Originally Posted by Tony Robson
Thanks for bringing this back to the top of the pile...
I am planning to take the adriatic coast from western greece up the west coast to Slovenia and italy... this coming summer - 08.. Given my timing I am hoping to be spending about 2 weeks on htis section...
Can anyone provide information on:
International Border Crossing Points
Places to visit on the trip
Places to avoid
Places to Stay
GPS Co-ordinates of any of the above...
Many thanks, this is a total unkown area for so all help is really appreciated....
Thank you, Tony.
Well first posting on this forum for me so let me help You Toni.
I'm from Croatia so travelled these roads many times on Bike and by car. In summer period during July and August the coast of adriatic sea from Greece to Croatia is very hot. You should expect temperatures as high as 40 degrees celzius. The traffic is also very dense so be carefull when driving along the coast for turists doing U turns in the middle of the road.
I sudgest You to enter Albania on the border crossing named Ktismata and then ride coastal road from Sarande-Vlore(nice hotel for 20 euros/night per person)-Durres(also hotel on the beach for the same price as above)-then you can visit and You should do this really-lake Ohrid in Macedonia.
Great smal town with 360 or so churches, great location with lake Ohrid, and the mountain rising high above the city(city is under unesco heritage I think).
If You're short on time then continue from Durres to Shkoder(visit lake Skadar)-then cross the border into Monte negro and drive onto small town of Ulcinj. Then drive to Bar(you can contact me if you'll need help with the accomodation there)-here you can go inland and see some great montain roads and do some white watter rafting on rover Tara or go to-Budva-Kotor(a must see)-then cross the border into Croatia.
First visit Dubrovnik, ancient town, unesco herritage-drive from there along the coast and you should visit Peljesac Peninsula-ancient town of Ston with the high walls sorrounding the area(the longest wall after the great wall of China in the world). On Peljesac peninsula there are lot's of small villages where you can be trapped in time. People are fishing, growing there own plants, and animals. You should taste famous Dingac wine(known around the world), and visit Dingac region where ate these famous wineyards. Again contact me if You need help with the accomodation there. I have a house on Peljesac and also lots of friends.
From Peljesac drive along the coast or take a ferry from Trpanj to Ploce- and drive from Ploce-Makarska.Split(I strongly advise to drive through these part wit great caution;Turists from around Europe are crazy driving, don't looking for anybody especially for bikers-be carefull)-You can take optional route that drives you some part of the road through mainland-from Ploce-Vrgorac-Zagvozd-Sestanovac-Cista Provo-Trilj-then go back down to Split. It is shame if you won't see this part of the coast 'couse there are great beaches, beautifull wievs and some great restaurants, but if you don't wont to be bothered with the traffic jams around Makarska and Podgora then continue along the coast.
You should visit Split, great old town, which like Dubrovnik have a lots of old churches and monuments. From Split go along the coast to Sibenik, where you should go and visit watter falls on Krka river.
After the watter falls and cooling down(you'll need these trust me) you can go to Zadar, which is also full of historical monuments, churches, old cathedrals etc. Contact me if You'll need a place to stay around Zadar.
In these region from Makarska-Zadar there are lots of islands that are just waiting to be visited.Croatia is a country of 1000 islands and You should visit some of them if you can afford the time to be spent. There are National parks in these region: Mljet, Kornati islands, river Krka etc.
From Zadar you can go on island Pag by bridge and drive through moon like landscape-must see. There you should try some lamb chops because the meat is special for one reason. The vegetation on Pag island is consisted of all sorts of herbs that give the meat speciall taste, and also try the goat cheese.
From Pag you can catch ferry to Prizna, and carry along the coast. There you should visit National park North Velebit, witch is monumental mountain rising from the sea level to as high as 1800 m above the sea level(there can be snowing in months of May even June).
From there You to Senj and You can choose to visit islands of Krk and Cres or go inland. I sudgest You to go inland and visit famous Plitvicka jezera, great site to see and national park also. From Plitvicka jezera(lakes) you can go towards the border and enter Slovenia where you sholud ride their part of the Alps.
This was a short one from me
and sorry fro my english if something wasn't readable. If you have some additional questions you cam PM me and I will try to help You as much as I can