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Ticking of these 5 best things to do in Kotor will make sure that you get the most out of your stay to the most beautiful town in Montenegro.

Kotor in my opinion is the gem of Montenegro. The old town is situated on the southern tip of a stunning bay that is surrounded by towering mountains.

The towns unique history, stunning scenery, and nearby attractions will keep your jaw on the floor for at least a couple of days.


Kotor Old Town

The old town of Kotor is one of the most interesting old towns I’ve explored.

Down every street you’ll find another smaller side street with something unique to explore. I found the cutest little shops, hidden relaxing areas, as well a cool open air cinema!

The streets are very hap-hazard and random. This was deliberately done by the town planners to confuse potential invading forces!


Take a hike to Kotor Fortress.

Overlooking the old town are the fortifications of Kotor. The fortifications protected the medieval town hundreds of years ago and are still in relatively good condition.

To get to the fort you can take the usual route up the mountains at the back of the old town and pay a fair bit fo money, or you can take the secret route.

My hosel friend and I took the secret route and its a lot quieter, a lot more authentic, and a lot cooler.

The route will take you out of the old town and crisscross up the mountain. On your way up you’ll pass really quirky sites.

An old man who doesn’t speak English will offer you refreshments from his farm house, you’ll pass plenty of goats, and can explore the cutest abandoned church.

The back entrance to the fort is then up a wooden ladder through a back window.

Then you are free to explore the awesome views!


Our Lady of the Rocks

About an hours walk north of Kotor is the cute little town of Perast. Just off the shore of Perast you will find two little islands.

These islands make up what is known as ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’. This little island was once literally a bunch of rocks and has been build on over the years.

In the 1400’s an image of the Virgin Mary was seen on the site and a small Orthodox church was built on the site.

Over the years the Church has changed and now there is a Catholic church that you are free to visit and explore with a ferry service from Perast.


Lovcen National Park

Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park Kotor

Towering over the south of Kotor is Lovcen National Park. The National Park contains two large mountains that have a myriad of hikes for you to complete.

A hike to the top of Mount Lovcen to visit Njegos Mausoleum is likely to be the highlight of your time in Kotor. The imposing Mausoleum overlooks the bay of Kotor.

The Mausoleum itself is the highest in the world and is flanked by two towering figures guarding it.

A short walk on from the mausoleum is a circular view pint offering the best panoramic views in Montenegro.


Kotor Old Town Saturday Market

If you’re lucky enough to be in Kotor on a Saturday then I highly recommend a trip to the Saturday Market. Sellers from all over the region converge upon the old Town of Kotor and sell a mesmerising array of goods.

You’ll find food produce ranging from the finest home made olive oil to the tastiest vegetables in Montenegro.

You’ll also find plenty of little handmade trinkets that you’ll be able to take home with you. If you keep them for yourself or use them as gifts for friends and family is up to you!

 

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The stunning area around Lake Skadar in Montenegro can keep lovers of the great outdoors occupied for days. The illusive Walnut Valley hike is one of its highlights. 

kayaking on lake skadar
Chilling on Lake Skadar

The valley contains one of the most adventurous and unique hikes I’ve ever taken. Along the way you’ll see plenty of nature, and ancient abandoned buildings and bridges. 

You’re also highly likely to go the whole hike without seeing another soul due to the fact a lot of locals don’t even know about it, let alone tourists. 

The culmination of the hike takes you to a secluded pool at the top of a river that is full of the FRESHEST water I’ve ever swam in. This water is fed by two small waterfalls. 

Walnut valley waterfalls
Where you’re going to end up 🙂

I started my hike from the local town of Virpazar and it took me around 7 hours. It took this long because I literally had no idea where I was going, you’ll find out why further on in the post. 

You can probably do the round trip in 4-5 hours, especially with the map and directions included at the end of this post 😉

Looking for the unknown..

I had a whole day to kill at the end of my stay in Lake Skadar and I wanted to do something pretty epic.

I heard of a stunning hike that took you to waterfalls in the nearby Walnut Valley, and there was a guided tour! However, this tour only ran once a week on Saturdays, and today was a Sunday!

I tried to find directions on how to get there myself and I even asked some locals. However, they only had a vague idea of where it was and nothing concrete. 

Google Maps shows you where the waterfalls are, but surrounding it there is absolutely nothing, no paths, no directions, no civilisation. 

Undeterred, I knew there must be a path to the falls that the guided hike takes, and I figured I’d just keep walking until I found it. 

It made sense in my head. 

So, off I went from the local town of Virpazar with backpack and drone in hand, and enough water to sustain a small village for a month. 

The Walnut Valley hike begins

The first part of the hike is pretty simple. Follow the road out of Virpazar cross the railway line and the main road. Then join the road on the other side where all the cars and coaches park.

Follow this straight road and you’ve started your adventure!

The road is easy to walk and there’s very few cars on it, after about 10 minutes you’ll follow the road around to the left and start to climb a bit. 

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The road leading from the town of Virpazar

About another 10-15 minutes in the road will fork, take the road on the left that leads down.

This is the road that will lead you to Walnut Valley. This road will twist and turn for around 30-40 minutes. 

Around about half way along this road you’ll notice theres a river running along the left of the road. This is the river that comes from the waterfalls you’re hiking to! 

Along this river you’ll find a cute river crossing where you can dip your feet in and some cows from the local field might even join you to cool off.

Carry on along the road and you will pass through a small village. Here the local kids will run out and offer you ‘Domestic Products’ from their stall which includes lots of liquor and honey!

Enjoy the human interaction while it lasts because these are probably the last people you’ll see for a good few hours!

Out of the village follow the road and it will eventually lead up the side of the valley slightly. Just before the road turns left further up the side of the Valley you’ll will see a clear track leading off down to your left.

Take this track and you’re on your way to the waterfalls!

Off-roading begins

Start walking along this track and you will find bee hives where the locals grow their honey. I also stumbled across quite a few turtles munching away on grass int the middle of this path. 

After a short while there will be a clearing on your left. Thos will lead you to your first ancient bridge that crosses the river. Here you to take some pretty cool photos!

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A bridge along the Walnut Valley hike

At the end of this bridge there is a small narrow path off to the right that will take you back to the main path.

Along the main path you will see plenty of paths that run off to the right. 

If you want to explore down these then absolutely do, most of them take you to the river where you can cool off if you need to. 

I took pretty much all of them because I didn’t know what turning to take. Some will scratch you up, some will have massive spiders, and others will have random abandoned buildings.

But all will take you to the river where you see the remains of the many bridges that used to run over the pristine waters.

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Remains of an ancient bridge

The quarry

As you walk further along the main path you will notice a pretty small quarry on your left. If the digger is there then you could sit in it and take a picture, just sayin 😉

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Hop in and take a pic 😉

The path you’ll want to take to the waterfalls is just a bit further on from the quarry. You’ll take a right at a pretty obvious junction.

The path will lead you past more beehives then to the river. At the end of the path on your right there is a big slab of concrete witch concrete benches around the far end.

It definitely looked like people had had a camp fire there recently. 

In front of you there is a crumbled bridge that you can’t walk across. However, there is a path to the left of the big concrete slab that will lead you down to the river. 

Wade across the river and on the other side there is a path that will lead you up the bank. Climb over the rocks and you’ll be on the other side of the crumbled bridge! 

There’s now two paths in front of you, take the one that leads you along the river, not the one that goes up the hill. God only knows where that goes. 

The abandoned building.

As you carry on you’ll eventually stumble across an abandoned building that definitely doesn’t look stable enough to go in. Its super old and loads of things have collapsed in it. But it’s still cool to see. 

Lake Skadar abandoned building
The cool abandoned building close to the falls

Again, you’ll find two paths. One that leads left down to the river where you can now hear the waterfalls (you’re getting close!) and another that leads to the right. 

Take the one on the right! Don’t try to be cool like me and ‘take the road less travelled’ that just leads to a world of pure pain induced by lots of stinging nettles.

As you walk all the way around the building you’ll come to a drop. Look to your right and you’ll see a path up some rocks and a red marker on one of the rocks.

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The path you take after walking around the building.

Once you’re over this little hill you’ve completed the Walnut Valley hike! Walk a few meters and the stunning pool and waterfalls will reveal themselves to you!

Take this path, don’t jump down the drop, even more pain lies that way. 

You’ve made it!

The site that unfurls in front of you will make the hike you just completed so worth while. The pool looks so inviting, and the waterfalls are so beautiful.

While in this little snippet of Eden you have to take a dip in the water, it’s the freshest (by that I mean coldest) and clearest water I have ever swam in.

Explore the rocks around the pools too – there’s some pretty massive frogs hanging around and some great rocks to just chill out on.

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You’ve made it, now swim!

In total I spent about an hour and a half at the pools as I wanted to get back before the light started to fade. However, if you get there early you could spend multiple hours chilling by the pools and swimming in them.

Walnut Valley hike directions

Here is a map and accompanying directions for the Walnut Valley hike.

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Walnut Valley hike map
  1. River crossing on left with cows in the picture( you don’t actually cross it)
  2. Homes selling domestic produce including honey and liquor
  3. Turn off the main road onto the track
  4. Cross the ancient bridge
  5. Walk past the random field on your right
  6. Walk past the random quarry on your left
  7. Take a right at a junction
  8. Crumbled bridge and big slab of concrete, path down to the river on the left of the concrete slab. Cross river and walk up on other side.
  9. Abandoned building, take the path on the right around the building then path up rocks on your right.
  10. WATERFALLLSSSS!!

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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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Wasssuupp. I’m kind of writing this post about the amazing island of Dugi Otok in Croatia while I’m a little bit tipsy on the train, we can thank Thursday work drinks for that.

So here goes, at least you know it’s going to be honest. 

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We adventured hard on Dugi Otok

If you’re anything like me on holiday then you want to do a bit of adventuring.

You also want to feel like your getting away from the crowds and doing something a bit unique. 

Crap, I just missed my station. 

Anyway, you wanna feel special you know? Not like one of the millions of tourists traipsing around taking photos of the same things that have been photographed a million times already today. 

Yess you’re on my wavelength. I can feel that.

Well you lucky sod, if you’re in Croatia, and more specifically the region of Zadar, then the island of Dugi Otok provides you the perfect opportunity to feel special about yourself. 

You can get to Dugi Otok by ferry in your car (don’t go without a car, unless you have a yacht you lucky bugger) and it takes roughly an hour. 

Now let’s hear is how this magical Island will make your holiday….


Tito’s Sub bases

So apparently the old ruler of Yugoslaiva, which Croatia was a part of until 1991, was a little bit paranoid so decided to hide his subs in some crazy coastal tunnels.

Smart guy.

Dugi Otok Submarine base

There’s 3 of these sub bases on Dugi Otok and they are open for you to explore. You can swim into them, kayak into them, or walk into them. It’s up to you. 


Telašćica National Park

Dugi Otok is probably most famous for its National Park.

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Dugi Otok Telašćica National Park

Situated in the southern part of Dugi Otok, Telašćica is a short drive from the islands main town of Sari.

The park contains a beautiful salt water lake that you can swim in or even kayak on. Surrounding the lake are towering cliffs that rise up to 160m.

The park is also home to some stunning view points that let you look over vast swathes of the island.


Dugi Otok’s Sunken ship 

A few years back some poor captain clearly didn’t see the tiny island lying just north of Dugi Otok.

So he crashed into it.

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Dugi Otok ship Wreck

Thankfully though, he left his ship there and it has become a great place to explore and relax.

The ship is a short kayak or boat ride from the main island and is in the shallows of said island.

The ship has become quite the attraction and a portion of the wreck is above the waterline so you can sit and relax on it whilst just below the water you can swim around the wreck and join the hundreds of fish that call it home!


Cliff jumping 

Theres certain spots around the island that are great for cliff jumping. The island has plenty of cliffs and beautiful waters for you to plunge into!

Cliff jumping Dugi Otok
Cliff jumping Dugi Otok

Now don’t just go picking anywhere! If you want to go cliff jumping then I recommend joining an island kayak tour that knows the best and safest spots to do it!


The cute towns 

The island has a population of about 1500 lovely Croatians and the towns they live are so cute!

Sali, the main town, is on the southern part of the island and is just adorable to Explore. The buildings are beautiful colors, and the restaurants there are very good!

Sali Harbour, Dugi Otok

Sali’s bay is also beautiful and you can relax by it watching the boats come and go on the beautiful turquoise waters.

The other towns on the islands really aren’t geared up for tourists, and you’ll probably get weird looks from the locals who don’t expect you there.

However, you can still explore them and see all the little quirky features they have!


The Beaches on Dugi Otok 

The fact that Dugi Otok isnt swamped by tourists is great, but a mystery to me.

The island is home to some of the best beaches in the Adriatic and they have no one on them!

Sakuran Beach, Dugi Otok
Sakuran Beach, Dugi Otok

Most of them are of course pebbly, so take your shoes and towels, but the most popular beach, Sakuran, is sandy!

Lojišće, Brbinjšćica, Veli Rat, Veli Žal are 4 of the other beaches on the island. Ill let you google them and decide which ones to visit 😉


Bloody hell, I wrote that quick. Haven’t sobered up though. 

Enjoy Dugi Otok!

Night night 

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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!

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Including Krka National Park, Croatia has 8 stunning National Parks for you to choose from, each with their own unique wonders. You’ve probably seen oodles of pictures all over Instagram showing off their glorious attractions; stunning waterfalls, deep valleys, roaring rivers, and towering mountains just seem to be a part of Croatia.

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Overlooking the beauty of the Krka’s waterfalls.

My friend Perry and I were spending a weekend in the beautiful city of Zadar and luckily one of Croatias best National Parks was just a hours drive from the city. Like us you can spend the whole day exploring Krka National Park, read on to find out how to make the most out of your visit.


When to visit. 

Its no secret that Krka National Park is no secret! Thousands of people visit the park every day to be immersed in it’s stunning surroundings. Avoiding these crowds could be the difference between you loving your day at the park and wishing you stayed at the pebbly beach. Luckily though, you can pretty much have the park to yourself if you plan it right.

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A short film of Krka National Park from the air.

There’s two main ways you can avoid the crowds. Firstly, whatever day your visiting, visit as early as possible. Trust me, you wont regret dragging your lazy ass out of bed. 

The park opens at 8am and getting there for this time will mean you only have to share the vast expanse of the park with a handful of people. The tourist busses start to arrive between 9 and 10am so you’ll have at least a couple of hours of bliss. 

Secondly, if you can visit on a weekday then absolutely do, The weekends are obviously the busiest days at the park so weekday visit will be a lot less busy.

You’ll also want to visit after May and before October, read on to the swim section to find out why…


Where to enter the Park.

There are two main entrances to Krka National park;

Skradin

Skradin is a small town just outside Krka National Park. If you are driving you can park here for the day (it’s 50 kuna, not free like the signs say). If you have a bit of time to kill before or after your trip to the park then definitely look around Skradin, its beautiful!

From Skradin you can take the stunning boat ride into the park. The peaceful ride lasts about 20minutes and takes you along the gorgeous blue-green river.

Lozovac

Lozovac is the second main entrance and is closer to the waterfalls than Skradin. Parking is free and there’s a bus service that takes you to the main waterfalls, or you can walk the 875m. It’s up to you!

Theres also 3 other official smaller entrances to the park; Roski slap, Krka Monestery, and Burnum.

Entrance fees for an adult include the boat ride and are:

April/May/Oct Jan/Feb/Mar/
Nov/Dec/
June-Sept
100kn 30kn 200kn

Swim in Krka National Park

One of the great attractions for you at Krka National Park is the fact that you’re allowed to swim in a section of the parks waters – something you can’t do at Plitvice National Park!

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Such a stunning place!

Just in front of the lowest, and arguably the most beautiful waterfall, you will find a large section of water you can swim in. Here you can bathe in the crystal clear waters for as long as you want while exploring the limestone nooks and crannies that have been formed over the millennia. In the waters you’ll also find plenty of fish to sneak up on and chase around (I definitely didn’t do this…).

you’ll find a boom stopping you getting too close to the waterfalls, which is actually a good thing as these raging beasts would do you a lot of damage if you went under them!

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It was a little chilly!

Unfortunately, you can only swim in Krka National Park between the 30th May and 30th September.

You may be thinking to yourself “Pfttt why would I want to swim outside these dates anyway?”, and you’re probably right. The weather most likely wont be the best and the waters will be freezing. 

However, that’s exactly what my friend Perry and I did! We visited on the 27th May with our swimming trunks and towels in hand, only to find out we couldn’t swim.

We were very sad, but the warden let us pop into the shallows for a bit as it was only 4 days away from swimming opening. Very niceeeee.

As you get in you really become accustomed to the temperature and its absolutely stunning to swim in the crystal clear waters while you’re surrounded by the stunning landscape of waterfalls and mountains.


Exploring around the waterfalls

Around the waterfalls you’ll have no shortage of paths to explore that lead you to other water features and different vantage points around the falls. There’s around 6 main tiers of waterfalls and all have stunning view points. 

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A great vantage point overlooking one of the falls

Towards the top of the park and off to the left is a raised wooden path that lets you skip over the rushing waters and leads you to arguably the best vantage point of the falls. This path will also take you through almost deserted parts of the park and will take you back to the lower tiers of the waterfalls.

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The raised path leading you over the waterfalls.

Throughout the park theres also quite a few old buildings known as the ethno village. Here you will find some historical buildings to explore and a couple have tastefully been turned into small cafes where you can get drinks and some food.


There’s so much more to Krka National Park…

Once you’ve had your fill of swimming and exploring around the waterfalls then there’s so much more for you to explore in the National Park, some of the highlights include… 

Visovac island

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Visovac Island

Past the waterfalls and in the middle of one of the parks upper lakes is a small island with the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac on it. 

Both buildings are nearly 600 years old and the island is stunningly beautiful to look at from the shore as well as once you are on it.

You can get a boat to the island from the waterfalls, or if you have a car you can drive to Stinica or Remetić which is a lot closer and a much shorter ferry ride. 

Roški slap

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Roski slap waterfalls

Roški slap is another series of stunning cascading waterfalls, which very few people know about or visit. These waterfalls are 30km north of the main entrances of Skradin and Lozovac. Roški slap has dozens of tiers that are a lot gentler than the main ones in Krka. Oziđana pećina cave is also right next to Roški slap.

You can get to Roški slap by driving to it’s entrance and parking, and you will then walk about 30min to the falls. You can also hop on a 4 hour round trip boat ride from the main waterfalls between April and October

Skradin. 

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One of the many stunning alleyways in the colourful Skradin.

Skradin is the town mentioned previously where you board the boat into the National Park. The town itself is stunning and you should definitely set aside some time to explore it.

There are multi coloured buildings down its cobbled streets, multiple ancient alleyways to explore, a fortress to explore with stunning views across the city, and the best service at a restaurant I have ever experienced!

The best service I have ever had at Konoba Dalmatino

If you have time after your trip to the park then I highly recommend spending the evening eating and drinking at Konoba Dalmatino. The restaurants service goes above and beyond to the point where they even found headache tablets to my friend Perry! It’s the perfect end to your day in the National Park before you head home.


Krka National Park is a stunning day out in one of Croatia’s best National Parks. The main Waterfalls are the big attraction and you can spend at least a couple of hours exploring them and their surrounding paths.

Outside of the main falls area are some lesser known but equally beautiful attractions such as the waterfalls and caves at Roski slap, as well as the monastery on Visovac Island.

Arrive as early as possible and preferably on a week day to have the vast park pretty much to yourself. And don’t forget tot explore the beautiful town of Skradin after or before your visit!

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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:

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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:

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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!