Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro : Top reasons why it's a must visit region of Europe

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1st Aug 2018
Photo of Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro : Top reasons why it's a must visit region of Europe by Nischal Muchakani

Croatia & adriatic coast , caught my fancy just last year ,thanks to tempting images on social media like FB,instagram etc . For me ,its always been a bit confusing ,to distinguish the geographical cluster of tiny countries in east Europe . Names like Slovenia(always had jumbled up Slovenia & Slovekia to be same !) ,Croatia, Montenegro ,Bosnia etc never make it to "must visit" list if one were to plan a Euro trip from India/ASia & the only fleeting references i recollect were from newscolumns ,largely connected with the conflicts from Yugoslovia-Bosnia days. Thanks to Bond & other spy movies, could identify few cities like Zagreb ,but 99% of the places were new to me ,even a month back. But the online images of the places were spell bounding ,too good to be true ,seemed straight out of photoshop studios. Finally planned this trip in about a week's time in May . What started with a plan just to cover Dubrovnik ,thanks to "Game of Thrones" ,more & more research, led me to new places like Bay of Kotor, Lake bled ,Pltivice etc. 3-4 days iternary extended to almost 13 days.

Weatherwise, travel in May in Europe ,can always be tricky & conditions can vary drastically. Thanks to weather gods, we were blessed with pleasant weather throughout, just ducking past the rain gods in few places.May-June being shoulder months can be an ideal escape from the onslaught of peak tourist seasons of July/Aug.

My travel internary : FRankfurt-> Ljubljana->Lade Bled->Zagreb->Plitivce National Park->split ,Vis, various islands along adriatic(HVar,Brac,etc) ->Dubrovnik->Kotor(Montonegro)->Ljubljana->frankfurt.

Hiring a car in Slovenia/Croatia can way too cheaper than hiring in Germany. I had my apprehensions(border control/GPS /etc) of driving in unknown terrritory ,but it was no different than driving in Germany or any other central European countries. I was amazed by the smooth highway network(especially A1) in Croatia ,which seemed pretty new & way better than autobahns of Germany ,thanks to almost non-existent traffic on highways .

Photo of Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Lake Bled: Glad i squeezed this fairytale location to celebrate my daugher's birthday. Mesmerizing! Ensure you definitely hike up Osojnica trail for the panaromic view.Views would have enhanced, if not for cloud covering the snow capped mountains in the background.Church in the middle of the alpine lake,can probably lay claim to one of the prettiest church in the world.

Photo of Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia by Nischal Muchakani

Ljubljana: Cozy little capital of Slovenia.

Photo of Ljubljana, Slovenia by Nischal Muchakani

Also caught up with a shooting of tollywood stars dancing in streets of the capital.Seems like movie industry is moving beyond Swiss Alps :)

Photo of Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro : Top reasons why it's a must visit region of Europe by Nischal Muchakani

Plitvice National Park: A park with million waterfalls . Depending on the intensity of sunlight & time of the day ,crystal clear water has shades of turquoise, emerald & everything in between.

Photo of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Split: Historic (also boisterous party town by night) town, is a perfect base to explore all nearby pretty islands of Vis,Brac, etc etcc . Let the photos do all the talking.

Photo of Split, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Split, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

The famed V-shaped BOL beach.

Photo of Bol, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

View from HVar fort.

Photo of Hvar, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

OMIS: Panaromic views of 2 river joining the adriatic ocean.

Photo of Omiš, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Supetar Island:

Photo of Supetar, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Supetar, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

The BLue cove near Vis island

Photo of Vis, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Drive from Split->Dubronvnik (also known as croatian Riviera) & extending upto Bay of Kotor , along the coastal road ,was one of the highpoints of the trip . Definitely would rate one of top3 drives, along with US1 highway between SFO-LA & roller coaster drive along Amalfi coast ,Italy. Eventhough travel time is just 5-6 hours(subject to traffic), it can easily extend whole day with hidden beaches, stunning views of steep Dinaric Apls on one side & turqoise blue ocean expanse on other , tiny beachtowns all seducing you for a stopover along the route.Beaches in this part of the world in May can still be bit cold for swimming or a tan .

Brela Beach:

Photo of Brela, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Brela, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Dubrovnik: Popularly known as city of "game of thrones". Couldnt have chosen a better location for the epic show. With its surreal settings truely a Jewel of ADriatic coast .

Photo of Dubrovnik, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Dubrovnik, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani
Photo of Dubrovnik, Croatia by Nischal Muchakani

Cafes of Dubrovnik:

Photo of Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro : Top reasons why it's a must visit region of Europe by Nischal Muchakani

Million $$ view from my hotel (Guest house Daniela) in Dubrovnik:(Mlini to be precise)

Photo of Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro : Top reasons why it's a must visit region of Europe by Nischal Muchakani

Montenegro : was one of the last minute extensions to the trip. View of Bay of Kotor after a 1500+ steps hike of Kotor Fort ,is defintiely one of the views to i would cherish for a lifetime.Overnight stay at Villa Ivana inside the walls of Kotor Fort ,completed the expereince.

Photo of Kotor, Montenegro by Nischal Muchakani

Compared to central Europe , cost of travel in this part of Europe is comparitively cheap & pretty good bargains for accomodation/hotel/etc in May,when the region is just gearing up for peak travel period.

In the end, would rate this to be one of the exotic trips of the my life .This iternary included all - magic of (Slovenian) alps,natural wonder of Pltivice waterfalls , exotic beaches , jawdropping bay of kotor historic forts, breathtaking scenic drives along Adriatic coast ,amazing food ..list goes on & on. Definitely one of the must visit regions of Europe.

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