12 March 2011


Spring 2011 is upon us, and thus the organized among us have already started planning for summer.  (This very clearly does not include the editorial staff at Jeffrey's Guide, but we like to be helpful for the less spontaneous among us.)  Most links and info on the site should be up-to-date even where our technologically challenged (wine-impaired?) abilities prevent us from correctly getting dates correctly modified - but of course still no guarantees (this site is free remember?).  Yes, collection of information is ongoing - Istria is due for a March visit, and info is coming in on Dalmatia and other spots.

Clicking on the various pics to the right will take you to the listings for that location, or click the top picture, Colors of the Adriatic, to come back to the contents. If you aren't sure where you are interested in heading, check out The Best, with exceedingly subjective suggestions on beaches, hotels, most romantic locations, and more.

As always, comments are encouraged, either here or via email to jeffreysguide@gmail.com

Remember, if you have a particular interest in or question about a specific area or town that you don't find here yet, send an email to the editorial team - we'll try to get you the info ASAP .

- Jeffrey

A quick summary of what this site covers

The Best - Jeffrey's top listings

General info

What is this money?
An overview of the various currencies in use in the region and what they are worth.
Should I get a local cell number?
TMobile? Hej packets? Do I want VIP? - what do you mean, I am a VIP, I don't need one! How am I supposed to dial these bizarre looking numbers anyhow?
Tollways and other important information for those driving
So you don't get caught with your pockets empty and a vicious toll collector set to pounce.

Istria / Istra
When you heard that Croatia was the new Tuscany, they were talking about the hills of Istria.

- Rovinj / Rovigno
- Inland hill town: Motovun, Groznjan, &c.
- Pula / Pola
- Piran / Pirano
- Poreč / Parenzo
- Novigrad / Cittanova
- Labin
- Trieste / Trst
- Off the Beaten Track: Svetvinčenat
- Off the Beaten Track: Glagolithic Alley

Slovenia / Slovenija
The "sunny side of the Alps" is as delightful as they would have you believe.
- Ljubljana
- Lake Bled
- Bohinj
- Postojna caves & Predjama Castle
- Piran / Pirano

Kvarner Gulf (Croatia)More than just a gateway between Istria and the rest of the region.
- Opatija / Abbazia
- Rijeka

Dubrovnik & Southern Dalmatia / Dubrovnik i južna Dalmacija
Awe-inspiring, even comparing it to its peers, the other historic walled cities of the world. Cartagena, eat your heart out.
- Dubrovnik
- Pelješac: Ston to Viganj gastronomy, wine, and windsurfing- Korčula
- Lopud car-free island where you can escape the crowds and impress your palate
- North of Dubrovnik: Trsteno & Zaton
- South of Dubrovnik: Mlini, Soline, &c.
- Cavtat & Konavle stroll off your yacht directly onto the Corzo

North Dalmatia / sjeverna Dalmacija

Gateway to the Kornati islands and Krka National Park, as well as home to one of the coolest clubs in the region and some of the most interesting pieces of public art around.
- Zadar
- Šibenik
- Krka National Park & Skradin

Central Dalmatia
/ centralna Dalmacija
You can't talk about summer in Croatia without Hvar, and if only Dubrovnik wasn't so close Diocletian's Palace in Split would get a lot more attention.
- Split
- Trogir
- Hvar
- Brač
- Makarska

Central Croatia / centralna Hrvatska
The "Glavni Grad Hrvatska" is hardly the worst spot for a stopover, and the Plitvice lakes are stunning.

Bosnia & Herzegovina / Bosna i Hercegovina

The "heart-shaped land" has come into its own.
- Sarajevo
- Mostar
- Off the beaten track - Travnik
- Off the beaten track - Jajce
- Srebrenica & the Potočari Memorial
- Počitelj & Kravica

/ Crna Gora
Russians, Serbians, the nouveau riche - and then there is Kotor, a seeming oasis of the Venetian past amidst the decadence of garrish discos present.
- Kotor
- Budva
- Podgorica
- Cetingrad
- Stari Bar

/ Srbija
The European bad boy finally made good.
- Belgrade/Beograd
- Novi Sad

Kosovo / Kosova
Hey, if the Wall Street Journal did a travel piece on it, who are we to leave it out?
- Pristina

Macedonia / Makedonija
You'll be surprised - a livelier nightlife and more interesting sites than even their Ministry of Culture can get a grasp of.
- Skopje
- Ohrid
- Off the beaten path - the Makedonium
- Off the beaten path - Sv Joakim Osogovski

Apulia / Puglia
The southeastern section of Italy's mezzogiorno is not yet another new Tuscany (it lacks the hills), but with olive groves, the citta bianca of Ostuni, the baroque treasures of Lecce, the dramatic Adriatic coast and the gorgeous Ionian coast, the joys of "la cucina povere", and numerous b&b's in masserie running from the quaint to luxurious, southern Italy is out to prove it is worth skipping the north to head for the boot.

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