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1. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Can anyone advise me where to go in Croatia?
Im leavin Budapest in August for a week and would like to see some of the Balkans. I know Dubrovnik is nice, but i dont have time to make it all the way to south croat, so any recommendations in the area around Zagreb and Slovenia?

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

How about Split? Is that too far South for you to get to?

By the way, what other places in Hungary (besides Budapest) are fun to visit?

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

hey there
yeah Split is too far as well.
I can only stay in proximity of Zagreb and Slovenia (as im flyin out from East Austria.)

maybe next time ill get down to the Croat coast more.

Iv been livin in Buda now for 4 weeks and havnt left the city :( been busy workin and stuff. il let u know if i ever leave the city :)

thanks for the reply

4. Posted by milo1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I think you should visit one of the islands! Since you dont have too much time I think you should go to Krk (as it sis the first of them). The towns of Nova Baška and Stara Baška on the far end of the Island are really beautifull, but you would have to drive for almost an hour to have a good party! While going home you have to visit Pula since it is very impressive. In Slovenij you could spend a night in Portorž if you want to party.

5. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

You can go to Plitvice lakes - it's not far from Zagreb and it's very interesting. It's a national part - about 90 lakes connected by the waterfalls. Hope you'll like it.
There are also many small pretty towns on Istra peninsula - Rovin, Porec...
I also hope to go there in August :)

6. Posted by mike65 (Full Member 27 posts) 11y

O.K. jeffG - here you go:
I know Croatia very well cause I'm Croatian.
Even without the islands and the coast you can do a lot. Zagreb is a very interesting town, and during the summer it is not so crowded there. Museums, monuments, restaurants - you have it all. In Zagorje area you have a lot of spa, it is just 30-40 km from Zagreb. Plitvice Lakes National Park is about 120 km from Zagreb - definitely recomended.
You can swim in the rivers, go to rafting on rivers Dobra and Mreznica (60 km from Zagreb), or visit historical town of Varazdin (70 km) with castles like Trakoscan around.
If you like birdwatching go to Lonjsko polje park or to Crna Mlaka (both very close to the capital).
Visiting Gorski Kotar area is also highly recomended if you like silence, nature and rest - about 120 km from Zagreb on the road to Rijeka.
Hope you'll have a good time here.

7. Posted by mike65 (Full Member 27 posts) 11y

Dear galka_mak
I wish that there is 90 lakes in Plitvice, but it is not!
There is 16 lakes in the boundaries of national park. But, still, they're beautiful.
We say in Croatia that it's most beautiful European lakes, and famous.
I'm happy that you people in Ukraine have good view on Croatia. You're, as well all of the other people from the world very welcome here.
Love to all travellers, be brave and explore the world.
Hi from Croatia

8. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, personally wasnt a big fan of Zagreb, esp after seeing prague and Budapest. Pula, on the Istrian coast is very nice and from here you can get to the islands that the others have talked about. there are some sights here and some nice beaches and plenty of boat trips. it is very quiet as cmpared with Budapest, but is calm and peaceful. generally a nice place to be.


9. Posted by mirandaben (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

I have one seriously spectacular place to recommend. It's called Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. It's near Lake Bled, (28km away) but it's quieter and more peaceful. About 2hours from Slovenia's capital. Perfect stopoff to contemplate your travels and get ready for home. I spent 6 weeks in Western and Eastern Europe, and Bohinj was the highlight of my trip. If you are flying out of eastern Austria, you're in luck because Bohinj is on the way- right on the border. It is very cheap (you will find accomodation for about 9euros/night) and there is a lot to do. Hiking trails, paragliding, canoeing, kayaking, horsebackriding...endless options. I recommend the village of Stara Fuzina - you will find good accomodation there just by going to the tourist office and asking. There is also a really great restaurant there that serves the best Goulash ever!

I have just one more favour- if you do go there (or if anyone on this site has been there) I am looking for other travellers to interview for a travel story I am writing about Lake Bohinj. Please let me know if you are interested!