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2012 - A Circuit of the Balkans-

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania

Balkans route 2012.jpg (410138 bytes)

click map to enlarge. Interactive version here: http://www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/107902

(Select map view, and stop or pause the rather naff little red car whizzing round the route, then use the page just like Google Earth with our route superimposed)


 Diary pics 1 pics 2 pics 3 pics 4

We had some difficulty obtaining vehicle insurance for Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Only one UK company would cover that part of the world, Caravan Guard, and that at extra cost. Only those three countries were new to us, and we entered Albania with some trepidation - even Croatian camp site owners were warning us how bad it was -" it was dirty, unsafe, unfriendly, rubbish lined the streets...". And none of it was true. We found the Albanians helpful, friendly, entrepreneurial, and there was very little litter. Roads ranged from absolutely terrible, to brand new and superb. Most that we used were either excellent or adequate. Bulgaria, on the other hand, that has been in the EU for several years, has almost entirely terrible roads.

If you have been considering visiting that part of the Balkans, but have been put off by prejudicial articles about Albania in some of the UK gutter press, don't be. And Romania remains absolutely our favorite country.

I have included GPS locations, and other motorhome friendly info, in the diary in the hope that it will encourage people to visit.

And we saw a wild Balkan lynx, one of only a hundred or so remaining in the Balkans. (No photo, though.)

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