East Europe – The Gateway to an Unforgettable Experience
3 Amazing Destinations in Eastern Europe
By By Team Vacations Exotica
The region on the other side of the Iron Curtain often falls on the blind side of global attention. A tilt east in the continent can unravel an untapped treasure trove of experiences. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, Croatia should certainly top your travel charts! A customised Europe trip can give you a breathtakingly beautiful experience to cherish a lifetime. Here’s a window into few of the exotic destinations in Eastern Europe.
- Dubrovnik, Croatia:
As if straight out of a painting, this picturesque town is situated along the Adriatic sea at the Southernmost end of Croatia. Plunge into an unforgettable experience as you land on nothing less than King’s Landing! Enter the city through the same gate Jamie took when he returned. Climb the stairs of the historic Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep) for a breathtaking view of the old city. Explore all the quaint old streets. Discover Quarth and High Gardens. Visit the GoT Museum. Soak in the magnificent views of Duel Arena and Lokrum Island from the terrace of the Revelin Fortress. Relive all the real stories behind the shoot.
Established in the 7th century, Dubrovnik has weathered conflicts through ages and is a historical relic in modern times. A walk by its walls and down these historic forts would take you back in time. A day at the Banje Beach with its white sand and a clear view of the beautiful Adriatic Sea is a must-have on your itenary. Enjoy an evening of fine dining at the The Restaurant & Lounge 360, with an enviable view of the Adriatic Sea, where celebrities like Jay Z and Beyonce have been known to frequent. Feel like a Monarch of yester years in luxury properties like Hotel Excelsior (100 years and magnificent in itself) and Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik.
- Mdina, Malta:
Take yourself back 4000 years and set step in this “Silent City” of Mdina, Malta, another setting for Game of Thrones. Set in the backdrop of forts and walls, it was here that in the 60 AD, St. Paul spent his life after a shipwreck inside a grotto known as Fuori le Mura, popularly called St. Paul's Grotto in Rabat. Such few inhabitants live here now, giving you an unprecedented experience of walking down empty alleys and lanes, redolent of history beautifully preserved. Ancient palaces are a relic to the noble families who lived here, giving the place the medieval name of Citta' Notabile': the noble city. Its turbulent history has contributed to its overtly fortified nature.
Experience fine dining at some restaurants like Grotto Cavern, Medina Restaurant, De Mondion. Savour local cuisine Don Masquit, Fork and Cork Restaurant. Take a step back from the present. Bask in the times gone by in this timeless city of Mdina.
- Tallinn, Estonia:
Welcome to a fairy tale land made of limestone, of cobbled streets, ancient architecture and brightly colored houses. This picturesque town is an example of a remarkably preserved heritage. A perfect mix of the old and the new, quaint backdrop and a vibrant modern culture make the travellers’ experience so delightful in its contrast. The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn is the story of a rich history in the lap of modernity. The entire city is connected via WiFi. The part of Tallinn known as ‘Old Town’ is a UNESCO world heritage site. Tallinn offers a rich plethora of cultures to soak in, beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and adventures galore.
Live the life of a local while enjoying world-class amenities. Try some of the local Estonian cuisine e.g. vass (a local beverage made from rye bread), sprats (a type of fish) and bring home high-quality Kalev chocolate for friends and family.
Nostalgia of a bygone era; relics of cities rich in historical splendour; seats of wars and struggles, that’s Eastern Europe for you. Soak in the best of medieval times, as you relax in ultra-luxe comfort. Make Eastern Europe a checklist on your next travel wishlist!