Spectacular scenery- driving onto a film set – and marvellous Montenegro

The coast road that winds its way through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia again and Montenegro is nothing short of spectacular!

The coast road is nothing short of spectacular!

We had travelled some of this route a few years ago (before Covid) and absolutely loved it so were very glad to be driving this way in our camper van once again.

We were glad to be driving this way again

By midday the clouds were gathering and it looked as though there would be a spectacular storm. Despite the threatening skies we were captivated by the beautiful coastline, the sweet little villages and the gorgeous diminutive bays.

By midday the clouds were gathering
We were captivated by the beautiful coastline

There are countless marinas along this stretch of coast but we were heading for one we had found in Montenegro – a great bolthole from the Schengen countries where we can only spend a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period – but also moderately priced and very beautiful.

Entering Croatia (Hrvatska)

Croatia (Hrvatska) has a very rugged coastline with lots of bends (beloved by motorbike riders) and steep cliffs in places falling vertically to the ocean below. It honestly looks like a film set – the perfect location for an action movie.

The rugged coastline looks like a film set

It came as no surprise therefore, that at one particularly wild spot along the route we were stopped by the police for a short while with no explanation but once we got going realised that we had literally driven into a film set!

We were stopped at one particularly wild spot
We could see something going on
around the next bend

We passed a “heroine” shrugging on a fur coat to cover her skimpy dress, extras hanging round a food van, film equipment, someone with climbing gear on and another guy lying on top of a car surrounded by a group of people setting up a shot.

Setting up a shot on the film set
Vans and people everywhere
Setting up another shot with a stuntman
on top of a car
Some of the film equipment on the road side

Our sat nav took us right past the film crew, down a very narrow, steep and winding hill to a small peninsula at the bottom.

We went down a very narrow, steep and winding hill

We thought there was a camper stop down there but there was no such thing – it was deserted! There were just a few empty summer holiday cottages and nothing much else – not even a place to park.

Heading down the hill
The small peninsula (left) was deserted

So up the narrow, steep and winding hill we went, past the film crew once again, feeling embarrassed and sure that they thought we’d done it on purpose so we could have another sticky beak at them!

I’m sure the film crew was wondering what we were up to!
One of the actors and his minder

As it was getting late in the afternoon we were looking for somewhere to stop for the night. We travelled through some enchanting villages with stunning views but nowhere to park.

We travelled through some enchanting scenery
There were some beautiful views….
…but nowhere to stop
Another sweet village with no parking spots
Such a gorgeous coastline
It was starting to get dark but still
nowhere to stay

Finally we arrived in a small fishing village in the Starigrad municipality which had a small car park right on the water where we stayed for the night.

We finally found somewhere!

There were small fishing boats moored right in front of us and nearby was the smallest chapel that I have ever seen which we guessed was used by fishermen before they went out to sea.

There were small fishing boats moored right in front of us
The tiny fisherman’s chapel
Inside the chapel – still well used

Our journey of visual treats continued the following day – sparkling seas, gorgeous coves, towering cliffs, lovely small resort towns and lots of yacht marinas.

Our journey of visual treats continued
The colour of the sea was glorious
Photos don’t do the scenery justice
So fantastic to see the blossom appearing
Another lovely spot
There are loads of marinas in this
part of the world
More boats!

By mid afternoon we had reached our favourite camper van stop in this part of the world – Autocamp Sirena.

Turn right before the tunnel for Autocamp Sirena
Such a fabulous location
Our favourite camper van stop in Croatia

We had stayed there once before and vowed to return – and here we were! Having arrived mid afternoon there was plenty of hours daylight for a lovely walk along the beach before a glass or two of wine watching the sun go down.

The little cove on one side of the camper stop
There’s a small harbour too
The camper stop is behind the trees
The lovely beach on the other side of where we were parked
Sparkling water as the sun sets
Such a glorious sunset

Our journey continued the following day and and was uneventful except for a strange involuntary diversion (aka getting lost) when we drove over a bridge that wasn’t even marked on our newly updated sat nav map!

On the road again
The signage was difficult to understand (that’s our excuse)

I have checked with Google maps and have discovered it is called the Pelješac Bridge. Completed in July 2022, it provides a way of bypassing the small coastal strip belonging to Bosnia and Herzegovina enabling travellers to avoid going through two lots of border control.

There was no sign of the the Pelješac Bridge on our sat nav

If only we had known we could have kept going and saved ourselves a bit of travelling time and the hassle of checking out of and back in to Croatia!

We could have saved time but we would have missed this!

The coastal strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina is just 25 km (18 miles) long and has only one town – Neum – which has a population of around 3,000 inhabitants and which and is the country’s only access to the Adriatic Sea.

Neum, the only coastal town in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Back in Croatia again!

A couple of hours on and we were driving past the beautiful 16th Century city of Dubrovnik. We were almost at our destination!

The beautiful city of Dubrovnik

Forty minutes later we had checked out of Croatia for the second time that day and entered Montenegro where we were hoping to find a suitable marina to keep our catamaran S/V Sunday for the winter season 2023/24.

A last picture of Croatia
Welcome to Montenegro

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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