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DRIVING IN CROATIA

No one warned us about driving in Croatia. In fact, no one even gave us a map when we picked up the car to drive through Croatia.

6 September 2013 Friday 01:56
Plitvice Lakes National Park



No one warned us about driving in Croatia. In fact, no one even gave us a map when we picked up the car to drive through Croatia.

When we asked the lovely lady (spot the sarcasm) at a rather popular car hire group (not Avis) if she had a map, she shook her head and spoke without her face even moving, her bun pulled rather tight to her head.

‘We have no more maps,’ she grimaced as if we had just asked her for a kidney.

I looked at her in disbelief.

‘You mean to say that you hire out cars and don’t give people maps?’ I blurted out.

She placed her hands in her pockets sarcastically looking for a map.

‘Does the airport collection point have a map?’ my friend who had joined me for a road trip around Croatia and Bosnia asked.

‘They also have no maps,’ she said in a Dracula style.

I felt the tumbleweed brush through the car park in that brief second before she lunged into action. ‘So, you turn right, then right again, reach the main road then turn left.’

We weren’t listening. All I could think off was how the hell we were going to navigate our way around two countries without a map! It was bad enough that I would be driving on the right-hand side for the first time ever. My friend could sense my nerves.

‘Shall I tell you again?’ she glared.

I knew that the other four people who had been locked out of the car hire office whilst we had had to walk ten minutes to the car park to pick up the car would be waiting for their turn. Her phone rang and she said something I didn’t understand then hung up as it rang again.

‘Not happy customers,’ she said looking at me and breaking her icy glare to smirk.

Why wasn’t I surprised?

‘So…’ she was about to tell us the directions again but if we had to figure out our way to Bosnia, we can sure as hell figure out the way to the motorway!

Thank god for my friend’s iphone and the built in sat nav that actually spoke to you as you drove!
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View of Dubrovnik from the cable car



Tip – If you’re hiring a car in Croatia – get a map. We drove from Zagreb to Split and whilst the main roads are signposted, it really helps to know where you’re going. Getting from Croatia to Bosnia is easy by car and at the border crossing in Bosnia we got waved straight through. If driving from Split to Dubrovnik you also go through the Bosnia border. There are road tolls on the motorways in Croatia and at the first one you press the button for the ticket then pay at the next toll depending on where you travelled from.

Driving in Croatia isn’t easy as you have to have nerves of steel to be able to face the other drivers who seem to overtake at any given moment. At one point we actually had a car hurtling towards us but seriously if I can do it – anyone can!
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The many restaurants in Zagreb


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