Eastern Europe has become somewhat of a hot-spot of recent European travel, with tourism in Croatia becoming so popular there has been an unprecedented shortage of workers, and it’s only getting bigger. One look at Dalmatia, and it’s easy to see why.

From exploring the jaw-dropping alpine Lake Bled in Slovenia to crystal blue waters of Hvar, Dalmatia is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience diverse natural beauty dripping in culture, without the hefty price tag.

Here are just a few off the beaten track experiences that should solidify Dalmatia’s place firmly on your bucket list.

 

Indulge in local hospitality – Jedi! Jedi! Jedi!

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Is there a better way to get intimate with a culture than a homecooked, traditional meal? We don’t think so and we can’t think of a more beautiful place to indulge than the city of walls, Dubrovnik. Made famous by Game of Thrones, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this touristic town. While the famous sites are an absolute must do (after all, they are popular for a reason), there’s no better way to step off the beaten track than with a home cooked meal and shot of rakija.

 

Sleep amidst the natural beauty of Plitvice

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Anyone who’s considered going to Croatia undoubtedly knows Plitvice, but did you know you can sleep in this little slice of paradise? The world-famous national park offers 16 brightly coloured terraced lakes, spotted with waterfalls and perfect for filling up your camera storage.

 

Croatian cheese platter anyone?

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Technically Sarajevo is across the border in Bosnia, but with cheeses and smoked meats as good as those on offer in the Turkish-influenced city, we’re sure Croatia would happily claim it as it’s own. And Dalmatia’s seriously drool-worthy culinary experiences don’t stop at cheese. For those of us with a sweet tooth, the Gingerbread Museum in Lake Bled not only offers insight into this famous treat but you also get a chance to make your own.

 

Head deep into medieval caves

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Exploring caves might have received a bit of a bad press recently with Thailand, but you’ll be quite safe exploring the magnificent Postojna Cave. From five metre tall bright white stalagmite to baby dragons, this cave is bound to amaze.

 

Explore uncrowded coastlines

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The Dalmatian coastline is famed for its beauty, but you’ll be surprised at the lack of tourists compared to some of Europe’s more famous coastal escapes. From the sunny Hvar in Croatia to the blue cove and grey cliffs that define Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, there’s plenty of opportunities to kick back and bask in the sun-drenched natural beauty.

 

Ready to head to Dalmatia?

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Experience all of this and more with the Jewels of Dalmatia small group tour are offering $500 off all bookings before 28th of September 2018.

With maximum group sizes of 20 passengers and unique local experiences, Bunnik tours offer a great opportunity to build lifelong friendships and create lasting memories.

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