After a quick jaunt from Ivan to the Dubrovnik Airport, I grabbed my rental car, set the GPS to a city near the most gorgeous waterfall, and began the curvy and mountainous drive along the coast of Croatia into Bosnia. But first, I had to snap a few more photos of the gorgeous blue Adriatic Sea in Croatia.
After researching my trip to Croatia, I saw the lovely Plitvice National park which has some gorgeous waterfalls in their own right but it was a much farther drive than I really wanted to do and it was also in the opposite direction of where I was staying for the night (Montenegro). I was really bummed out but I stumbled upon a travel blog that talked about one of Bosnia’s best-kept secrets: Kravica Falls. To my astonishment, it was almost exactly like Plitvice but perhaps on a smaller scale? Don’t quote me on that because I am not sure of the exact size of either of them in comparison to each other.
But it had the same aesthetic and same gorgeous water as I envisioned Plitvice. And let me say this, Kravica Falls was
pretty much every word I could say about it’s beauty is in my mind.
I didn’t care that I had to hike down a gazillion stairs and then hike up what felt a bajillion cobblestone uneven stairs. It was so. worth. it! I think the theme of the trip is the more stairs you have to climb, the better the experience. Or maybe I persuaded myself with that idea.
Getting to the waterfall was not very easy since I was unable to find a clear address. Although GPS is wonderful, I like to think my map skills are pretty above average though. Before I got in the car, I knew I had to have all my ducks in a row since I wouldn’t have access to internet. One of the first things I recommend you do if you want to go to this stunning place is pull it up on a map. What I found to be the easiest task is find the nearest city, Studenci, and put that in my GPS. I winged it the rest of the time because I hoped that the area was either signed well or I could ask someone if I needed to while pointing at a map screenshot I had on my phone. Luckily, I followed the brown “Kravica Falls” attraction signs that popped up!
Bosnia was just unreal. Yes, the areas I drove through were of a MUCH different standard of living than we are used to in the US, and yes, a lot of the buildings were run-down or abandoned from the recent conflicts, but after leaving Kravica Falls and beginning my trek to Montenegro, the mountainous roads were so beautiful.
Stay tuned for more of my 2017 European Adventure – next up is the story of how I left my hotel at 10pm at night and went to another instead.
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