And here we are talking about one of our favorite trips: an on the road among nature to discover the most beautiful parks in Croatia, obviously with our puppy Pesca.
After having rent the Jeep that will accompany us for the next 5 days thanks to Sixt in Venice, we started off in the direction of Bled.
The first stop is in Slovenia. Lake Bled is one of the most evocative views I’ve ever seen, even more beautiful from the heights surrounding it, pity that the weather has not been on our side and this is the only shot that we managed to take home between a drop of rain and the other.
First night: Ljubljana. We did not have the time that we wanted to visit it but we enjoyed a nice walk at the historic center that teems with beautiful little cafes along the river. We discovered the existence of the museum of illusion, it was a pity that we hadn’t been there, but if you want to take a leap it seems really super fun. We stayed at Ginger rooms, right in the center: a nice, simple room with a small kitchenette but we didn’t use it because we decided to dedicate ourselves to discovering Slovenian delicacies. We tasted a good local goat cheese, struklji, a sausage accompanied by red wine sauce and a super tasty goulash with fried polenta, a dinner that really warmed our hearts in the Hisa Pod Gradom restaurant.
The next day wake up early and we leave to start the tour among the parks of Croatia.
First stop: Plitvice Lakes National Park
This is the oldest and most fascinating Croatian park, one waterfall after another and lake after lake, you will be amazed by the beauty of the karst nature of these landscapes. We advise you to buy tickets online at this site, to avoid long waits. Parking 1 corresponds to the entrance near the lower lakes where the highest and most evocative waterfall is also found, the parking 2 instead will allow you to access the area of the upper lakes via the boat where you will admire small and medium waterfalls between wooden bridges and pebble paths. We decided to take it easy and bought the two-day ticket. The first day we went to entrance 1 and the second to 2. Another small tip, consider bringing something to eat so as not to risk having to go back to the entrance to get a sandwich. We stopped at the last village before the park (the only one with a bakery) where we tasted some savory pie made with filo pastry and meat, small cheese scones and cherry desserts.
Second stop: Krka National Park
This park has a completely different structure from the previous one. First of all it covers a vast area that can be traveled by car between ancient villages, lakes, rivers and mountains, is less frequented and you can decide to buy a different ticket based on the places you plan to visit. One of the most fascinating stops is Skradinski buk where you will find breathtaking waterfalls. Don’t be fooled by the parking lots you will find for a fee along the way, get to the main entrance and park there for free. We advise you then to drive up to the road to reach the Chapel at the Krka Bristane, along the hairpin bends leading to a small chapel you can see from the top the magnificent island of Visovac, a monastery in the middle of the lake, accessible by ferry. Going down then we stopped at Roski slap, the highest of the Krka waterfalls. For the night we decided to stay in a farmhouse not far from the park: the Kalpic agroturism a beautiful complex of apartments surrounded by nature. Swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool are ready to make you relax and the home made delicacies will make you start the day on the right foot. The kindness of the owners and the attention to detail is something we will not forget.
Third Stop: Paklenica National Park
A paradise for climbing enthusiasts. Kevin had shining eyes and we lost count of the number of possible ways around us. We decided to stop here during the weekend of the international climbers meeting and it was worth it. We were excited looking at the speed and agility with which the competitors climbed the planned 160m altitude. But this paradise is not just for those who love climbing, even trekking enthusiasts will find something for their teeth. Another peculiarity of this area of Croatia is that right in front of the park’s mountain range you will see a crystal clear sea and the Pag island. We decided to stay on the other side of the coast and we spent a magical sunset in the historic Zadar, another obligatory stop if you pass here.
In all the places where we were the dogs were welcome and we didn’t have any problems. Always carry your puppies with you, they will make the adventure even richer and more fun.
A big hug and don’t hesitate to write us if you have any curiosity.