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Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia, July 2007  (Sergi)

20 days trip around the Balkans, visiting these three countries.


SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA 

Getting There & Away

Czech Airlines flew from Barcelona to Praga with a technical stop in Marsella. I changed in Praga for going to Ljubljana. There is a bus which departs from the airport and arrives at the city center in about 45 minuts.

There are trains connecting Ljubljana with many destinations in Croatia. Going to Pazin takes about 3 hours and to Zagreb about 2 hours and a half. In both cases you have to comply all customs formalities.


Where to Stay & Eat

There is a tourist office in the airport where you can ask for accomodation in the city, for all tastes and budgets. I stayed in a basic place, something like a residence. It was acceptable and inexpensive.

When I got back to Ljubljana, I stayed at Hostel Park, located in the city center. It has different kind of rooms: single rooms and shared rooms (for 2, 4 or many people).

There are many expensive restaurants in the city center. There are also small open air restaurants where they serve inexpensive pizza slices.


What to See & Do

CROATIA

PAZIN 

Getting There & Away

To go by train from Ljubljana to Pazin takes about three hours and during the way customs formalities are complied. This trip, through dense forests, is wonderful. The train station is in the middle of nowhere, but you can arrive in the town after a short walk.


Where to Stay & Eat

There are some private houses in the town where rooms are rented. They are basic but large and in perfect condition.

There are not many places to eat but there are some cafés which offer basic meals.


What to See & Do

POREC 

Getting There & Away

Porec is located less than an hour away from Pazin and there are many buses that operates this route every day.


What to See & Do

PULA 

Getting There & Away

There is frequent transport between Porec and Pula (about 2 hours).


What to See & Do

SPLIT 

Getting There & Away

From Pazin, you can take a bus to Rijeka and there change to another bus to Split. There are different kinds of buses that operate this route, so you should ask how long takes each one. The bus I took stopped many times and finally it took about 9 hours to arrive.


Where to Stay

There are many people advertising cheap accomodations in the Split bus station. They are not a luxury but they are okay.


What to See & Do

DUBROVNIK 

Getting There & Away

There are frequent buses from Split to Dubrovnik. I took a bus that went along the coast, stopping in every town.
On the positive side, I could see the islands that are near the coast. The bad part is that it took five hours to cover the 200 km between Split and Dubrovnik.

Where to Stay

In the bus station, people offer rooms to rent in particular houses. I stayed in a room in a big house which was only a short walk away from the old city.


What to See & Do

BOSNIA

MOSTAR 

Getting There & Around

There is direct transport from Split to Mostar. It takes about three hours and a half and customs formalities are quick and simple, sometimes there is no need to get off the bus.


Where to Stay

People in the bus station offer cheap rooms in particular houses. The one where I stayed was large, clean and air-conditioned.


What to See & Do POCITELJ 

Getting There & Away

There are just a few buses from Mostar to Pocitelj. They trip is about 45 minuts long.


What to See & Do

BLAGAY 

Getting There & Away

There are buses from Mostar which operate this service.


What to See & Do

SARAJEVO 

Getting There & Away

The way by bus from Mostar takes about two hours and a half. The bus station is far away from the city centre.


Where to Stay

I contacted with a private accomodation in Sarajevo throught the house where I stayed in Mostar. A woman was waiting for me in the bus station and she led me to the house. At any rate, this kind of accomodation does not seem difficult to find because there are many signs advertising rooms to rent.


What to See & Do JAJCE 

Getting There & Away

There are buses operating the service from Sarajevo to Jajce and they take about three hours and a half.

From Jajce, buses depart to Zagreb. There are two kinds of buses: some of them go to Zagreb via Bihac and the others via Banja Luka. You should seek information about the schedule and the duration of each one.


Where to Stay & Eat

I stayed at Stari Grad hotel. It is a little expensive but, if you compare it with another accomodations in the country, it has a great value for money.

You can find many cheap places to eat traditional meals.


What to See & Do

SLOVENIA

SKOCJAN CAVES 

Getting There & Away

From Ljubljana you can take a train to Duraca (2 hours). There is a free bus in the bus station which brings you to the caves.


What to See & Do

The tour takes around two hours and, although it is very expensive, it is truly spectacular. The first part of the tour is thorugh large rooms (up to 25m height), with a lot of stalagmites and stalactites. In the second part, you walk along an underground river that forms a canyon.

There are elevators to go up, but when I was there they didn't work and I had to go up on foot.



BLED 

Getting There & Away

From Ljubljiana bus station there are frequent services to Bled (around 1h 30 min).


Where to Stay

There are many places offering rooms to rent but in peak season is difficult to find accomodation because they are usually complete.


What to See & Do
IVACNA GORICA 

Getting There & Away

There are trains from Ljubljana that take around an hour to arrive in Ivacna Gorica.

What to See & Do