In April this year we started our two-weeks Balkan road trip with our Opel Corsa from Vienna. Our destinations: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Read on if you want to know what we explored and experienced in each country.
Written by Lea
Two weeks, four countries, no expectations, many surprises. I think this best describes our Balkan road trip in a nutshell. This region of Europe has just so much to offer: From relaxing coasts to impressive mountains to the wildest rivers and calmest lakes and in between many charming cities. A Balkan road trip should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Croatia was our first stop on our Balkan road trip. We have been to Croatia before, so we had some expectations. Nevertheless, we were very excited to come back and to explore even more of this beautiful country. All in all, I have to say the whole coast of Croatia is just absolutely breath-taking. There are so many photogenic locations along the coastal way. So, for our sunrise and sunset photography missions we just looked for nice places along the way. One of our favourite spots was the Zrmanja Canyon.
During daytime we visited several charming towns like Dubrovnik. We also explored the Paklencia National Park as well as the absolutely gorgeous Krka National Park.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Be honest, who of your ever thought about traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina? Probably just a few and also we had no expectations of this country. Bosnia and Herzegovina took us by surprise and absolutely stole our hearts. Unfortunately, we just spent two days in this beautiful country but we can not wait go back!
Our first stop were the impressive Kravice Falls. In the evening we explored the town Mostar. On our last day we visited Blagaj Tekke as well as the fascinating walled town Pocitelj (which is one of the 100 most endangered cultural sites).
Montenegro was basically our main destination of our Balkan road trip. It is such a divers country and there is so much to see and do. We started along the coastline and our first stop was Kotor Bay. Our highlights were Kotor Old Town as well as the breath-taking sunset and landscape in the Lovcen National Park. Afterwards we went to the largest lake in the Balkans: the scenic Lake Skadar.
Our second part of our time in Montenegro was dedicated to the mountains. We visited the Prokletije National Park and the Durmitor National Park. Unfortunately, we could not explore both regions as much as we wanted to. It was still too early in the season and many roads were still blocked by ice and snow. But that gives us another reason to come back.
Serbia was the last stop of our road trip. We went to the Uvac Nature Reserve. This place is not only famous for its stunning canyon and river, but also for its large Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) population.
During our last three days we explored the Tara National Park. Thanks to the National Park we got the chance to do bear watching. Unfortunately, we did not see any bears, but that´s nature. Still, it was an incredible experience. Our plan was to go to Belgrad for our last day, but we skipped it for the bear watching experience.
Have you been to the Balkans? And about which country/location do you want to know more? Let us know in the comments!
For more impressions of our Balkan road trip check out our gallery as well as Anskars and my Instagram.