Dalmatia. A place of outstanding beauty, and winner of numerous awards for its wonderful beaches and coastline.
But also a place of breathtaking beauty further inland, one of Europe’s last undiscovered frontiers of adventure tourism.
But maybe not undiscovered for long…
Congatulations to the Via Dinarica team for winning Best New Trail at the Outside Magazine annual awards:
Winner: Via Dinarica, the Balkans
The Dinaric Alps have 8,000-foot stegosaurus spines, fairy-tale meadows, and stone guesthouses. Decades of conflict made them tough to experience, but the area is amping up its tourist offerings, and access is improving on the new Via Dinarica. Our favorite stretch: the 600-mile White Trail, which stitches together old routes from Slovenia to Albania and follows the highest peaks. Hire a guide and take three days to walk the 40 miles from Bosnia’s 6,900-foot Prenj Massif to Vran Mountain (from $50; viadinarica.com). You’ll wander over the 7,310-foot Cvrsnica Mountain and stay in huts like the simple but warm Vilinac Mountaintrail Lodge.
And a little more info from the Via Dinarica website:
The Via Dinarica trail encompasses the largest karst field on earth. Plate tectonics have created a vertebrae-like limestone chain that have aligned themselves over 1,000 kilometers through the heart of the western Balkans. Its head, veering far into the skyline, is a conglomerate of jagged peaks that dominates northern Albania, northwestern Kosovo, and the Plav and Gusinje area of northeast Montenegro. The torso and heart of the Dinaric Alps cuts through northern Montenegro and most of Bosnia and Herzegovina before reaching its legs in Croatia at Dinara Mountain. The limbs reach as far west as the Montenegrin and Croatian coastlines of the Adriatic Sea and as far east as Tara National Park in Serbia. . The trails tail tithers off in Slovenia at two of Europe’s greatest limestone caves at Postojnske and Skocjanske. From there, within arms reach, is a trail head to the mighty Via Alpina at Slovenia’s highest peak – Triglav Mountain.