Hiking Vidova Gora from Bol. Brač Island, Croatia

About a year ago I researched and listed Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes. Since then I’ve been working my way through that list. One of the hikes at the top of my list was Vidova Gora on the island of Brač. Why?

1. It is the highest peak in the Adriatic Islands
2. It offers the best views of Zlatni Rat beach – the most famous beach in Croatia.
3. Bol (the town where most people start this hike) is easily accessible from Split (just an hour away by catamaran). [Read more…]

Hiking Mt. Dinara, Croatia’s highest Peak

Mount Dinara is part of the Dinaric Alps (also called the Dinarides), one of the most rugged and extensively mountainous area of Europe that extends over Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. The Dineric Alps are in fact named after Mount Dinara, a huge massif located on the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mount Dinara has two prominent peaks: Troglav (located across the border in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 1913 m high) and Sinjal (or just “Dinara”) which at 1831 m is the highest peak in Croatia. [Read more…]

Divisadero – my favorite stopover in the Copper Canyon, Mexico

“Why are you staying over at Divisadero? It’s a train stop, it’s not even a real town”.

The question was posed by the owner of one of those companies that I had contacted about tours through the Copper Canyon.

Spending the night in Divisadero ended up being the highlight of my trip through the Copper Canyon.

It’s true that Divisadero is basically just a train stop. You get off the train and there are some little food and souvenir stalls. Walk through them (it takes about a minute) and you get to a viewpoint overlooking the canyon. The views are incredible. Next to the viewpoint, with its own great views, is the only accommodation in Divisadero – the Hotel Divisadero Barrancas. That’s where I was staying.
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The 5 Best Hikes in South Africa

The 5 Best Hikes in South Africa

I don’t ever allow guest posts in the Blog section of this site. This is the one exception because it covers 2 of my favorite subjects: South Africa and hiking.
This post was contributed by Bianca Knauf, a resident of Cape Town. See her Bio at the bottom of the post.
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South Africa is blessed with such a diverse countryside, the landscape changes through each province and district and offers something unique to outdoor lovers around every corner.

We have compiled a list of the top hikes in South Africa that are the most scenic and diverse  and which cater for the serious multi day hiker as well as the casual day hiker. [Read more…]

Hiking Mosor Mountain – Split, Croatia. And why you don’t need to take a tour.

Hiking Mosor Mountain – Split, Croatia. You don’t need to take a tour.

People think that you need to book a tour if you want to climb Mosor Mountain. You don’t (especially since you can get here by city bus). Besides which, most organized hikes up Mosor Mountain only make it up as far as the Umberto Girometta Mountain house. The best hiking is done behind that, up the steep slopes of the mountain. [Read more…]

A hike to the Mila Gojsalić statue, Omiš, Croatia

A hike to the Mila Gojsalic statue, Omis, Croatia

I’ve previously written about Omis and why it is my favorite Croatian town. But there is another attraction outside town that I had previously heard of and had always wanted to see – the Mila Gojsalić statue. [Read more…]

Driving Spectacular Mt. Biokovo, Croatia

driving spectacular Mt. Biokovo, croatia

Mount Biokovo has some of the most stunning views I’ve seen anywhere. I’d seen photos before and wanted to visit – but when I went with Croatian friends Goran and Vedran (who had never been) we were all blown away by the natural beauty and incredible views in this Nature Park.

What makes Biokovo an easy place to visit is that you can drive to the very top of the massive, a 23 km drive that brings to Sv. Jure (the 3rd highest peak in Croatia). It is the highest road in Croatia. [Read more…]

Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes

Croatia's 10 Best Hikes

Two countries have stood out for me after 2 years of full-time travel: South Africa and Croatia. What do they have in common? Rugged mountains, beautiful coastlines…and incredibly scenic hikes.

We spent 3 months in Croatia last year, staying in Airbnb apartments as we covered most of this country. Looking for something more luxurious? Well, how about renting a villa? I’ve teamed up with Villa Plus on this post to share my list of 10 of the Best Hikes in Croatia, a topic close to my heart. [Read more…]

The Essential “Must do” hike in Cape Town: Lion’s Head

hiking up Lion's head

Maybe you don’t have the time or the energy for a hike up Table Mountain. But even if you do, you don’t want to skip this hike.

I saved Lion’s Head for our last day in Africa. The reason being that I wanted to finish off with a memory that would stay in my head when I got on the plane later that day.

There are a few reasons I say this is an essential hike. The first is that you have views in all directions: the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, the ocean, as well as towards Table Mountain. I think it is the complete package as far as views go in Cape Town. Secondly: It is a relatively easy hike (provided you go the right way which I’ll describe below). Third: You can do it all in about 2 hours. On this day I started off around 5:30 am (to see the sunrise) and I was finished by 7:30. Fourth: you don’t need a guide. You can take a taxi or Uber to the Lion’s Head parking lot and the trail is right there. Easy. [Read more…]

Hiking up the Twelve Apostles to Table Mountain, Cape Town

Hiking up the Twelve Apostles to Table Mountain

After the incredible India Venster hike a few weeks ago, I signed up for another Table Mountain hike – this one called the “Twelve Apostles Hike“.

This hike originates in Camp Bay and follows the Kasteelspoort trail up and through a gorge to the Twelve Apostles. From there it follows the ‘spine’ of the Twelve Apostles, through some gorges and valleys, to the top of Table Mountain.

This points highlights some of the things and views you’ll see along the way. [Read more…]

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