Today was a relatively full day of driving! Our only real stop was a early in the day in Motovun. Motovun is a small hill town, very reminiscent of some of the Tuscan towns in Italy. There is a very steep road up the mountain, though only locals and guests at the one hotel can actually drive all the way up.
Once we hiked up to the town, we were rewarded with some great views of the surrounding area. There really wasn’t much else to the town; we were able to walk on top of the old town walls. It only took us about 10-15 minutes to basically see the entire town! The area is “famous” for truffles…lots of shops selling them and a few excursions for truffle hunting were offered. We decided to just enjoy the views and keep moving.
From there, we back-tracked a bit back to Rijeka (where we picked up the car yesterday), but then continued south along the coast. Again, we were rewarded with some fantastic sea views and lots of beaches. The downside to beaches here is that they are all rocks, at best. Sometimes, it’s a concrete slab that folks are laying out on.
We finally turned east toward the interior and enjoyed some switchbacks over the mountains. The terrain was again very rugged, but slightly more lush inland. We passed through lots of tiny towns and saw a lot of rural Croatia. Many roadside stands selling homemade honey and/or cheese. Surprisingly, not a lot of livestock, especially for a place that seems to eat a decent amount of meat.
Our room for tonight is very well-appointed and the air conditioning is actually cooling things down…somewhat of a rarity around here!
Tomorrow, we will visit Plitvice National Park and then head further south to Split.