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Driving Plitvice Lakes to Split

In early October, we will be driving from Plitvice Lakes to Split. We are spending two nights in the National Park. Any suggestions on eating in Bihac? Is it worth it?

Then we drive to Split. Any suggestions on places to stop or see along the way? We are not in a rush to get to Split but will be spending three nights there. No children are with us - just six women in a small van!

Also - weather in early October? Guidebooks are all over the range on this one.


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I would consider a stop in Zadar or Sibenik for a night to be a good lay-over point. Both are small Croatian coastal towns. Sibenik has the turtle fountain, Zadar the sea organ. Both are on the way.

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In late Sept., 2021, I spent the morning at Plitvice and then drove to Split, leaving about 2pm - took 3 hours. If you are talking about Bihac, Bosnia, I might not want to go through 2 border crossings just for quick food.

If you are leaving Plitvice in the morning, I probably second a wander through Zadar (both the sea organ and Roman ruins and not terribly difficult parking), Sibenik, or Primosten.

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We had a lovely drive in the mid-to-late afternoon from Plitvice to Zadar, where we walked around town, dined, watched the sunset from the sea organ and then spent the night. Next day (early September 2018), we drove to Split with stops along the way for Krka NP (probably close to 4 hours at Krka, including boat ride to the park, walking and swimming and boat ride back to the car) and Trogir, arriving in the late afternoon.

We missed Sibinek, which sounds lovely. You can't do everything. So many choices to make!

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As to weather in early October, we were in Dubrovnik in Nov. It was cool, but not at all cold. We wore a light jacket. We had just come from Sarajevo, and that was genuinely cold in Oct. Along the coast, I would think that the weather would be cool at night, warm during the day. The Adriatic is a huge sea, and produces that moderate Med climate that is so nice.