Rovinj, Croatia: History and National Parks
“The beauty of Rovinj will take your breath away and its chic, upmarket atmosphere means plenty of restaurants and bars to soak up the scene.”
Driving to Rovinj in Istria from Split, a stop at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must – the chain of 16 lakes that gleam in iridescent blue make for an enjoyable stroll, and you may be lucky enough to spot brown bears, grey wolf or lynx amongst a plethora of rare birdlife.
Arriving in Rovinj, you’ll immediately see why it’s one of Croatia’s most charming and picturesque towns with its Medieval architecture and tangle of cobbled streets in the old town that gently ascend to the Baroque hilltop church of St. Euphemia. The islands scattered in the Adriatic are the Brijuni islands which you can explore by ferry – the main island Velika Brijunihas has wonderful botanical gardens, a Roman archaeological site and amazingly over 200 dinosaur footprints!
Slovenia: Lake Bled & Rafting
One of Slovenia’s most iconic sights, Lake Bled is a glistening body of water characterised by a central island topped with a tiny church. Visit the church by traditional hand-propelled pletna boat, walk around the lake in its entirety or settle down at one of its many beaches for a lake swim or paddleboard. Fuel up afterwards with a Lake Bled cream cake.
From Lake Bled there are many opportunities for active families such as kayaking or rafting on the emerald, green Soča River, experiencing the thrill of mild rapids. Canyoning is also great family fun. Cruise along natural sculptures created over millennia, swim in crystal-clear pools, slip through waterfalls and descend into the canyons. Luckily Lake Bled is also a very serene place to relax, so in between adventures you can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Lake Bled Garden Village, before you start your return journey home.
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