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Pros and Cons of Travelling to Dubrovnik, Croatia

In this article, I will speak about the pros and cons of travelling to Dubrovnik, Croatia, as discovered during our short stay.

Dubrovnik was the place where I would part ways with Ana and Tim. I planned a two-night stay before taking the plane to Bucharest, with a short stop in Belgrade (Serbia). They, however, planned to drop me in Dubrovnik and skip it altogether, because it hadn’t sparked up their interest enough to add it to their list.

Pro: Hostel Dubrovnik, in Komolac

My third hostel experience on this road trip. I found it while browsing Hostel World, trying to find accommodation with good reviews, not too far, but not central, and at a good price.  It was actually a difficult task to find it, because, unlike other places in the Balkans, Dubrovnik is more expensive, with a bed in a shared hostel room reaching a price higher than some bed and breakfast rooms from other countries (e.g. Bulgaria).

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Travel to Kotor Bay: Breathtaking Views and Tranquil Hideouts

After visiting Budva, one of Montenegro’s most popular cities, we continued to travel to Kotor Bay. We made our way to Lovcen National Park, to Njegos Mausoleum, where, besides an amazing construction, we found some amazing views over Kotor Bay.

Travel to Kotor bay and stop in LovCen National Park

The National Park is located on the rocky side of the Dinara Alps and it takes its name from Mount Lovcen. The mountain rises quite steeply from the edge of the Adriatic Basin, closing the bays of Boka Kotorska.

Mount Lovcen is a symbol of Montenegro, and it’s considered sacred ground.
The anthem of Montenegro says Lovcen is our Holy Altar.

As you cross the Lovcen National Park, you will discover stunning sights over the surrounding mountains, but also over Kotor Bay:

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Travel to Montenegro’s seaside and discover its hidden gems

From Albania, we continued to travel to Montenegro’s seaside.

We arrived near the seaside in the afternoon on a really hot day. Ana and I were sitting on the grass, in the shade, while Tim was looking for a place to stay. But everything was booked, so we had to search in several towns until we found something.

We ended up staying in Buljarica Beach, one of the few places still not yet suffocated by tourists.

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Tirana Albania’s colourful and creative capital

We left behind the peaceful Lake Ohrid, and heading towards the busy, noisy, colourful and lively Tirana, Albania‘s capital.

When we got to the border between Macedonia and Albania, I was a bit worried about my passing, as I was the only one without a passport, just with an ID card, and Albania is not in the EU. But everything was ok, and I got over this stressful moment and enjoyed the trip afterwards.

The mountain scenery of Albania is beautiful: rocky, green, wild, majestic. It made me think about the Carpathian mountains, actually and got me a bit homesick for a moment.

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Best Place to Stay in Lake Ohrid: Serene Lagadin

When we arrived at Lake Ohrid, we took in the sights and looked for some accommodation. We had nothing planned, we had no idea what was the best place to stay in Lake Ohrid. Therefore, we just looked for signs posted by people outside their homes or yards.  And we eventually found something in Lagadin, a very small tranquil village, where people come only during the warm months, according to some locals.

Lagadin – The Best place to stay in Lake Ohrid

Our hosts offered us two double rooms. Ana was staying with Tim, so I had to share with Simon. We had separate entries, but we shared a long balcony on the first floor, with a view of Lake Ohrid. We also had a shaded parking spot and access to the kitchen.

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Matka Canyon Boat Ride on the Breathtaking Treska River

Early in the morning (yes, somehow it’s always early in the morning!), we had breakfast, said goodbye to the local cat, and met up with Simon. We were all heading to Tirana, so he joined our little party. And it’s a good thing he did because he gave us some nice suggestions on the way! One of them was going on a Matka Canyon boat ride.

The road there wasn’t very pleasant (I was sharing the backseat with Simon and one of our backpacks) and we also got a bit lost because we took a wrong turn. However, it was worth it.

The sights were absolutely beautiful! Just look at the video I found:

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Skopje, our first stop in fascinating Macedonia

It took us some time to leave the Rila Monastery and head towards Macedonia. Like on our arrival in the Rila National Park, there were works to expand the road, so we had to wait a lot for the machines to get out of the way or to move the recently cut trees out of the road.

Slowly, but surely, we made it, though. And we instantly started to appreciate the Macedonian music. I forgot to mention this, but we only listened to what was on the radio on this road trip. And the music we found, regardless of the radio channels, was like the music from the ’80s!

Arrival in Skopje

Once in Skopje, Tim found Urban Hostel & Apartments, where we stayed for two nights. It was a great deal: we had two rooms, a balcony, a small kitchen and, most important: a washing machine in the bathroom. More information on our hostel is available in the quick guide at the end of the article.

We started searching for a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet, but it was no longer there. However, in the area, we found a really nice place, with tasty food.

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