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The Croatia Gems team live, breath and love Croatia! We spend a huge amount of time in Croatia and some of our team are locals! We know all the best places to go, what to do - and we're talking about it here...

 

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THE BEST DUBROVNIK RESTAURANTS

The Best Dubrovnik Restaurants

Dubrovnik restaurants are beginning to offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination…

Restaurant 360

Michelin star for Restaurant 360 Dubrovnik Restaurant 360 Dubrovnik, led by the executive chef – Marijo Curić and restaurant manager - Rudolf Papac was awarded Michelin star this year, being the only Michelin stared restaurant in the Dubrovnik and one from three in Croatia.
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HOW TO BECOME A DUBROVNIK LOCAL

How To Become a Dubrovnik Local

With Dubrovnik its always about  the culture.


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TRADITIONAL CROATIAN JEWELRY – DUBROVNIK TREASURES

Traditional Croatian Jewelry - Dubrovnik Treasures

What once began as a hobby, led to a brother and sister duo establishing 'Dubrovnik Treasures' in 2009 -A small boutique where jewelry is designed, handmade, and treasured by many customers all over the world.


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MAMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN – ON VIS ISLAND, CROATIA

Mama Mia ! Here we go again – on Vis, Croatia

Our guide to the island with a starring role in the new Abba jukebox movie.


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COFFEE DRINKING IN CROATIA

 Coffee Drinking in Croatia

„Jednu kavu, molim“ (yaednooh kahwooh, mauleem) is Croatian for „may I have a cup of coffee, please“, and is probably one of the most commonly used phrases in our everyday lives.


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OUT & ABOUT IN MOSTAR TOWN – SOCIALISING DAY AND NIGT

Out & About in Mostar Town - Socialising Day and Night

by Saron Lease, Croatia Gems Company Founder & Director

Mostar is a young town and very vibrant, its people are very social - There’s quite a cafe/bar culture here - you will never see an empty coffee shop!


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HINTS FOR A GREAT CROATIAN HOLIDAY WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Hints For A Great Croatian Holiday Without Breaking The Bank

If your looking to spend some time in Croatia , while watching the purse strings look at just outside the main season when the beaches and main attractions are not so crowded and accommodation and flights are cheaper. 


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CROATIAN DELICACIES

Croatian Delicacies

For those of you who are lucky to come to Croatia this year, and are a little confused about what the local cuisine is like, prepare for a feast .


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MOSTAR IS ESSENTIAL VIEWING IF YOU’RE PLANNING A CROATIA HOLIDAY EXCURSION

Mostar is Essential Viewing if you're planning a Croatia Holiday Excursion

If you're going on holiday to Croatia, we'd recommend that Mostar should be high on your list for a day trip excursion - or even for a longer stay if you have time - The famous old bridge is  'must-see' but there is so much else to soak in and discover about this area and town...


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CROATIAN WINE GUIDE

 Croatian Wine Guide

Croatia has always produced the most marvellous wine, now everyone is aware of the quality after the country did really well in the 2017 Decanter Wine awards winning  over 100 medals, not content with a handful of golds this time they achieved  three platinum winning wines.


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SUMMER IS COMING & CROATIA GEMS LOOKS AT THE BEST PLACES FOR A HOLIDAY IN CROATIA

Summer is Coming & Croatia Gems Looks at The Best Places For a Holiday in Croatia

While the rain is threatening for the May bank holiday weekend, we turn our thoughts to warmer skies.


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THE BEST SEAFOOD IN CROATIA? A LUNCH STOP AT KAPETANOVA KUCA RESTAURANT, STON, PELJASAC PENINSULA

The Best Seafood in Croatia? A Lunch Stop at Kapentanova Kuca Restaurant, Ston, Peljesac Peninsula

Restaurant Review by Saron Lease, Croatia Gems Company Founder & Director

Driving down from Split to Dubrovnik a couple of days ago, it would be rude not to stop for lunch at Kapentanova Kuca Restaurant in Ston at the start of the Peljesac Peninsula - 2 words - seafood and wine!


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ARGH! FISH WITH THE HEADS STILL ON

Argh! Fish with the heads still on!

Fish with the heads still on - An amusing look at tourist reactions to eating out on the Croatian coast.


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QUICK GUIDE TO CHOOSING WINE ON YOUR DUBROVNIK HOLIDAY

Quick Guide to Choosing Wine on Your Dubrovnik Holiday

By Bozidar Jukic, Croatia Gems Local Rep for Dubrovnik, qualified Tour Guide & Sommelier

For many of those who enjoy exploring the enchanting world of wine, Croatian wines have pretty much flown below the radar until recently.


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DUBROVNIK ISLAND ESCAPISM – SUBLIME ISLAND HOPS FOR 2018

The Archipelago of Islands just off the Dubrovnik Coast & why you need to explore them in 2018

By Bozidar Jukic, Croatia Gems Local Rep for Dubrovnik, qualified Tour Guide & Sommelier

Dubrovnik Island Escapism – Sublime Island Hops for 2018...


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FEBRUARY IS CARNIVAL TIME ACROSS CROATIA!

See off February Blues with Carnivals across Croatia

February marks the start of Carnival Season all over Croatia

February is often dull, rainy and cold in Britain and we are all sick of the winter and are willing it to be Spring!


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CHASING THE SUN – SUBLIME CROATIA HOLIDAY LOCATIONS FOR MAY HALF TERM SUNSHINE

Inspiring Locations on the Croatian Coast for a Spring Villa Holiday

Chasing the Sun - Sublime Croatia holiday locations for May Half Term Sunshine - Summer comes early to the Croatian coast - We are often out in Croatia during the Spring-time doing photo-shoots of new villas in Croatia which is certainly a fantastic perk of the job!


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VALENTINES DAY – IF WE’RE TALKING ROMANCE, IT HAS TO BE DUBROVNIK…

Dubrovnik is at the Top of the Bucket List for Romance

There aren’t many things more romantic than a cozy weekend in Dubrovnik.


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SOUGHT AFTER VILLA FLORANNEVE AVAILABLE AGAIN DUE TO CANCELLATION

 

Sought After Villa Floranneve Available Again Due to Cancellation

Villa Floranneve is one of our most populat villas and usally books up at least a year in advance but this year several prime school holiday dates have come free again due to an unforseen cancellation.


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CITY TOURS – A PERFECT START TO A CROATIA HOLIDAY

 

City Tours – A Perfect Start to Your Croatia Holiday

By Bozidar Jukic, Croatia Gems Local Rep for Dubrovnik, qualified Tour Guide & Sommelier

Croatia is one of those countries in Europe that boasts not only breath-taking sceneries, but also historical cities full of period architecture and traces of turbulent past.


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CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY HUNTING THIS EASTER? HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON THE BEST LOCATIONS…

 

Croatia Villa Holiday Hunting this Easter - Lowdown on the Best Locations

While the weather has turned a bit cooler for the Easter bank holiday, the sun is heating up in Croatia where it’s been in the mid 20's this week!


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KORCULA ISLAND – AUTHENTIC CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAYS

 

Korcula Island - Authentic Croatia Villa Holidays

Korcula Island - the new Starlet of the Croatian Coast & one of our favourite islands, Croatia Gems takes a look around Korcula Island, a top location for authentic Croatia villa holidays.


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WHY NOT HIRE A CHEF FOR A SPECIAL EVENING ON YOUR CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY?

Why not hire a chef for a special evening on your Croatia villa holiday

Special occasion - Surprise birthday meal - Or just so that you can relax with family and friends - Hiring a chef for the evening is a wonderful way to enjoy your holiday in Croatia and sample fine local produce and cuisine in the comfort of your own villa.


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ZOOM IN ON CROATIA SERIES: BEST CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY SPOTS ON THE SPLIT RIVIERA? SEGET VRANJICA & SEGET DONJI…

Zoom in on Croatia: Best Croatia family villa holiday spots on the Split Riviera - Seget Vranjica & Seget Donji

The Split Riviera is easy to get to with good flights from the UK and Europe and makes a great base for family summer holidays to Croatia - The area close to Trogir is the best place for a villa holiday with many pretty little bays and beaches and lots to visit nearby

Saron Lease of Croatia Gems gives the lowdown on what the the Split Riviera has to offer...


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CROATIA BEACHES – MLINI BAY HAS SOME OF THE MOST IDYLLIC BEACHES ON THE DUBROVNIK RIVIERA FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

 

Croatia Beaches – Mlini Bay has some of the most Idyllic beaches on the Dubrovnik Riviera for Family Holidays

As a coastline, they don’t get much more beautiful than the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and there are many many beaches to lay down your towel for an afternoon of pure zen.


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A TASTE OF BOSNIAN CUISINE IN DUBROVNIK – THE MUST VISIT TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT

 

A Taste of Bosnian Cuisine in the heart of Dubrovnik - The Taj Mahal Restaurant

The Taj Mahal Restaurant in Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia is Something a Bit Special and one of our favourites when we're in town.


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FOLLOW THE SUN – MAY HALF TERM CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY LOCATIONS & OFFERS

 

Follow the Sun this May Half Term – The Best Croatia Villa Holiday Locations & Offers

While the weather is cold and dreary in the UK, the summer season is fast approaching in Croatia!


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ZOOM IN ON CROATIA SERIES: BEST CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY SPOTS ON THE SPLIT RIVIERA? SLATINE BAY

Zoom in on Croatia: Best Croatia family villa holiday spots on the Split Riviera - Slatine Bay

With great flights to Split and an Easy Jet sale now on, what better time to check out holidays to the Split Riviera in, Croatia - With a vertiable smorgasbord of beaches, little bays, historic towns and fishing villages, not to mention turquoise bays a plenty, Split is an ideal family holiday destination Saron Lease of Croatia Gems gives the lowdown on what the the Split Riviera has to offer...


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ZOOM IN ON CROATIA SERIES: BEST CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY SPOTS ON THE SPLIT RIVIERA? OKRUG GORNJI…

 Zoom in on Croatia Series: Best Croatia villa holiday spots on the Split Riviera

Where to find your idea holiday spot, a short transfer from Split airport with gorgeous beaches, scrummy restaurants and delighful corners to discover...Croatia Gems gives the lowdown on what the the Split Riviera has to offer.


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CAVTAT BAY, DUBROVNIK – A SUBLIME CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY DESTINATION

CAVTAT BAY, DUBROVNIK - A SUBLIME CROATIA VILLA HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Guide to Cavtat: Quintessential Croatian charm & a vibrant holiday destination is what Cavtat is all about.


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GET TO KNOW THE LOCAL WINE SCENE DURING YOUR DUBROVNIK HOLIDAY

GET TO KNOW THE LOCAL WINE SCENE DURING YOUR DUBROVNIK HOLIDAY

by Bozidar Jukic, Croatia Gems Dubrovnik Rep - Get to know the Dubrovnik wine scene on your Dubrovnik holiday - Croatia, much like many other Mediterranean countries, enjoys a long tradition of wine making.


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