My friend and I are planning to hike from Dubrovnik up to Trieste next year ( starting in March ) at a relatively fast pace sticking as close to the sealine as possible and seeing as I'm a total novice when it comes to coastal traveling I thought someone out there may be able to make a few suggestions as to the best way to go about it.
I've been thinking about what we need to consider and have thought of a few things that maybe you guys can help answer, such as:
I've read that there are hundreds of camp sites located near the sea in Croatia. Is it likely that we'll be able to go camp to camp all the way up the coast without running into long stretches of coastline with no campsites around?
Is it acceptable for us to camp on/near the beach and light a small controlled campfire?
One of our big concerns is having access to enough fresh drinking water along the way. We'd prefer to avoid having to carry a lot of it if at all possible.
Are there many bug related problems on the coast?
These questions may seem a bit naive or something but I really don't no much about Croatia.
I hope someone can help shed a bit of light on this for me and please, if you've any advice for us about anything related then let me know.
Hi there, in case you're still around and planing to go to to Croatia here's what I can tell you...
Campsites - yes, they're everywhere, but not a lot of them are open in March, so might have to do some planing ahead for fall back options. But, you can try getting rooms in private accomodation - they might come as cheap as campsites - just find houses with signs saying sobe/rooms/zimmer
DO NOT camp at beaches or other non camping areas - it's very likely you'll get a fine. You can risk a night or two but still fine is very likely.
Tap water is perfectly safe everywhere (there's no public waterways only maybe in remote island or mountain area but they have water cisterns). It's quite OK if you ask a watress in a bar or a person working in their garden to refill your waterbottle.
No bug related problems other than the usual ticks, just use some repelent if you're hiking through bush.
I dont know if you are still trying to gain info on hiking on that part of Croatia's coast - but if so, i would tell you that i too had a tentative plan last year to hike between Dubrovnik and Split. Despite weeks of looking for info, i could not find anything about footpaths, though i did manage to establish that the coastal road, Route 8, was not recommended for walking. I found this to be completely true - the road runs along the cliff side, has no footpath, and drops away dramatically to the Adriatic. There was a path between Brela and Maskarska, but not for any other stretch. However, local buses were easy to use and cheap and the area is one of great beauty, so i managed to walk a lot by going place to place by bus, staying in hostels at five or six locations on that route and then walking locally in the different areas. It was a wonderful holiday even if not quite as i had envisaged. But do heed the warning about Route 8 - it really is not safe to walk it, and i'm not being over cautious!