Bled, Plitvice NP, Mostar, Bol (Brac island), Krk island, Piran, Postojna
-> Jesenice (Slovenia)
11.6: Jesenice ->
Bled -> Poljanak
national park -> Mostar
14.6: Mostar ->
Blagaj -> Pocitelj -> Kravice waterfalls ->
Makarska -> Bol
15.6: Bol, Zlatni rat
16.6: Bol - Ferry
Supetar-Split - Krk
17.6: Krk -> Stara
Baska beach -> Krk
18.6: Krk -> Rijeka
-> Piran -> Postojna
19.6: Postojna caves
Planning and overall impression
This was a
short nine days trip from Munich to Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia
Herzegovina (mainly Croatia). Given the short time and the season, the
area we chose seemed ideal: beautiful natural scenery, some historical
places, local culture and some nice beach areas. To optimise the
limited time I spent some effort in researching the area and planning a
doable trip which would allow to visit all places without rushing and
spending too much time in the car.
The trip was really nice - we saw some beautiful and interesting places and had a nice time.
Slovenia and Croatia are no longer low
cost travel destinations. Especially the tourist hotspots in these
countries have a quite high price level. You could in principle do a
low cost trip, by avoiding restaurants and self-catering, but it's
impossible to avoid the entry tickets for national parks and other
natural wonders. With a family of four the entry to the Plitvice
national and the Postojna caves cost more than 100 Euro for instance.
Bosnia Herzegovina is a lot less expensive than Croatia, but then it doesn't have the attractive coastline Croatia has.
Motorway tolls were a bit steep (for instance 30 Euro for Slovenia, even if we did less than 300 km of motorway in Slovenia).
Food was good. We ate in a range of places
- restaurants, cafes, food courts of shopping malls etc. The best food
was in a restaurant in Mostar. In a restaurant in KrK the portions were
very big - the kids couldn't manage to finish their food.
Being a family of four (two
adults, two kids) most of the time we stayed in apartments. These were
convenient, because we could all stay in one place (as opposed to have
two separate, possibly not connecting, rooms in a hotel). In addition,
many apartments had a washing machine, so we could easily wash dirty
clothes. The apartments cost in the
range of 46 to 98€ per night.
Money / Exchange rate (June 2021)
1€ = 7.5 HRK
1€ = 1.95583 BAM
Mobile phones and prepaid cards
In Croatia and
Slovenia we relied entirely on EU roaming. In Mostar we bought SIM
cards with 4GB of data for 4 BAM each. But before we did that, we had
to switch on data roaming with the German SIM card to be able to find
the apartment. Those few MB of mobile data cost 60 Euro, because our
German provider charges 12 Euro per MB of mobile data outside the EU
(and we immediately hit the 60 Euro/day limit).
All places were we stayed
offered free WLAN, sometimes fast, sometimes not so fast and sometimes
Outdoors we used the smartphone to access the Internet.
The weather was quite good. No rain, always sunny with a few clouds
every now and then. In the Balkans the temperature went up and peaked
Health / Vaccinations
There were no border controls at all regarding the pandemic, even if
the pandemic wasn't over yet. It's just that nobody cared. Although I
must say that the numbers (at least the official ones) in Croatia,
Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina were quite low.
VISA / Entry requirements
We didn't need any visas, because even my wife could enter Bosnia
Herzegovina with her Malaysian passport without a visa. There were
border controls at the borders to Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina, but
not between Germany and Austria and Austria and Slovenia.
The area is quite safe.
We did this trip completely by car, leaving from Munich and getting
back to Munich. This had the advantage that we didn't have to rely on
public transportation (less risk of getting infected) and we could
choose apartments in any location (for instance less expensive ones out
of town). To reach Brac island we used the car ferry.
10.6: Munich -> Jesenice
Apartment Mak, Jesenice. 90 Euro for an apartment
in the ground floor of what appears to have been a pizzeria. There is a
big oven for the pizzas and a large kitchen area. The apartment has
been refurbished and now contains a double bed and two single beds.
There is a big round table with chairs, a sofa, two toilets, one with
shower. Free Internet (WLAN) of good quality.
Weather: mainly overcast in Munich, 18-19C. In
the evening around 20°C in Jesenice, blue sky. No rain the whole day.
We manage to start the trip at 4pm in Munich. After a short stop at a
petrol station to refuel the car we drive to the motorway. In the
German section until the Austrian border in Salzburg there is no big
traffic jam, just a short one caused by a car accident. But due to the
heavy traffic the speed is mostly below 100 km/h.
Once in Austria the situation improves a bit and after some time we
manage to drive at the speed limit of 130 km/h (although there are
several sections with a speed limit of just 100 km/h or even less).
In the end we reach Jesenice at 8:10pm. Now it would be important to
find a restaurant because it is already a bit late for the dinner. By
coincidence or luck we spot the advertising board of the only Chinese
restaurant in this place, the Shanghai one. Quickly we arrive there and
have dinner. The restaurant is decent, with good food served in big
enough portions. We handle all communication with the restaurant staff
in Chinese. From their accent they seem to be coming from southern
Around 9:20pm we arrive at the apartment. There we run into a lady who
happens to be the caretaker of this place and has been waiting for us.
She immediately opens the door and shows us the place.
So it seems that in this first day of the trip everything went very
11.6: Jesenice -> Bled
House Elena apartment, Poljanak. 70 Euro for a
large apartment with two bedrooms, a large kitchen/living room and a
toilet. Everything fully furnished. Free WLAN.
Weather: sunny with clouds the whole day. Mostly
blue sky, but every now and then the clouds block the sun. A mix of
overcast and blue sky in the evening. Top temperatures above 26°C, no
We leave the apartment after 10:40am, then waste a lot of time trying
to reach Bled because of Google Maps. First Google Maps lets us drive
to roads which do not exist, then it sends us to a one-way road in the
opposite direction. Clearly the Slovenian maps of Google Maps are not
up to date.
Then Google Maps, instead of showing a route using the motorway, sends
us on a strange mountain route across small villages. The problem is
that in one small village the road is only open for local people. So we
end up backtracking all the way back to Jesenice, where we take the
The reason that Google Maps chooses the small mountain road is that the
standard road via the motorway ends in a traffic jam. In fact, there is
a 10 minutes traffic jam at the entrance to Bled (probably too many
visitors; we discover that from June 10th to 12th there is a regatta on
Bled lake). So basically Google Maps has been sending us on this
mountain road, so that we can avoid this traffic jam, without knowing
that the local people have blocked the mountain road for the non locals.
At the ourskirts of Bled we spot an area with supermarkets, a (small)
mall and a McDonalds. At 11:39am we stop there and buy some food and
drinks (and stuff from McDonalds for the kids). The we continue driving
to the centre of Bled.
We lose some time looking for a parking. Not so easy, because the town
is full of people. After some time we find a parking (2 Euro/hour) and
leave the car there. It's 12:35pm when we finally get out of the car.
Bled is a unbelievably cute city with a beautiful lake in an amazing
setting. No wonder this place is so touristy. Around the lake there is
a beautiful park, with cafes, restaurants and hotels spread around the
area. Several nice cafes/restaurants everywhere along the lake with
But it's also a very pricey place. To make an example, a scoop of ice
cream costs 2.30 Euro (no wonder we don't see anybody eating ice cream
here). The ticket to enter the castle costs 13 Euro, and this for a
small not so significant castle (actually the castle is also cute
and offers great views over the lake).
On the lake today there is a rowing competition with eights. This is
why you can't rent rowing boats today.
We could walk once around the lake, but instead walk up to the castle.
Beautiful little castle, from which there is a good view of the lake.
Inside the castle there is some museum with exhibits.
Bled is a place where you could stay for an entire week, using
it as a base for trekking in the nearby mountains or for water sports.
By 2:30pm we are back in the car and drive again to the supermarket
area where we buy more food and drinks. Then we drive to Poljanak.
Google Maps shows a route which goes all the way up to Zagreb and then
south again. To shorten it I drive through Novo Mesto and Karlovac.
It's indeed a shorter route, but a bad one because it consists of small
mountain roads passing through a countless number of small villages.
At 6:50pm we are at the apartment.
12.6: Plitvice national park
Old town apartments, Mostar. 90 BAM (= 46 Euro) for
a nice apartment overlooking Mostar, with two bedrooms, a living room +
kitchen corner, one bathroom with shower. Fully furnished with
everything, WLAN included. The only problem of this place is that it is
difficult to find with Google Maps, if you drive a car.
Weather: sunny, blue sky with a few clouds every
now and then. Top temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C, some wind, no
In the morning we check out and drive to the parking at the entrance 1
of the Plitvice national park (the parking costs 10 Kuna/hour). Then we
walk to the park entrance Nr 1.
At exactly 11am we cross the checkpoint and start the program C trail.
We immediately spot the big waterfall (Veliki slap). Incredible view,
as if you were watching the Niagara or Victoria waterfalls. Very, very
scenic. This view alone is worth the 800 Kuna we spent for the tickets.
We then start walking towards the P3 point. On the way we get close to
the big waterfall. The trail consists of staircases in the steep areas
and wooden planks when you have to cross water areas. Where the terrain
is easy, it's simple forest trail. There is plenty of water in the
waterfalls, probably because it has been raining recently.
At 12:15pm we are at the P3 point, where you take the boat which
crosses the lake to the P2 point. From there you walk to the St3 point,
from which there is a bus which brings you to the St1 point.
It's a bit difficult to describe this area, but the views are simply
stunning. Big and small waterfalls everywhere, ponds and pools with
turquoise waters, green trees providing shadow, rock formations, fish
in the crystal clear water, dragonflies flying around, spring flowers
blooming. Lots of nice pictures.
There are queues at the P3 and St3 points, as people wait for the boats
and buses. We manage to catch a boat around 12:30pm and at 2:55pm we
are on the bus (seems there is a bus every 20 minutes). The bus needs
25 minutes to drive from St3 to St1.
From St1 it's a short walk back to the parking. We manage to start
driving to Mostar at 3:55pm.
The drive initially is on a long distance road for about 60-70km, then
on the motorway. There are very few cars on the motorway, which is nice
for us, but makes one wonder why they build this motorway if so few
people use it.
In any case we are at the border around 7:20pm (very short queue) and
easily cross it. No vaccination certificates or Covid tests needed.
Then it's a stupid small road full of curves to Mostar. We have no
local SIM card and to avoid roaming charges we switch off the mobile
It's quite easy to get into town. Now it would be important to find a
restaurant for dinner (it's 8pm). We walk a bit around, then choose the
Pasta2go restaurant, where we have some noodles. In the mobile phone
shop opposite the restaurant they don't sell SIM cards.
After dinner we drive to the apartment. Google Maps guides us to a spot
on a fast road where you can't stop the car. It then takes
us about 45 minutes to find the place and how to drive there. Basically
you have to drive on a small impossible road, which Google Maps does
not list. We finally check in after 10pm.
Old town apartments, Mostar.
Weather: sunny, blue sky with a few clouds every
now and then. Dry and hot (32°C according to the weather report). No
rain, little wind.
We spend the day in Mostar, checking a bit out the place. We leave the
apartment late, at 11:45am. By this time the temperatures are already
quite high and the sun is very strong.
From the apartment it takes only 5 minutes to walk down the staircase
to the historic centre. This is very cute, Ottoman style, some mosque
here and there. The main tourist road is full of shops. Ice cream for
1.50 BAM one scoop, half of the price in Munich.
The first thing we do is to get SIM cards for everybody. 4 BAM for a
SIM card with 4GB of data and no airtime for phone calls. The provider
Earlier this morning I have received an SMS from my German mobile phone
company, informing me that I have reached the daily limit of 60 Euro of
mobile data charges. 12 Euro / MB, which means when yesterday evening
we briefly switched on mobile data to be able to use Google Maps to
find the apartment, these few minutes of mobile data usage must have
reached 5 MB.
Welcome to the world of non-EU mobile data roaming, where 1 GB of data
costs 12000 Euro (twelve thousand Euro in words). Compare that to the
0.50 Euro we pay here in Bosnia for 1 GB of data. Some court of law
should put an end to this absurd customer rip-off.
After buying the SIM card we spend some time exploring the city. We
make it all the way to the bridge and beyond. Very, very touristy area,
a real "tourist ghetto". After 1pm we walk back to that first
restaurant we had spotted a bit outside the main tourist area and have
a lunch there.
The cost of food seems to be about half to one third of the price of
food in Germany. And this one restaurant where we have lunch is also
not bad - the food is very tasty and well made. Interesting local
After lunch the girls want to go to the DM store and buy some make up
stuff. So we walk there and after an eternity they finally get
out. Seems they managed to spend 80 BAM for some make up nonsense which
perhaps they do not even need.
In any case we walk back to the centre of Mostar and buy some drinks in
a supermarket, then walk back to the apartment. We are back in the
apartment at 3pm. There we take a rest.
At 5:40pm I get out again, hoping to get better pictures in the late
afternoon light. The sun is now less harsh, but because of the angle of
the sun I do not really get better pictures, just different ones. The
noon sun may have been harsh, but it also properly illuminated those
narrow alleys, while the late afternoon sun is too low in the sky and
cannot illuminate the alleys, resulting in harsh shadows on the
In any case I walk past the bridge looking for a good spot from where
to photograph the bridge. I walk down to the river level, where there
are people in swimsuits. I also spot a boat, apparently offering boat
trips on the river. Every now and then somebody jumps from the
bridge into the river.
From this riverbank I walk to the other bridge, but that is not a good
place from where to photograph the bridge. In the end, using Google
Maps, I manage to find the place which offers the best view of the
Then I walk back towards the town and around 7:10pm I'm in the Pasta2Go
restaurant where I order some take away noodles for the girls and myself
(Shirley is not hungry). Then I walk back to the apartment and deliver
the noodles to the kids.
After 8pm I walk out again for some blue hour photography (the sun sets at
8:30pm). I'm back in the apartment shortly before 10pm.
14.6: Mostar -> Blagaj
-> Pocitelj ->
Kravice waterfalls -> Makarska -> Bol
Niko apartments, Bol (Brac island). 65 Euro for an
apartment with a bedroom, a living room with kitchen and large bed
sofa, bathroom with shower. Fully furnished, A/C, WLAN. About 400m from
the centre of Bol, 1km from the Zlatni rat beach. Friendly owner.
Weather: overcast in the morning, after about
10-11am the sky opens up and it's sunny, blue sky with top temperatures
of 30°C. Dry, no rain.
We check out around 10:30am, then lose some time driving through the
narrow roads of Mostar. Along the way we stop at a petrol station to
refuel the car and buy some food in a bakery. Then we drive towards
Blagaj. The roads are not very good and there are strange speed limits
(for instance 40 km/h in the middle of nowhere).
Once in Blagaj (we are there at 11:40am) it takes some time to figure
out what the actual attraction of this place is. It's the dervish house
in Blagaj Tekija, next to the river source. There is a parking fee of
BAM 4 and then you have to drive along a narrow road and park along
this narrow road.
Ticket of BAM 30 for the four of us to visit the dervish house. The
ladies have to dress up like muslim women. I'm ok because I'm wearing
long trousers. Thinking again about it, we could have saved the
BAM 30, because the interior of this dervish house are not terribly
interesting. It's more the view from outside which is special - this
interestingly shaped house next to the rock wall with the river source.
Opposite the dervish house there is a restaurant in a cool, refreshing
At 12:30pm we leave Blagaj and drive to the next place, Pocitelj. The
idea today is to spend some time getting an impression of this part of
It's around 1pm when we reach Pocitelj. I notice that there are some
restaurants here and because it is lunch time, I park the car at a
restaurant and we have a lunch there. Quite decent, tasty food.
After lunch, shortly before 2pm I walk to the actual old town of
Pocitelj and have a look. You can walk up a staircase to the castle
ruin and beyond. Nice views of this old town and of the nearby river.
Cobblestone staircases, like a village from another age. It's a cute,
cute village, which could get more visitors (and perhaps it does in the
peak season in summer. But today, in mid-June it's just me and a few
more travellers visiting this place.
By the way, strong sun and hot air which makes it quite tiring walking
up all these staircases. At the castle and elsewhere you can climb on
walls for better views of the area, but this is a bit risky and you
need good balance.
It's around 2:50pm when we start driving to the next place, the Kravice
waterfalls. On the way the police stops me and fines me for speeding.
They claim I've been driving 59 km/h in a 40km/h area, which seems
strange because I've kept the speed below 50km/h, around 40-45km/h.
Long discussion, then they fine me for 20 Euro. No receipt, so perhaps
the policeman kept the money?
Shortly after 3:30pm we arrive at the waterfalls. Fee of BAM 60 for the
four of us to get in. After a short walk we reach the waterfall area.
Nice, scenic waterfall, but at this time of the day the sun is in the
wrong position. We should have been here in the morning.
Lots of people in swimsuits, swimming in the ponds. Seems to be like a
huge water playground. For sure, when the temperature is 30°C it's nice
swimming in this place. You can also rent a boat.
After 4pm we start driving towards Makarska. Brief stop in a
supermarket along the way, where we try to spend the last few BAM we
Then Google Maps directs us to a closed, abandoned border post. So we
backtrack and cross the border in another place. Then it's a long drive
on small and narrow roads across villages until we finally manage to
get back on a motorway. In the end we reach Makarska at 6:25pm.
We set back our standard SIM cards into the smartphones. The SIM card
in my phone doesn't allow mobile data. Lots of time spent
checking the settings until I finally realise that perhaps my phone
company have blocked the mobile data of the phone (and I manage to get
the mobile data unblocked after calling the customer support in
At 6:40pm we sit down in a restaurant along the waterfront and have
some dinner. Then we take the 8pm Jadrolinja ferry to Sumartin. This
arrives at 8:50pm in Sumartin and by 9:30pm we are at the apartment in
15.6: Bol, Zlatni rat beach
Niko apartments, Bol (Brac island).
Weather: sunny, blue sky the whole day. Top
temperatures probably around 30°C, some wind on the beach.
Day spent on the beach, that is afternoon spent on the beach, because
at 12pm we buy some food and drinks in a Tommy supermarket and only
reach the beach at 1:30pm. We could have walked, but prefer taking the
car to avoid walking 1.5km under the strong sun. The first parking we
reach asks for a parking fee of 100 Kuna. Whole day, but quite
expensive. So we drive further and find another parking only 300m from
the beach which costs only 30 Kuna.
So we park the car and walk to the beach. There are plenty of stalls
selling food (sandwiches, French fries, chicken nuggets, pizza etc.)
and toilet and shower facilities (the toilet is a bit smelly and costs
7 Kuna, 13 Kuna if you want to take a shower). On the beach there are
and umbrellas (80 Kuna for the lounger + 80 Kuna for the umbrella).
Lots of people on the beach, but not overcrowded. Perhaps in peak
season in July / August this place is more crowded.
The beach has small pebble stones (not sand). It's a bit painful
walking barefoot on the beach, especially when the sun is so strong and
the pebble stones are really hot. Some people wear some kind of rubber
The sea water, well, is a bit cold, but not so cold that you can't swim
in it. You can't spend hours in the water (after 20-30 minutes you have
to get out, otherwise the body starts getting too cold). Probably in
August or September the water temperature is much higher.
There are plenty of watersport options: kitesurfing, banana boat rides,
At 5:40pm we walk back to the car, then drive back to the apartment.
In the evening we walk into town. The price level of restaurants is
quite high (11-12 Euro for a margherita pizza or bolognese spaghetti,
just to make a couple of examples).
16.6: Bol - Ferry
Supetar-Split - Krk
Apartment Petra, Krk. 97 Euro for an apartment with
two bedrooms, a living room + kitchen, two toilets (one with shower).
Fully equipped apartment, WLAN available. The only problem is that
there is just one A/C unit for the whole apartment (in the living
room). The apartment is about 1km from the centre of the old town.
Weather: sunny, blue sky, top temperature of
30°C. Some cloud cover when we cross the coastal mountain range.
We check out at 10:20am and drive to the ferry harbour in Supetar (40
minutes drive from Bol). Along the way we stop at the panorama
viewpoint for some photos.
We queue up at the ferry queue in
Supetar at 11:15am, then leave the car and walk into town.
Supetar is a small coastal town on the northern coast of Brac island.
There is a restaurant/cafe area around the small boat harbour. Ice
cream is cheaper at 10 Kuna per scoop (vs 13 in Bol).
Around 11:45am we are back in the car and soon after that we drive into
the ferry (roll on/roll off type). This ferry is bigger than the one in
Makarska. There is a big, air-conditioned hall with a cafe and
chairs/benches and tables.
The ferry leaves at 12:30pm and reaches Split at 1:20pm. We get out of
the ferry and drive to the Mall of Split shopping mall.
This is a relatively new mall which has opened in 2016. On the second
floor there is a food court, where we have lunch. Then we go to the
supermarket and buy some food and drinks.
There is actually not so much time for shopping, because it's almost
3pm and we have to be in Krk by 7pm (check in at the place we booked is
between 2pm and 7pm), and the time to drive to Krk is a bit over four
hours according to Google Maps. So around 3pm we start driving to Krk.
Initially the road climbs on the mountain range until it reaches the
motorway which runs on top parallel to the coast. Then it's smooth and
fast until the last 100km, which are on narrow and winding mountain
roads and coastal roads.
We reach the apartment in Split before 7pm. There a guy is waiting for
us and hands the keys to us.
Immediately after that we drive into Krk town and buy some food in a
Then we have a look at the waterfront area of Krk. It's quite lively at
this time of the day (almost 8pm). Lots of people walking around and
people sitting in restaurants having dinner. There is some music,
several food stalls. The old town actually is quite pretty. I see a
church and a castle.
Back in the apartment I wonder what to do the next day - go to some
beach for swimming or do some trekking.
17.6: Krk -> Stara Baska
beach -> Krk
Apartment Petra, Krk.
Weather: sunny, blue sky, top temperature of
32°C. In the evening a few clouds, otherwise spotless blue sky. Little
We leave the apartment late after 12pm, then drive into town to the
Adria Sun travel agency in order to check in for the apartment. Near
the travel agency I find an ATM where it is possible to withdraw cash
without fees (later the bank statement will show that this ATM charged a fee of 35 HRK without informing me).
After checking in I ask for trekking opportunities on Krk
and receive a map with a list of treks with duration and altitide to
cover. Then, after a brief stop in a bakery, we drive to the Stara
You have to park the car along the road above the beach. From there you
walk along a trail down to the beach for about 10 minutes. The trail is
a bit tricky - it would be better to have trekking boots, and not walk
down with beach slippers (like us and most other people do).
The beach is in a beautiful, wild setting. A strip of white beach
(small pebble stones) in a bay surrounded by rocks. Beach chairs and
umbrellas on the beach, a cafe in one spot for snacks and drinks.
We walk, walk looking for an empty beach lounger and are lucky - we
find the last available beach lounger with umbrella. 100 Kuna because
it's only for half a day.
So we settle down there. The girls get changed and start swimming in
the sea. Also here the sea water is somehow cold, but it's possible to
swim for 20-30 minutes before freeezing too much.
Here on this beach there are no showers or toilet facilities. It's
We are on the beach until 4pm, then walk back to the car and drive
to Krk. Along the way we stop at a supermarket for some food and drinks
("tourist" prices in this supermarket).
After 5pm I walk (alone) into town to have a look at the place and take
some pictures. The historic core is full of tourists, many from
Germany. There is basically the big church and the fortress/castle;
besides that there are no other touristic highlights. I find some
restaurants and fast food places in the road behind the waterfront.
In the evening we have a dinner in one of the restaurants around 8pm.
After 9pm there is an open air classic music concert of the Croation
18.6: Krk -> Rijeka ->
Sweet Dreams apartments, Postojna. 98 Euro for a
room with four beds (one is queen size double), a kitchen corner, table
with four chairs, other smaller table with two chairs, A/C, flat screen
TV, place where to hang clothes, toilet with shower, A/C, WLAN (a bit
Weather: sunny, blue sky, top temperatures around
We check out at 10am and initially drive towards Rijeka. Along the way
we see a queue of cars (mainly non-Croatian) driving to Krk. At the
same time many cars are leaving Krk. Must be the beginning of the
holiday season or perhaps people are coming for the weekend.
Once in Rijeka we park the car near the city centre. Rijeka, well, has
a photogenic city centre. It's not exactly a tourist hotspot, but the
pedestrian area of the city centre is quite nice. Clean streets and
buildings, colourful buildings in early 20th century style, shops and
Because the girls are hungry (and Shirley as well) we stop at a
McDonalds restaurant for some quick food. In the process I manage to
spend all remaining Croatian kuna. Not a terribly big deal, because in
the pedestrian area I have found some money changers, so I could have
changed the Croatian money there had I had some left.
Around 12:30pm we walk back to the car and start driving to Piran in
Slovenia. I chose Piran because it is listed as a highlight for
Slovenia in the Lonely Planet tourist guide.
Driving from Rijeka to Piran takes about one and a half hours, mainly
on some long distance roads. Once in Piran we discover that the parking
I had keyed in as a destination is full. So we lose some time looking
for a parking. One parking I find is reserved for people who are
members of some club. In the end we park the car in the Fornace
parking, a multi-storey parking building (2.40 Euro/hour).
Actually parking in the city of Piran is almost impossible - there is
just no space.
From the Fornace parking we take the (free) shuttle bus to the centre
of Piran (walking is also possible; 800m but it's quite hot and the
ladies don't want to walk under the sun).
Piran has a very cute main square (Tartini square), with cute building
surrounding it. I notice that street signs are in two languages
(Slovene and Italian), and in fact a history check shows that the town
was mainly Italian until the end of World War II and nowadays a bit
less than one third of the local population are Italian speakers.
I walk up the hill, then get up the church clock tower for some views of
the area. Then I walk down and have a look at the remaining part of the
The pricing level in Piran is quite high (for instance a scoop of ice
cream costs 2 Euro; restaurants aren't cheap either). I don't know if
it's seasonal, i.e. if off-season prices are lower, or if this is the
result of the pandemic or current Ukraine crisis. In any case it
doesn't seem to make too much sense to spend a holiday in Piran,
because the beaches aren't that special (Croatia has much better
beaches and costs less) and the cost of staying here is quite high.
Around 5pm start getting back to the car. I walk along the street to
take some pictures, the ladies take the shuttle bus. At 5:20pm we leave
for Postojna, arriving there shortly after 6pm (most of the road is a
There we check in and after that walk into town to have dinner.
Postojna is, well, also cute. The city itself is not the reason to come
here (it's the caves), but the centre is nicely set up and clean.
We have a dinner in the Macao Chinese restaurant. Quite unimpressive
food, and we'll probably not have again Chinese food in Slovenia,
because also the Chinese restaurant near Bled wasn't that good.
After 8pm we walk back to the hotel.
19.6: Postojna caves ->
Home, sweet home
Weather: sunny, blue sky, top temperatures around
We check out after 10am and get into the car, then drive to the parking
of the Postojna caves. A big parking with lots of parking spaces. We
park the car and walk to the tourist information centre.
We have booked the 11am time slot. Around 10:40am we queue up at the
cave entrance, by 10:50am we are inside the cave entrance in
the shadow (very strong sun outside).
Shortly after 11am we get into the electric train and a few minutes
later the train brings us deep inside the mountain. We'll spend the
next hour and a half inside the cave, following our German speaking
The cave is quite nice and very long. Plenty of stalagmite
/ statactite rock formations.
At 12:48pm we are outside. Now it would be time to have lunch, so we
get to the car and drive to the Čuk pizzeria restaurant. This
turns out to be a good choice, because the food is good. It's just that
they make us wait for ever for the food - we get it one full hour after
we have placed the order.
Like this we only manage to leave Postojna at 3pm (after refueling the
car in a petrol station).
Now, in normal times it would be possible to drive the 450km to Munich
in five hours. In practice, today is the last day of the Whitsun
holiday period and countless people are trying to get back to Germany.
We are stuck in traffic jams on the motorway and only manage to reach
home at 11pm, i.e. three hours later than in ordinary times.
so, that the motorway in Germany, well after 10pm, is still full of
cars. Apparently it's not only us who are getting back at the last
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