has anyone done any hiking/trekking around the Dubrovnik area?
I am ending my summer rail adventure in Croatia and then spending a week sailing around the Dalmation Coast and was hoping to do some hiking or trekking for about a week. I have heard that Croatia is popular for hiking but cant find any info on any good routes.
If anyone has been or lives in the area any advice would be VERY much appreciated. Thanks.
I would not suggest hiking in the Dubrovnik area. The area is rather hilly. The hills aren't that high, but their slopes are fairly steep and there is little vegetation. This makes a walk in the searingly hot Summer sun far from pleasant! Besides, as you may know Dubrovnik was heavily shelled during the war and there may be some minefields left outside Dubrovnik, though I'm not sure about this. I suggest you to go hiking on one or more of the islands. Contrary to the mainland, they are mostly lushly green and you do not have to worry about minefields there. The island of Mljet comes highly recommended. The national park is beautiful. The same goes for the national park of the Plitvice Lakes, which is absolutely superb.
I hope this information will do. Have fun!
thanks for your advice. A slight update now though.I did know about the landmines but i didnt realise it was such a problem so close to the coast...apparently it is. Additionally some of the National Parks i was looking at are inhabited by brown bears and camping is prohibited except in allocated camping grounds. I dont think we will be hiking in Croatia anymore. Perhaps Slovenia is a better option.
Are there really bears in Croatia? At least not on the islands or near the coast. Slovenia is excellent for hiking, especially the Julian Alps. The area around Mount Triglav and the lakes of Bled and Bohinj are very beautiful. Be aware that this area of Slovenia has an alpine climate, so it may be quite chilly during the night.
Hiking in Croatia?
The possibilities are limitless!
You should visit Paklenica, Plitvice and Risnjak national parks, hike on the Velebit mountain - especially a pretty difficult route that takes you on Zavizan... The moment you get to the top and see the sea and the islands under you is unforgettable. As for the bears... don't wory... realy not many of them and most of them are in Lika and Gorski Kotar regions (ok, strike Risnjak then, it's one of the few places where there really aer bears LOL)
You can go hiking to paklenica george,a few days ago was hiking and treking competition on island Pasman, near Zadar. Gorski kotar is beautifull: Bijele stijene, Samarske stijene - for climbing, 2 national parks: Rozacki and hajducki kukovi...
i used to do free climbing, if you vish to come near Zadar, Paklenica... you can ask for my help. i live here
We will be in Croatia in May and would like to visit Dubrovnik. Free information for Croatia accomodation, to see Croatian Maps
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