The Ultimate Greek Islands & Adriatic Cruise Guide (on MSC Sinfonia)

Are you looking for an alternative to the bog-standard Mediterranean cruise? If so, why not take an Adriatic cruise from Venice to the Greek islands? The turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea separate the rugged coastline of the Balkan peninsula and eastern Italy. South of the Puglia region of Italy, the Adriatic Sea meets the […]

A War Walk in Dubrovnik: A Scarred Beauty

dubrovnik-fort

Dubrovnik wears her scars with dignity. This extravagantly gorgeous Croatian city of light and stone, perched beside the sapphire waters of the Adriatic, is instantly beguiling. But look closer and its beautifully restored medieval streets tell a more sombre story. We met Milka – “just call me ‘chocolate’” – by the Onofrio fountain in Dubrovnik’s old […]

Off the Beaten Path in Split, Croatia

getting off the beaten track in split croatia sailing in the harbour

Split is not exactly a hidden gem. A lively university city, Split is also a magnet for those on a gap-year, seen hauling their backpacks along its harbourfront. Ferry boats lining its quayside bear testament to its popularity as a jumping-off point for island-hopping around the Croatian coast. Split is also a popular port of […]

Exploring Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia

exploring diocletians palace in split exterior view

The ‘Roman Gladiators’ were an early clue to Split’s historical heritage. Clad in scarlet tunics, and grinning broadly as they swung their swords, they challenged tourists to a duel. A few accepted the challenge in exchange for a few Croatian Kuna, mock grimacing for the inevitable photographic evidence of their fight. Built by the eponymous […]