Discover why autumn could be the perfect time to explore Croatia and Montenegro
Autumn is a brilliant time of year to visit the Balkan region: fewer crowds than in summer, warm climate and breathtaking panoramas thanks to the changing colors of fauna. Harvest season brings with it the opportunity to sample the region's finest produce whether it be a wine or freshly pressed olive oil as a certain calm washes over the locals and towns after a busy summer season.
Put your sense of scent to good use in Croatia's Istria region as you search for highly prized truffles. Whether you enjoy a truffle hunt accompanied by an expert guide and dogs or visit Truffle Weekend in Buzet this November, there is more than one way to indulge in the fancy fungi. Restaurants across Istria will be serving dishes using truffles and truffle-infused products so you'll have plenty of opportunities to sample the local treasure.
Perhaps the ultimate national park in this part of Europe for thrill-seekers; Durmitor's green lakes, fast-flowing rivers, and imposing mountains offer adventure aplenty. Whether you hike your way to happiness up Bobotov kuk, fly like a bird across the Drina on a zipline, or pump some adrenalin on a white water rafting tour, Durmitor will leave you with memories you'll never forget. There'll be incredible photo opportunities too, thanks to the reds, oranges, and yellows of the autumn leaves.
Head to Dalmatia for a journey through some of Croatia's best vineyards. Starting on Hvar island at the Tomic winery, sail to Korcula to discover the indigenous Rukatac and Posip wines before sailing to Orebic to discover the Peljesac peninsula. Here you'll be able to sample Plavac and Dingac, powerful reds that are perfect for pairing with meat. Drive beyond Dubrovnik to visit the Konavle region and sample an award-winning malvazija at Crvik Winery