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FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
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Two perfect places to try out your new travel gifts
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BEIRUT: Start daydreaming about your summer 2014 adventures this Christmas with presents that match Nakhal’s newest adventures: Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Budva, Montenegro. Whether you plan to swim in the warm azure waters of Dubrovnik’s or Budva’s Adriatic shore, a GoPro waterproof camera will be perfect for documenting your amphibious getaway.

In Dubrovnik, visitors will find local boating companies ready to ferry them off to UNESCO-protected Lukrom Island for a day of sunbathing and feasting on freshly caught fish. In Budva, let your inner thrill-seeker take you to Mogren Beach, where locals jump from high cliffs into the water below.

If not by sea than by air, perhaps? Dubrovnik has a cable-car system that will whisk visitors away to the nearby Mount Srd. Take that GoPro and film the idyllic seaside city as it unfolds before you. Or in Budva, experience tandem paragliding for less than 90 euros. One of the greatest draws of Dubrovnik is its marble-clad old town, with cobblestone streets and red-tile roofs. What better way to capture the spirit of the old town and schmooze with locals than to snap photos with a Polaroid digital camera?

Whether its a Polaroid or a GoPro, you’ll want to make sure you have a something to document the beautiful old cities. Budva is packed with historic cathedrals and monasteries. Check out St. John’s, one of the largest churches in Budva. Parts of the historic house of prayer date back to the ninth century. A side chapel also houses the 12th-century Madonna of Budva, still venerated by locals today.

Investing in a handlebar bag is a must for either seaside destination. Both Budva and Dubrovnik are great cities to sightsee by bicycle. Put all your belongings in one of the bike-side bags and ensure they stay safe and rainproof. Try Montebike bike rentals in Budva or Dubrovnik Adventure day tours for a guided trip around the Croatian city.

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