Walled Cities, Waterfalls & Walking our socks off!
Zdravo, greetings from Croatia! With our negative PCR results in hand we once again hit the open road. It wasn’t long before we reached the border with Montenegro & had to endure yet another grilling from the border guards, only this time we had the full works, the Motorhome was searched, given the once over by sniffer dogs & we were questioned whether we were transporting any guns or drugs (Phil must look really dodgy) Luckily we were carrying neither, so after a thorough search & the purchase of yet more vehicle insurance we began our journey across Montenegro into Croatia, nipping across the bottom of Bosnia (with no insurance) & back again into Croatia.
Our first few days were spent on a great, family run campsite in the small village of Lokva Rogoznica, on the Dalmatian Coast. Pitched up by the sea with views of the nearby island of Brac, we passed our time walking in the hills & the occasional dip in the sea. The onsite restaurant supplied us with home cooked food, home made rakija, locally produced wine, all accompanied by a guitar playing singer, Croatia’s answer to Ed Sheeran, NOT!
We visited the port town of Omis, where we took Rocky on his 1st boat trip along the Cetina River & stuffed our faces with Krafne, traditional Croatian doughnuts.
Moving up the coast we took in Croatia’s second largest city, Split. An exuberant city with just the right mix of tradition & modernity, its vibrant centre located within the walls of the emperor Diocletian’s Palace which dates back to Roman times.
Another day & another walled town, todays exploration took us to the small island of Trogir.
Travelling inland from the coast we headed to Krka National Park, a nature reserve situated along the Krka river & home to one of Croatia’s most famous sights, the Skradinski Buk Falls. It was also another 1st for Rocky as he tasted his 1st ice cream.
We spent several days camped on the shore of the Vransko Lake, the campsite was located within the Vransko Lake Nature Park, with beautiful walks & an abundance of nature on our doorstep. From here we also visited the small towns of Pakostane & Biograd Na Moru.
As we headed back to the coast we stopped off to visit the city of Zadar before continuing on to Rtina, where we spent several lazy days & nights chilled out on a small campsite by the beach.
Our energy levels restored we travelled back inland to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a truly stunning location. Made up of 295 sq-km of enchanted forest & 16 terraced lakes in varying shades of turquoise, all fused together by magnificent waterfalls. A small slice of paradise & a worthy addition to anyone’s bucket list!
As we headed to the Istrian Peninsular, our final leg of our Croatian adventure, we stopped over in the small towns of Senj & Opatija. We cheered England on against Croatia whilst sat in a bar in Medulin, the only England fans in attendance, fortunately the locals were very friendly & our cheering was very much reserved.
We visited the city of Pula, home to the Arena, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world.
Our final stop was the charming little town of Rovinj, with its Venetian old town, a tangle of cobbled streets that lead up to the church of St. Euphemia whose towering steeple dominates the skyline. A wonderful place to end to our time here.
It’s hard to believe another month has passed us by, another country ticked of the list, another step closer to home.
Next stop France – Thanks for reading xxx