The average income as of August 9, 2006 is around 2000 kunas per month. People in Slovenia make about 150,000 tolars per month. The economy however is better in Slovenia, food and everything is a bit cheaper.
A kilo of tomatoes as of today in Slovenia can range between 179 tolars through 500 tolars. In Croatia a kilo of tomatoes can average between 10 kunas all the way up to 30 kunas...or more depending on the kind and the place you are going.
If you want wine...200 tolars a bottle, in Croatia from 15 kunas to ??????kunas. Depends on what you want to spend. Depends on your taste...
Compared to the UK/Canada/states...this region is incredibly inexpensive...for some things...if you eat meat...well then you are a contender for a little argument about prices...
Pivo...10 kunas in a bar...or 375 tolars up to 1000 depending on where you go and if you count your change.
You will never go wrong with Slovenia or Croatia. Remember that. Just GO!
And remember...listen to the positive...don-t listen to the negative...!! There is always something wrong...if you look for it.
Go to Croatia...any part...it is beautiful...
hey all, am also curious bout travelling as a female on her own...planning to go to Pula/ Istria early Sep as i was in Dubroknik/ Hvar last year...am undecided as to whether to book accomm ahead of arriving there , is pula a good place to start?
Just read your post... I'm from Slovenia but I go to Croatia almost every summer vacation so I suppose I could answer you someway. Beside this as a geographer it's kind of expected to know such things for neighbour country...
General speaking weather in late October can be quite changeable (sunny, rainy, windy), temperatures (of air and sea) around 18-20 °C. Some "freaks" still swim at that time but the main bathing season it's over... Anyway if you don't like crowd this time is perfect - you can easily get free and cheap room, it's not too hot for walking around...
Getting to islands: there is ferryboat company called Jadrolinija (http://www.jadrolinija.hr). From Split you can go to Brac, Hvar, Solta, Vis... I'm not sure but as I know ferries in Oct. aren't so frequent any more as in June, July and Aug. If you decide to go on island for one day and make the best of it it's good to check for the first ferry (usually around 5-6 a.m.) and going back with the last (around 10 p.m.). Btw islands are otherwise far more tourist than land except cities.
You wrote you are interested in natural beauties...This year I was in Imotski... It isn't so near but also not so far away from Split (look east on the map) but if you'd like to see two magnificent lakes (called Crveno - means red and Plavo - blue) you should go there. Both of them are criptodepressions - it means their bottoms are below sea level, surround with high limestone walls... I have some photos but I don't know how to attach and show it in the post... I won't lie if I write that I never see more beautiful blue cast (probably depends on weather conditions too)of water like it was in Plavo jezero. It is special also because it may all sink and the lake basin can be dry, but I think in October this won't happen. There is also some other points - town Omis with Cetina river, moutain range Biokovo...
Hope I help you a little bit... Bye U.
I understand you having doubts about travelling on your own as a female but I don't have bad experiences so far. But little caution is never too much... As I can read you were in Dubrovnik and on island Hvar last year... Sorry for saying this but maybe you will be disappointed seeing Istria in comparison with Dalmatia. If you intend to triple SSS (sand, sea, sun)+ swim, I don't recommend you this part of the croatian coast. Otherwise Pula is nice town with its historical part and arena... About booking - in September it shouldn't be full any more so I rather find and check accomodation here if I were you. I hope I didn't ruin your plans - this is just my opinion.
Hey Urusus thanks for the reply....I figured since I had been to Dalmatia that Istria would be somewhere different...I would like to see somewhere different in Northern Croatia(am planning to go onto Slovenia after) but am open to other suggestions as to where might be better? Am interested in seeing bit of Croatia life, but also relaxing, some sun and swimming
Hi Ammogirl no problem for reply... I'd love to help others if I can. I don't know if I understand your post correctly... It seems to me that you think Istria is near Dalmatia - am I right? If you think so, you have wrong. Istria is the most northwestern part of Croatia. Maybe I wasn't enough clearly why I don't recommend you this part in previous post so here is more specific explanation. Beaches in Istria in comparison with Dalmatia aren't sandy or pebbly, but usually concrete. Sea in Istria (not everywhere!) is often dirty with seaweed, on the sea bottom (in 1 - 1,5 m of depth) are somewhere slippery rocks... In September weather can be more changeable than in the south. From my observation people in Dalmatia are often friendlier, more peaceful (don't rush at all), food has better taste... Maybe I just had such experiences...
I didn't want you to change the plans at first place, I just like to inform you that you won't expect too much... Despite of this and because you'd like to see some northern part of Croatia I suggest you to visit Pula, national park Brioni islands and rocky cape Kamenjak near by; then I select to go to one of the bigger islands in Kvarner sea region - maybe Krk or Cres. I don't know where do you start your trip and how you get to the start point (I guess in Croatia or Italy ), but airport for town Rijeka is on island Krk. After it you can go northeast to Croatian - Slovenian border by river Kolpa. It's great place for walking, cycling, canoeing... BTW how many days you intends to stay? I give you some tips - check on the net to see some photos and decide where to go... Click on:
Hey Ursus, great info and much appreciated.....taking some time to review it all Am arriving into Trieste, as the idea is to spend some time in more northern Croatia (as mentioned I was in Dubrovnik last year, beautiful place, but would be great to see new places.
I know that there is a great distance between Istria and Dalmatia, I also thought about Zadar? Probably won't go any further south.
Great websites, have given me some good ideas.
Finally, any tips on Slovenia? It is my first time there, and am looking to go to Llubljana, perhaps somewhere like Bled and Bohinj regions? I will have approx 3-4 days in total in Slovenia...
Slovenia? Ljubljana is small city, old one with a lot of historical monuments and with river.
Bled and Bohinj are really nice. They are the most popular turistic cities.
You can go onto Vrsic to river Soca valley. Beutiful scenic nature.
You can also visit the Postojna cave.
This is the plan for 3-4 days.
You can travel by train, it's old but cheap.
You're welcome... I don't know where to begin with tips about Slovenia... 3-4 days it's quite short time for better discover of our small but various country... Most of travelguides suggest places you already mentioned - Ljubljana, Bled, Bohinj,Piran... They are the most popular touristic cities like wrote sardegna as well. If you want to visit them go for it... I don't see obstacles. If you choose to go to Bled you should visit natural gorge of river Radovna called Blejski vintgar, in Bohinj waterfall Slap Savica, in Ljubljana you have wide scenery from the castle's tower.
But if you have some special wishes just write about it... Maybe you like mountain-climbing (you can choose between several Alps peaks), rafting (Soča valley), exploring caves...
I wrote some tips also in a topic "Need help for travel in Slovenia" (click on: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=26478 I hope it works...).
Sunny greeting from Slovenia, U.