This is important news for anyone planning to take the Jadrolinija coastal ferry this winter. The company has just announced that this route, which goes from Rijeka to Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik and on to Bari has been suspended through February. Although the company has characterized the suspension as “temporary”, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the line will not start again until June. Remember that the Jadrolinija company is state-owned and Croatia is mired in an economic crisis. Since the opening of the Rijeka-Split highway, the coastal ferry line has seen a steep drop in passengers. Most likely, the government simply cannot afford to subsidize this line when passengers are so scarce.
Plitvice National Park’s 16 turquoise lakes are so clean and luminous that you want to jump right in. Alas. Swimming is forbidden in Plitvice Lakes National Park. As a tour guide once explained to me, “The lakes are also a resevoir for drinking water! We just can’t allow swimming”. I assumed that the only alternative for swimming in a Croatian National Park was Krka Waterfalls where a swimming area is roped off right next to the crashing waterfalls. Now, The Guardian has set me straight. A reader’s suggestion yesterday pointed out that you can swim just a few kilometers north … Continue reading →