My boyfriend and I are going to Croatia on July 25th for 2 and a half weeks. We've booked our flights there as well as our first 3 nights in a hostel. We'll book our flights back before we go, but intend to find accommodation while we're there. We're starting in Split and plan to make our way down stopping on a couple of islands for a couple of days (We have Hvar and Korcula in mind), maybe going to a couple of other islands (Brac and Mijet?) for day trips, and finishing in Dubrovnik for a few days. We would also like to go to Montenegro and Bosnia (Mostar?) for a day or two each.
So my questions are:
A) Is there anything in particular you recommend we see while we're there?
B) We'd like to go to Plitvice National Park, are there day trips available from Split?
C) Are Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mijet the best islands to go to?
D) Where should we go in Bosnia and Montenegro? Is a quick day trip across the border enough, or is it worth staying there for a day or two?
E) Where would be the best (and cheapest!) place to fly back from?
F) Any other advice?!
Thanks for any help!
With respects to E), I'm not sure where in the UK you are but Easyjet are doing flights from Split and Rijeka to London now. Also Wizzair are flying from London to Split and also Zagreb. If you check then between the two you should be able to find some cheap flights, probably Wizzair would be the cheapest I would guess, but not by much. If you're not going to be visiting Zagreb then I would rule that out straight away as it takes longer to get to Zagreb from Split than you would think. Zagreb also isn't worth visiting in its own right in my opinion and you should spend as much time on the coast as possible. Flyglobespan also do slightly more expensive flights to Glasgow from Pula if that's more use.
As for Bosnia and Montenegro, personally I've never been to Montenegro so I can't really comment other than to say it will be absolutely full of tourists at that time of year, but Bosnia is well worth visiting for a few days. Mostar is obviously the easiest to get to from Croatia, there are some bus tours that run there, or you can get the train from Ploce. The downside of the train is that there are (at least when I was there) only two services, one very early in the morning at 6 am and one at 5pm. On the plus side it's very doable as a daytrip as it only takes about an hour and a half to get there.
If you have a couple of days to stay in Bosnia however, you should definitely head for Sarajevo. It'll be a completely different experience from the Dalmatian coast, there are plenty of places to stay, lots to see and the people are wonderful. It's about a 4 hour train journey from Ploce and certainly couldn't be done as a daytrip so that would only be if you wanted to spend a couple of days in Bosnia.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 4, 2007, at 10:58 AM by BlankFrack ]
I went last year to Croatia and Montenegro. First of all I know you can do a day trip from Dubrovnik to ostar, I dunno who runs it but when you get there you should be able to find it.
Montenegro is beautiful and there aren't many tourists at all (not as many as Croatia which is full of bus loads of old folks). When I was there I was the only tourist in the town I was in. The town was Herceg Novi and is 1 hour from Dubrovnik, just over the border. It has to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world.
As for the islands I went to Hvar. it was awsome, a bit of a party island (in Hvar town). I stayed at the green lizard hostel and it was one of my favourite hostels.
So depends what your up for. I got sick of the tourists in Dubrovnik but found Montenegro relaxing.
any more questions just send me a message.
Just to say thanks for the info so far!
BlankFrack, I'm living in London so I'll give those airlines a try.
What we do in Bosnia depends on how long we've spent on the coast. We'll definitely make the day trip to Mostar, but will only do Sarajevo if we have time.
Heff, I reckon we'll spend 2 or 3 days in Montenegro and I'll definitely remember Herceg Novi for a start.
We considered Croatia last year and I remember looking up the Green Lizard hostel, but it was pretty last minute and I think it was booked up. So since we're not booking any accommodation before we go, I guess that choice is out for us!