LOOKING FOR TIPS ON A WEEK OF WALKING IN CROATIA OR ANOTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY FOLLOWED BY TWO WEEKS OF EXPLORING NON-TRADITIONAL CITIES AND COUNTRYSIDE. A. HILL, GARRAN ACT
Most of the prime walking country is in the north of Croatia and highlights are the limestone gorges, pine-covered foothills and alpine uplands of Paklenica National Park. Further north, the most densely forested and mountainous region of Croatia is Risnjak National Park, where the Balkans meet the Alps. The main reason to go there is to hike the 1528-metre summit of Veliki Risnjak, about a three-hour walk from the park entrance. In the same area, Ucka Mountain dominates the Istrian Peninsula, with sharp peaks more lushly greened on its seaward side. The official Visit Croatia website, croatia.hr, has a Walking and Hiking page with a few ideas. An even better source of information is Walking in Croatia produced by Cicerone guidebooks – cicerone.co.uk. Slovenia, to the north, and Montenegro, to the south, offer sensational hiking terrain, especially Slovenia's Julian Alps. These regions are also covered in their respective Cicerone titles. From the Adriatic coast you have a world of exotic possibilities at your fingertips. A couple of areas you might consider are Italy's Umbria and the Greek island of Corfu, and possibly the Corfu Trail, thecorfutrail.com/, but avoid the June-October peak season.
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