Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia sign border agreement

The interior ministries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia have signed a trilateral protocol aimed at moving tripoint border regulations closer to international standards. Signed by Bosnian civil affairs minister Adil Osmanović , state secretary of Montenegro’s interior ministry Dragan Pejanović and secretary-general of Serbia’s interior ministry Veljko Odalović , the protocol...

First avocado plantation in Croatia on the island of Vis

When it came time to decide to retire, American-born couple John and Patricia Repanich, now in their 80s, decided on the island of Vis where John’s roots are from. In California, the couple were farmers and had sheep and also a walnut plantation, and when they decided to set up their new home on the island of Vis in Brgujac many years ago, they kept up the farming tradition by planting the first...

Slovenia and Croatia should be setting a better example for the Western Balkans

Both full members of the EU and NATO, Slovenia and Croatia have throughout their history been very active in cooperating in the fields of economy, logistics, tourism, energy and transport. Over the last 25 years, there have been some outstanding issues from recent history, such as the management of EU critical infrastructure (including the Nuclear power plant at Krško), the foreign currency deposits...

With Gulf links growing, it’s plain sailing to prosperity for Montenegro

SVETI STEFAN, Montenegro: When an immaculately presented PR assistant points to a pristine wooden boat bobbing in the distance, I realize this isn’t going to be a standard interview. “That is Romy’s boat,” she says, adjusting her designer sunglasses under the late-summer sun. “He’ll meet you aboard in five minutes.” Romy Hawatt’s boat — “Riana” — is named after his wife and...

A cycling tour of the Balkans: two wheels, three countries, four days

Our writer and his friends recapture their youth and the joy of cycling, with a challenging trip taking in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro Rocking my bike from side to side, I crested the final rise and the landscape opened out before me. A high-altitude meadow freckled with cows rolled down into a shallow bowl surrounded by savagely contorted, parallel slabs of limestone sticking straight...

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Slovenian Mindset

Slovenia quickly became one of my favorite European countries for its dramatic natural landscapes, unique mix of Mediterranean and Alpine geography, meticulously built towns and cities, and amazing food and wine. But that wasn’t even what impressed me the most during my visit: it was how much I learned from the Slovenian people’s entrepreneurial mindset. Slovenians are an impressive group of...

5 Slovenian Castles For an Unexpected Destination Wedding

Slovenia has recently emerged as a surprising wedding destination for international visitors. Jani Peljhan, a local and owner of the Wajdusna travel company, also notes that the country has seen strong economic development, which, because the country is so young—it’s been independent for 25 years—is all the more exciting. Peljhan recalls it as drastically different (and quite somber) walking...

Why Italy is actually the best destination for gluten-free travellers

The summer before my husband, Dan, was diagnosed with coeliac disease we hired two Tuscan villas overlooking a pool with three other families. For the next week, the whole gang (eight adults, eight children) ate pizza in nearby Florence, ordered bowls of pasta at the local trattoria and bought bundles of fresh bread to eat poolside with cheese and bottles of wine. A month later we took our two daughters,...

In Italy, A Medieval Town Confronts A Double Threat — Erosion And Too Many Tourists

Tourism is booming in Italy, which welcomed close to 50 million visitors over the summer. That has helped some places that have been struggling to survive. But for one destination, it might be too much of a good thing. Civita di Bagnoregio is in the northern corner of the Lazio region, 75 miles north of Rome, tucked between Tuscany and Umbria. On the road, signposts point the way to “Civita,...

Regent Porto Montenegro

Best for… gastro-nomads The low-down: Regent Porto Montenegro stands elegantly at the heart of Porto Montenegro, the glittering marina and glamorous superyacht homeport – and a modern-day, jet-setter’s hot-spot. Directly on the waterfront of Boka Bay, the hotel gives its guests a direct connection with the sea and marina. All the guestrooms have spectacular sea or soaring mountain views with...