Sumary of Hiking the Velebit Trail: Croatia has been hiding one of Europe’s great treks:
- This is an area of Europe that is perfect for a post-pandemic adventure, one that’s easily paired with a more traditional, relaxing Croatian holiday.
- Peter Watson takes on the trek (Peter Watson)Organised by Croatia-based hiking specialists Highlander Adventure, the 104km (65 miles) Highlander Velebit trail is best described as a semi-solo trek.
- Trekkers simply have to get to the start line, armed with hiking gear and tent.
- On some nights, entertainment came in the form of talks or film screenings – including a photo essay from renowned Croatian mountaineer Stipe Božić, a seminar with the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and a short film by local thru-hiker Nikola Horvat-Tesla.
- After unlacing my hiking boots, I took a four-hour bus on to Split, from where you can take a ferry to several of the major islands including Vis, Hvar and Korčula, as well as the much-filmed city of Dubrovnik.
- In fact, this autumn may well be the last chance for anyone to see one of Europe’s busiest holiday destinations crowd-free – all being well, as the vaccine rollout continues at pace around Europe, the throngs will likely return next year.