Part of a cycling trip with my friend Hannes from Greece to Slovenia passing through Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia.

Croatia

Dubrovnik is a cultural shock. A city of immense beauty but it is full of tourists. We wish ourselves back to Montenegro and Albania. But the tourists know why they are here, and they are right. We stay, for the first time on this trip, on an official campsite. It is dreadful. Yes, having toilets and showers is nice but everything else is a lot worse than pitching our tent somewhere in the beautiful nature. And it is pricey.

We follow the coastline and find a wonderful spot to camp right at the sea. In the morning a friendly dog is our companion. To our surprise, the Croatian coast is steep and sandy beaches are rare. We take a boat to the island of Korčula. Beautiful small town, beautiful island. We cross to Vela Luka and board the big ferry to Rijeka. We stop for an hour in Split. We do not have a cabin but there is enough space to take out our camping equipment and have a good night’s sleep. In the morning we arrive in Rijeka.

No convenient trains to Slovenia, who cares? We just take the bikes for the 56km to Pivka.