And we are back in the incredible Opatija! This part of the world is as beautiful as it is sunny. Our host town is in the Croatian coast, more precisely, in the Kvarner gulf. Just across from our hotel, we can see the Islands of Cres and Krk, which we'll be visiting in the next couple of days.
This magnificent tour, will get us around to see the coolest parts of the wester part, the Istrian Peninsula, and of course, a small part of Slovakia and the Risnjak national Park in the North-East of Rijeka.
First day and we ride south to Pula, a roman city that dates as far back as 6000 AD. With loads of Roman ruins, the most impressive is the Arena, very wll preserved and certainly a must see.
The day awakes after a prior rainy night, clean asphalt awaits!! To Poreč we ride, where we get to see the Euphrasian Basilica from the 6th Century, certainly a lot of history on the old fishing town, now, the docks are filled with luxury yatchs.
In the afternoon, we visit the Lym Channel, a beautiful Ria, created by the erosion of the land by the river that used to run through there.
This beautiful National Park, is home to many animals, between them, Lynx (Ris), wolves and bears!! As well as a huge selection of birds, between them, eagles and storks.
The ride is twisty and beautiful and the road is almost entirely all to us! Due to the highway running around it, we get to drive through here with very little traffic!
The two beautiful islands just across the bay from our hotel are the plan for the day, a relaxed ride to the ferry takes us through some quiet roads. The ferry, in the morning, is a great place to do the briefing before reaching Cres.
In the afternoon, after lunch, another ferry takes us to Krk, a good place for a coffe break and a great way of protecting ourselves from the high sun.
Last day has arrived and finale, the rain in Slovakia has given us an opening to be able to pop in and out and get to visit these magnificent caves.
Thank you for your patience waiting for the blog. I had a lot of fun with you on tour and hope to be able to share another ride with you. Keep safe and rubber side down!