With its fascinating history, rich culture and stunning scenery, Croatia has become quite the rising star on the European travel scene over the last few years. What a treat it was, therefore, for a group of Abbey geographers to have the chance to venture to this incredibly diverse country over the October half-term and experience all that it has to offer.
The first stop for the girls was the capital city of Zagreb, where they had a fabulous tour of the medieval town and learned all about the city’s turbulent past, before journeying on through picturesque mountain ranges and idyllic villages to the town of Lovran in Istria, which was to be the girls’ base for the next few days.
Rising early on day two, the girls set off for Ucka, a mountain range on the eastern side of the Istrian peninsula. After a gentle walk through a beech forest, the girls began the trek up the limestone massif to the summit, finally reaching the top at 1,369m in time for lunch. The afternoon brought a chance for the girls to explore the old town of Lovran where they were staying, including a stroll along the Lungomare (seaside promenade), shopping for souvenirs and sampling the delights of Lovran’s sweet chestnut festival.
Next on the agenda, and a real highlight of the trip, was the day’s excursion to the neighbouring country of Slovenia. Here, the girls visited Europe’s largest cave system – Postojna – where they learned about the formation of stalactites and stalagmites and saw the salamanders unique to these caves. Just a few kilometres on, the girls came to Predjama castle, a Renaissance castle built into a cave mouth and replete with secret passages and dungeons that feature throughout the castle’s mysterious history.
The final day brought a trip to the infamous Plitvička lakes. Against a backdrop of Tufa waterfalls, the girls marvelled at this UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its natural beauty and revelled in the serenity of their surroundings as they enjoyed a boat trip across one of the larger lakes. That evening, after a final dinner back in Lovran, it was time to say goodbye – but not before the girls had had the chance to show off all they had learned in a wonderful quiz organised by the Geography Department! We have no doubt the girls will cherish the memories made on this breathtaking trip.
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