Vis island – ATTRACTIONS

Following up my Vis beaches BLOG, island Vis is not just pretty beaches, you can do so much more on the island. Here is my list of attractions and activities.

BIŠEVO & Blue Cave DAY TRIP
Biševo is the most distant inhabited island in Croatia and it gained it’s popularity because it is home to famous Blue Cave. We love it because of it’s beautiful Mezuporat bay, too.
Trip to Biševo is best taken from Komiža. There are several tourist agencies and excursion boats that offer organized trip to Biševo & Blue Cave, which you can find just walking down the Komiža promenade. Keep in mind that many prices do not include Blue Cave entrance fee.

If you want to organize the trip to Biševo yourself there are two good options. First one is that you take take PRUGA “the line“. It is state boat line no. 612 which goes from Komiža harbour every day at 8 AM. You can find 2020. boat schedule -> HERE. Duration of the trip is little bit more than 1 hour and the price of the two-way ticket is 50 HRK (cca 8 EUR).
Pruga will take you to Mezuporat where you buy a ticket to the Blue cave and wait for a small boat to take you into it. Entrance fees for July and August are 100 kn for adult and 50 kn for children (70/35Kn preseason). Due to corona virus, the 2020. high season prices remained 70 kn for adult and 35 kn for children. Also, note that the tickets are numbered and limited per day. Inside the Cave you have 15 minute max., so use it well. When I was a child we swam there, however nowadays there is no swimming inside the Cave, which is understandable, but very unfortunate.

Other option to get to Biševo yourself is speedboat taxi. Taxis go at anytime and trip takes approx. 15-20 minute. I’ve heard that the prices go from 100 kn per person, depending on number of people in the boat.

Keep in mind that the best time to visit the cave is between 10 am and 2 pm. There is no shop on Biševo, so plan ahead and bring lot of water and some food with you. Also, there is a restaurant in Mezuporat, which we recommend, where you can refresh.

Less known cave on Biševo is Monk seal cave. If you are on a private tour, ask them to take you there.

GREEN CAVE
Part of many island tours is stop to the Green Cave, however, if you are in good shape we recommend kayaking there. If you are a pro navigating the sea and the boats, you can rent a kayak from Diamond Beach bar on Tepluš beach. If you are beginner, I recommend booking a tour. There is an amazing kayaking tour that takes you to Green cave & Stiniva beach.

VISIT REMOTE ISLANDS
Near island Vis there are many beautiful open-sea islands such as Svetac, Brusnik and Jabuka which are called the “Volcanic Triangle”. Brusnik and Jabuka are the only two islands in Croatia that consist completely of volcanic rock. How crazy is that? On island Svetac lives Zanki family. Can you imagine the stories they can share? This trip is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, but still didn’t happen. I am making it a priority for next trip to Vis.

THE QUEEN’S CAVE
This is a beautiful natural cave on the north coast of the island. You can get there walking approx. 1 hour from village Oključna, or do it on a boat tour. I am sad to say, we were never there.

TITO’s LEGACY
If you know where to look, his legacy is everywhere. When leaving the island, Yugoslavian Army took everything they could from all their hideouts, but they left a maze of underground tunnels, caves, storage facilities and submarine hideouts all over the Island. Here are some popular spots:
1. Ex. Yugoslavian army shelter for submarines – Parja
You get there driving approx. 10 min from city of Vis. Part of the road is dirt road, but it is easy access. You can walk inside the “Jastog submarine tunnel”, but labyrinth that connect tunnel to bunkers on the other side of Parja are sealed. That being said, on the other side of that bay you can also find couple of hidden military lookout bunkers.

The tunnel is also a beautiful place to swim and dive. However, do not jump from the top of the tunnel, I have been told there has been many accidents.

2. Former rocket base – Stupišće
It was a huge army base for land-sea missiles with a bunker complex on the sea side. Experience of driving with a car to a complex they once had stored enormous huge missile is incredible! You can go there yourself with a car or a bike, trough the dirt road or with a guide. We did both and I advise you take a guided tour. The tour took us to the places we couldn’t find on our own. Plus, the information you get from tour guides are mind blowing! That isn’t something you can Google.
If you decide to go on your own, bring a flashlight.

I don’t think tours take you to bay Stupišće, but there we found one more military building which is completely in ruins.

3. Red Rocks – climbing spot
Above city of Komiža you can find the Red Rocks. Other than having couple of ex. JNA tunnels, the are home of more than a dozen climbing trails, from beginner to experienced free climbers. You can book a guided climbing in some of the agencies on the island.

4. Vela glava
In Podšpilje there is a former JNA command center called ARK Vela Glava. Most of it is sealed and overgrown with weeds. To bad Croatian government doesn’t know how to put this legacy into better use.

5. Tito’s Cave
In Podšpilje, follow the road to Borovik and mount Hum. On the way up you will pass Mladenova Tower ruins. Right before unmarked path to Tito’s cave there is widening on the road, where you can leave your car and start the walk up. There is no entrance fee, but there are many spider webs hanging from tree to tree. Don’t worry they are harmless. It is approx. 10-15 minute up till you reach the caves. Honestly, it is just the hole in the mountain, with a rock panel which say’s “this was Tito’s residency”. If you don’t have enough time for sightseeing, you can easily skip this one.

6. Artillery battery BARJOŠKA
It is artillery spot on the north coast of the island. We saw it from the boat, but we were never there.

HUM MOUNTAIN
This could be also part of Tito’s legacy, because on 587 metres there is a military lookout base. However, it is still operational nowadays, Croatian military uses it. Little below it you have incredible spot that overlooks city of Komiža.
You park your car on the road and walk 5-10 minute up to a little church “Sveti Duh“, from where you have breathtaking views of Komiža and island Biševo. My advice is to come in sunset.

THE SUNSET SPOT – Na Rovnu
This is our favorite sunset spot, locals call it “na rovnu” -> Google Maps.

KRIŽ – the Cross
From Kut (part of Vis town) there is an old Napoleon road that takes you up to Podselje (you will go to Podselje if you decide to eat in Konoba Golub, which we highly recommend). Keep in mind that this road fits one car, car and a half, so it is only for experienced drivers. There is a bigger road that goes up to the Podselje, and other inland villages, which starts in Vis city port.
On the top of both roads, which is a crossing of five old macadam roads, locals built a big withe cross.

CITY VIS
This should be completely separate blog but, for now, I will just list couple of interesting spots and you can explore from there.
1. Franciscan Church and Monastery

2. Open air cinema
3. Archaeological Museum
4. Czech Villa (Češka Villa)

5. Fort Batarija
6. Perast Tower
7. City bath – Roman thermal

8. Fort George

CITY KOMIŽA
1. St. Nikola’s church – Muster

2. Komuna – Venetian castle and fisherman’s museum

3. Gusarica – St. Mary church on the beach
4. Neptun factory

5. Open air cinema
6. Gajeta boat tours

WINE TRAILS
Vis wines are vugava and plavac mali. You can taste these wines in the numerous family taverns and wine-cellars all around the island. You can book wine tour with agency and explore several spots without worrying about driving later. Let me know how it ends.

DIVING
There is a Diving Center Issa in Komiža. They offer beginner and professional dives. I never dove and I really really want to, so this is first on my “Island Vis BUCKET LIST”.

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WALKING & CYCLING TRAILS
I did only one walking trail and never did cycling one. This is not something what we usually do on a vacation. However, I know there are people which love to do both, so I found links to help you navigate the island.
WALKING TRAIL -> here
CYCLING TRAIL -> here

PARAGLIDING
You can fly for hours over Vis and Komiža, over the sea and along the rocky cliffs. If you are adrenaline junkie, this is perfect activity for you.

Hope this list helps you organize perfect vacation on the island. Tag us in your stories if it does.

Vis island – BEACHES

It is no secret we are in love with island Vis, mostly because we are lucky to have a place to stay there anytime of the year, but also because it is beautiful. This blog is soooo long overdue, so I wont bother you with introduction. Let’s begin naming the beaches, sorted by our preferences, of course.

1. SMOKOVA
About 100 meter long beach with white sand, clear sea and our favorite! Even though you can access it from land, it is much easier to access it with a boat. If you can’t give yourself that boat ride luxury, bring appropriate shoes, do not go down there in flip flops.
Also, keep in mind that shore is not the cleanest, because northern wind brings a lot of garbage people like to throw in the sea.
If you are up for snorkeling you can find part of a World War II bomber wing at Smokova sea bottom. 

2. TEPLUŠ
Beach Teplus is one of the beaches in Rukavac and very popular among locals. You can access it very easily from Rukavac, just follow the signs for Diamond Beach – Lounge Bar / Fish & Wine House. There is a 200-300 m dirt road, which ends with a parking right above the beach.

It is a soft white pebbles beach, with some natural shade, so it is great for children. If you don’t find a place to chill under the pine tress, Diamond Beach Bar offers sun chairs under fake palm tree. There you can also find bar refreshments, ice creams and great food & wine. Bar and restaurant are separated, so you can just have a coffee there, you are not obligated to eat, but we recommend that you do plan a lunch there. They also rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks and pedaling cars, so you can spend your entire day on this beach.
Pro tip: come in the morning. The beach is sunny since early morning, making it an ideal place to have a coffee and dive your head in the blue sea before the afternoon rush of people.

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PLAŽA TEPLUŠ ➡️ šljunčana plaža u mjestu Rukavac je jedna od najpopularnijih plaža na otoku Visu, pogotovo među lokalnim stanovništvom. Tamo ćete pronaći kristalno čisto plavo more i nježne oblutke, sa dijelom plaže u prirodnom hladu. 🏝 Ako ne nađete mjesto u borovini, hlad možete pronaći na ležaljkama @diamondbeachbar, gdje sam danas i ja zalegla u svom dvodijelnom kupaćem, sa čašom vina u ruci. 🍷 Restoran/bar nudi svježu ribu kupljenu od lokalnih ribara pa smo i rezervirali stol za ručak. Da fotke mogu pričati rekle bi da im je spiza za prste polizat! 😍 . Do plaže se dolazi makadamom iz Rukavca, a od parkinga do ručnika imate svega 2 minute hoda. Postoje oznake na cesti te imate i Google Maps lokaciju restorana koju možete pratiti, da bi pronašli ovaj mali raj. . Za roditelje: ima dovoljno plićaka u kojem se mogu brčkati najmanji. U Diamond restoran baru možete iznajmiti pedaline, kajak ili stand up paddling dasku. Bar također nudi veliki izbor sladoleda i sokova. Sa nešto starijom djecom zavirite u prirodnu jastožeru koja se nalazi na kamenim pločama sa desne strane plaže. Jastožera se više ne koristi tako da možete uskočiti u nju. 🦂 Pro tip: dodite ujutro. Plaža je osunčana od ranog jutra pa je time idealno mjesto za popiti kavu i otriznit glavu u plavetnilu prije nego krene popodnevna navala ljudi. . . . #croatia #croatiafulloflife #putopis #croatiapostcards #croatianomads #putujupoznaj #otokvis #visisland #teplus #plaza #beachlife #TravelTagged #travelblog #mamablogger #mamablogerka #momlife #diamondbeach #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #putovanjasadjecom #ljetoincroatia #obiteljskaputovanja #ljeto #dianomayavis

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With slightly older children, take a peek at the natural lobster house located on the cliffs on the right side of the beach. The lobster catcher is no longer used so you can jump into it and dive trough it to the open sea.

3. MALA TRAVNA
It is a small fishermen village accessed by car through 15-20 minute drive on a dirt road, from Marine Zemlje. From the parking to the beach you have 2 minute walk. You can categorize this beach both as pebble and cliff beach, because Mala Travna has both.

Mala Travna is a bay next to Stiniva beach, so if you are visiting Stiniva with a boat, organize lunch in Mala Travna at Senko’s konoba. Beside crystal clear water and beautiful nature, we come here because of Senko. He is remarkable individual and Croatian poet, so don’t be surprised if you get the bill on stone rock he picked up from the floor. I’ve already wrote a blog about him here -> SENKO PARADISE.
Also, don’t forget to call Senko for reservations, he is not always open!
+385 99 35 25 803

4. SREBRNA
Another beach which has both soft pebbles and cliff side is Srebrena. Beach with a lot natural shade in pine trees also has cliffs where you can get your tan. Furthermore, in the woods you can find small bar with refreshments.
You reach Srebrna beach from Rukavac, on the same dirt road as Tepluš beach. After you park the car or bike, there is about 300 m (10 min) walk down to the beach. Yes, that means you have to walk up after.

5. MILNA
Milna is a small sandy beach, located near popular vacation village called Ženka. Best part of this beach is that you can literally jump from parking to the sea, but don’t. Because of it’s proximity to villas for rent and parking, it is often full of families with small children. Very popular activity is Stand up Paddle boarding, which boards you can rent on the beach.

There is a 15-20 minute walking path from Milna which will take you to ZAGLAV sandy beach. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so only memories I have are from photo albums. People say it is as beautiful as Smokova. I will believe it when I see it, hopefully there next year.

6. STINIVA
West from Mala Travna bay you can find winner of “the best beach in Europe”, Stiniva. You can reach the beach by land, but it is a very steep 20-30 minute trail down, so bring appropriate shoes and avoid going with small children. Other, easier, way is to access it by boat. The downside of this is that you always have too many boats docked around Stiniva. The boat can take you up to “cliff gate” and from there you have to swim to the beach. And, of course, there is always that one idiot who has to come to the beach with a boat, so be aware, the floating border doesn’t apply to idiots.

Stiniva is pebble beach, although I saw many wrong writings online describing it as a sandy beach. You can find small coffee bar directly on the beach, but to help out your budget, bring your own food & drinks if you plan to stay there whole day. Because the beach is surrounded by high cliffs, you will have at least one side of the beach or cliff in the shade.

7. STONČICA
Another sandy beach on the island is Stončica. It is safe bay for sailing boats, being located close to city of Vis. There is a parking above the beach, from which you have 5 min walk down. It has small restaurant/bar, volleyball field and lot’s of shade so it tends to be crowed.

Being this far on my list, it is safe to say I only go there if our guests wish to see it. In that case, I combine Stončica with visit to the nearby lighthouse, which is 20 minute walk from the beach. We used to go there for sunset, so count your time right to have enough light to see the path back, or bring flash lights with you.

8. PRITIŠĆINA
This is maybe one of the smallest beaches on the island, where I usually go with local friends. It is also pebbly beach, but it has incredible cliffs on the right side of the beach. One winter we used them for the photoshoot we did for a brand.

9. PARJA (tunnel)
About 3 kilometre east from city of Vis you will find Parja, the last village accessible by cars. It is a village, it is a beach, it is historical…it is Parja. It is probably most known for former JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) submarine tunnel where you can also put your towel and jump into the sea. However, close by is little peninsula where you can also walk into the sea, like a normal human. Be aware, there is no shade here.

Important: please, don’t jump from the top of the tunnel, I have been informed there were many accidents there due to wrong jumps.

10. KOMIŽA CITY BEACHES
GUSARICA – the most popular beach, at the far end of the city, right below the hotel Biševo. It is a pebble beach at the beginning and almost sandy at the end of the beach.


KAMENICE – apparently the only beach on the Adriatic coast with volcanic origin pebble stones (I’ve Googled it) and only 15 minute walk from Komiža center. It gained it’s popularly for being a place to party at night and sort of illegal camp.

LUCICA – pebbly beach two minute walk from the Komiža port. There you can find restaurant right on the beach.

ŽANIĆOVO – because it is surrounded by family houses this pebble beach mostly used by locals. This is the beach you see on our photos from restaurant Barba.

10. VIS CITY BEACHES
GRANDOVAC – bay at the farthest end of city of Vis. It has enough shade so it is very popular for families with children, plus there is a beach bar right on the pebbly beach. Near the beach you can find another JNA greatness, however nowadays completely rot, Cezh villa.

STONCA – beach is located just under the road, about 200 m from hotel Issa to Parja. There is almost no wind there and you can find lot’s of shade underneath the pine trees.

PRIROVO – pebble and gravel city beach right below the hotel Issa, however, completely on the other side from most villa’s and apartments, which are in the city. Near the beach you can find activities for children (owned by hotel), bar and restaurant. It is the most popular for it’s Franciscan monastery which is built on the foundations of Hellenistic theater. I heard one guide say that you can see part of old Roman port in the sea around Prirovo. Do you see it?

There are few more beaches in the cities and on the island that I didn’t mention. My cousin Svila is gonna kill me if I don’t mention Duboka, but that is another beach I haven’t visited since I was a little kid or maybe ever. I can safely say I saw and listed all the popular ones. Hope I helped you organize your Vis island beach hunting. Let me know if I did.

In next blog I plan to write about ALL attractions on the island. Head’s up, it is mostly Tito’s JNA legacy.

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Vinska tura Pelješac & Korčula

Pelješac i Korčulu smo prošli nebrojeno puta, nikada nisam blog napisala, ali smo uspjeli snimiti video, dva. Srećom, uvijek u nekom obliku sačuvamo naše uspomene.

U ovom blogu neću kopat po starim sjećanjima, iako su divna, već ću se orjenitirati na opis vinske ture koju organizira World Traveler agencija. Ukoliko bude dovoljno zainteresiranih planiram se pridružiti ovoj turi, a sad ću vam objasniti i zašto.

Prvo i najvažnije: osim ručka i osobnih troškova, SVE je uključeno u cijenu. Insiderska informacija je da se na degustacijama najedete dovoljno pa vam nekada ručak niti nije potreban.

Drugo i jednako važno, ovo je ipak vinska tura i na njoj će biti puno vina. Jasno vam je da bebač ostaje doma, jer treba probati čuveni Dingač, Postup, Plavac mali, Rukatac, Pošip, Grk te degustirati preko 40 vrsta rakija.

I na kraju – spava se u pitoresknoj Lumbardi, prvi red do mora, u dvokrevetnim sobama u hotelu od 3*, sa bogatim doručkom. U Lumbardi još nismo bili, a kažu da je prekrasna. Sve su to razlozi da idemo!

Termin organiziranog putovanja: 27.08. – 30.08.2020. (4 dana, 3 noći).
Polasci iz Zagreba, Karlovca, Rijeke, Šibenika, Splita.
Broj dana godišnjeg koji vam treba: 2
Cijena: 2.250,00 kn

Obzirom da je ovo put sa nešto manjim brojem dana, ekipa iz World Traveler agencije se pobrinula da se svaki dan iskoristi maksimalno. Zato se prvi dan, nakon puta, staje u Stonu. Tamo imamo vodiča koji će nam pokazati najduže zidine na svijetu, nakon kineskih – stonske i grad Ston. Odmah nakon ručka kreće degustacija u vinarijama Miloš (3 vrste vina) i Matuško (4 vrste vina).

Stonske zidine, DianoMaya

Drugo jutro je rezervirano za prekrasni gradi Korčula, gdje ćemo imati sat i pol razgled grada s lokalnim vodičem. Sve ulaznice su uključene.

Nakon ručka se ide brodom na kupanje i razgled otočića Badije na kojem žive pitomi jeleni. Ako vas ovo nije kupilo, onda ne znam što će. 🙂
Dodatni bonus je što će ovu večer u Lumbardi će biti ribarska fešta.

Treći dan je cjelodnevni izlet po otoku. Prvo se ide u Blato, gdje imamo degustaciju 3 vrste vina, a zatim razgledavanje grada i kupanje u Vela Luci.

U Smokvici imamo degustaciju 4 vrste vina i maslinovog ulja uz slane srdele. Večeru, uz muziku, su organizirali u konobi Konopica koja se nalazi u sred šume. Tamo se nastavlja degustacija 2 vrste vina. Bolje rečeno, tamo se nastavlja vinska priča.

Zadnji dan je rezerviran za degustaciju rakije i sokova u Eko škoju, nakon čega se trajektom opet prebacujemo na Pelješac u vinariju Grgić na još malo vinske degustacije.

Jel vam bilo dosta vina? Meni nije!
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Welcome to tropical Paradise, Martinique

If you are looking for place where summer never ends, miles long beautiful white sand beaches, tropical forest, swimming with turtles or sunbath on volcanic black sand beach while drinking rum-juice, stop looking because -> Martinique has it all.

We traveled to this Caribbean island in February and stayed 2 weeks.
This is our experience of Martinique.

Best time to travel to Martinique?
Temperature on island is average 27 Celsius (80 f) all year long. However, there is a chance of hurricanes in summer and fall, so it is advised to travel in dry season, from November to May. Islands peek season if from December to March. If you want to avoid peek season prices and crowds, travel in pre-season months. We traveled in February and, comparing to Croatia summer season, there wasn’t as many tourists on the island.

How to get there?
Being French department in Caribbean, the cheapest flights are from France, Paris. From Paris you can also find affordable flights to Guadeloupe, St. Barth and St. Martin, other, equally beautiful, French Caribbean islands.
Flight duration is between 7 and 9.5 hours, depending on flight carrier. We flew with Corsair and had a lovely experience.

How to get around?
Martinique has ​​1128 km2 and is easily to get around by car. Who doesn’t like a good road trip? We wanted to see as much as we could and explore the island driving around “like a local”.

We rented a car with IZYCARLOC rent a car agency. They replied promptly, on a very good English and the car was easily booked online.
Since they have office 5 minute drive from the airport, they pick you up and drop you off at the airport. It is full “door to door” service.

We got PEUGEOT 208, which price starts at 28€ per day. They also provided us with baby seat and insurance.
You can get a bigger car, but keep in mind some inland roads are small village roads. Instead of bigger, go for stronger car. There is a big climb if you are going to the volcano and most of the north part has a lot of big inclines on the roads.
We did 1.050 km all around the island and spent 120€ total on gas.

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Where to stay on island?
We stayed in Saint Joseph, little town in the center of the island in “green country”. We traveled with a baby Oliver, so we wanted to have only one “home” for 2 weeks. We picked 2 bedroom “TAHITI TOUCH” trough Airbnb.

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TAHITI TOUCH is really amazing! It has all you need on vacation: comfort, clean, has all the appliances and very nice hosts. We arrived late and didn’t make to the supermarket, so they helped us with some basic food to “live trough the night” and they gave us croissants for breakfast. This will never be forgotten! Thank you.

Siant Joseph is a perfect location to stay longer and still explore everything. To go all the way up north to the Anse Ceron (black sand beach) we had 1.5 hour and the same to the south towards Anse des Salines, white sand beach. So we were exactly in the middle of the places we wanted to visit.

You will save some time, kilometers and money, if you sleep a few nights in the black beaches of north and gradually move to the south where white tropical beaches await you.
Here is where I would also stay, if we were more flexible.
North -> Saint Pierre accommodation
South West -> Les Anses d’Arlet accommodation
South East -> Saint Anne accommodation
East -> Le Robert accommodation

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Things to do in Martinique?
BEACHES
From north to south there are numerous beautiful beaches. I will list all the ones we visited, with city names, in the order of preferences.

1.Anse Ceron (Saint Pierre)

2. Grande Anse des Salines (Saint Anne)

3. Anse Dufour (Anses d’Arlet)

4. La Pointe Marin (Saint Anne)

5. Les Anses d’Arlet (Anses d’Arlet)

6. Anse Couleuvre (Saint Pierre)

7. Plage de La Brèche (Presqu’île de la Caravelle)

8. Pointe du Bout (Trois Ilets)

MUSEUMS & DISTILLERIES
Very nice break from the beach you can get in many Martinique museums.

1.Habitation Clément destillery

2. Depaz Rhum destillery

3. Jardin de Balata, botanical garden

4. Anse Cafard Memorial, open space museum

5. La Savane des esclaves – history museum

6. Maison de la Canne – house of sugar

7. Schoelcher library

NATURE
It is beautiful everywhere you go, but some big “nature spots” are:

1. Mont Pelee

2. Presqu’île de la Caravelle peninsula

3. Saut du Gendarme

4. Didier waterfall

5. Etang des Salines

6. Mangrove forest

What should we write about next? Do you need detailed beach descriptions or would you rather learn more about Jardin de Balata botanical garden? Let us know in the comments or leave a message on our Instagram page @dianomaya

Thank you 2019!

It’s a cliché, I know, but this has been the best year of our life!
Thank you all who have been a part of our crazy ride.

This year we visited 4 countries and explored several cities, few islands & mountains and truly lived! We grew as a people due to amazing individuals we took on the ride and met on the way. When you travel, you learn to expand your horizons and soul. This is truly the biggest gift travel can give you.

Special thanks to all the beautiful people behind some brands we worked with:
The Amstel House Hostel BerlinBLOG
Koncept Hotel Zum Kostbaren BlutBLOG
St Christopher’s At The Village HostelBLOG
Rabbie’s TourBLOG
MyTravelMap.euBLOG
Cewe
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At the end of the year, we’ve noticed exponential growth of our followers from Croatia and nearby region, so we started writing in Croatian too.

Some stories will be written in English, some in Croatian language, it depends on our sponsors preferences. Nevertheless, you always have Google Translate if you need a information and it is in “wrong” language.

There is no time to waste, New Year is hear!
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Posljednje počivalište “hit” Instagram mjesto

Neuobičajeni izbor za Instagram, ali “hrvatski Panteon” novo je omiljeno odredište Instagramera koji posjećuju Zagreb.

Instagram tata u akciji

piše: Maja

Kud svi Turci, tu i mali Mujo. Ja sam Mujo.
Fotografije zagrebačkog groblja, Mirogoj, preplavile su moj Instagram feed. Danima sam gledala prekrasne zimske, ljetne i sada jesenske boje lišća na golemim arkadama glavnog ulaza u Mirogoj i razmišljala o foto kadrovima (tako je, nekada mislim u kadrovima). Čim se ukazala prva prilika za posjet Zagrebu, odmah sam pomislila “Idemo na Mirogoj”!

Mirogoj nije samo jedno od najljepših groblja u Europi i posljednje počivalište mnogih poznatih pokojnika, već i umjetnička galerija na otvorenom. Ima 500 metara arkada i 20 kupola.
Ovo sam googlala.

Stani u sredinu arkade prekrivene bršljanom i ne treba ti okvir za obiteljsku fotografiju.

Mi smo do Mirogoja išli autom. Parkirna mjesta se nalaze odmah do ulaza.
Ukoliko idete javnim prijevozom, s Kaptola voze autobusne linije 106 i 226.

Razmislite o Medvedgradu. Srednjovjekovna utvrda koja pruža pogled na Zagreb i šire. Nama je bilo oblačno, sa slabom vidljivosti, ali ako dođete za dobrog vremena, taj izlet na Medvednicu, zasigurno se isplati.

U blizini je “Pivnica i pivovara Mlinarica”. Ako ste gladni svratite na dobru spizu i hladnu pivu. Ostavite mjesta za Međimursku gibanicu, desert za prste polizat.

Sve fotografije je napravio i uredio naš prijatelj Robert. Inače fotograf vjenčanja.
Njegov web možete pronaći -> OVDJE.
Hvala Robi!

Do sljedećeg čitanja, pratite nas na Instagramu.

Tour from London with Rabbie’s

Hello World!

We are in London, the capital of England, and since it is not our first time here we know how to get a break from the busy city -> explore beautiful rural England!
First time when we were in London we visited Stonehenge and Bath (find tours HERE) and this time we were guests at Rabbie’s “Oxford & Traditional Cotswold Villages Tour”.
Of course, we covered entire tour on our Instagram stories, so go find highlights called “Rabbies England” -> @dianomaya.

DEPARTURE
Tour departs from London’s Greenline Coach Terminal, which is not hard to find. You can easily come to Victoria Station with 3 different tubes (Circle, Victoria and District). Directly behind Victoria Train Station and diagonally across from Victoria Coach Station you will find Greenline Coach Terminal. Rabbie’s departure stand is number 3.
Find directions -> HERE.

We got picked up from stand 3 by a lovely driver & guide in a Mercedes mini-coach. It was just a couple of us on a tour, so we each got our own seat. For us, the best thing in the Mercedes were USB ports next to each seat, where we charged our phones during the drive between villages. Every blogger dream 🙂

Our driver/guide told us many stories on our way out of the London and during our trip, things you can’t find in guidebooks. I could tell you a few, but where is the fun in that? The best is if you hear it and see it yourself. Experiencing first hand is everything!

There are many Cotswold Villages you can visit and our first stop was Burford, small medieval town with famous High Street. In that street we found the cutest ancient houses turned into shops, restaurants and galleries. Even though houses and the streets are a tourist attraction, keep in mind that people still live and work there. We found the cutest house and I wanted to take a picture on it’s porch. Imagine my surprise (and shame) when a lady walked out the door! Luckily, she wasn’t mad, she just smiled. It is possible this happened to her more than once. 🙂
Pro TIP: be respectful!

We stopped for a tea & cake at Huffkins bakery and continued down the street to the Burford Church, Anglican church with eqsuisit courtyard by the Windrush river.

Our second Cotswold Village was Bibury, or should I say Shire, the inspiration for Tolkein’s books. Arlington Row is a long line of beautiful stone cottages and the most photographed Cotswold scenery. Doesn’t Arlington Row look like the hobbits could live there?

Last, but not least on this tour we stopped at the Oxford city. Diano was surprised with it’s size, because it is a really big city, which he didn’t expect. Another city where you can “get lost in the movie”, but this time Harry Potter movie. We had couple of hours there, so we decided to explore as much as we could. Our driver advised us to visit The Christ Church first, because it is the most popular location in the city.
Tickets are not included in your tour price. We paid entrance fee approx. 10 EUR per person (£9). You can plan the visit from your home -> HERE.

It’s Great Hall directly inspired J. K. Rowling’s Great Hall of Hogwarts. It really looks like you’ve stepped into the Harry Potter film.

We also advise you to visit University Church of St Mary the Virgin, the entrance to the Church is free, however there is a 5 EUR (£4) fee for entry to the church tower, which offers excellent panoramic views of the city.
You got to the top with a medieval spiral staircase. The tower terrace is sooo narrow, the narrowest we’ve ever seen, so that two people cannot go by.

From above you get to see Radcliffe Camera, historic library and the most iconic Oxford site.

Oxford is a place of many awesome museums, if you are museum kind of person don’t miss Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Pitt Rivers Museum.
While walking around the city we found The Bridge of Sighs, many different colleges and the picturesque Oxford High Street, where we stopped for a quick lunch. A pub lunch and a beer is how we do it. Being very hungry we just sat down in the first one we found. If you have enough time explore many Oxford’s historic pubs: Eagle and Child (J.R.R Tolkien’s favorite), Lamb & Flag, The Turf Tavern or King’s Arms. Pub tour is always a good idea when in England.

That, unfortunately, brings us to the end of this tour. Should you wish to escape London for a day or two and experience England’s fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and quaint villages, like we did, you have to try it
Rabbie’s Tour way. You can find them here:
WEB: www.rabbies.com
Facebook: Rabbie’s Facebook
Instagram: Rabbie’s Instagram
YouTube: Rabbie’s Tours

Diano also made a short video of our Rabbie’s experience, which you can watch here:

Hope this blog will help you organize your trip to London or/and England. In our next blog I will try to cover -> “London TOP 10 or 20…or who knows”.
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Where to stay in London?

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If you have been following our Instagram, you know we visited London, UK. If you have Instagram account, you can follow our adventures here -> @dianomaya. Look for the London stories in “Highlights“!
This blog is loooong overdue, so let’s not procrastinate any more and go strait to it.

In London, we were hosted by the “St Christopher’s At The Village Hostel in London Bridge“, a very chic, in the center of the city, party hostel. I think that description says it all. Let’s start with what we think is their best quality -> location!

LOCATION
London is huge, so it is very hard to define center, but if you are here for London’s top tourist locations, St Christopher’s Hostel is situated literally in the center of the city! It is an easy walk to the Shard, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tower Castle, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Museum. If you plan to go anywhere else in the city, hostel is just 2 minutes walk from TWO tube stations (JUBILEE, NORTHERN).
Right in front of the hotel you also have a bus stop with couple of lines going around the city. There is a “London TUBE Map app” you can install to easily navigate around the city, or just use Google Maps, like we did. Find the location you want to go to and Google Maps will show you all transportation options to get there, with approximate time of arrival too.

CHECK IN / OUT
Hotstel has 24/7 reception desk, which is always a plus. Staff spoken several languages, was polite and very helpful, however they’ve put us in the room on the third floor, next to the “chill out room”, which we didn’t appreciate. Let me elaborate. We knew we were coming to a party hostel, no problem there, let’s party! People are using chill out room” as a “hangout” at night, no problem there either, let’s meet new people. But the doors of that room were broken. So every time, night or day, someone would enter or leave “chill out room” the doors would do BANG! BANG! BANG! on our brain 🙂
To conclude, if they say 3rd floor room, make sure it is not close to the “chill out room”, try to switch rooms right there on the reception desk. If I remember right, we got the room no. 311. which we advise to avoid.

ROOM 1
Now, let’s get back to the good stuff. The room itself was tiny, but pretty great. We got a private double bunk room, with our own bathroom. We had all amenities we needed in the bathroom: shower gel, towels and hair dryer; and in bedroom: coffee and tea bags, with cups. Right next to our beds we had several electricity plug ins, which is always needed, if you are travel blogger and Instagramer, like us. Keep in mind to bring UK outlet adapter.
On the third floor, we also found an terrace with the most wonderful Shard view.

CAPSULE ROOM
Last night of our stay we moved to Japanese-style capsule beds. YES! Firstly, a capsule bed!! We saw those on several YouTube videos and always wondered what would be like to sleep in one. Secondly, even though we shared the room with other 20-ish people, it was so quiet, in compare to our first “next to chill out room” room.
So, when you check in into “capsule bed” you get the room key, because it is a room. In that room there are maybe 20-30 capsule beds, lockers and toilets with showers. You get your bed number aka. your capsule equipped with UK outlets, USB ports, mood lights and curtains for privacy. You will also be assigned to a locker (same number as your bed), where you can put your luggage and valuable items. Padlocks are available for the lockers.
Inside the capsule, combination of the lights and comfortable beds rocked us to sleep immediately.
This was totally unique accommodation experience, perfect for 1 or 2 nights in the city. Only if you are claustrophobic you should skip it 🙂

BREAKFAST
It is always good to have something to eat at your accommodation to start your day on a full stomach. St Christopher’s Hostel has a breakfast included in their prices and it is located in the building basement. There you will find simple breakfast buffet with toast, ham & cheese, cereals, fruit, coffee, tea and juices to get you started. If that is not enough for you, there is a supermarket minute walk from the Hostel.

BAR
Since St Christopher’s Hostel is a “party hostel” they have a bar on the premises, called Belushi’s bar. Being a hostel guest will get you 25% discount on your food & drinks. Just show your key card before they issue the bill.
We were out in the city most of our days during our stay, so we didn’t get to try their food and apparently very tasty burgers, but we did enjoyed a beer during a hilarious karaoke night and coffee in the morning (which is much better than breakfast coffee). Bar has a “sport vibe” with “cage tables” where each table has it’s own TV. How cool is that?

All in all, if you are young (or feel that way) and want to have fun, St Christopher’s Hostel is a hostel for you. There is a party every night at the bar, you can save money on a transport (being that close to several city attractions) and meet so much cool people all around the world.
Besides London, St Christopher’s also has hostels around the Europe, like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, Edinburgh and Bruges.

You can find them here:
WEB: St Christopher’s Hostels
Facebook: St Christopher’s London at the Village London Bridge
Instagram: St Christopher’s London

And for Shereen, from sales team, if you are reading this, thank you for everything, you are really the best!

I almost forgot! After a long time Diano found inspiration and made a short London video. Wohoooo! You can find it here:

In our next blog -> “Rabbie’s tour outside London“. Talk to you then 🙂

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TOP 5 attractions in Cologne (Köln)

Hello world!
We are in Cologne (Köln), Germany! We didn’t have time to explore it all, so this time we are breaking down only TOP 5 attractions in this 2,000 year old city.

1.Cologne Cathedral
Grand Gothic cathedral with twin spires is  the “face” of Cologne city and also the most visited landmark in Germany, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.
We cannot decide if it is more glorious from outside or inside?

2. Groß St. Martin
Second part of Cologne skyline is the tower of “The great St.Martin’s church”. We loved how the church merged with colorful Cologne old town houses. It is the most perfect Instagram location. We only wish we had more sun there. So, if you are looking for a perfect photo location, plan better than us :).

3. Hohenzollern Bridge
It is a pedestrian and rail bridge that connects Cologne Cathedral with Rheinboulevard. On the walking path to the other side you will find “love padlocks” on the bridge fences. If you are in love and into things like this, buy the padlock, write your names and throw away the key into the river Rhein so your love can last forever.
From the other side of the bridge, on Rheinboulevard, you will get the most perfect view of the city, a specially in sunset. Get a beer (wine, juice, water, whatever you prefer) and chill on the boulevard steps while enjoying the most glorious sunset.

4. KölnTriangle skyscraper
This is a second sunset spot, but also observation deck. Top floor offers the panoramic view of the city, including the Cathedral.
Entrance fee is 3€ per person and you can find working hours -> HERE.

5. Museums 
Cologne has over 30 museums and we, unfortunately, didn’t have time to see any. The top of our wish list is Chocolate Museum, but if you plan to visit Cologne you can also explore: Museum Ludwig, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Fondation Corboud, Romano-Germanic Museum, Museum of Applied Art design, Museum Schnütgen and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.

The main reason why we didn’t have any museum time is shopping and food, which is also the big part of this lovely city.

We got the feeling like shopping and shoppers are everywhere in this city! This could easily be the most popular activity for tourists. I’ve found that the most popular shopping streets are Schildergasse and Hohe Straße, but you can also have a peak in Ehrenstraße and Mittelstraße.

Food is the second tourist activity and you should definitely indulge in gourmet food that city offers, sweet and sour.

To conclude, we are most definitely coming back to this city. With open mind (to visit some museums) with empty bags (to do more shopping) and empty stomach (to try more local food). Who is with us?

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Where to stay in Cologne (Köln)?

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We visited Cologne (Köln), Germany, in Fabruary and had the best time! It is the loveliest city but, like always, we are beginning our blogs with accommodation.

We were guests at “Koncept Hotel Zum Kostbaren Blut” for 2 nights. It is well designed, comfortable and cozy hotel in the center of Cologne. We literally saw the famous Cathedral from our room window. Beside being chic and well located, it is also a DIGITAL hotel! Let me explain.

BOOKING
This part is traditional. You find them online -> HERE and book a stay, at your preferences. They have hotels in Cologne (Germany) and Wien (Austria). Once your booking is confirmed you will get an email from their fast and efficient staff where they explain check in process, because they don’t have a reception, or working staff in the hotel. Yes, you read it right, there is NO reception, so you use technology. They are digital hotel remember?

CHECK IN / OUT
When you book the hotel you also need to download “Hotelbird” app with which you can check-in, check-out, pay and open the main door and your room.
It maybe sounds surreal, but it is that easy!
We arrived at the hotel entrance and with our app opened the main door. We just placed our phone up to the key reader and ta-da, the door is open. We did the same thing in front of our bedroom door and we were IN. That easy!
No waiting in the line at the reception desk, no faceless bored receptionists and you will never forget your room number or loose the key (well, unless you loose your phone, which we hope won’t happen).
If you have any problem or questions you can always reach the hotel staff via email, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or similar.
Just in case if you are “old school”, you can also ask them for the regular key card 🙂

ROOM
We got a double bedroom with private bathroom, small kitchen and the view of the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). The room was so very well designed, we loved every detail in it, from the colorful wall paper over the bead and vinyl player.

If you have seen our Instagram stories, you know we played the vinyl every time we were in the room. For us, it is so much better than watching TV, which you also have in the room. And since everything is digital, you can connect on Netflix via Apple TV on your room app.

We also got our own sustainably produced laundry bag and found organic soap in the bathroom. We admire when businesses invest their time and money for better future. It is not easy to find products which are good for the environment and it is certainly not cheap. Respect!

LOCATION
As I already mentioned, couple of times, hotel is located in the center of Cologne old town, 1-5 min walk from Cathedral, bridge, Chocolate museum, main train station, shopping street and restaurant spots. So, basically 1-5 minute from everything you need 🙂

NAME
I usually don’t go into hotel names, but some of our Instagram followers, who speak German, noticed that the name of the hotel is “strange”. So, for you who don’t speak German let me elaborate: Zum Kostbaren Blut translates “of the Presious Blood”. Hotel was given that name because the building used to be home of the Sisters of “The order of the Precious Blood”. This Sister Order worked in Cologne after the WWII, when city was destroyed and know criminal hotspot. This is also the reason you can find little shrines on each floor of the hotel building, as a memory of their good deeds in city’s time of need.

If you like “Koncept Hotel Zum Kostbaren Blut” story and philosophy, you can find them here:
WEB: Koncept Hotel
Facebook: koncepthotels & zumkostbarenblut
Instagram: koncepthotels & zumkostbarenblut

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