DETAILS & ROUTES
When and Where
Rijeka in Croatia
August 3rd to 4th
Kick off party
Up to you - as long as you make it back to Rijeka by the closing party on September 1st
You can tailor your entire route according to your preferences. To help you visualise it, below are three options. Just remember: No highways. Nothing interesting ever happened on a highway.
The ‘adrenalin junkies’ route
Drive the whole plethora of Ćevapčići, burek, tea, rakija, balkava and all the other God given deserts.Visit Mostar, jump of the bridge, take a rafting in Neretva, enter Montenegro, check your Balkan car, fix it if needed, fix it again, drive crazy serpentine roads to Kosovo with beautiful nature around, enter Skopje, ask wtf happened with all the monuments on three square meters „Is that Johnny Depp monument??“, yes it is, drive to Prilep on riverbed that Macedonians and GPS like to call „a road“, swear a bit, avoid the bears and foxes, survive and enter Greece. Meet some Greek people, accept their olive oil, confirm few times it’s the world’s best olive oil, try to leave the room, doesn’t work? Run while they chase you with the olive oil. Go to Istanbul, try the spices, visit the market, the mosque, the EVERYTHING!!! Turn back up north, drive Bulgarian sand coast and party in beach bars here and in Romania. Why is Russian spoken in Odessa? Nevermind, back in the car, visit Bucuresti, then Drakula and then some guy in Subotica, Serbia, who established a new Yugoslavia in his back yard. Make a passport, go to Brčko district in BiH and wonder why the streets are named of American presidents. Be appalled, enter Croatia and follow Pokupsko and Kravarsko signs. Continue driving when the asphalt is gone, feel creepy, experience silent hill feeling, crop up in Zagreb celebrating you’re alive. Go to Slovenia, visit Istria, learn how to knit on the slopes of Učka while paragliding and than land in Rijeka. Breathe out.
The ‘cultured’ route
From Adriatic highway lift yourself to deep forests of Velebit mountain highlands and then pass some minefields from the last war with an amazing view on the islands (Don’t stray a meter from the road or play a hero so you don’t end up as leftovers of a hero). Enjoy the unpaved road and it’s massive serpentines with hundreds of feet deep chasms bellow your wheels (Incredible adventure – BE AWARE this road is dangerous and that’s the whole point). Jump of the bridge in Montenegro and continue to Albania. Talk to locals, try the food, dance their dance. Eat „ajvar“ and swim in Ohrid, the brightest lake in the world, dive in cave, take a kayak and paddle in the depth of the canyon. From incredible Meteora in Greece go to Plovdiv, the oldest populated place in Europe, have a free tour, stay amazed and go to Buzludzha space shuttle shaped communist monument on a top of the mountain. Find your way in because it’s forbidden, have a picture with Marx and Lenin, drive to Serbia, Guča trumpet festival. Dance and sing songs you don’t know with the confidence like you do, eat, drink, eat, drink, (Good luck to vegans). In Vukovar stay stunned wtf happened in Yugoslavia, think about it – have no answer like the rest of us and eat some „kulen“ and „čvarci“ with rakija to calm down. Pass BiH, go to Zagreb, party like an Austro – Hungarian, and take the adventure tunnel in Slovenia. Visit Istria and the islands, rent a bike, play picigin on some God forsaken beaches, say hello to Rijeka and party one more time cos you bloody owned the Balkan Roads, especially if done in a Yugo!
The ‘I want it all’ route
Take a ride on Adriatic highway, an 800 km long ultimate seaside driving experience proclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the world (And challenging with all it’s drops and serpentine twists and turns) with thousand of islands on one side while driving bellow the tops of mountains. Go to Montenegro up to 2000 m heights, gather some sheeps and watch over them during the night. Pass Albania, enter Greece. Drive the beautiful Greek coast to Istanbul – the peak of the Balkans. Lift yourself up to Odessa passing Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and an internationally unrecognized, black market paradise country of Transnistria. Have a nice sleep since it’s paid somewhere around here and turn left torward Serbia while climbing up and down southern Carpathians. No sleeping while partying in the European party capital – Belgrade. Meet some random people, mingle and secure the bed in their place next time you find yourself here again. Act like Balkan (wo)man. Enter foodylicious Bosnia with prepared stomach, loose your belt, gain few pounds. Stop in Gorski Kotar forest, inhale some fresh air and go to Slovenia. Climb Triglav, get down, go to Trieste – the westernmost spot of Balkans, pass the roman amphitheater in Pula and the most diverse landscapes and drive on the top of the Učka mountain just to take a look on hundreds of kilometers of roads you just passed in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia while looking on some Austrian Alps as well – Just before you enter Rijeka again. This route passes most of the checkpoints.