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Three of the Best Road Trips in Europe

If you’re looking to experience the most of Europe, then a road trip that allows for “slow travel” and the freedom to fully explore all a destination has to offer – away from the main tourist sites – is perhaps your best option.

Of course, you’ll want to choose your time wisely, as a road trip in the snow can be quite a different experience to the summer road trip experience. The beauty of a road trip is that once you have found affordable car hire you don’t need to cart luggage around with you or plan things out meticulously, as a car offers much more freedom than any other form of travel.

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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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A rainy day trip by bus to Bitola

The next day, Ana and Tim went to visit Ohrid Town. Simon and I returned to Ohrid, as well. But the two of us went to a station, to wait for a bus to Bitola, in Pelagonia Valley.

on the bus to Bitola

It was a rainy day, but we took our chances.

The bus ride was kind of bumpy, and our bus to Bitola wasn’t that new, but it didn’t really matter. The road was pleasant and the scenery was beautiful, though once it started raining, we couldn’t see that much out the windows.

Luckily, when we arrived in town, the rain had stopped and we could wander on the streets.

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