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Plitvice, a watery paradise in Croatia. In recent years, Croatia has changed from a relative unknown to one of the trendiest destinations in Europe. To a great extent this is due to the country's rocky littoral, which, washed by the Adriatic, is considered one of the most beautiful of the Mediterranean coastlines. Then there is the rich history and cultural heritage of medieval towns such as Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik. But the well-deserved popularity also depends on the protected natural areas, which make up some ten per cent of the country's area.

Eight areas enjoy national park status – a very high number for a relatively small country. Use the left and right arrow keys to view the images Plitvice Lakes National Park is in the Lika region of Croatia and lies in a plateau surrounded by three mountains, not far from the border with Bosnia The park is criss-crossed by a series of paths and trails that allow visitors to explore the area and observe the flora and fauna. 41 Secretly Incredible Travel Destinations. The Eiffel tower, Golden Gate Bridge and the Coliseum may be amazing in their own right, but there's something special about going to a spectacular location that few travelers venture to. Take a virtual journey with me to these secretly underrated places... Albarracín is a beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain.

The rock paintings in the cliff-foot caves of the Albarracin Cultural Park (some of the most important evidences of the Levantine prehistoric art of Spain) and the "Picaportes" (door knobs) are something to marvel at! Take a trip to the hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac overlooking the Dordogne and La Roque Gageac. From July to the end of August the gardens are open every Thursday evening and lit by candlelight. Over 2000 candles and a hundred other light sources are used to highlight the beauty of the cliffs and the park. The Swallow's nest is a decorative castle located between Yalta and Alupka, built on top of the 130 foot high Aurora Cliff. The 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the World. 1. Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy Via: en.www.lensart.ru 2. Kolmanskop, Namib Desert Via: photography.nationalgeographic.com 3.

Via: reddit.com 4. Via: photoree.com 5. Image by David Gray / Getty Images 6. Via: onebigphoto.com 7. Via: baldeaglebluff 8. Via: leiraenkai.deviantart.com 9. 10. 15th century monastery, Black Forest, Germany Via: abandonedography.com 11. Via: natureknights.net 12. Via: panoramio.com 13. Via: theglobalpanorama.com 14. Via: www.fivelightsdown.co.uk 15. Via: commons.wikimedia.org 16. Via: nedhardy.com 17. Via: ruschili.35photo.ru 18. Source: i.imgur.com / via: reddit.com 19. 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo Source: flickr.com 20. 21. Source: lana-sator.livejournal.com / via: i.imgur.com 22. Source: logicalrealist / via: i.imgur.com 23. Source: flickr.com / via: i.imgur.com 24. Image by Dimitar Kilkoff / Getty Images 25. 26. Source: ebow.org 27. Source: ny.curbed.com 28. Source: alveart 29. Via: steampunkopera.files.wordpress.com. Backpacking Travel Destinations, Travel Blog, Go Backpacking Around the World | Top Backpacking Destinations. 11 Reasons Your Next Trip Should Be To Cinque Terre.

39 of the world’s most inspiring routes for road trips [PICs] Whether it’s Utah or Iceland, something about a seemingly endless and open road makes me want to travel. Places That Are Actually Real But Don't Look So | Art Ideas - Graphic Designs and Arts. These places look so unreal, but they are real! Maybe some of you were on one of these beautiful place, and if one of you did, you are than really happy person who live on this planet! Just look how this photos are cool and so sweet. 50 Greatest Festivals in the World | escapenormal. 50 Greatest Festivals in the World This is the guide to the best and most interesting festivals in the world, organized by date to help you plan your travels accordingly.

From hot air balloons to water fights, this list has it all. Many of the dates are variable, so be sure to check online to find out the specific dates for your festivals! And read the 100 Most Beautiful Places in the World in Pictures & the 100 Most Amazing, Unique, & Beautiful Hotels in the World Get the eBook: Bucket List Festivals! January 1- Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, China: January 5- February 5 People build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. 2- Chinese New Year: Between January 21 & February 20 The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China, and even in other Asian countries. 3- Sundance Film Festival, Utah, USA: end of January The largest independent film festival in the US.

February March April. Amazing Festivals Around The World That You Should See Before You Die. Tweet Once a year some of the countries around the world hold magical and outrageous festivals. Some like the Brazilian carnival and Spanish bull chase are famous world wide while others few people know about. So if you fancy living it up then check out our list of 20 of the most amazing festivals from around the world that we recommend you should see before you die. 1.

Carnaval — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Feb. 28 – March 4 (for 2014) Much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnevale in Venice, Canaval is a nonstop party, just with special addition of Brazilian flair. [SEE ALSO - 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die] 2. Though there are many smaller offshoots of Oktoberfest around the world, Munich’s original fair is the biggest beer festival in the world. 3. The Harbin festival is the largest snow and ice festival in the world, and it features carvings towering over 20 feet in height and full-size buildings made from gigantic blocks of ice. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

10 Most Amazing Lost Cities - Oddee.com (lost cities, lost city) Lost Cities were real, prosperous, well-populated areas of human habitation that fell into terminal decline and whose location was later lost. Most lost cities are found, and have been studied extensively by scientists. From the lost city of Pompeii to the Machu Pichu, meet the ten most fascinating lost cities in history. MACHU PICCHU (Peru): The Lost City of the Incas [Wiki] Machu Picchu ("Old Peak") is a pre-Columbian Inca city located at 2,430 m (7,970 ft) altitude on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, near Cusco. Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas". The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as "an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization".

ANGKOR (Cambodia): Contains the world's largest religious monument [Wiki] MEMPHIS (Egypt): ancient capital of Egypt[Wiki] 20 Must-See Places Before The World Ends. 21 Of the Most Extraordinary Places To Visit. The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World. Many people doesn’t know, and didn’t even heard about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really something amazing, but they are also really sad when you take a closer look at them.

On the folowing list, you can see abandoned planes, abandoned ships, as well as the abandoned houses, and so many other things, that are really amazing and magnificent. So, check out these amazing abandoned places photos. 1. Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Liguria 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 15th century monastery in the Black Forest in Germany 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet 2012 - Golden Book Traveler. The updated 2012 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet features a few repeats, some new up-starts, and a whole-lota competition for your eyeballs! I left off some really useful websites that I browse quite frequently. In addition, I did NOT include travel sections from major online and offline corporations. Sites like Yahoo! Travel, CNN Travel, and Google+ Hangouts offer great travel advice, but these websites are not dedicated exclusively to the art of traveling. The following is a list of the 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet for 2012.

The Top 20! CouchSurfing CouchSurfing is still the best travel site on the internet. This year I hosted about 10 groups at my house. The site remains an incredible resource for travel information. Momondo I continue to use Momondo on an almost daliy basis when researching the absolute cheapest flights. Adioso And the first new entry to the list is also an airfare booking site. AirBnB Hipmunk Travellerspoint Hostelworld Trip Advisor Flyertalk Travellr. 10 volunteer opportunities for free travel. Travel Europe with an InterRail Pass | InterRail.eu. Bridges and Balloons | Travel tips and inspiration from two digital nomads | Bridges and Balloons | Travel tips and inspiration from two digital nomads. 17 Beautiful Sites You Have To See Before You Die.

Too beautiful to be real? 16 surreal landscapes found on Earth. These bizarre locations may seem like a series of elaborate movie sets, but they are real destinations that you might want to see for yourself. Photo: Greg Mote/Flickr The Wave, Arizona, U.S. Photo: Shutterstock Travertines, Pamukkale, Turkey Photo: Shutterstock Photo: Shutterstock Red beach, Panjin, China Photo: Shutterstock Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Photo: HopeHill/Flickr Dragon's blood trees, Socotra, Yemen Photo: Shutterstock Sossusvlei, Namibia Photo: Shutterstock Rice terraces, Bali, Indonesia Photo: Shutterstock Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey Photo: Tormod Sandtorv/Flickr Photo: Wenxiang Zheng/Flickr Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.

Photo: kobaken/Flickr Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan Photo: Shutterstock Giant Buddha, Leshan, China Photo: Shutterstock Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine Photo: Shutterstock Antelope Canyon, Arizona, U.S. Photo: Shutterstock Odle Mountains, Italy. Most Beautiful Villages Around The World photo. Popeye Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Photo by: Mosin Village on the bank of the Niger river, Mali. Photo by: Yann Arthus-Bertrand Hidden mountain village in Southern China.

Photo by: Christian Ortiz Mist over countryside in Southwest England. Hobbiton village – “Lord of the Rings” movie location in New Zealand. Riomaggiore is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. Mountain Village, Iran. Beautiful African sea side village.

Hallstatt, Upper Austria, is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria with 946 inhabitants. Gásadalur village, Faroe Islands. Village located in Himalayas, Tibet. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. The world's most haunted hotels. Tours of a Lifetime. Expert Vagabond • Adventure Travel Blog. Budget Travel | Travel Deals, Travel Tips, Travel Advice, Vacation Ideas.