Friday, August 30, 2013

CROATIA, VENICE AND BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

During this trip which began in Venice and ended in Dubrovnik, we discovered a beautiful coast with charming villages, breathtaking natural parks, important monuments and beaches of clear and turquoise water, although they were of rocks instead of sand.

Apart from Venice, what I liked the most in Croatia was Plitvice Lakes National Park and the tale city of Dubrovnik with its impresive city walls. I found lovely the towns of Rovinj, Sibenik, Trogir and Korkula and I have a wonderful memory of the turquoise and clear water of the beaches of Hvar and Korkula. Finally the beauty of the old town of Mostar in Bosnia surprised me a lot. 


This was our trip route from Venice to Dubrovnik:


Days 1,2 and 3 - Venice
  • Rialto
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Grand Canal
  • Small Canals and streets

Day 4 - Istria Peninsula in Croatia
  • Porec, Rovinj and Pula

Day 5 - Dalmatia in Croatia
  • Susak and Mali Losinj
  • Zadar

Day 6 - Croatia
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

Day 7 - Dalmatia in Croatia
  • Sibenik - Cathedral of St. Jacob, Old Town

Day 8 - Dalmatia in Croatia
  • Krka National Park

Day 9 - Dalmatia in Croatia
  • Split - Diocletian Palace, Riva, Marjan Hill
  • Trogir

Day 10 - Dalmatia in Croatia
  • Hvar Town
  • Korkula

Day 11 - Dalmatia and Dubrovnik  in Croatia
  • Korkula
  • Ston
  • Dubrovnik

Day 12 - Bosnia Herzegovina and Dubrovnik
  • Neum, Pocitelj and Mostar

Day 13 - Dubrovnik  in Croatia
  • City Walls of Dubrovnik and Banje Beach
  • Cavtat

Day 14 - Dubrovnik  in Croatia
  • Stradun and Pile District


Next I would like to show you some pictures of these days in Venice, Croatia and Bosnia:

Days 1,2 and 3 - Venice



Small Canal in Venice
Gondolas on a small canal in Venice



Masks in Venice
Masks near Ponte di Rialto in Venice



Spritz in Venice
Enjoying a Spritz in Venice



Palazzo Ducale in Venice
Palazzo Ducale in Venice



San Marco Basilica in Venice
San Marco Basilica in Venice



Grand Canal in Venice
Grand Canal in Venice



Day 4

Porec (Parenzo)



Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
Euphrasian Basilica in Porec

Rovinj (Rovigno)


Rovinj in Croatia
Saint Euphemia church in Rovinj



Pula (Pola)



Pula amphitheater in Croatia
Pula amphitheater in Croatia




Day 5


Susak

Susak in Croatia
Susak from the Jadrolinija Catamaran. This was the first stop of our journey from Pula to Zadar


Mali Losinj



Mali Losinj in Croatia
Our Catamaran of Jadrolinika stopped in Mali Losinj too


Zadar


Forum in Zadar
Forum in Zadar



Day 6

Plitvice Lakes National Park


Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
Turquoise and clear water of one of the lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park



Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
One of the many waterfalls we saw in Plitvice Lakes National Park


Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
The day was lovely in Plitvice Lakes National Park, so we can enjoy all of its beauty



Day 7

Sibenik



Saint James Cathedral in Sibenik
Saint James Cathedral in Sibenik



Loggia of the City Hall in Sibenik
Loggia of the City Hall in Sibenik


Day 8

Krka National Park



Stradinski Buk in Krka National Park
Stradinski Buk in Krka National Park


Day 9

Split

Riva and Diocletian Palace in Split
Riva and Diocletian Palace in Split


Diocletian Palace in Split
Diocletian Palace in Split


Trogir


Loggia in Trogir
Loggia in Trogir near the cathedral of Saint Lawrence




Day 10

Hvar Town


Beach in Hvar
Beautiful beach near Hvar Town



Hvar Town in Croatia
Hvar Town in Croatia


Korkula



Revelin Tower in Korkula
Revelin Tower in Korkula



Day 11

Korkula

Korkula in Croatia
Korkula in Croatia

Ston

Ston Walls in Croatia
Ston Walls in Croatia

Dubrovnik


Pile Gate in Dubrovnik
Pile Gate in Dubrovnik


Day 12

Pocitelj in Bosnia Herzegovina


Mosque of Pocitelj in Bosnia Herzegovina
Mosque of Pocitelj in Bosnia Herzegovina


Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina


Stari Most in Bosnia Herzegovina
Stari Most in Bosnia Herzegovina



Stari Most and Neretva River in Mostar
Stari Most and Neretva River in Mostar


Dubrovnik


Dubrovnik from Fort Lovrijenac



Day 13

Dubrovnik


Old Port in Dubrovnik
Old Port in Dubrovnik


Old Port in Dubrovnik
Old Port in Dubrovnik


City Walls of Dubrovnik
City Walls of Dubrovnik


Cavtat


Cavtat near Dubrovnik
Cavtat, a lovely village near Dubrovnik


Day 14


Dubrovnik




Stradun and Clock Tower in Dubrovnik
Stradun and Clock Tower in Dubrovnik



In summer it is completely feasible to perform this route with public transport, as we did, basically with Catamaran and bus. The main destinations have daily combinations, often several times a day. In our case, almost all the catamarans and buses were comfortable and punctual.

The only minor drawback was sold out tickets in catamarans between Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik (you can`t buy them in advance) but we always found an alternative to reach the destination on time.

So my advice is that the first thing you should do as soon as you reach a place, is to buy bus or catamaran tickets to the next destination.

These are the means of transport we use during our route through Croatia:


  • Venice - Porec: Venezia Lines Catamaran (2h45 and 72€)
  • Porec - Rovinj - Pula Public Bus (45min and 35 Kn each one)
  • Pula  - ZadarJadrolinija Catamaran (5h30 and 200Kn)
  • Zadar - Plitvice LakesBus from Zadar Station (2h and 105Kn)
  • Plitvice Lakes - Sibenik: Bus (5h15 and 110Kn)
  • Sibenik - Krka National Park - Sibenik: Public Bus from Sibenik Station (30min 25kn)
  • Sibenik - SplitBus from Split Station (1h45 and 75Kn aprox)
  • Split - Trogir - SplitPublic Bus from Split Station (45min and 25Kn)
  • Split - Hvar: Jadrolinija Catamaran (1h and 60Kn)
  • Hvar - KorkulaJadrolinija Catamaran (1h and 40Kn)
  • Korkula - Dubrovnik: Bus shuttle (3h and 20€) (GV lines Catamaran tickets sold out)
  • Dubrovnik - Neum - Pocitelj - Mostar: Excursion with Lea Travel (40€)


and these are our accomodations during this trip:


  • Venice (Mestre): Casa Per Ferie Alle Lagune (quite good)
  • Porec: Arlen Bed and Breakfast
  • Pula: Hostel Sonja (highly recommended)
  • Zadar: Nina Apartment
  • Plitvice Lakes: Hotel Bellevue (quite good)
  • Sibenik: Apartment Jasminka (quite good)
  • Split: Hostel Peruzovic (highly recommended)
  • Korkula: Accomodation Drasko (highly recommended)
  • Dubrovnik: Rooms and Apartment Kortizija (highly recommended)

We found the information we needed to plan our route in the following websites:


- What to visit in Croatia, advices etc:



- Accomodation



- Catamarans and buses




Finally, other great cities I have already visited are:








  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • New York and Washington
  • London
  • Dublin in Irleland
  • Istanbul in Turkey
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Rome and The Vatican
  • Paris
  • Florence in Tuscany
  • Lisboa in Portugal
  • Madrid
  • The Greek Islands and Athens
  • BrugesGhent and Brussels in Belgium




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