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Mostar in Bosnia & Hercegovina | A Travel Guide

Mostar in Bosnia & Hercegovina | A Travel Guide

The city Mostar in Bosnia and Hercegovina is with around 113,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in the country and its picturesque old town, with its countless attractions, is one of the most beautiful places in the Balkans. Famous for the old bridge of Mostar “Stari Most”, which spans the river Neretva, and for the daring bridge jumper, countless visitors flock to visit this charming town. In addition to these great highlights, many more ingenious things to do in Mostar and awesome possibilities for excursions around are waiting for you. In our experience, enough to spend a few days in this wonderful multicultural city.

This blog post is an ultimate guide for a perfect visit to Mostar. Here, you will read everything about what to do in Mostar, the best activities and attractions in town. We show some awesome pictures, and you will get plenty of information and tips about where to stay, best restaurants, shopping and how to get there. A perfect Mostar itinerary for an unforgettable visit!

Best things to do in Mostar

There are some really amazing things to do in Mostar. In addition to the famous Mostar old bridge “Stari Most” and the bridge jumpers, there are beautiful mosques, old Ottoman townhouses, an oriental bazaar, interesting museums and breathtaking viewpoints to discover. Almost all the best attractions are located very centrally in the middle of the historic old town and therefore easy to explore on foot. Here are the most important things to do for an unforgettable visit to Mostar:

Stari Most – The Old Bridge of Mostar

Without a doubt, the most famous landmark of the city is the picturesque Old Bridge of Mostar, the “Stari Most”, which is historically considered a symbol of the connection between Christianity and Islam. Built in 1566, the bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. Rebuilt after the war not least as a sign of the reunification of the people, today the bridge is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The Stari Most is the most important attraction in Mostar and a real visitor magnet. Tourists from all over the world walking over the bridge and marvel at the unbelievably beautiful panorama from the top of the old town.

Watching a Bridge Jump

Another best thing to do in Mostar is to watch a bridge jump. The Mostar bridge has a height of more than 20 meters and during the day you can admire daring local bridge jumpers who plunge into the cold Neretva River. The best way to watch this spectacle is on top of the bridge or down from the riverbank. Of course, the jumpers don`t jump completely free: After they have collected a certain amount of money (around 50 €), you will have the chance to watch a famous Mostar bridge jump!

Tip: Some tourist also would love to jump from Mostars bridge. For those the Mostars bridge divers club offers a training. This costs around 35 euros, followed by a jump from the 20-meter-high bridge.

The Old Town & Markets in Mostar

Well worth seeing and another attraction of Mostar is the old bazaar in Kujundziluk, one of the oldest districts of the old town. With more than 500 shops the bazaar used to be the center of the business community throughout the whole region. Today you can enjoy a pedestrian area with plenty of oriental flair, you stroll past souvenir stalls, filigree crafts, oriental lamps and beautiful galleries. With a bit of luck, you may discover antiques or now and then, even curious things from the war. In between at every corner there are plenty of good restaurants, but also cozy cafes which serve delicious Bosnian coffee.

Don`t Forget Stone

This small stone with the inscription Don`t Forget, stands on the east side of Mostar, not far from the bridge. It reminds visitors of the sad history of the city, the terrible Bosnian war. At that time not only the famous bridge of Mostar was destroyed, but also the city was divided into a Croatian-western and a Bosniak-eastern part. Neighbors became enemies and many of the locals lost friends and family in the war. Thus, the Don`t Forget Stone is intended to serve every visitor as a monument to the tragic past of this city.

Visit a museum

Inside the old part of Mostar there are some very interesting museums to explore. Especially recommended is the Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995. This museum should be visited by anyone who wants to travel through Bosnia and learn more about the war.

Right next to Mostar Bridge is the War Photo Exhibition, a very interesting photo exhibition by the New Zealand photojournalist Wade Goddard, who documented the war and the destruction of the city.

Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque

The Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque is one of the largest and most important mosques in Mostar. This beautiful attraction was built in 1557 and completed in 1618. It is located on the east, on a rock above the Neretva River. From the terrace you have a beautiful view of the old town and of course the bridge of Mostar. Even non-believers have the opportunity to visit this beautiful mosque from the inside. In the courtyard is a very beautiful covered fountain (Sadrvan), which is even considered to be the oldest in Herzegovina. Also from the inside, the Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque is a real highlight and shines with beautiful wall decorations and carpets.

Tip: If you dare, it is possible to visit the minaret of the mosque by climbing steep and narrow spiral staircase. Up there one can enjoy the most beautiful views on Mostar and the famous bridge from above.

Kriva Cuprija, The Crooked Bridge

The Kriva Cuprija, also known as the Crooked Bridge is one of the most beautiful squares in the city. This attraction is located very close to the Old Bridge and is one of the secret gems of Mostar. Not many tourists get lost here – so a real insider tip! Together with the Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija and the Crooked Bridget, it offers a unique ambience, and many come here to shoot beautiful pictures. In addition, the Kriva Ćuprija Hotel is an insider tip among the best accommodations in the city. On a stay you will experience a truly unique location.

Spanish Square

The Spanish Square is located on the western side of Mostar. This little square was built to commemorate the Spanish soldiers who fell in the war. Just behind the square is the green city park. On the other side of the Spanish Square is the beautiful high school, the United World College, which Croatian, Bosniak and Serbian children allows to attend a school together.

Opposite the Spanish Square is another interesting building, the Snipper Tower of Mostar. This former bank is a remnant of the Bosnian War, which was then used by snipers as a point of view.

Biscevic House & Kajtaz House

The Bescevic House (Bišćevića kuća) is a beautiful Turkish house built as early as 1635. This traditional Ottoman building can be visited, and one gets a picture of the life of earlier times. On a tour of the premises of this small attraction, it feels like 1001 nights. Breathtakingly beautiful is the view from the living room on the river landscape and the many beautiful oriental details.

Worthwhile is also a visit to the Kajtaz house. Again here, for a little entrance fee (2 Euros) you can stroll through the old rooms and get from the owner a little guide and a lot of inside information about the former living conditions and the life of the Kajtaz family.

Karadozbeg Mosque

Another very interesting mosque is the Karadozbeg Mosque. Outside the prayer times it can be visited from inside. Interesting is the courtyard with the fountain and the old tombstones. Daring ones also have the opportunity to climb the high minaret of the Karadozbeg Mosque.

View from the Lucki Most

The two sides (west and east) of Mostar are connected by a few bridges. On a walk through the old town you should definitely make a detour to the Lucki Most bridge. Here is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city. At Lucki Most you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Stari Most bridge, the river and the old town.

Tip: Right next to the bridge is the Apartment House Villa Acapulco. They have top rooms for a reasonable price, including private parking directly in the old town near to the best sights! A perfect starting point for a Mostar city trip.

Kriz na Hum – Mostar City Lookout Point

One of the best views of Mostar City and the mountains can be enjoyed from the cross at Hum Mountain (Kriz na Hum). Already down at the city you can see the mighty white cross, which towers 412 meters above Mostar. The easiest way for getting there is by car on the well-developed road to the summit. Theoretically, you can also walk this way up, but it is less special! Once at the top, next to the huge white cross, a fantastic panorama awaits you and you can get a good overview of the huge size of the city.

 

Things to do around Mostar

But also in the area around the city you can expect plenty of unique things to do. The most popular tourist attraction from Mostar is the nearby Blagaj and the Dervish monastery “Tekija”, which is probably one of the most spectacular religious sites in Bosnia. But also the impressive Kravice waterfalls and the place of pilgrimage Medjugorje are highly recommended for a trip from Mostar. We have compiled the top places to visit around Mostar here:

Blagaj Monastery

The Blagaj Monastery is located only about 13 kilometers from Mostar and is one of the country’s most famous attractions. Although the monastery (Dervish House) alone is worth a visit, but especially the environment is simply overwhelmingly beautiful. Located directly on a huge rock face on the Buna River, it`s a place where to enjoy the panorama all day long. Downstream are some restaurants where you can have delicious lunch right on the water.

Tip: The source of the Buna springs is in the cave below the nearly 200-meter-high rock face. The cave next to the monastery can also be accessed by boat (2 euros per person).

Medjugorje

Another popular spot for excursions from Mostar is definitely Medjugorje. This Christian pilgrimage site is around 25 kilometers away and can easily be explored on a day trip. The place gained fame by the many Marian apparitions, which are still not officially accepted by the church. Some spend several days there to absorb the magical atmosphere and explore the surrounding area, such as the Kravice waterfall.

Tip: If you are planning a stopover in Medjugorje, we can recommend the Hotel Leone.

Kravice Waterfalls

The Kravice waterfalls are located about 40 kilometers from Mostar and are one of the absolute best nature attractions in Bosnia. Embedded in a beautiful forest landscape you can admire thunderous waterfalls. The height of the Kravice waterfalls varies between 26 and 28 meters and descend over a slope about 120 meters wide. As an extra highlight bathing at the waterfalls is allowed and so you can cool off wonderfully in the hot summer days.

Where to eat in Mostar

First of all, the food in Mostar is just amazing! In the middle of the old town are plenty of very good and cheap restaurants. We especially enjoyed the food in Tima Irma, because this restaurant grills the most delicious Bosnian specialties. If you are in Mostar, you should definitely try cevapcici, grilled minced meat rolls.

Furthermore, a lot of good cafes are in town. Here you should absolutely taste Bosnian coffee or Caj, the typical Turkish tea.

Currency and how to pay in Mostar

The official currency in Bosnia-Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark, KM. The exchange rate is 1: 1,96 to Euro, that means best you divide everything by 2. You can still pay everywhere in euros, most of the prices are written in both KM and in Euros. If you have Kuna from Croatia, then you can also use this in Mostar.

Flights to Mostar

Although Mostar has its own airport, you won’t find any suitable flight from Europe. It is better to book a flight to Sarajevo or to Croatia, for example to Split or Dubrovnik. Really Cheap flights can be found on various online flight portals such as Skyscanner.

Day trips to Mostar

If you cannot travel to Mostar on your own, there is still the possibility to join a guide day trip from Croatia. Guided tours are usually offered by the larger tourism regions such as Dubrovnik, Split but also by Sarajevo in Bosnia Hercegovina. Mostar Tours with great reviews can be found online at for example GetyourGuide.

 

Where to stay in Mostar

Many are wondering how many days to spend in Mostar. Well, if you want to see the beautiful old town and the sights of the area, then it is worth spending 2 or even 3 nights in the city. The old town offers some really lovely accommodations. Here are our recommendations for Mostar’s top recommended places to stay:

  • Hotel in best location: The Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija is located in a listed limestone house, next to the Crooked Bridge, and offers a unique ambience. The perfect hotel for a very special holiday in Mostar.
  • Historic building with charm: The unique Hotel Museum National Monument Muslibegovic House is a mix of museum and hotel. The luxurious rooms are decorated in Ottoman style with genuine antiques.
  • Hotel with Rooftop Terrace: The Shangri La Mansion has a good location, great rooms and amazing views from the rooftop terrace.
  • Budget Accommodation: The Villa Acapulco offers lovely studio apartments in a great location. The rooms are very clean, newly furnished and at an unbeatable price.

 

Conclusion: The old town of Mostar enchants with an incredible charm and many beautiful things to do. But there are also many interesting things to discover in the area around. This city is one of the top highlights in the Balkans and should not be missed in any case.


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Ait-Ben-Haddou: Guide for Morocco’s famous Ksar

Ait-Ben-Haddou: Guide for Morocco’s famous Ksar

Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco is a beautiful mudbrick ksar located in the southeast of the country and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The small village was built around 1000 years ago and was then an important point along the caravan route. Today, Ait-Ben-Haddou is one of the most interesting places to visit in Morocco and the most attractive stop for round trips across the country. Due to its unique architecture and incredibly magical ambience, the Kasbah Ait-Ben-Haddou has become a film set for many famous movies. For example, Game of Thrones, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here. Yes, this pretty place is really impressive and so every Morocco traveler should have seen the country’s biggest Kasbah. But what to do in Ait-Ben-Haddou, what are the highlights and the best attractions?

This blog post is a complete guide for Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco. Here, we show you the most beautiful impressions and pictures of the Kasbah. In addition, there is plenty information and tips about getting there, best accommodation and the most beautiful viewpoints on the mud city.

How to get to Ait-Ben-Haddou from Marrakech

Ait-Ben-Haddou is about 180 kilometers southeast of Marrakech and can be reached either by rental car or on a guided tour. Actually, the journey from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou is fantastically beautiful. Your trip will lead over the High Atlas and past the Tizi n Tichka Pass. You will enjoy grandiose landscapes, a unique mountain world and finally reach the beautiful south of Morocco. If you love taking pictures, then you should allow yourself enough time to drive over this panoramic mountain road.

Passing the High Atlas Mountain

Starting from Marrakech you go to the direction of Ouarzazate and then to Ait-Ben-Haddou. Here is the way the goal, cause this road is just amazingly beautiful. After Marrakech the landscapes begin to change quickly, and you will be surprised by the rich green colors. After some time, the road begins to rise and you pass the first quaint mountain villages of the Atlas Mountains.

Tip: Make sure you take a break in the café at Tiz Imguer! From there you have a great view of the red rocky mountains and the wide valley. With a little luck you can see some meerkats here.

Further, the road will take you up to the Atlas mountains and finally you will get to the Tizi n Tichka Pass. Many amazing photo opportunities and viewpoints can be found right next to the road. One more reason why we loved to travel on our own with the car through Morocco. Once at the top you can admire the High Atlas with its breathtaking white peaks. This zigzag road goes up to 2260 meters. If you’re interested in minerals, then you’re definitely at the right place. Because the Atlas Street is known for its stone sellers.

After Tizi n Tichka Pass, as the mountain descends, the landscape changes dramatically again. Dry hills, rocky rock formations and ancient kasbahs are the heralds of the Sahara. The area around Ait-Ben-Haddou is already very dry and suddenly, as if from nowhere you can already spot the first camels.

What to do in Ait-Ben-Haddou

Taking A walk is the perfect thing to do for exploring the beautiful mud city Ait-Ben-Haddou. As you cross the river, you’ll get an idea of ​​this spectacular city. Walking inside the huge Kasbah, you have the opportunity to explore some of the old houses from the inside. The entrance fee of these small museums often costs only 1 Euro and gives an exclusive insight into the life of earlier times.

On the way to the top of the village Ait-Ben-Haddou you will find plenty of souvenir shops, some restaurants and really lovely cafes. Some of these are really popular spots for Instagram shots. In former days, this fortified town was huge, and it’s hard to believe that 2,500 people lived here until 50 years ago. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with an incredible view over the barren desert landscape. This is in our opinion the best part of the tour. You can see all over the valley along the village, the many beautiful clay buildings, rocky lunar landscapes to the white peaks of the Atlas Mountains. One can imagine the Berber life 1000 years ago.

Famous movies

No wonder this magical place has become that famous. Because Ait-Ben-Haddou served as a movie set of many Hollywood strips. Here are a few of the films filmed there: Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Asterix and Obelix, Aladdin, Prince of Persia, The Mummie, The Hills Have Eyes II, Babel, Alexander, Laurence of Arabia and many more.

Best views of Ait-Ben-Haddou

The entire panorama of this village is just amazingly beautiful and the colors of the city change depending on the time of day. Ait-Ben-Haddou offers wonderful photo opportunities at morning-lights and not only professional photographers can look forward to taking unique pictures here.

Tip: The best views of Ait-Ben-Haddou are from one of the many rooftop hotels and accommodations around the desert city.

Admission and Opening hours

The entrance to Ait-Ben-Haddou is completely free. A small admission fee is only for visiting certain private museums. There are no official opening times, so you can visit the town on any time. But especially nice are exploration tours in the late afternoon or early morning, when most of the tourists are gone.

How long should I stay in Ait-Ben-Haddou?

If you have enough time, we recommend staying one or two nights in Ait-Ben-Haddou. When the day’s guests leave, you can experience the desert city almost all to yourself. Otherwise you will also have the possibility to explore Ait-Ban-Haddou on a daytrip from Marrakech.

 

Trips from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou

Certainly, there is the possibility to join a guided tour from Marrakech to visit the mud town of Ait-Ben-Haddou. There are either day trips, but also multi-day tours with subsequent desert visit offered. Here are the most popular trips from Marrakech:

 

Hotels and Accommodations

There are really lovely places to stay at Ait-Ben-Haddou! We recommend that you choose a hotel directly in the mud city or an accommodation with a view of the beautiful Kasbah. Having breakfast in such an ambience is unbeatably beautiful. Here are our best hotel tips for Ait-Ben-Haddou:

  • Guest House Bagdad Café: The Guest House Bagdad Café is a great deal with a lovely pool and nice rooms. Located near the old town center of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Paradise of Silence: The beautiful Paradise of Silence delights its guests with lovely rooms, a pool and really delicious cuisine!
  • Chez Brahim: As a cheap alternative we can recommend the Chez Brahim to you. The view from the roof terrace is incredible and surely one of the best in town.

 

Conclusion: Ait Ben Haddou is definitely worth a visit and should not be missed on any Morocco round trip. Not only is the place breathtakingly beautiful, also the drive from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou is spectacular and a true experience.


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Sivalai Beach Resort – Dream Beach at Koh Mook

Sivalai Beach Resort – Dream Beach at Koh Mook

The Sivalai Beach Resort is located on the most beautiful beach of the island of Koh Mook in the south of Thailand. Here you can expect a breathtaking tropical paradise as out from the travel magazine: A super soft fine white sand beach, high palm trees, warm turquoise blue sea and adorable bungalows & villas right on the dream beach. If you are looking for a very special travel experience in Thailand, then you should take a closer look at the Sivalai Beach on Koh Mook!

In this blog post, we’ll tell you what to expect during a stay at Sivalai Beach Resort on Koh Mook. Additionally, you get plenty of useful information about prices, how to get there and what to do on the island.

The dream beach of Sivalai Beach Resort

The Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort is located in the very best spot on the island Koh Mook, right at the tip of the famous Sivalai Beach. Almost from out of bed you will enjoy a magnificent view of the turquoise blue Andaman sea, because all the bungalows are right on the snow-white and wonderful soft dream beach. Already when getting there, travellers’ hearts will start to beat faster: Huge palm trees as far as the eye can see and in the background deep green jungle.

Right at the tip of the snow-white sandbar, there lies the Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort. The location is special, and hardly anywhere else in Thailand you will find a hotel with such a great scenery. To the left and right are two long sandy beaches lined with tropical palm trees. The sea is crystal clear, warm and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Equipment can be rent directly at the hotel.

Here some impressions and beautiful pictures from Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort:

The bungalows at Koh Mook Sivalai Beach are small Thai-style villas. Depending on your budget, these are either directly in the first beach row, the cheaper bungalows are just behind in the 2nd row. The prices of the Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort vary according to the season. The cheapest way to get the rooms naturally is in the off season, so from April to October. Current prices of Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort can be found here.

Activities on Koh Mook

The Sivalai Beach is very centrally located in the east of the paradise island Koh Mook and during a holiday many unforgettable highlights await you. The most beautiful attraction is the Emerald Cave, a former pirate hideout whose beach can only be reached by a sea cave. But also the tropical Charlie Beach on Koh Mook is well worth seeing and can be easily reached from Sivalai Beach by bike or scooter.

Not far from Koh Mook, there are also other great dream islands to explore. These can be reached most comfortable by longtail boat from Koh Mook pier. Worth a trip are the islands of Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai: Both beautiful places of the Andaman Sea, with beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkeling.

Tip: If you want to know more about the most beautiful islands of southern Thailand, then check out our Guide for Thailand island hopping.

 

Getting to Sivalai Beach Resort

As the harbor is just a 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel the Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort is quite easy to reach. Who doesn´t want to walk just takes a small island taxi (100 baht) that will bring guests directly to the hotel. The best way to get to Koh Mook is by ferry or speedboat. Good connections can be found, for example, from Trang, Koh Lipe and Koh Lanta.

Tip: At 12go.asia you can find the exact travel times, prices and booking options.

 

How to book a room

The most convenient way to book a room in advance is online. At booking.com you can find the best  room rates and also guest reviews of the hotel. Also you will find here some offers with free cancellation option.

 

Conclusion: The dreamlike location, the paradise beach and the beautiful wooden bungalows make a stay at the Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort an unforgettable experience of every southern Thailand trip. If you love staying at quiet places, and you want to swim at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Andaman Sea, you will surely experience your personal holiday highlight here.


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Top 10 Most Amazing Beaches in Krabi

Top 10 Most Amazing Beaches in Krabi

The beaches of Krabi may not be a secret anymore, but they are still some of the best in Thailand. Whether on the surrounding islands or directly on the mainland, visitors are amazed by all the drop-dead gorgeous beaches to visit. Here, in Krabi area you will find Thailand’s first-class beaches: Breath-taking limestone cliffs, turquoise-blue sea and the fine sand beaches make Krabi’s beaches an ultimate paradise places to be, guaranteeing bathing pleasure at its best. With a seemingly endless selection of memorable beaches and islands, people often ask themselves what are the top beaches in Krabi?

For making sure your vacation becomes an unforgettable experience, in this blog article we will show you where to find the most beautiful beaches in ​​Krabi and where are the best places to stay. Consciously this beach guide will ignore the beaches of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi, and we only share with you the best beaches near Krabi Town and around Ao Nang.

Here are our top 10 Krabi beaches, including pictures, tips and great accommodations:

 

Ao Nang Beach

The Ao Nang Beach is probably the most famous beach of Krabi and it is located on the mainland of the province. Here, at this beach, you will find a wide selection of accommodations, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. In addition, the Ao Nang Beach is a perfect starting point for trips and tours to Krabi’s islands and often the start for island hopping down to the south of Thailand. Unfortunately, on the beach itself you will find lots of longtail boat traffic which can be quite noisy.

Grab your bathing suit and walk up to the southern end of Ao Nang, at the point where the great rock rises. Here the ambience is really beautiful and additionally it will be more quiet at that part of the beach.

Tip: For affordable and beautiful rooms in an optimal location check out the Whalecome Aonang Resort. From there you will be in a few minutes at the beach!

Hong Island Beach

If you want to visit one of the most beautiful beaches of Krabis, you should definitely go for a tour to Hong Island! Here, on the beach of Koh Hong, which is also called the Pilae Beach, visitors will find an ultimate postcard idyll. This place is the perfect spot for taking some wonderful Krabi beach pictures: A white sand beach that is shared by a huge limestone cliff and crystal clear water, which is perfect for swimming. Also, if you are looking for a beach for snorkelling, you are at Koh Hong at the right place: Hundreds of colourful fish frolic in the turquoise blue sea. On the island you won`t find any accommodations, but a trip with the longtail boat to see this magical place is definitely worth it.

Tip: More about Hong Island and how to organize a tour by yourself can be found in the link above.

Tonsai Beach

The Tonsai Beach with its stunning rock formations, huge palm trees and its secluded beach is still an insider tip for Krabi. Even its very popular in the climbing scene, many tourists only visit the nearby Railey Beach and skip this hidden gem. What a pity, Tonsai beach is definitely one of Krabi’s most beautiful beaches. Although this picture-perfect beach is actually located on the mainland of Krabi, the Tonsai is only accessible by longtail boat from Ao Nang or Railey Beach. Maybe that’s why visitors quickly get a real island feeling.  Tonsai Beach is a real backpacker beach with some lovely hippy-bars for enjoying some drinks and resorts and accommodations for reasonable prices.

Chicken Island & Tub Island

The beach of Chicken Island is an absolute highlight and it’s considered to be one of the best beaches in the area of ​​Krabi. If you love snow white sand and swimming in turquoise blue sea you are definitely at the right place. Especially at low tide you should pay a visit to this dream beach. Then the sea retreats so far that you can walk from Chicken Island to Tub Island! Since this beach is part of a national park, there are no accommodations on the island. Anyway, you can easily reach this beautiful beach by longtail boat as a day trip, the Krabi 4 Islands Tour,  from Krabi or Ao Nang.

Phra Nang Beach

The image of Phra Nang Beach is probably the most famous and most well know picture of Thailand. This beach, with its immense offshore limestone rock island is a real eye-catcher and there’s a reason why this paradise beach is printed in almost every Thailand travel magazine. Unfortunately and maybe just because of its fame, the Phra Nang Beach is very busy and so a visit is only recommended in the morning or in the late afternoon, when the day-trippers have left the beach. For snorkelling you should walk a bit the beach to the north end, there it is much quieter, and the water is really clear.

Tip: Accommodation can be found on nearby Railay Beach or if you like it more exclusive you could stay at the only hotel – a luxury hotel right on Phra Nang beach.

Railay Beach

Without a doubt, Railay Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi. Here you can expect an emerald green sea, huge limestones and an endless sandy beach. Although Railay Beach is no longer an insider tip, still it is one of the most fascinating beaches in the Krabi area. Our tip: From Railay Beach, various paths lead to other beautiful beaches on the peninsula, such as the above-mentioned beaches Ton Sai Beach and Phra Nang Beach. For beach lovers this place is a true paradise! The Railay Beach is the ideal holidays destination and from there trips to Krabis island world can easily be organized.

Tip: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is one of our top recommendations for Railay. Located very romantic right on the sea and also the modern pool area is an absolute eye-catcher. A wonderful hotel for exploring some of the best beaches in Krabi!

Koh Poda Beach

The island of Koh Poda is one of the most popular tour destinations in the Krabi region. Here on the island one of the best beaches of the area is situated. The offshore limestone island and the velvety soft sand are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and for shooting some wonderful beach pictures. So, do not forget your camera and snorkel gear! The tiny island of Koh Poda is accessible from Krabi by longtail boat or speedboat.

Tip: The excursion to Koh Poda is usually combined with a stop on Chicken Island.

Lading Island Beach

The beach of Lading Island is known for being one of the top beaches in Krabi and so it is a popular destination. Here you can expect a beach paradise like out of a postcard: soft, light sand, huge palm trees, imposing limestone cliffs and colourfully decorated longtail boats adorn this beautiful bay. Tip: Mostly the tour to Lading Island is combined with a visit from Hong Island. More about this excursion can be found here.

Pakbia Island

Breathtaking limestone cliffs and crystal-clear sea water are forming an unbeatable landscape. Not for nothing, Pakbia Island with its fine sand and the unique beach location is always listed to one of Krabi’s top beaches. Here you can also do really good snorkelling and with a little luck to discover the various colourful fish. The best way to reach Pakbia Island is by boat from Klong Muang or Ao Nang, and is usually offered on the Hong Island Tour. There are no accommodations here.

Klong Muang Beach

Krabi experts agree that Klong Muang Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches located on the mainland of Krabi and so it is one of the most popular vacation spots in the area. Although there are a few great hotels, resorts and accommodations on Klong Muang, it is still really quiet on this secluded beach. If you love long beach walks and fantastic sunsets, this is just the right the place for you to spend an unforgettable holiday. In addition, Klong Muang Beach is ideal destination for exploring Krabi. More about a vacation on Klong Muang Beach and what you do there you can read here: Klong Muang Beach – The most relaxing beach in Krabi

Tip: As a perfect hotel for an unforgettable holiday on Klong Muang Beach we can recommend the Nakamanda Resort & Spa. It convinces with a direct location on the beach, wonderful views, large pool and really lovely rooms!

Excursions to the most beautiful islands & beaches of Krabi

The islands around Krabi is fascinatingly beautiful. Some highlights such as the beaches of Koh Hong, Koh Poda and Lading island we have already presented in the blog above. If you also want to take a boat trip to the beautiful islands, check out the recommended boat-tours:


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Top 12 Beaches in Koh Phangan

Top 12 Beaches in Koh Phangan

The beaches of Koh Phangan are some of the best in Thailand: High coconut palms, unique rock formations, turquoise blue waters and white sand beaches makes this island an unforgatable place. One bay is more beautiful and idyllic than the other and so it is often difficult to find out where the best beach to stay is at Koh Phangan. Whether you like beach bars and parties or you prefer secluded and quite beaches – on this island everyone will find his or her perfect place. Are you planning a beach tour to explore some of Koh Phangan’s best beaches but you are not sure where to go? In this beach guide we will show you the 12 top beaches of the island including some hidden gems.

Here is a top selection for the best and most beautiful beaches on Koh Phangan:

 

Haad Rin Beach

The Haad Rin Beach is the most famous beach on the island. This is the notorious place where every month the legendary Full Moon Party takes place. There are very few people if there is an event the Haad Rin is a perfect place for swimming and relaxing. At that time, it will be really quiet and comfortable and you can experience a wonderful beach scenery. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to do some beach hopping and explore surrounding bays with the taxi boat. When no Full Moon Party takes place, you are going to find plenty of cheap accommodations and good bargains on Haad Rin.

Leela Beach

The Leela Beach is an amazing beach just across the Haad Rin. The snow white, palm-fringed sandy beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan. This beach is really quiet but if you feel like having a party, you can reach the Haad Rin in walking distance (10 minutes )! The Leela Beach really clean and is perfect for relaxing! Also, you are going to find a beach swing for taking wonderful beach pictures. The turquoise blue colours of the sea and the swings that hang between the magnificent palm trees are like out of a postcard. In addition, the sunsets are absolutely amazing. Here you will find a handful of beautiful accommodations.

Haad Thian

At the northern part of the West Coast, just around the corner from Haad Yuan Beach you will find a beach that is still quite lonely and secluded. Here in this small bay for sure you will get a real Robinson Cruso feeling. Peace seekers will certainly enjoy this bay! In addition, this hidden beach is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Here you will find only a few accommodations and bungalows. Also the Haad Thian Beach is ideal for a bathing trip. Taxi boats leave from Haad Rin and the journey takes just around 15 minutes.

Haad Yuan

The Haad Yuan is probably the most beautiful beach of Koh Phangan. Here is the place where you will find the absolutely perfect beach. Huge rock formations, white sand and unbelievably beautiful sea colours create a breath-taking panorama. If you like to take a rest and just want to spend some relaxing holidays on Koh Phangan, you should definitely look for an accommodation here. The Haad Yuan is a secluded beach and that’s why you can reach the beach only by the taxi boat from Haad Rin. Above all, the seclusion and the quiet atmosphere gives the Haad Yuan a very special flair. Also recommended for a day trip!

Than Sadet Beach

The Than Sadet Beach is absolutely beautiful and the ultimate insider tip for those who want to stay at the east side of the island. Lined by countless palm trees and deep jungle, it’s known to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan. On this secluded beach there are a few simple beach huts and bungalows with really cozy island flair. Not far away is the Sadet Waterfall, which is also an absolute highlight of the island. If you are looking for a tropical paradise you definitely should go and visit the Sadet Beach!

Thong Nai Pan Yai & Thong Nai Pan Noi

The two bays of Thong Nai Pan are absolutely gorgeous and a real visitor magnet. Right on the beach you will find beautiful hotels and great accommodations and in the back of the village there is a good tourist infrastructure including restaurants, bars and supermarkets. Thong Nai Pan Yai is a little bigger than Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. Both beaches are not far from each other and you can visit both in a short distance.

Tip: Thong Nai Pan Yai Viewpoint offers breath-taking views over both the beaches.

Secret Beach (Haad Son)

The Secret Beach is not a secret anymore, but still one of the top beaches on Koh Phangan. Here is the atmosphere also really cozy and so it’s a wonderful place to stay a bit longer. Don`t miss to enjoy the ambience in the restaurant of the Haad Son Resort, which is right next to the beach!  From the hammocks you can enjoy cool drinks with a beautiful backdrop. The Secret beach is really worth a visit and one of our favorite places on the island.

Haad Salad Beach

The Haad Salad Beach is really gorgeous and so it is considered to be the best beach in Koh Phangan. The beach is really calm, and you can find enough spots where you have your peace. Especially beautiful is the northern section of the beach, where a mighty palm juts out into the turquoise blue sea and provides fantastic photo opportunities. The beach is located in the west of Koh Phangan, at the more quiet part of the island. The Salad Beach is a highlight of Koh Phangan and one of the best places to stay a bit longer.

Tip: The best accommodations and bungalows can be found at this link.

Haad Yao

The Haad Yao or also often called because of its length of 1 kilometer “Long Beach” . This beach is the perfect place for swimming and snorkelling! Along the beach you will find some lovely restaurants and bars which are very cozy and inviting. Also, the sunsets on Haad Yao are considered the best of the islands!

Haad Mae Beach & Koh Ma

The Haad Mae Beach is a very popular beach on the island. No wonder, the offshore island Koh Ma does not only look spectacular but it’s also a great place for swimming and especially for snorkelling. At low tide you can even walk from Haad Mae Beach over to Koh Ma Island! Maybe this beach is busier than the others, but still this beach is not crowded and you will always find a quiet spot for unwind yourself. At Haad Mae you will also find a wide selection of accommodation options here.

Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat)

The Bottle Beach is located in the north of Koh Phangan and that beach offers a real postcard motif. For sure you want to stay longer at this paradise beach. There are only a handful of accommodations, so you better book you favourite bungalow in advanced. Above all, the isolation and the unique setting makes this beach so special and if you want to have your peace you are exactly right here.

Tip: The easiest way to get to Bottle Beach is by taxi boat from Malibu Beach. The beach is also accessible via a jungle walk, but more about in our Bottle Beach Guide.

Malibu Beach

The area around Malibu Beach is the absolute backpacker mecca. Here you will find cheap restaurants, bakeries and accommodation in low price ranges. The small beach section captivates especially through its many small palm trees which donate cool shade. The water here is very clear and the sand is wonderful white and extra fine. Also, Malibu Beach is a good base for beach tours in the north-west of the island. In addition, the taxi boats to the Bottle Beach start here.

Tipp: For more amazing places on the island, check out the Koh Phangan Guide.


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Koh Jum (Koh Pu): A Paradise Island Guide

Koh Jum (Koh Pu): A Paradise Island Guide

 

The island Koh Jum, the northern part of the island is also called Koh Pu, is located on the West Coast of Thailand and is an absolute travel highlight. Nevertheless, most travelers and backpackers skip this little paradise on their bucket list. What a pity, Koh Jum is a real insider tip among connoisseurs and it‘s really worth a visit. The beaches are lonely and beautiful, the people incredibly warm hearted and welcoming. In addition, prices are still cheap. In this travel guide we will show you some awesome pictures of this fascinating island and share with you the most important experiences that we made on Koh Jum and Ko Pu. Also, you will get lots of useful info about where to stay, things to do and how to get there.

One thing is for sure, a trip to Koh Jum is definitely worth it! The mix of nature, lovely people and beautiful beaches will captivate you and not let go so quickly.

Koh Jum Beaches

There are 9 beaches on this small island waiting for you to be discovered! Here is a list of all the beaches of Koh Jum, ranging from north to south: Banyan Bay, Coconut Beach, North Beach, Ting Rai Beach, Magic Beach, Ao Si Beach, Golden Pearl Beach, Andaman Beach, Freedom Beach.

Tip: The beaches in the southern part of the island can be easily reached by scooter, the northern part has many gravel roads and is more of the beaten path.

Coconut Beach

A real insider tip is the beautiful and very lonely Coconut Beach. The beach is located at the northern part of the island and the perfect place if you like it very quiet.  Due to its high palm trees and its heavenly atmosphere, it is one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Jum. Staying at the beautiful Mupa Resort you will have this beach mostly all to yourself.

Golden Pearl Beach

The Golden Pearl Beach is definitely one of the best beaches at Koh Jum. Also, this beach is the most famous one, but still here you won`t find the crowds. Why not enjoy a cool drink at the legendary Fu Bar and so the amazing ambience can be enjoyed twice over.

Ao Si Beach

The soft sand beach Ao Si Beach is probably the most photogenic beach on Ko Jum. Here is the perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing. The beach can be easily reached by scooter and also the colourful Sun Smile Beach Resort is located directly on this beautiful beach.

Magic Beach

Definitely worth is a stopover at the Magic Beach Bar. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets of Koh Jum. The atmosphere at Magic Beach is really magical and we highly recommend a visit!

Best things to do in Koh Jum

Bathing, snorkelling and exploring the most beautiful spots on the island by scooter, are the most popular activities on Koh Jum. Anyone who is looking for a relaxing place to unwind will love this island. Here, the clocks are running really slow, pure relaxation is therefore already preprogramed. Since the island is relatively small, the best way to go around is by bicycle or by scooter. So you have the possibility to discover small sleepy villages, having a chat with the lovely locals and swim on the almost secret beaches of the island. The scooter costs you between 200 – 250 baht per day, one litre of gasoline about 40 baht. Almost every accommodation offers scooters for rent.

Sporty people may like to swing themselves onto a bike or some even climb the mountain Pu on a jungle hike. Bike rental can be found all over the island, especially at resorts and travel agencies.

Even the small villages on Koh Jum have a special charm. Here everyday life is very relaxed, people are happy and especially open to tourists. Koh Jum Village, also called Ban Koh Jum, is the bigger place on the island. Here you will also find some nice shops for souvenirs, travel agencies for trips and transport and a very delicious cafe, the Luboa.

Restaurants on Koh Jum

On the island visitors will find a small but fine selection of delicious restaurants. We especially enjoyed the food at Ban Ban Restaurant. Here you will find both, Thai food and a small selection of Western food. The restaurant is really famous for its home-made cinnamon rolls (so yummy) and the delicious breakfast. If you love good, cheap and authentic Thai food, you should definitely try the Halal Food Restaurant. Also here is everything super clean and hygienic and here you will find the best food on the island. Don`t forget to try the delicious sticky mango rice!

Excursions and day trips

Koh Jum is very centrally located between Krabi and Koh Lanta and is an excellent starting point for trips to Krabi’s beautiful island world. From here, visitors have the possibility to take a tour to the beautiful Chicken Island and Koh Poda Island. Also, trips to the famous Koh Phi Phi Island, as well as Bamboo Island are offered from there. The tours can be booked on site in one of the small travel agencies or at the resorts.

How to get to Koh Jum

In generals, a transfer to Koh Jum is possible by ferry, speed boat or longtail boat. Ferries operate between Krabi Town and Koh Lanta, stopping at Ko Jum which is actually located right in the middle. The trip takes around 1 hour and the stop will be on the open sea. There, some longtail boats take the passengers and bring them to the shore. Therefore, its useful to make up your plans on which part of the island you want to stay. We recommend reserving at least the first 2 nights in advance.

Another way to get from Krabi to Ko Jum is via Laem Kruat harbour, only 30 minutes from Krabi Airport. Longtail boats leave for Koh Jum every hour. The price is 100 baht per person.

If you are staying in Phuket or Koh Phi Phi the transport will be a bit longer because there is no direct way to reach Koh Jum. To reach the islands of the south (eg. Koh Mook, Koh Ngai, Koh Lipe) you always have to take a ferry which will stop at Koh Lanta.

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Accommodation

Koh Jum Island offers just a handful of good accommodations and bungalows which means they can be fully booked very quickly. Therefore, we recommend booking your favourite accommodation in advance, especially at high season. Under this link you will find the best rated bungalows and hotels at the island.

If you are looking for a reasonable place to stay, we highly recommend the Garden Home Resort. A beautiful relatively new bungalow complex with a wonderful tropical garden. The bungalows are located very centrally and this resort is an ideal starting point for exploring the Island by scooter. In addition, all the beautiful beaches such as Ao Si and Golden Pearl Beach are not far away and easy to reach. Also, some of the best restaurants of the island can be found in that area. For us, the Garden Home Resort was the best place to stay at Koh Jum!

Useful travel informations:
  • Alcohol: In contrast to outdated information about the island, alcohol is allowed on Ko Jum!  It’s  sold in most bars, some of the restaurants and sometimes in shops.
  • ATM: We did not find any ATM at Koh Jum. Make sure you bring enough cash to the island!
  • Koh Jum with children: Surprisingly many families with children are visiting the island, and that’s not without reason: The locals are exceptionally friendly and very fond of children. Also, the gently sloping sand beaches are perfect for families with small children!
  • Monkeys: Yes, on this Isand you will have the chance to see monkeys. Especially in the north, when traveling by scooter, you will often see them.
  • When to go: The best time to visit Koh Jum is from December to April. There is rarely rain and the days are sunny and rather dry. From the end of April, the rainy season begins, many hotels and resorts are closed and the ferry times will change.

 

If you are looking for a Thailand holiday which is far away from mass tourism, Koh Jum will for sure be the perfect place for you! For sure, one of the best island to stay in Krabi.


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Salzburg in Austria – Ultimate Travel Guide

Salzburg in Austria – Ultimate Travel Guide

Salzburg in Austria is definitely one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Europe! This city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1977 and without a doubt, there are some amazing things to do in Salzburg: It is home to some of the most gorgeous architecture, historic buildings, attractions and beautiful views. The city of Salzburg is mostly famous because it’s the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and it was the setting for the popular film “The Sound of Music”. Honestly, no trip to Austria is complete without checking out Salzburg! But what are the best places to visit in Salzburg, what are the most amazing attractions and must-dos for a perfect Salzburg itinerary?

In this blog article is a complete travel guide for visiting Salzburg in Austria. We present you the ultimate best thing to do, the most amazing places and attraction in town. Additionally, you will get plenty of travel info’s about unforgettable excursions, about getting there and best accommodations.

 

Best Things to do in Salzburg

There are lots of great things to do in Salzburg. Surely enough to spend 2 or better more days in this awesome city. Impressive palaces and old churches, beautiful parks, interesting museums, breath-taking viewpoints, delicious restaurants and classical music are just a few of the city’s main attractions. Here is a selection of the best places to visit on a trip to Salzburg in Austria

Salzburger Dom & DomQuartier

The Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Catherdral) is the absolute jaw-tropper of the historic townscape and one of the best attractions in Salzburg.  Without a doubt, the cathedral is Salzburg’s most important sacred building in the old town and the inside, as well as the outside, is worth a visit! On the cathedral square, the annual Christmas Market takes place in wintertime and in summer you will enjoy the famous Salzburg Festival.

Tip: Next to the cathedral is the DomQuartier, a complex of five museums. From the terrace you have a magnificent view of the baroque Salzburg and the cathedral square.

Getreidegasse

The Getreidegasse is Salzburg most famous shopping street and the bustling heart of the city. The beautiful old-fashioned iron guild signs above the pedestrian’s heads are especially eye-catching. Stop at Getreidegasse No. 9: It’s the place where Mozart was born 1756. Mozart Birthplace is nowadays a museum and a really popular place to visit in Salzburg.

Tip: During the daytime the Getreidegasse is quite busy and crowdy. Those who prefer quiet, should visit this marvelous street better in the early morning.

Mozart House (Mozart Birthplace)

Visiting the Mozart Birthplaces surely is the absolute highlight for all Mozart fans around the world. The museum is spread out over three floors and gives a great convey of Mozart’s past and childhood. Historic instruments such as the children’s violin, certificates, photos and letters can be admired on a tour through Mozart Birthplace Museum. Plan at least an hour for your visit, because there are many interesting things to discover!

Tip: Really brilliant and a real insider tip is the Next2Mozart Apartment. It is located right inside the famous Getreidegasse, just a few steps from Mozart’s birthplace and close to all the major attractions of Salzburg.

Kapuzinerberg

The Kapuzinerberg with its 640 meters offers some of the top views of Salzburg. The steep climp is a bit exhausting but at the end the panorama of Salzburgs old town and the fortress Hohensalzburg will reward you. For getting there you will have several possibilities: Ether you take the beautiful Imbergstiege stairway from Steingasse or another possibility is to start the walk to Kapuzinerberg from the Franziskustor Gate in Linzergasse. Visiting the Kapuzinerberg an marvel at the most amazing view is one of the best things to do in Salzburg.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is Salzburg landmark and a visit of this 900-year-old cliff-top fortress is one of the top tourist attractions in Salzburg and a must-visit! Located on top of the Mönchsberg, you can reach the fortress by a 20-minute walk or via the funicular railway starting from Festungsgasse (near Stieglkeller). The far-reaching views from the top are really amazing and also exploring the castle and visiting the castle museums is interesting too. Furthermore, Hohensalzburg Fortress is a popular venue for classical concerts in Salzburg.

Recommendation: Tickets for dinner experience at Salzburg Fortress with Mozart concert can be booked.

Alter Markt & Cafe Tomaselli

The Alter Markt in Salzburg is the old market of the town an. The square is really picturesque and nowadays this place thrills with an incredible ambience, with the pretty Florian fountain and the old town houses. If you visit Alter Markt, stop by the traditional coffeehouse Café Tomaselli which has been run for 150 years and enjoy your coffee from the rooftop terrace.

Tip: Looking for the original Mozartkugeln? Then you have to visit the Café-Konditorei Fürst (opposite to Tomaselli Café) to try the “Original Salzburg Mozartkugels”.

Mirabell Gardens & Palace

The Mirabell Gardens are wonderful to visit in spring and summertime when the colorful flowers are blooming. Additionally, it’s one of the famous shooting locations from the movie “The Sound of Music”. Built in 1606 the Mirabelle Palace is one of the most romantic locations in Salzburg. Maybe that’s why the Marble Hall does not only host concerts but is also used as a wedding location! This place is an highlight in town and should be high up on any itinerary to Salzburg!

Mozartplatz & Residence Square

The Residence Square with its unique fountain, the Residenzbrunnen, is located in the heart of Salzburg´s old town. This place is a particularly splendid forecourt between the prince-archbishop residences and can hardly be missed due to its central location. Just around the corner you are going to find the Mozartplatz with the impressive bronze Mozart statue, another important attraction of Salzburg

Mönchsberg & Museum of Modern Art

Like the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg is situated at the Mönchsberg. Up here, take in the far-reaching views across Salzburg old town’s roof-tops and the castle – Probably the most impressive photo motif of Salzburg. You can access the restaurant/cafe M32 as well as the viewpoint without paying an entrance fee. But also the Museum of Modern Art is very interesting: Here you can admire international art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Tip: For getting there take the lift from Salzburg’s old town straight to the entrance. Sportive ones take one of the walkways up the hill or another option would be the walkway from the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Salzburg’s Cemeteries & Catacombs

Salzburg has a few beautiful and old cemeteries. The St. Peters cemetery has a unique setting just next to the cliffs of the Mönchsberg. Absolutely you should also visit the catacombs, which are hewn out of the rocks. Above all, the view over the cemetery and the historic buildings is worth the cheap entrance!

Also very interesting is the St. Sebastian cemetery, a real gem of the historic center. The old cemetery is the final resting place of some well-known personalities, such as Mozart’s father Leopold and his wife Constanze. The ancient tombs are exceedingly mystical and impressive.

Haus der Natur

Roaming through the museum “House of Nature”, visitors have the chance to discover the most fascinating aspects of Mother Nature. The exhibitions are interactive and there is so much fun connected with science for adults and children. With more than 7000 m² you should take enough time to visit the Haus der Natur.  Explore the underwater worlds in the aquarium, the outer space hallcolossal dinosaurs, take a journey into the human body and the interactive science center. Visiting The Haus der Natur is one of the best things to do in Salzburg and you should definitely put on your travel list.

Bridges of Salzburg

If you have some time left, you should definitely take a walk along the Salzach River. It is especially nice to stroll over the Mozart Bridge and across the Markatsteg, which is covered with countless colorful locks, and to enjoy the wonderful panorama on the river. Another beautiful bridge with a gorgeous view is the Müllnersteg. From there you can admire the city panorama including river and fortress.

Stieglkeller Brewery 

If you are up to visit a brewery topped with a marvelous view, then you have to go to Stieglkeller for a beer. The location is really cool, located below the Fortress of Hohensalzburg, you are going to have one of the best views of Salzburg. From the open seating gardens of the traditional brewery you will enjoy in addition to the beer and nice food a magnificent view of the old town of Salzburg.

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

The Hellbrunn Palace is a palace like no other and for sure a top highlight of a Salzburg city trip. The palace with its yellow colors is amazingly beautiful and also its romantic park attracts visitors from all over the world. Unmissable is a visit of the nearby Trick fountains: mysterious grottos, water-powered figures and hidden water jets waiting to surprise you! Especially in summer, the “wet” surprises provide a welcome respite. A real insider tip for an unforgettable trip to Salzburg.

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Salzburg Zoo

The Salzburg Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in Austria. Located in a really unique and beautiful landscape, the zoo hosts a wide range of interesting animals. The zoo entrance is just a short walk from the Hellbrunn Palace and another top place to visit in Salzburg!

Leopoldskron Palace

The Leopoldskron Palace is situated just a short walk from the historic center of Salzburg. This fairytale castle is picturesque located next to an idyllic small lake.Built in 1736, the castle of its time was a meeting place for the cultural and art scene and is nowadays one of the most important attractions in Salzburg. It also served as the location for the world-famous movie “Sound of Music”. Today Schloss Leopoldskron is one of the most exclusive hotels in town and the ultimate place to stay for a very special trip to Salzburg.

Recommendation: 2 or 3 nights staying  at Schloss Leopoldskron including the Sound of Music tour can be booked here.

Salzburg Card (Salzburg Pass)

Getting yourself the Salzburg Card is a great way if you are planning to discover the attractions of Salzburg. Compared to other city-passes the Salzburg card is it really worth it: Free admission to the best tourist attractions, museums and to public transport makes it easy, cheap and convenient to explore the city. The Salzburg Card can be organized in advanced and is a great deal if you want to save money!

Tours in Salzburg

As you can see, the beautiful city of Salzburg offers a wide range of amazing sights and activities. If you are looking for a guided city tour, a boat trip, a typical Austrian cooking class or concert tickets, you will find on getyourguide an amazing choice of unforgettable activities. Click here for the best tours:

Things to do around Salzburg

As you can see, there are many wonderful attractions to admire in the old town. But also around Salzburg some lovely places and attractions await you. Here are our top tips for unique things to do around Salzburg:

  • Zell am See: Beautiful Zell am See is located in the south of Salzburg. It delights with a wonderful idyll of high mountains, glaciers, gorges and crystal-clear lakes. A great area for nature lovers and for active vacationers.
  • Krimml Waterfalls: The Krimml Waterfalls are another highlight in the area around Salzburg. The huge waterfalls are the largest in Europe and an excursion to it is highly recommended.
  • Wolfgangsee: The Wolfgangsee is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit around Salzburg. Especially recommended is a ride with the Schafbergbahn, a visit to the famous Weißen Rössl and a hike on the Postalm.
  • Hallstatt: The famous Hallstatt in Austria probably belongs to one of the most popular excursions from Salzburg. This place is one of the most beautiful in Austria and is a must on every trip.
  • Vienna: If you like combine your holiday in Salzburg with a trip to the Austrian capital Vienna. It takes about 3 hours from Salzburg to Vienna, and also there are many exciting things to discover.

How to get to Salzburg?

Good public connections make the journey to Salzburg uncomplicated. The city is ideally located between Vienna and Munich and can be easily reached by train or bus and long- distance buses. Salzburg also has its own airport, the second largest airport in Austria. But even from the larger airports such as Vienna or Munich, the city of Salzburg can be reached in 2 to 3 hours.

  • From Munich to Salzburg 1:30 hour by car or train
  • From Vienna to Salzburg 2:30 hour by car or train
  • From Grazto Salzburg 3 hours by car and 4 hours by train
  • From Hallstatt to Salzburg 1 hour by car and 2:30 hours by train

Tip: Cheap flights to Salzburg can be found online, for example on Skyscanner.

 

Where to stay in Salzburg

Salzburg offers a wide range of hotels. We stayed at the beautiful and stylish Berglandhotel situated in walking distance to Salzburg Old Town. The staff was amazing, providing us some of the best travel tips of Salzburg, best places for local food etc. Parking is also available!

Best accommodations in Salzburg:
  • Mönchsbergapartment: The apartment inside the Altstadt is a great choice for travelers interested in culture, history and atmosphere.
  • Hotel & Villa Auersperg: The small and elegant boutique Hotel & Villa Auersperg enjoys a quiet location in the heart of Salzburg and features a charming garden terrace, a spa area with a roof terrace
  • Hotel Stein: The lifestyle and design hotel offers guests a panoramic rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Conclusion: As you can see, we really loved our  city trip to Salzburg and we spent some wonderful days exploring the historic center. Two days in Salzburg is the perfect amount of time to hit the towns best places and tourist attractions. We were most impressed by the breath-taking views and the fact that for the small size you can easily spend 2 full  or better more days of sightseeing.


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Bang Niang Beach in Khao Lak

Bang Niang Beach in Khao Lak

The Bang Niang Beach is a 2 kilometer long sandy beach located in the center of the holiday region Khao Lak. Soft sand, blue sea and lots of relaxation: Many tourists appreciate this amazing beach on Khao Lak. If you are looking for a quiet beach, but do not want to miss good hotels, restaurants and bars, then the Bang Niang beach will be certainly a good choice. In addition, Bang Niang is an ideal starting point for excursions in the jungle, for snorkeling tours and exploring other beautiful beaches.

In this blog post, we have summarized all the important information and tips about the Bang Niang Beach. We also share our experiences and show you why a holiday in Khao Lak really pays off.

 

Bang Niang Beach

If you are looking for a tranquil beach for your holiday in Khao Lak, then the Bang Niang Beach can be the right choice for you. Surrounded by the Anderman Sea, this fine red-yellow sandy beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The approximately 2-kilometer stretch of beach is not deserted, but it is always quiet and never crowded. So everyone here is guaranteed a quiet spot under the sun. You can also swim here very well, however, for snorkeling, you should book a trip to visit the offshore island world. Along the beach you will also find several massage options overlooking the sea. Also, there are some restaurants and beach bars, where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with a cool drink.

Sunsets

Also the sunsets at Bang Niang Beach are legendary. Every evening, you will have the chance to see a new colorful spectacle. The picture below was taken from the infinity pool at La Vela Khao Lak, but we’ll show you more about this dream hotel later.

Tours

The Bang Niang Beach is, as already mentioned, in the center of the popular holiday destination Khao Lak and is therefore the ideal spot for exploring the region. Here are the best tours:

  • On a tour by scooter, you can wonderfully discover the most beautiful beaches of Khao Lak.
  • If you like, you can take a trip to the Khao Sok National Park and take a boat trip on the famous Cheow Lan Lake, a natural highlight of the region.
  • Snorkeling is just amazing on a trip to the Similan Islands or the Surin Islands. Absolutely recommended.

More information about the holiday region Khao Lak, the most beautiful sights and excursions can be found in our Khao Lak travel guide. If you are looking for unforgetable tours, then we can recommend to check out: Best Day Trips from Khao Lak. 

Bang Niang road

The center of Bang Niang offers a good tourist infrastructure. Here you will find ATMs, money exchange, travel agencies and scooter rentals. If you fancy eating out, Bang Niang has a fine selection of restaurants, bars, and dining options. You will find both, cheap local restaurants, as well as international cuisine with pizza, burgers and more. Most restaurants are located along the road that leads to Bang Niang Beach. We loved the food at the restaurant Na Suang. They serve yummy local Thai dishes and also the fish is excellent. Also the Amici Italian Bistro is amazing; it’s one of the best pizza places in Khao Lak, perfect if you are looking for a change to the Thai cuisine.

At Bang Niang Beach there is no freaky nightlife, but still you will have some very good restaurants, cool bars with happy hour specials and lots of shopping.

Tip: If you spend your holidays in Khao Lak, then we recommend a visit to the Bang Niang market. This takes place 3 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 16:00 to 21:00.

 

Hotels on Bang Niang Beach

Due to the many offers of great hotels, the beach is also a popular destination for individual travelers and holidaymakers. In general you will find in Khao Lak a wide range of holiday hotels, mostly with pool in the upper price range. Especially in the low season you get in Khao Lak really cheap hotel deals! Here are our 3 hotel recommendations for a perfect stay at the Bang Niang Beach:

  • The Waters Khao Lak Katathani: The Waters Khao Lak by Katathani is a really nice hotel, about 350 meters from the beach. Especially delicious is the breakfast, and guests are thrilled with the great pool area. The hotel area is very spacious and therefore never crowded.
  • Casa De La Flora: The Casa De La Flora offers comfort and pure luxury. Ideal for a relaxing break at Bang Niang Beach. The beachfront villas with pool offer intimate space and the view from the huge double bed to the sea is just fantastic.
  • La Vela Khao Lak: The La Vela Khao Lak is another great hotel tip for Khao Lak. We really loved the huge pool area and the fantastic location right on the beach. A real top hotel in Khao Lak, which often has very cheap deals.

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20 Unique Things to do in Krabi | A Travel Guide

20 Unique Things to do in Krabi | A Travel Guide

Krabi in Thailand is located at the Andaman Sea, about 800 kilometers from Bangkok and is probably one of the most spectacular holiday destinations in the country. Therefore, the things to do in Krabi are absolutely amazing: This province amazes with imposing limestone cliffs, paradise beaches and a breathtaking island world (130 islands). Whether on the mainland or on the islands – on a holiday to Krabi you will discover countless fantastic attractions and places to visit. In addition, there are plenty of memorable activities to do: kayaking, jungle trekking, snorkeling, climbing, bathing with elephants, and exploring the best beaches in the area are just some of the highlights of the Krabi area. But, what are the best things to do in Krabi and top attractions of this wonderful holiday destination of Thailand?

This Krabi blog post is a comprehensive travel guide. Here you will find all the important information about things to do in Krabi, the most beautiful islands, as well as the best beaches and awesome insider tips. We also share our experiences, show you amazing pictures and give tips on how to get there, accommodations, best travel time and excursions.

 

Things to do in Krabi

As beautiful as the region is, so diverse and unique are the attractions in Krabi. The possibilities of amazing activities are almost uncountable. In this blog post we have put together an list of the ultimate best attractions and and things to do in Krabi.

Railay Peninsula

Railay is probably one of the most beautiful spots and one of the best places to visit in Krabi. The famous peninsula enchants with spectacular limestone cliffs, turquoise blue sea, wild monkeys and the absolute best dream beaches of Thailand. Top highlights include the uniquely beautiful Railay Beach, Phra Nang Beach and Tonsai Beach. Although Railay is no longer an insider tip anymore, but still, the entire scenery is legendary, and a visit is almost a must do on every trip to Krabi!

Tip: Railay is probably the most spectacular place for an amazing beach holiday in Krabi and a great starting point to explore the offshore island world. A wonderful place to stay is the Sunrise Tropical Resort. They have beautiful, large and very clean bungalows with outdoor shower. With a bit of luck you can even see the lizards and some monkeys.

Phra Nang Beach & Princess Cave

Another popular attraction in Krabi is the world famous Phra Nang Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It is located on the Railay Peninsula and can only be reached by boat from Krabi mainland. This natural jewel should not be missed: spectacular rocks where climbers hang, green jungles in the hinterland, fine soft sand and an almost cheesy turquoise sea. Not for nothing the Phra Nang Beach in so many Thailand travel magazines. Also on the famous 4-Islands-Tour, to which we will come later, this beach is an absolute highlight.

Another extraordinary thing to visit in Krabi is the Phra Nang Cave, also called Princess Cave. This cave is located at the end of the beach and surprises its visitors, as you can see below, not only with stalactites.

Climb the Tiger Cave Temple

Another amazing thing to do in Krabi is a visit to legendary Tiger Cave Temple. The special thing about this extraordinary temple complex is that you have to manage a steep and very sweaty ascent of 1,237 steps. But the effort is worth it! Arriving at the top of the temple terrace you will expect beautiful Buddha statues and one of the best views of Krabi. Climbing the Tiger Cave Temple is one of the activities in Krabi that should not be missed!

Tip: The best way to climb the temple is in the early morning or late afternoon, when it’s a bit cooler.

Emerald Pool & Blue Pool

Another really cool highlight and a very special nature attraction of Krabi is the incredibly impressive Emerald Pool. This emerald-colored lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the region around Krabi. On a jungle tour through the rainforest you will also explore an intact ecosystem, take a refreshing dip in the Emerald Pool and last but not least enjoy the beautiful deep blue pool.

Tip: A trip to the Emerald Pool can be wonderfully combined with a trip to the Hot Springs, another interesting attraction of Krabi!

Meeting Krabis Elephants

Fortunately, as in Chiang Mai, also here in Krabi a few Elephant Sanctuary have settled. Here, poor working elephants are offered protection and a new safe home. We recommend a visit to the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, where visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the beautiful, gentle pachyderms, observe, feed and even bathe with the elephants. One of the best things to do in Krabi and an experience which you will not forget soon.

4 Islands Tour

A real highlight among the excursions in Krabi is a tour with the traditional longtail boat to explore Krabi’s incredibly beautiful island world. Recommended is, among others, the popular 4 Islands Tour, whereas the name suggests, 4 absolute dream islands are explored. Usually the visit of Tup Island, Koh Poda, Phra Nang Beach and Chicken Island, whose chicken head rock has become almost a landmark of Krabi, is on the program. If you want to experience some of the most beautiful islands in Krabi, then the 4 Islands Tour should be high up on your bucket list!

Explore Krabi Town

Krabi Town is the provincial capital of Krabi and offers its visitors plenty of lovely places to visit. In addition to interesting attractions, temples, mangrove forests and caves, this town also has an authentic market life. Since Krabi Town is not directly on the sea, but on the Krabi River, it is not a typical holiday destination. It’s the place for the backpacker scene, dropouts and long-term travelers. No wonder, the accommodations are cheap and due to its central location, the town is ideal for excursions and cool activities in Krabi.

Tip: Krabi Town is the nicest place to stay at the Family Tree Hotel, a super chic boutique hotel in the middle of the old town. The cheap alternative is the Sleep Well Hostel – one of the best backpacker hostels in the city.

Khao Khanap Nam Cave

The Khao Khanap Nam Cave is one of the absolute insider tips for Krabi. This beautiful attraction is located in the striking rocks on the Krabi River, which you can see from the pier. With a visit one discovers with a little luck also a few monkeys directly at the entrance of this natural Jewel. In the cave you will admire great stalactite formations and some huge skeletons, which are part of an art exhibition.

Visit Krabis Night Markets

The night markets of Krabi Town are one of the main attractions of the province and a visit one of the best things to do in Krabi. Here you can taste the Thai cuisine, experience the local market life, shop souvenirs and local handicrafts. Every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, Krabi Town Walking Street takes place in the evening. This market is popular for both tourists and locals. Otherwise, a visit to the Chao Fah Night Market, a small night market, takes place every day from 18:00 to 24:00 on the waterfront in Krabi.

Ao Nang

Ao Nang is the tourist center of Krabi. In this city you will find a huge number of accommodations, a vibrant nightlife, restaurants and cafes, massage parlors, fish spas and tourist agencies. Those who like it lively, will surely enjoy Ao Nang the most. In addition, this place is great starting point for amazing trips and tours. For example, the famous Railay Beach can be reached quickly by longtail boat, and Krabi Town can also be easily reached by bus. For those who prefer it quiet, we can recommend Klong Muang as a perfect holiday destination in Krabi.

Tip: Enjoy a wonderful view of the limestone cliffs of Ao Nang at The Scene Cliff View Villas. The new and modern villas delight with a very nice pool and free shuttle to the beach.

Koh Hong & Hong Lagoon

A boat trip to Koh Hong, one of the ultimate dream islands in Thailand, is for many one of the absolute best things to do in Krabi. Here you can swim on a white sandy beach from, admire a colorful underwater world while snorkeling and explore the wonderful Hong Lagoon. The amazingly beautiful limestone cliffs that characterize the picturesque landscape of Koh Hong are also really impressive. The bay of Koh Hong is one of the best beaches in Krabi and should not be missed.

Tip: This impressive natural wonder is best visited very early in the morning. At that time you will have this island almost for yourself!

Chilling out on Tonsai Beach

Tonsai is probably one of the coolest and most alternative spots in Krabi. This is where the climbing and backpacker scene meets to escape the hustle and bustle of the neighboring beaches and relax together. This place has always been popular for independent travelers who like it to be quiet and tranquil. The nightlife is her descent, you spend the evening together in one of the many cozy hippie bars and relax. High palm trees, gigantic rock formations, a unique flair and an incredibly beautiful sandy beach make the Tonsai in Krabi one of the top highlights of the region.

Koh Phi Phi – The famous island

Who does not know the famous Koh Phi Phi Islands. Ever since Leonardo di Caprio discovered “The Beach”, this island group has been one of the most famous islands in Krabi. Here you bathe on the most beautiful beaches and with giant limestone walls. Who likes, is having a party on Koh Phi Phi until the morning. If you prefer quiet, this island still has some quite quiet and cozy spots. But also a day trip from Krabi mainland is worth it!

Tip: If you would like to spend a few days on Koh Phi Phi, we recommend the rather quiet and beautiful Long-Beach.

Koh Lanta – dream island with hippie flair

The beautiful island Koh Lanta is located in Krabi province and is part of Mu Ko Lanta National Park. The island offers a lot of nature, miles of beautiful sandy beaches, hidden coves, deep jungles, caves and even waterfalls. Also, the incredibly beautiful sunsets on the island are legendary. In addition, the island Koh Lanta enchants with an insanely relaxed hippie flair, countless cozy beach bars, a worth seeing old town and many unforgettable sights. A really lovely place to spend your holidays in Krabi!

Tip: Koh Lanta offers its visitors many dream beaches. You can find out more at: The most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta

Island Hopping from Krabi to Koh Lipe

Krabi is probably the best starting point for island hopping in Thailand. In hardly any other region you will find such a variety of beautiful islands, beaches and bays nearby. So, it isn’t surprising that boating is one of the most popular activities in Krabi. From the Krabi mainland you can travel to the absolute dream islands of the Andaman Sea like Koh Jum, Koh Lanta, Koh Kradan, Koh Mook, Koh Bulon, Koh Lipe and many more.

Tip: If you want to read more about this, then you will find here a really good route suggestion for island hopping in Thailand.

Koh Jum – Enjoy authentic island idyll

The relaxed island Koh Jum is one of the Krabi insider tips and guarantees a particularly peaceful and relaxing holiday. On this island pearl, it is still very contemplative, perhaps, as one imagines a Thailand 30 years ago. If you would like to spend a few days away from the world, we can recommend a visit to Koh Jum as one of the absolute best things to do on a Krabi holiday.

Tip: The Koh Jum Lodge is a real insider tip among the accommodations of the island!

Kayaking

Paddling the Krabi coast by kayak, exploring the most beautiful beaches and mangrove forests is one of the most popular activities in Krabi. You can rent kayaks for a low price almost everywhere or join a guided tour for the very special spots.

Climb in Krabi

Krabi’s mighty limestone walls are one of the best spots for climbing in Thailand. No matter if you are a beginner or a professional, on the most diverse routes everyone will find what they are looking for. The steep cliffs on Phra Nang Beach are really popular, but chilling Tonsai Beach is also home to a really cool climbing scene.

How to get there

Krabi is located about 800 kilometers south of Bangkok. The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Krabi is by plane. Cheap domestic flights can be found online for example at Skyscanner. Another way to get to Krabi is by night bus from Bangkok or by train to Surat Thani and then by bus.

The various transfer options including departure times can be easily found online at 12go.asia.

Best travel time

The best time for visiting Krabi is in the months of December, January, February, March and April. During this time, you can look forward to mostly blue skies and lots of sunshine. The transitional period are the months of May and November. At this time of the year, the weather in Krabi is still a bit unstable and it can rain from time to time. The rainy season in Krabi officially lasts from June to October. During this time is low season, you have to reckon with regular rain, but often only with a short shower.

Book excursions and tours

As you can see, in Krabi there are amazing things to do. Some activities you can easily organize on your own, for other excursions, it is advisable to book a guided tour. If you want to be on the safe side while booking your favorite tour, then we recommend the excursion portal GetyourGuide. Here you will find a huge selection of tours including reviews and customer recommendations. Many of the excursions can also be canceled free of charge until 24 hours in advance.

 

Where to stay in Krabi | Best places to explore Krabi

In Krabi you will find many amazing places to stay. Whether you are a backpacker or a luxury tourist, here everyone will find their suitable hotel, resort or hostel. Here we have summarized our top hotel recommendations and the best vacation spots in Krabi.

  • Ao Nang: A popular vacation spot and a good starting point for exploring the Krabi area. Here the choice of accommodation is overwhelming. Especially nice with a good price is the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. This chic hotel is located directly on the white sandy beach. For backpackers the TAN Hostel x Cafe convinces with relaxed atmosphere, comfortable beds and delicious breakfast.
  • Klong Muang: A really cozy holiday destination in Krabi. Perfect if you are looking for recreation. In addition, Klong Muang is a great base for exploring the Krabi area. Great is the family-run Krabilife Resort. Backpackers love the Reset Hostel with its very clean rooms, nice location and the unbelievably good value for money.
  • Krabi Town: Very authentic town on the Krabi River. Here you will find mangrove forests, night markets and temples. As Krabi Town is a good base for things to do in Krabi province it’s the perfect place for individual travellers. Recommended is the Sleep Well Hostel – one of the best backpacker hostels in Krabi Town. As a hotel, we recommend the Family Tree Hotel – a super chic boutique hotel in the middle of Krabi Town.

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Primosten, Croatia – A Perfect Travel Guide

Primosten, Croatia – A Perfect Travel Guide

The picturesque town Primosten lies on the Dalmatian coast and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. The former fishing village delights with its romantic old town, interesting attractions, lovely accommodations and unforgettable activities as well as great excursion possibilities in the area of ​​Primosten. Strolling along the picturesque waterfront, you can enjoy an incomparable ambiance and at the same time find delicious restaurants, bakeries and colorful shops. Also, the beaches of Primosten are a highlight and guarantee the best holiday enjoyment.

In this blog post you will find useful information and insider tips for an unforgettable holiday. We also show the most beautiful beaches and things to do in Primosten and share with you our experiences and pictures.

Things to do in Primosten

When staying in this beautiful holiday region, you can experience a variety of memorable activities. Here are the best attractions and excursions in Primosten, that shouldn`t be missed at any trip to Dalmatia.

Exploring the Old Town

In the alleys of the old town of Primosten, on almost every corner you will find something nice to discover. The best way to start the city tour through this very charming Dalmatian town is at the old city gate. The old town was once on an island and was then connected via a bridge, later via a dam with the mainland. After that, the picturesque stone gate was built as the entrance to the old town.

Next walk from the main square uphill through the Galerija, past pretty boutiques and delicious restaurants. Here you can admire the ancient stone houses and take beautiful pictures of the wonderful architectures. Even the weather is not that amazing, a walk through the old town is still a recommended activity for your holiday.

At the top, at the most beautiful point of the old town, you reach the Church of St. George (Sveti Juraj) built in 1485. This romantic place is one of the most beautiful settings to visit in Primosten and should be on the top of every travel list. Especially recommended is a trip there in the evening, the mood and the views at sunset is unbeatable.

On the left side of the old town next to the beach Luka, there is a small harbor. Here you have a beautiful view of the boats swaying in the sea and the picturesque historic buildings around. Nearby, every morning there is a fish market and daily the fruit and vegetable market.

Incredibly idyllic and one of the best things to do in Primosten is to walk the approximately 30-minute loop around the old town. Here you can stroll along the coast, marvel at the deep blue sea and the steep cliffs. If you feel like swimming, take a stop at the beach Garbina, one of the most beautiful beaches of Primosten.

 

Beaches in Primosten

Not only the old town and the many attractions delight the visitors, also the beautiful beaches of Primosten are just amazing. While swimming in the crystal-clear sea you always enjoy an incredibly beautiful scenery with the historic town in the backdrop. Here are the best places for swimming and snorkeling in Primosten:

Mala Raduca

The main beach of Primosten is the Mala Raduca, which is picturesquely located directly at the old town. With its fine gravel, the incredibly beautiful blue watercolors and the view of the peninsula, it is one of the absolute best beaches in town. Behind the Mala Raduca is the beach promenade, where you can find plenty restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping possibilities.

Velika Raduca

The Velika Raduca is located on the north side of the Raduca peninsula and is the longest beach in Primosten. This bay is ideal for families with children. Here you will find a wide range of entertainment such as beach bars, water trampolines, pedal boats and many more water activities.

Dagna Beach & Bau Bar

A really lovely hidden bay is the beach Dagna. It is located a bit from the old town and can be reached in about 15 minutes’ walk. The bay is marvelous and shines in the most beautiful colors of the sea. The legendary Bau Bar, a beach bar directly at the Dagna Bay is overlooking the sea and provides a truly cozy ambience.

Bay Porat & Beach June

The two beaches Porat and June are located about 2 kilometers from the old town and offer a quiet beach ambience. Especially the views of Primosten are unbeatable. At these beach sections you should take your own food, because there are no bars and restaurants yet.

Tip: We have summarized the best bays and most beautiful places for swimming here among the most beautiful beaches in Primosten.

Our Lady Of Loretto Statue

One of the best things to do in Primosten is a visit to the Our Lady Of Loretto statue, also known as Gospa od Loreta. It was completed in 2017 and is one of the b of the best attractions in the region. You can reach this approximately 17-meter-high statue of the Virgin Mary either by car via a gravel road or by a short 60-minute hike from the old town. From the top you will enjoy the most spectacular views of Primosten, the picturesque landscape, the coast and the deep blue sea. An absolute must if you are looking for the best viewpoints in the region.

In addition, from the top you have a wonderful view of the Marina Kremik. This marina is beautifully situated in a picturesque bay surrounded by vineyards. Here is the place where the famous Babic wine grows.

 

Excursions around Primosten

Primosten is one of the best starting points to explore the Dalmatian coast, therefore you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important Croatian sights and national parks during your holiday. Here are the most beautiful attractions and sights worthwhile for a half-day tour or full day excursion:

  • Sibenik: The town Sibenik is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and located around 28 kilometers from Primosten. On an excursion a visit to the old fortress and the Cathedral of Saint James is a must do. Through the many magnificent old places some of the film scenes of Game of Thrones had been filmed here.
  • Krka Waterfalls: A beautiful nature spectacle are the Krka waterfalls at the Krka National Park, which are only about 30 kilometers from Primosten away. Here you can hike through a unique ecosystem and even take a bath at the main waterfall.
  • Trogir: The UNESCO World Heritage Site Trogir is a popular tourist destination not far from Primosten. This historic city is about 30 kilometers away and offers some really interesting attractions in the old town. Perfect for a half day trip.
  • Split: Beautiful and well worth seeing is the world-famous old town of Split. The Diocletian’s Palace and the medieval Split are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the highlights of this port city. From Primosten to Split it is about 60 kilometers drive.
  • Zadar: Although 110 kilometers away, the beautiful old town of Zadar is also worth a visit. Here is the place where the famous Sea Organ creates sounds by the waves of the ocean.

Shopping

In Primosten there are some lovely places for shopping. For that you either visit the beach promenade, or you stroll through the alleys of the old town. Of course, you will find in the city some supermarkets and bakeries, where self-catering can wonderfully stock up with everything needed.

Tip: Right in front of the old town, at the “Legends Pub” every morning a small fish market takes place. If you fancy fresh fruit, you will find it at the colorful fruit stalls nearby.

Restaurants & Bars

In Primosten you will find a large selection of konobas, the typical restaurants in Croatia. Most restaurants and cafes are located along the waterfront, but also in the winding streets of the old town of Primosten, there are some yummy places where you can eat really delicious dalmatian food.

A real insider tip is the Garbin, where you will get delicious fish dishes and cheap to take away. Also the food at the restaurant Taurus Negro is amazing, but it is a bit off Primosten, on the main road to Sibenik.

 

Where to stay in Primosten

Primosten offers a wide range of hotels, apartments and private accommodation. Some of these accommodations are located right in the historic old town, but also along the waterfront and around the center there are many places to stay. Here we have summarized our recommendations for best places to stay in Primosten:

  • B&B: The Mincheta is a charming guest house with lovely rooms on the town square in front of the peninsula. Due to the wonderful location you are quickly at every corner of the old town.
  • Apartments: The Apartments Jerko are in a top location on the beach, close to restaurants and right in front of the old town of Primosten.
  • Apartments: Apartments Rupe is a cheap and very good accommodation just outside the old town. In a pleasant quiet location, you are still in a few minutes’ walk in the center. Parking is free.
  • Holiday Home: A truly unique accommodation recommendation for Primosten is the Holiday Home Primabella. The beautifully furnished house is located in the middle of the beautiful old town and impresses with an extraordinary terrace and with great attention to detail.

 

Conclusion: Primosten, with its picturesque old town and the many beautiful beaches, and the amazing possibilities for excursions, make this holiday destination really unique. This historic town should definitely be seen on any trip to Croatia!


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