The trip started with a 13-hour long overnight bus ride from Trieste to Dubrovnik:
Right from the first foot off the bus, the familiar sight and weather gave me a sense of excitement and happiness. It was definitely nice to be back!
The following days went by very quickly, visiting old and new spots around the city of Dubrovnik and enjoying a sea we wouldn’t be able to enjoy for another month.
Travelling is just great but, as most things, it requires time; this is why I find summer a great period for doing long trips.
This summer, I decided to properly visit the Balkans, starting from Croatia, and going to Turkey and Greece; the idea first came from my girlfriend who suggested to do Workaway and Couchsurfing while travelling. It took us quite a bit of planning, coming up with new destinations and usually realizing how unlikely they were, given the amount of time available (one plan had us reach even Cyprus).
At the end, we managed to get a good idea of the destinations, some couchsurfing hosts and a workaway opportunity in Albania.
Our itinerary is the following:
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Sarajevo, Bosnia abd Herzegovina
- Belgrade, Serbia
- Sofia, Bulgaria
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Thessaloniki, Greece
- Tirana, Albania
- Shkodër, Albania
- Durrës, Albania
This series of posts will follow our steps and try to show the beauty of South-Eastern Europe.
As we will be on the road for quite a while, the photos will be uploaded later.
If you happen to be in one of these places in July, feel free to let me know! 🙂
On the other side of the main port of Lopud, there is the bay of Šunj.
It is a proper beach, with incredibly hot sand and a restaurant/bar, and for that reason usually very crowded.
There are 2 main ways to get there: either for few kunas getting a taxi, some sort of vehicle which resemble a big golf cart, or simply walking. As I wanted to visit the island first and then get to the island, I decided to walk.
The only suggestion I would give if you are going in the afternoon: bring water!
The island of Lopud is situated northwest of the city Dubrovnik and is a part of the Elafiti islands.
To get to the island, I had to get a ferry from the port of Dubrovnik which also stops at Koločep (the island before). Continue Reading
This is the view of the town of Dubrovnik during sunrise. I really like the really warm colour the whole Old Town gets during this part of the day.
It certainly took some initiative, as I had to wake up quite early, in order to be in the right spot with the right light. But at the end it was totally worth it.
On my way to the chosen location, I noticed that, just like me, even the town itself was slowly waking up from the just passed night. Streets almost empty, which is a very strange view when used to the constantly coming and going platoons of tourists, starting to populating with people in their early jobs: some of them moving around boxes and packages, some other cleaning around and some other just carrying bread to the nearest bakeries.
Although it is seems hard to wake earlier than usual, sometimes it is just worth it.
From the city walls, Dubrovnik can be seen from above in all its beauty.
The colourful orange-ish roofs, the blue beautiful sea and the green island of Lokrum makes the view amazing.
The city walls tour is a unique experience that anyone should do when in Dubrovnik. It takes few hours, if you are, like me, taking pictures and enjoying the view all the time. Continue Reading
So far my trips here brought me only to an island – Lokrum – but this area has many other beautiful island, the Elaphite Islands for instance, located west of Dubrovnik and consisting of large number of reefs and rocks and eight islands and five islets, namely: Daksa, Koločep (Kalamota), St. Andrija, Lopud, Ruda, Šipan, Mišnjak, Jakljan, Kosmeč, Goleč, Crkvine, Tajan and Olipa.
“These islands give a special touch to that part of panorama, especially at sunset, when they seem the most beautiful. The view best enjoyed from Dubrovnik hills Srđ and Petka, and some parts of the Lapad peninsula.
Only three islands in the whole Elaphite archipelago are inhabited; Koločep (Kalamota), Lopud and Šipan. The others are just a play place oasis for the gull rarely disturbed by the lonesome visitor in search of tranquil isolation.”