So here we are for the second part of our journey in Croatia, probably the best.
We left from the ferry terminal of Pula in Istria on a catamaran to Mali Losinj, a trip from 3h, but the water is very calm, so we were not sea-sick.We were still very happy to back on land . Having left early in the morning, we could not check in the room when we arrived, so we wandered around the harbor, getting the tickets for the ferry 3 days later.
The hostel we had booked was at 1.2km not counting the climb to get there. This motivated us to rent bikes, because in addition to the distance to the village, there was not too much point of interest within walking distance.
Here we are now, cycling for the next 2 days. It allowed us to get down to the village quickly, but also to 2 small bike rides. One to Rujnica beach and the other following a seaside path that starts from the center of Mali Losinj and goes west following the coast with several small coves with turquoise waters. Once again, we have seen the massive presence of tourists in Croatia, full of camping all packed.
The next day we left for "the" place to visit if you spend a few days in Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park. In order to reach this place, we took the ferry between Mali Losinj and Zadar and then a bus which in 2h30 of grandiose landscapes takes us to the entrance of the park. Basically the day was entirely for transportation to reach the national park.
Good to know that if you travel on foot like us, the 1 entrance to the park, does not have much for travelers in the long run, very few restaurant and pretty expensive, no supermarket, few services nearby. The inn where we stayed was at 1km from the entrance to the park in a valley or full of b & b's.
Afterwards the 3 days we spent were fantastic, the waterfalls are beautiful! It is a succession of lakes (about ten), which flows into each other.
The arrangement made by the Croatian Parks Office is clean and does not denature the site at all. We could be in the park before the mass of tourists coming just for the day. The park is quite small, but allows to hike an 20ene for miles. We just loved the time we spent there.
The next step took us to Split, back to the city, a pretty big one. The second largest of the country after Zagreb. The old center is splendid, it is full of little streets a little like Venice, but without the water! Also there is a very large park: park Marjan, which is worth the detour to have a panoramic view of the city, attention, it climbs! We went to the west end of the park to finish on a beach: Kasjuni beach, so called the most beautiful in the city. Again pebbles and gravel mixed, no sand! We rather enjoyed these 2 nights in the old town of Split.
This is now the end of our adventures in Croatia, although today we plan to spend a day in Dubrovnik during our stay in southern Bosnia.
Top and flops
- Plitvice National Park and its waterfalls
- The old town of Split
- The landscapes in the mountains breathtaking
- The overpopulation of beaches, impossible to put a towel, while these are not even sandy beaches!
- Not a great contact with the local population.
- The impossibility of flying the drone! Regulation very and too complicated.
One of the reasons we shortened our stay in Croatia is the budget. We had budgeted 110 EUR per day for 2 people and we spent 124 EUR on average for the days we were there. Well no frustration, however we would have liked to do some excursions or tour (the Limski Fjord or go on Brac for a day from Split) but that did not fit into the budget!
Our budget accommodation is also exceeded more than 40% of the total which is not obvious for the rest of the expenses for a short trip.
The most important for the end. Beers! Very lights, like many European beers, nothing extraordinary, but very refreshing.
Ožujsko - lager - Details
Karlovačko - lager - Details
Pan - lager -Details