegro. The hostels I was staying in were full of people who’d just come from Albania. These fellow travellers were absolutely raving about this little known country. 

They cited ridiculously cheap food and accommodation, the friendliest people, rugged untouched scenery, and a Riviera set to boom. 

Not wanting to feel left out, and the fact my planned trip to America fell through, I hopped on a plane to Corfu. After landing I immediately caught the 1 hour ferry to the bottom of Albania.


Saranda – 2 nights 

Saranda is the town which your ferry from Corfu docks. This is rather handy as it’s also your first destination in Southern Albania. 

The traditional seaside town has some great activities and day trips that allow you to delve deep into Albania.

Lekuresi Castle 

Lekuresi castle is an amazing place to visit any time, but especially at sunset. 

The site is an hours walk from the city centre or a 10 minute taxi.

The castle was built by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (what a name) in 1537 who needed control of the harbour. At its top the castle offers stunning 360* views of Saranda and the surrounding countryside. 

The castle has an open air restaurant on top that is truly picturesque. Booking here for a date night will definitely earn you some major brownie points. 

Local food

Saranda is a great place to try traditional Albanian food. You’re also by the sea so this includes delicious sea food.

There are plenty of restaurants on offer throughout the town from simple cheap places to waterfront elegance. 

A great little place is Te Bequa In the centre of town. Here you can have traditional meat with potatoes, meatball stew, bread, and a beer for £4. 

Ksamil beach  

This popular beach is a 30 minute bus ride from Saranda and is a great place to spend half a day. 

The turquoise waters are perfect for you to relax in and swim to the nearby islands. 

Ksamil beach islands

There nothing much on these islands but they’re still fun to swim to. 

The restaurants are a little pricier than Saranda but offer some tasty food nonetheless. 

There’s also a quieter beach further along called ‘the last bay’, if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful!

Butrint National Park

A further 15 min bus ride on from Ksamil beach will take you to Butrint. 

The park is one of 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southern Albania. and is situated deep in a stunning valley. Here you will find castles, a cool rope ferry service, and ancient ruins.

This 95km² park is also a haven for nature. It contains wetlands, lakes, plains, and salt-marshes. In total all of these environments are home to over 1200 species of plants and animals.

There is a small section of the park that costs 700 lek (£5-6) to enter. In here theres some ruins but we thought it was a little pricey so just explored the rest of the park!


Himarä – 1/2 nights 

Himarä is 90 mins north along the coast from Saranda and offers stunning scenery and a day trip to remember. 

Gjipe beach 

A day trip to Gjipe bay could well be the highlight of your trip to Southern Albania, it was for me! 

The bus from Himarä will drop you at the head of a 1 hour trail that takes you along a deep canyon to the beach.

Along the way there are plenty of panoramic view points. Don’t forget to make plenty of echoes in the canyon. 

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The beach itself does attract a few visitors but it stays remarkably quiet. 

The beach also has the clearest water I’ve ever swam in! 

For strong swimmers, a 1km swim south of the beach will lead you to a smaller secluded beach only accessible by sea. 

Along the swim you’ll find plenty of caves carved out by water to explore and once on the new beach you will find another large cave to explore.

Swim 5 min further and you’ll see another huge cave with a secret. In here is a tunnel that you can swim through that takes you to the other side of the cliff! 


Berat – 2 nights 

Berat is your first inland destination and its rustic history won’t disappoint. The town of a thousand windows is a popular destination for travellers in southern Albania.

Citadel of Berat 

Overlooking the town is the famous ancient castle. A short but steep 30min walk will take you to it’s gates. 

From the castle you have full uninterrupted views of the Berat and the surrounding area. 

The castle is pretty unique because it has a small town inside it with people living there! 

The cobbled streets have plenty of little shops and cafes for you to explore. It’s a great spot to chill and have a drink with the stunning views. 

Osumi Canyons

About a 90 minute drive from Berat are some of Europe’s most stunning canyons. 

The canyons of Osumi rise up to over 150m and tower over the river running below. 

You can view the canyons from above on  a new platform that has been installed. However, if you want to delve deep into the canyons then you can. 

When the river is full in the early months of the year then a rafting trip will show you the grandeur of the canyons. 

In the later months when the river is low you can trek into them!

Promenade

The promenade of Berat is a great place to be in the evenings. At night the whole town flows out to eat, drink, play chess, and socialise. 

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Being in this atmosphere with the backdrop of the lit up town and castle is a sight to behold! 

Wine tour 

A wine tour in the hills surrounding Berat is a great evening activity to relax and drink some fantastic wine.

The tour will teach you about the unique grape picking process from Berat. You will also learn about the effects that communism had on wine making in the country. 

As you sample each wine surrounded by hills of vineyards, you’ll get a little tipsier. After the wine you will move onto the Raki which is the locally grown spirit that packs quite the punch. Drink at your own risk 😉

I booked this through Berat Backpackers Hostel and we visited one winery. If you want a more varied tour then there are plenty of other tours too.


Tirana – 1/2 nights 

The capital of Tirana has come a long way in since the collapse of communism in 1991. What was once a poor city with no infrastructure is now a thriving and chaotic capital that has so much to offer.

Bunker museum

The bunker museum is a great attraction where you can learn about the communist past of Tirana and Albania. 

The museum is built into one of the nuclear bunkers built in the capital by the regime in 1986. This one was built into the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It’s one of the countries 175,000 communist era bunkers!

Just off from the bunkers tunnels are small rooms, each with a different story to tell. In some rooms there is a cool augmented reality experience you can do with your phone to find out more info.

It’s great for English speaking travellers as all the exhibitions have English translations, unlike the national museum! 

Toptani Street 

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Toptani Street is a relaxing pedestrianised street to watch Tirana life go by as you sip on the famous local coffee.

The tree lined street has oodles of cafes and restaurants for you to choose from. 

Some are old and traditional while others are new and bustling with young Tiranaians! <- is that what they’re called?! 

The Tirana Pyramid 

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The imposing and rugged concrete structure that is the Pyramid of Tirana is a strange and ghostly attraction in centre of the city.

Finished in 1988 the pyramid was a museum to Albania’s deceased communist leader Enver Hoxha. 

After the fall of communism 3 years later in 1991, the structure has had several purposes. However, most of it is now dilapidated and a eery hark back to communist Albania. 

It’s a great place to explore. You’re technically not allowed to climb it but everyone does!

Dajti Express 

The longest cable car in the Balkan’s will take you to the top of Tirana’s Mount Dajti.

The 25 min ride will provide you with stunning views as you look back at Tirana sprawled out in front of you. 

At the top you’ll find bonus views of the countryside on the other side of the mountain. 

Djati express cable car Tirana
Djati express Cable car Tirana

You’ll also find a rotating 360degree cafe to gawk at the views from. 

Now I didn’t actually go on this. You have to let me off though, there was an earthquake in Tirana when I was there! And not even a small one – 5.9 magnitude! I really didn’t fancy going on the cable cars in case another one struck. I think they were closed anyway! 


This one week Southern Albania itinerary will let you delve deep into the young countries culture and history. 

From stunning beach destinations to mountains towns and on to the bustling capital.  

Tailor this Albania itinerary to suit your needs and fall in love with this stunning country. 

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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Granada is not just a hidden gem, but a treasure trove of diverse ethnic groups and cultures. Exotic, breathtaking and serene, the old Moorish city is a cultural delight with its rich history. Striking Islamic architecture and beautiful Arab influence contrast against Spanish heritage, and renaissance and gothic aesthetics.

Tapas, wines, cheeses, jamones, flamenco, art, and history. There is no shortage of activities and sites to see, every corner is bursting with flavor and character. Here are a few highlights that are a must for any visitor.

1. The Alhambra (including Generalife, Nasrid Palace and Alcazaba)

Alhambra granada Spain
Alhambra granada Spain

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Sierra Nevada peaks, The Alhambra is an imposing fortress that sprawls across the hilltop.

The site includes royal palaces, peaceful gardens, patios, fountains and impressive Islamic architecture.

It is the greatest surviving relic of Andalusia’s 800 years under Moorish rule, built between the 8th and 15th centuries.

Once a walled citadel where Sultans resided, Alhambra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is little doubt as to why this is the most visited monument in Spain, at times attracting over 6,000 visitors a day

This amazing structure is divided into 3 parts: the Nazrid palaces, the battlements or Alcazaba, and the gardens of Generalife . Dont panic, but there are five different types of admission tickets to choose from. 

  1. 1.Alhambra General (includes everything – the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife gardens, Alcazaba)
  2. 2.Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba
  3. 3.Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces
  4. 4.Night Visit to Generalife Gardens
  5. 5.Combined Visit Alhambra and Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation

Tickets will sell out quickly during peak tourist season. But dont worry, you will be able to purchase tickets to the Alhambra between two hours and four months in advance.

Purchase tickets:

  • On the Website HERE. If you don’t have your own printer, visitors can print the tickets at one of the vending machines next to the Alhambra entrance using the reservation number. 
  • By Phone (+34) 858 953 616, information 958 027 971. 
  • At the ticket office on the same day if any are still available.

  • Note: You should schedule at least four hours for a trip to the Alhambra. 
  • By Bus: You can take the red minibus Alhambra Bus C30 or C32, which leave every 8-12 minutes from Isabel Catolica Square to the Alhambra. The stop where you need to get off is called ‘Alhambra – Generalife 2’. 

2. Granada Cathedral and the Royal Chapel

Granada Cathedral Spain
Granada Cathedral

In the heart of the city stands a most magnificent cathedral. This massive sanctuary was commissioned by Queen Isabella I in the early 16th century. This was immediately after the conquest of Granada and was constructed on the site of the Main Mosque. It is not only the fourth largest cathedral in the world but the first Renaissance cathedral in Spain. 

Immediately upon entrance, visitors are struck by the beautiful circular design and unique walls of the main chapel. A visit to just the main chapel alone would be worth the trip.

Right next door is the Royal Chapel, the burial site of two of Spain’s most notable historical figures, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II. The ornate burial tombs were all hand carved by sculptors from marble and are the real highlight of this monument.

The Granada Cathedral and the Royal Chapel each have a seperate entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased directly at the ticket office of the Granada Cathedral. 

  • General admission, individual or groups: 5 euros (audio guide included)
  • Students and people with disabilities: 3,5 euros 
  • Children under 12: free entry 
  • Note: Photography is not allowed inside the Royal Chapel of Granada.

3. The Sacromonte

  • By Bus: You can reach the Cathedral of Granada using Granada city buses, routes 4, 8, 11, 21, 33 (the bus stop is ‘Gran Via 1’ or Cathedral), routes C31, C32, C34 (the bus stop is ‘Plaza Isabel Catolica’). 

This bustling neighborhood is home to Granada’s Roma community – a 15th century gypsy quarter with many cave dwellings and whitewashed streets to explore.

Youll spend hours roaming the district, being transported back into a place frozen in time. Thanks to the steep streets, the views from the top are picturesque, with panoramic views across the neighbouring towns. 

Sacromonte region buildings
Sacromonte region

The Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte consists of eleven cave houses, giving visitors a tour steeped in customs and history. It takes about one hour and costs 5€ per person. 

While in Sacromonte, allow yourself to be seduced by the strumming of the Spanish guitar and the clicking of flamenco dancers.

It is here that you can witness and experience the most authentic long-standing tradition of flamenco performed by the Spanish gypsies (Gitanos or Roma).

The Gitanos mix the traditional Spanish flamenco with Arab belly dancing and shows are still frequently held in cave homes. 

  • By Bus: You can reach the Sacromonte from Plaza Nueva by bus number C34. The buses have an average frequency of 20 minutes. Duration of the trip is about 15 mins.

4. Granada ancient Arab baths

A hammam is an Arab bath – hot steam bath followed by a massage. Heavenly. In Granada, thanks to the Arab culture influence, visitors can explore the Ancient baths and experience the pleasure in some of the new, modern ones in the El Albaicín district. 

Ancient Arab baths Granada
Ancient Arab baths Granada

El Bañuelo is the most famous of the hammams in Granada and provides a glimpse into Moorish life and history.

While there is no longer any running water, these 11th century baths have been maintained and are some of the few Moorish buildings that were not torn down after Granada was seized by the Spanish Kings.

The original brickwork and windows have been maintained and are an absolute marvel. Visits cost 2 euros per person and are free on Sundays. 

After checking out the old baths, head over to one of the modern ones that are managed by professionals and treat yourself like a sultan with a relaxing bath amid spectacular decor while sipping on mint tea. 

  • By Bus: You can reach the Bañuelo by Granada city bus routes C31 and C32, the bus stop is ‘Banuelo’, or walking. Bañuelo is close to Plaza Nueva. 

5. Painting Excursion

Painting Granadas streets
Painting Granadas streets

Granada is undeniably breathtaking and unique. Between the stunning mix of culturally diverse architecture, steeped in rich history and the magnificent natural scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background, Granada is awe-inspiring.

No wonder artists of all types have fallen under Granada’s spell and found their inspiration in the ancient Moorish city. For those looking for their muse, a painting retreat in Granada would be a unique and unforgettable holiday. 

About the author:

Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. A freelancer, journalist, reporter, and travel writer for uptrek.com, Cristy is an avid reader and passionate cupcake baker. 

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It’s a mystery to me why Zadar is often overlooked as a destination in Croatia. Especially as there are so many things to do in Zadar, Croatia

When planning a trip to Croatia, the destinations that most likely to pop into your mind are Split, Dubrovnik, or Zagreb. 

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These destinations are stunning. However they are slightly over run by tourists and are only scrape the surface of what Croatia really has to offer. 

If your looking for a destination in Croatia just as beautiful and intriguing as Dubrovnik, has an ancient city to explore, and is packed full of stunning day trips into the heart of Croatia…

Then Zadar is a destination you have to consider!

Zadar Old Town

The old town in Zadar is is one of the most intriguing and stunning that you will visit in Europe.

A lot of European cities have old towns, and many of them are beautiful; Krakow, Ljubiana, and Vilnius spring to mind. 

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Church of St Donatus from the air.

Now I’m not always up for walking around old towns – “Once you’ve seen a church, you’ve seen them all” I say to myself.

However, Croatian old towns are unique in their medievil-ness. You will feel like you’re walking through an Assassins Creed game or the set of GOT when you visit. 

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The Church of St Donatus with Zadar Cathedral in the background.

The old town in Zadar is famous for the Church of St Donatus and its an absolute must visit. Once your inside you will feel like you’ve been transported to another century.

Walking up Zadars Cathedral Tower, which is the old towns highest point, will provide 360 views across Zadars stunning rooftops. 

Next to the church is the main square which has tonnes of old building remains for you to explore and pose in front of. 

Sea Organ/Monument to the Sun

The area on the north western tip of Zadars old town island is a lovely, yet somewhat surreal place to relax and spend some time, especially at night. 

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That big blue circle is ‘The Monument to the Sun’

When you start to approach the shore you’ll start to hear strange alien noises.

This is the Sea Organ, an installation built into the coast that produces sounds through the action of the waves pushing air through it. You can sit along its steps and listen to them for hours. 

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Zadar you beauty.

You’ll also notice a huge blue circle dominating the ground in this part of town. This is the ‘Monument to the Sun’.

Don’t worry, no sacrifices are made here.

The monument is made out of solar panels that light up at night. When dark descends these panels produce a mesmerising light display for you to walk over. 

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Those lights <3

This part of town is great to relax at night after your evening meal.

You have the sound of the waves crashing, the sound of the sea organ, and the mesmerising light display beneath your feet. 

Zadar Diving boards. 

Just outside the old town of Zadar, on Kolovare beach, is a swimming pool and diving boards complex.

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An awesome place to relax just outside of Zadars Old Town.

The diving boards don’t hang over the pool, they hang over the sea! You can spend hours relaxing in the beautiful waters. 

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun without leaving Zadar. Head here in the evening to dive into the ocean withe Zadars stunning sunsets as your back drop!

Zrmanja Canyon 

A short drive from Zadar is Zrmanja Canyon. This 70km long snaking river cuts through the Croatian landscape and has some stunningly steep cliffs and warm flowing turquoise waters.

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Kayaking along Zrmanja river Canyon

The area is a great place to trek along and there are some stunning viewpoints.

During certain months of the year there are also kayaking and rafting tours available!

Dugi Otok – full day trip

Dugi Otok Island is a 90 minute ferry ride from Zadars main port and a fantastic day trip from Zadar. 

The island has its own National Park and is an adventurers paradise.

However, it can also be a wonderful destination if you’re looking to relax. 

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Dugi Otok and it’s National Park from the air.

The island is 45km long and has countless quaint beaches and traditional towns dotted along its coast. The biggest of which Is Sari, where you can find some nice restaurants, but the town is still tiny. 

One of the big attractions on Dugi Otok is Telascica National Park to the south of the island. The park has stunning turquoise lakes to swim in and breathtaking vantage points for you to gawk at.

Along the coast you will also find 3 abandoned Soviet submarine bases that you can explore from land or sea. Their history is quite interesting!

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Dugi Otok’s famous ship wreck.

The islands northern tip holds the islands biggest secret though. A short kayak or boat ride to two small islands will reveal a large sunken cargo ship just begging you to explore it. This is one fo the more adventurous things to do in Zadar, Croatia.

The ship is in the shallows so get your snorkel out! Swim down and explore the ship with the countless fish that have made it their home. 

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Renting a car is a great way to explore Dugi Otok.

To explore the island for the day you can rent a car and take the car ferry. You can also join kayaking tours that will take care of your whole day. Check out Kayak Tours Croatia who are the most reputable. 

If you like the look of Dugi Otok that much you can even book accommodation on the island and make it your base for exploration and use Zadar as a day trip! 

Krka National Park  – 1/2 day – full day trip

Krka National park is one of Croatias 8 stunning National Parks and is about an hours drive from Zadar. It’s definitely one fo the top things to do in when visiting Zadar in Croatia

You can drive there yourself or join one of the many tour groups that go daily. 

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Overlooking the stunning waterfalls

The park is vast and its main attraction is a series of stunning waterfalls that are straight out of Avatar. Your even allowed to swim in their waters from June – Sept, unlike Plitvice National Park! 

Other attractions include Vosavic Island in the middle of a vast lake, as well as Rosksi Slap which is series of gentle waterfalls. 

Due to its beauty however, the park becomes extremely busy so I would recommend hiring a car and arriving when it opens at 8am as the tour buses start arriving at about 10am. 

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Acting cool in front of the waterfalls.

Like the sound of Krka? Read my full guide on how to get the most out of your trip to the park. 


When leaving for Zadar, people will ask the same thing; “Split or Dubrovnik?”. When you tell them Zadar, all you will have is blank faces. 

This little known City along the beautiful Croatian coast is packed full of surprises and is a great base from which to explore the heart of Croatia.

The varied sights in the city and the great day trips that are within easy reach make this region an adventurers paradise. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Zadar, Croatia

Get out there an explore it!

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Flying is a wondrous past time.

Most people flying are jetting off on holiday to experience a new country and culture, see friends and family, or in a lot of cases these days, get absolutely off their trolley.

What you get up to between your outbound and return journey will likely be pretty special and form memories that will stay with you forever, or you’ll form some infections if you’re off to Ayia Napa.

The flying experience to and from your destination can be also be great, and hopefully infection free.

Flying is so exciting!

However, when you cram so many people into a small metal tube for multiple hours then it’s inevitable that frustrations can occasionally rise.

These frustrations could easily get someones holiday off to a salty start and we don’t want that to happen to anyone, including you!

So, heres some tongue in cheek tips on how to make yours and everyones flying experience a good one, and how not to be a dick.


“We’d like to board people in zone 1 only please”

*everyone gets up and rushes to board*

People have an assigned seat, and their group will be called, everyone will get on board before the plane leaves.

All these people do is slow everyone else down and annoy the stewards who will calmly tell you them to piss off.

My top tip is to wait till the end, no queuing!


Please, stand in the aisle when everyone is trying to get past. 

Here’s the process: walk to your isle, bag in overhead bin, and swooosh, down you go into your seat to let the next people past.

Get the stuff you need out your bags before you’re even on the plane.

None of this rummaging around in bags and pockets while you stand in the middle of the isle, otherwise my suitcase might accidentally run over your foot.


Oh of course, you want to sit in my seat, that I specifically booked.

Now this has never happened to me before but I have plenty of friends who it has happened to.

You get on your plane where you have a specific seat reserved, only to board and find someone sitting in it pleading the 5th.

If it’s a genuine reason then I don’t blame someone for asking, but let the person sit in their seat first then ask them, don’t just automatically sit in it!


Yes, please help yourself to my arm rest.

Some people are just all elbows aren’t they?

If someone only has one arm rest, don’t hog it or elbow there arm off it.


Use the long arm of the law on your kids.

No, I don’t mean beat them with your long ass arm. I mean instil some discipline in them.

Flying can be tiring and uncomfortable for many, so if your kid is kicking the chair in front them, tell them to stop.

If your kid is yelling the plane down because they didn’t get the window seat, calmly sedate them.

If you your child is constantly asking, “are we there yet?”, tell them that every time they ask that again, they’ll get one less present at Christmas.

And anyway, families with small children, we all secretly give you the evils when you get to board first.


I don’t want your phone to make us crash.

I know the chance of it happening is like 0.00001%.

BUTTTTTT,

When the flight attendants ask you to turn off your electronic devices, just do it.

I’m sure twitter can wait for your latest hilarious anecdote.


I just love it when my meals finally come, then you shove your chair back.

I really did want to wear my food today instead of eat it.

At meal times simply bring your chair up. If you want to recline, just a little check behind you to see if the person behind is still eating wouldn’t hurt.


Dude, keep your socks on

Do I need to say more…?

And if you’re behind me, definitely don’t pout your feet on the back of my arm rest.


The wheels have touched the runway…goooo!

You always have a couple of eager beavers who try to get a head start as soon as the wheels touch the tarmac.

Let’s gooooo….

You hear those seat-buckles unclip, theres a sense of rush in the air, and you hear people rummaging around in those over head bins.

It’s a great feeling when the attendant calls over the tannoy for them to sit back in their seat that they’ve probably reclined so far back they think they’re already on the beach.


People in front of you Leave first…

This is a universal system, and the quickest one!

The rows of people in front of you leave then you leave.

I mean, look at the guy on the right!

If this system falls apart, then civilisations will fall, and the end of the world will be nigh.

You don’t want that on your shoulders do you?


Most importantly… be in a great mood, you’re on holiday!

The things listed above are bound to happen time to time on flights.

Its inevitable when you cram so many people into a small space that people will occasionally become annoyed with each other.

However, you’re going on holiday so these small things should be dwarfed by how excited you are about your trip!

Flying should be and is a enjoyable experience!

If you do find someone annoying you in the any of the ways listed above, or others, and its making your flight uncomfortable, with a smile just politely ask them if they could not do it anymore.

Happy flying people!

Written by Michael

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A couple of months back I was visiting my mum in Liverpool for the weekend. Whenever I visit we like to head out into the countryside and go exploring. Neither of us had ever been to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales before, so that was where we were heading this time.

The Dales are about an hours drive from the outskirts of Liverpool and it was our luck that it had snowed there the night before. As we found out, a winter wonderland was awaiting us!

We only had the day so we decided to head to the village of Malham which is in the south of the Dales. We chose Malham as it has a large concentration of the parks main attractions dotted around it. Malham itself is a very cute and traditional English village that is worth a visit on its own!

It took us the whole day to do everything here so if you’re looking for a great day our in the Dales, here’s what you can do;

Malham Village:

As traditional an english pub as you can get
No parking machines or wardens here!

The village of Malham was the base for our exploration and it is your quint essential British village.  

Red phone boxes, milk churns to pay for your parking, ducks wandering about, and a cosy pub where you can have a drink and relax by the fire.

The ListerArms Pub and Hotel is a great place to relax. Here you can order traditional food and drink which includes your roasts, fish and chips, English scones (that are massive), as well as a gingerbread hot chocolate. The pub is dog friendly so there plenty of doggos around to ‘awwww’ at.

The village itself is so picturesque that you’ll find yourself dragging yourself away to head to the other attractions!

Gordale Scar:

Gordale scar is the Yorkshire dales Grand Canyon, just a little bit smaller, but still immensely impressive. 

Formed 100’s of years ago by water running through limestone, the ravine is flanked by cliffs over 100m high. Once you walk through the main field and enter the scar then you gain a full appreciation of its size and will feel tiny!

Deeper into the Scars you will find 2 large waterfalls that show you how this stunning feature was created. The Ravine is a great walk and will leave you in awe at the overhanging cliffs. 

Malham Cove:

By Nphotoltd – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Malham cove is another stunning limestone formation that almost appears and as half of an amphitheatre (hence the name cove). It was formed 12,000 years ago by running glacial water.

The coves cliffs tower 80m above you provide a challenging ascent to climbers who visit the feature. The cliffs are also home to peregrine falcons that you can see darting about int he summer months. 

When there is enough water running over the top of these cliffs a huge waterfall cascades down the face of  Malham cove and when running is the tallest single drop waterfall in England!

Janets Foss:

Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

Janet was actually the queen of the fairies and supposedly lived in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend must be partly true as the waterfall and its surrounding features sure do give the impressions of a fairy tale. 

Janets foss is a great place to relax by the sound of water. The small waterfall is just a short walk from Malham and will transport you to a world of peace and serenity.

A great place to have a picnic and relax in the waters surrounding the waterfall. 

Ribblehead Viaduct:

This stunning viaduct is still regularly used by trains today that zoom over its 24 huge stone arches 100ft above the marshes below. It is a little further from Malham than the previous attractions but if you have time, and a car, you should definitely visit it.

Unfortunately when we visited it was so foggy we couldn’t see it! We drove for a while to try and find it but we found a smaller viaduct that was just as impressive!


This list of activities for you in the Yorkshire Dales will make for a great day out. Take it leisurely and visit a couple of them, all go all out and try and visit them all in like we did!