Via Dinarica is a trail for the adventurous hiker. Recently established, it connects the most popular hiking routes in the Balkans into one super trail that streches from Slovenia into Albania.
I hiked over 700 kilometres of the trail last summer, and while I intend to post my itineraries for the sections I did, take this as a little teaser for what’s to come.
Croatia – adventurous and pleasant
The trail in Croatia is rarely used, often overgrown, winding its way through forests and meadows on hills that overlook the glistening Adriatic Sea. The mostly empty trails provide some relief from cities congested with tourists. It is possible to plan your route so that you’ll get to stay in a mountain hut each night, many of which are free.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – quiet and gorgeous
The thirteen days I spent hiking the trail in Bosnia and Herzegovina were some of my favourites on the trail. In Bosnia, you won’t find many mountain huts; instead I arranged my accommodation with a mixture of camping in a tent and staying in guest houses whenever I was at a village overnight.
Montenegro – wild beauty
8 days in Montenegro, including one 0 day (a day without walking). While some of the routes I walked were rather uneventful, the beautiful bits more than made up for the occasional lull.
Albania – magnificent mountains
Although my hike on the Albanian stretch of the trail was teh shortest, it was possibly my favourite section, at least landscape-wise. Albanian Alps in the Northeast part of the country rise sharp and defined, the trail leading the adventurous hiker through ruggedly beautiful mountain scenery.
That’s all I’ve got for ya now! Looking through these pictures has got me very nostalgic, and now I’m craving to get back to the mountains. Even though I hate climbing mountains. And going down them. Go figure.
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