We have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a few days and as some have already heard, we will not be going back to Croatia as planned. We are currently in Mostar, and we take the train to Sarajevo tomorrow to spend a few days there. After that we plan to reach Montenegro and resume the planned journey.
We shortened our stay in Croatia for 2 main reasons:
- The Adriatic coast is full of tourists ( as planned ), the rocky "beaches" so crowded that you can't find a spot, the streets of the old towns have pedestrian traffic jam, ...
- Our initial budget was very difficult to manage , a dinner including only the main dish with a drink for 20-30 EUR for 2 people! Even some locals complain about soaring prices in the summer and ultimately they can not really enjoy their own country.
That said, we spent 15 very very nice days in Croatia and here is the story.
From Mestre in Italy, we booked our transfer to Rovinj by the Slovenian company GoOpti , initial duration of the trip: XNUMXh, in the end it was a little longer than expected (XNUMXh), because of peak season, traffic on freeways, and borders.
The driver drops us off at the Rovinj bus station and we reach the old village on foot under the sweltering heat and arrive in our accommodation, a small studio in one of the most beautiful streets of the old town.
We will spend 4 days in the area. Rovinj is located in Istria, a region located in North West Croatia, bordered by the Adriatic. Rovinj is also called "the little Croatian Venice", where Croatian is spoken but also Italian.
We wander in the maze of small narrow cobbled streets, sometimes climbing, sometimes descending among the small colorful houses that give to the old town all its charm. The port is also a nice place to walk in the evening, eat ice cream and possibly learn about the various boat trips. If you want to learn German, go there in summer, all barman will talk to you in german.
We had heard about a village not far from Rovinj that also deserved a detour: Porec. We went there by bus on a Sunday. We were again able to walk and discover the streets of the old villages quite similar to those of Rovinj but way less crowded. There are still a lot of people but it's more breathable. In Porec, there is a magnificent Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We could not visit it because it was closed when we arrived, but we could still enter the basilica, but not in the entire site.
We also did a little beach during our stay in Rovinj, but beware: no sandy beach, here it is rather rock, pebbles, small pebbles. In busy times it is not always easy to find a place to put your towel and have a little calm.
Next leg of our journey in Croatia: Pula where we will spend 2 days before taking the boat to the island of Mali losinj.
Pula is a seaside town, and has many vestiges dating back to Roman times such as the forum (main square of the city), the temple of Augustus, the door of Hercules, the Venetian fortress, built with the stones of the great Roman theater and of course the very famous Amphitheater. It is one of the largest and best preserved in the world. It is now used for shows and concerts.
After visiting the city, we really want to refresh ourselves by going to bathe. Mission: find a beach! We choose to go to the beach of Premantura, which is about 40 min by bus from Pula. still no sand but pebbles and turquoise water and limpid!
The second part of the article will be dedicated to our adventure in the Island and in the biggest national park of the country. But it will also include the summary and more important the detail around the Croatian beers