Top of Učka

Exploring Istria: on top of Mt Učka

Where better to start a visit to Istria than standing on its highest peak, from where you can pretty much see all of the peninsula laid out before you. On a clear day, all the way to the Italian coast!  The coastal range of Učka (1396 m = 4580 ft) is the stunning backdrop for…

A glass of Tomac sparkling wine

A fine dinner at 360 in Dubrovnik

When the Michelin awards were announced for 2018, we were delighted to see some international recognition, finally, for Croatia’s young chefs. These guys have set about creatively combining the very best of this country’s produce and traditions to produce a fresh style all their own. Paired, of course, with some wonderful Croatian wine. We’ve been…

Minceta fort

The fast boat to Dubrovnik

It’s been nearly 5 years since we took the old Liburnia ferry from Stari Grad down the coast to Dubrovnik. That took a leisurely 8 hours, including stops at Korčula town and the island of Mljet. Things are speedier now. Krilo’s fast catamaran service does basically the same trip (leaving from Hvar, not Stari Grad)…

Split Theatre and Christmas tree

A night at the opera

Split’s Croatian National Theatre (HNK) has a full winter program of drama, opera and ballet, including the Nutcracker, although it took me a minute or two to recognise that under the name of “Orašar” in the schedule! Advance publicity and booking is curiously restricted to just one month ahead, making forward planning slightly tricky for…