Two years ago, with two friends we took a car, a tent, a backpack per person, and went for a new adventure. This trip was the discovery of Southern Europe in roadtrip mode. We went through northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. First, we went along the Mediterranean coast, while on the way back we went back to these same countries, but passing through the interior of the country.
A little recap of the trip:
- We left for 16 days
- We did 4504.3 km
- Which corresponds to 101 hours and 40 minutes on the road
- We had a budget of a little more than 300 € each
- 45% of the budget for the food,
- 22% for gasolina,
- 11% for tollgates,
- 9% for carparks,
- 7% for the paid visits,
- et 6% for campsites
- We slept :
- 3 times in campsites
- 2 times in the car
- 11 times in nature
In this second article I will talk about the places visited on the way back, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy. If you haven’t read the beginning of the trip I invite you to visit this article. He describes the beginning of our journey, in Italy and Croatia. At the end of both articles you can see the complete itinerary we have taken.
Mostar is a small town, and like many other places in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is very much marked by the war that ended a little over twenty years ago. Many buildings are destroyed and in ruins. That said, beautiful infrastructures have been renovated, such as the mosque.
I suggest that you start your visit with a walk on the old Stari Most Bridge. It’s a very high bridge. We went there during the redbull games and we saw a lot of athletes doing beautiful dives. However, even outside of this period, some inhabitants of Mostar jumped off the bridge and did a little show against some of the passers-by. The custom is that when you jump off this huge bridge, you gain the privilege of tattooing the bridge on the breastplate.
We can then continue the visit to discover the oldest mosque. Huge and beautiful. From there you will have a panoramic view of the whole city. To get this pleasure, you will have to climb 150 steps!
The rest of our visit was devoted to strolling through the streets, enjoying all the colours offered by colourful fabric shops. Oriental smells. A delight!
Note: Every day, the tourist office organises a free visit to Sarajevo at 4.30 pm. It’s a very nice visit where we see beautiful monuments, we have a bit of history, and stories!
I advise you to go to the Sebilj fountain which has a very surprising and beautiful style. It is moreover in this area that I advise you to eat because full of small restaurants are there.
The National Museum of Sarajevo is also nice to learn more about the country. The architecture of the building of the Academy of Fine Arts and absolutely extraordinary. For a small game of life-size chess it is necessary to surrender to Trg Oslobodenja. You will play on stone slabs with pieces of the size of your leg!
To find a little bit of natural calm and get away from the noise of the city you can end your visit by visiting the park of Vrelo Bosne. Dense vegetation, waterfalls and diverse fauna.
Travnik & Jajce
Travnik is a small, little touristic town with war cemeteries, mosques and Bosnian architecture. Add to that the children who play in the street, the people who stroll, and the atmosphere is peaceful. The town is small and can be visited quickly. On the same day we also went to Jajce. Like Travnik, it is a city surrounded by mountains and vegetation. In these two cities, the most interesting thing to do is to visit the old town.
For the rest of the trip, we head to the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Because it’s a capital, it’s a big city. As a result, there is a lot to see! We didn’t see it all because of a lack of time. But I can recommend several places.
We start with Gornji Grad, it’s the historical center of Zagreb, so it’s the base of our visit! Then you can go to Saint-Stéphane Cathedral. There is also Saint Mark’s Church, and there, what a surprise. It’s not fantastic if you look at it briefly. On the other hand, if we linger on its roof, it’s a festival of drawing made of tile, it’s both surprising and delirious! I also recommend the Zagreb markets, which are huge and filled with little marvels! After that, we’ve already walked well, so we can rest in Zrinjevac Park and the Arts Pavilion.
After the Croatian capital we briefly went to Slovenia. No visit from all over the country, however we stopped once again in the capital. Ljubljana is a small capital, so it is easily visited on foot. Perfect! This is the best way to discover many beautiful things!
We start with the three bridges of Ljubljana and their sculptures of… dragons! In the surrounding area you can get to Miklošičeva Cesta street, from which you can see several buildings facades with mosaic and intriguing arabesques. In the old town there are three main squares, Mestni Trg, Stari Trg and Gornji Trg. It is on these that you will see the visiting hotel, antique shops and medieval houses. In the city centre now, you can see the magnificent Opera House of Ljubljana which has an extraordinary architecture. We stop at Emona House for the intrigue contained in these walls. Ancient remains in the form of stone pyramids.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
We then cross the last frontier of our adventure to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It’s THE heart of the travel. It’s a breathtaking landscape. Especially for nature and mountain lovers. It is a hike of about two hours without counting breaks and the scenery is absolutely stunning. It is in this kind of place that one realizes the greatness and power of nature. With the Tre Cime di Lavaredo you can see the incredible splendor that can be found on our beautiful planet.
I strongly advise you to read this blog article (in french but you can auto traduce) if you are interested in this hike as it is dedicated exclusively to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The pictures are beautiful and the information relevant.
I’d love to do this hike again when I get back to the area. The only thing I will change is the arrival at the start of the hike. We have chosen the toll option that allows us to park as close as possible to the start of the hike, but it costs 24€ per car. If you park further down (there is a first free parking), you extend the hike by 3 hours but the landscapes are apparently magnificent. That’s why I think it’s worth it.
One thing is certain, I would return to make new hikes in the Dolomites to discover other landscapes in the style of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Lago di braies
The same day we went to Lago di Braies, a beautiful alpine lake. If you’re not far from this lake, you absolutely must stop. Just park at the lake hotel and then the walk begins. It takes two hours to get around the lake. But it is very pleasant to relax by the water and enjoy the 360° views. The snowy mountains, the blue water, the atypical wooden hut, the trees pointing high into the sky. It’s magnificent, almost as impressive as Tre Cime di Lavaredo!
For the last day we chose to go to Milan. Not to visit. Not to rest. But to discover the world exhibition. What I particularly appreciated was the human nature of this exhibition. The mix of all nationalities, beliefs, styles, arts and gastronomies. The cultural mix that we feel in such an exhibition is really what turned me upside down. We visited the pavilions of as many countries as possible to learn about as many cultures as possible. And at the end of the evening there was the beautiful closing fireworks. A beautiful way to end this wonderful trip.
I am very happy to have shared this adventure with you ! ♥
route and road trip stops