Home Base for traveling around
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Feb 15, 2013 12:40 PM Last Post By: arizona
Feb 15, 2013 8:15 AM
Home Base for traveling aroundsorry for posting twice...
I will be in Croatia (flying in and out of Zagreb) Aug 28- Sept 20. I'm thinking I will go straight to Plitvice via the bus from Zagreb so I'm leaving the first 3-4 days for that.
Typically I would stay in a place for about 3-4 days and then move along to the next. I'm thinking for this trip because I really only have 3 weeks I would pick 2-3 spots and use them for a home base and do day trips from there. I just don't know where. I will use Dubrovnik as one. I want to see some islands, do some hiking, biking, relaxing, and just hang out and take pictures.
Maybe after Plitvice I could head to Istria for about 6 days, then somewhere midway between Istira and Dubrovnik. I will be using public transport only so wherever I go I have to be able to hop on a bus for day excursions. Any ideas of some good spots?
Feb 15, 2013 9:01 AM
1The obvious choice would be the Split area, in which case you can check the jadrolinija website for overnight ferries from Rijeka to Split. Or maybe take it all the way to Dubrovnik before you begin moving north. (but I don't know if I could be on a ferry that long.)
Otherwise, you could take bus down the coast. Most bus schedules can be found -- if tentatively, as they can change -- by googling the place name and "bus station." An alternative could be Zadar, but I think Split offers many more day trips options.
I have always been told that public transport to the Istrian interior is tricky, but along the coast is great. With time at your disposal, perhaps that would not be the case and you could visit the hill towns. There is some great biking up there (was planning a trip to be based in Rovinj and Motovun but it did not work out. The bike path is called Parenzana.)
To really throw a wrench, if time was a luxury, I'd like to island hop across the Kvarner islands, but the ferry can be really tricky in off season, and without a car that might be more trouble than worth it.
Finally, I understand the desire to have bases, because I struggle with that myself, but you will have to weigh carefully the places you want to visit as day trips. The bus and ferry system are pretty great imo, but not always set up for day trips and distances can be an issue. When it is more convenient to move along in one direction, it makes sense to do so, and I would not deprive myself of an opportunity to stay overnight in a small town or on an island to not have to change rooms. Hope that makes sense and enjoy Croatia!
Feb 15, 2013 12:40 PM
2If you go to Istria, consider Novigrad as a base. Cycling to Porec, Buje and Visjnan but also to Savudrija, Motovun or even Rovinj (don´t know about your endurance ;-)
Or a nice coastal walk to Dajla.
I prefer this pretty small but atmospheric town to the nice but very touristy Rovinj or the mass-tourist destination Umag (though in your period the big crowds hve probably gone) for a longer stay as you intend.
If coming by ferry from Cres, the Pula area (Medulin, Premantura and the Kamenjak peninsula and Vodnjan) are very worthwhile.
Signposted though pretty short cycle-tracks. Great hiking in Kamenjak.
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