Trakoscan Castle Trakoscan Castle lies in the northern part of Croatia on 450 acres close to the Baroque town of Verazdin known for its architecture. The castle was originally built in the thirteenth century as an observation fortress monitoring the road from Pluj to the Bednaj Valley when the Knights of Drachenstein ruled the region. It changed hands several times till in 1584 it was given to the Draskovic family who kept it in the

A L B A N I A A BEAUTIFUL NATURE AND A POWERFUL SPIRIT THE LAND OF SUN AND HOSPITALITY Albanians refer to themselves as Shqipetare, meaning “Sons of eagles”, and to their country as Shqiparia. Descended from the ancient Illyrians, they have lived in relative isolation and obscurity through most of their difficult history, in part because of the rugged terrain of their mountainous land but also because of a complex of historical, cultural,

Many landmarks, milestones and historic towns dot the Via Egnatia, a Roman-era road that traverses a 1000 km route stretching from Dyrrachium on Greece’s western Adriatic coast eastward to Istanbul on the Black Sea. It crosses the Balkan peninsula through Macedonia, what is now known as Albania, Greece, and European Turkey, visiting mountain towns and Aegean Sea towns along the way. This difficult route also follows the banks of the beautiful river Shkumbin, from its mouth