Island in the Sun

Even though when I look out my window here in Missouri it’s 80 degrees in November and I want to die a little inside, I felt like it was time to plan a tropical get away for myself. I figured that at one point in the upcoming semester I will want to experience a different coast other than Spain’s. Yes, I do feel spoiled just saying that. So I did some research and found what I believe to be the most picturesque destination Europe has to offer.

Croatia

Not only was this beautiful country the backdrop for parts of season six of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, it is also home to some of the most beautiful pebble beaches in Europe. It’s actually one of the continents sunniest spot. Visitors in the months of May or June can expect 12 hours of sunshine, on average.

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Visitors to Zavratnica Bay can explore a German WWII ship that remains below the surface.

Beaches and sunshine are not the only thing Croatia has to offer. On top of coastal appeal, the country also has historical significance. The ancient Roman remains of Diocletian’s Palace is now the scene of vibrant restaurants, shops and bars all within the temple walls and columns.

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Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia.

Lastly, Croatia is the perfect place for a nature-lover. Between it’s 8 national parks, there are plenty of mountain and lake views to check out. The Plitvice Lakes contains post-card worthy views complete with staggered waterfalls flowing over trees and cliffs.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest in Southeast Europe.

Oh, and did I mention in the capital, Zagreb, coffee is treated like an art form? That’s reason enough for me to go.

COUNTDOWN TO BARCELONA: 79 DAYS.

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