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Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

Sydney, Australia
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Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

Hi, we are travelling in June and starting our trip in Rovinj. We have hired a car and have one day to drive to Plitvice Lakes and then driving onto Split the next afternoon.

My first question is which route to take to Opatija from Rovinj as we would like to briefly stop in Opatija and Volosko.

Do we drive from Rovinj to Pazin taking the internal road via Gracisce to the coast (Brestova) and heading along the coastal road to Opatija. Is that coastal road scenic? Is it slow?

Or are we better taking the internal more major road from Pazin to Opatia?

Q2. Which route do we take from Opatia to Plitvice?

Do we take the coastal route so we can see places like Serj? Have heard its very scenic? Can it be slow? Or are we better taking the A6 road via Karlovac?

We want to maximise our journey by seeing as much as we can but are we being too ambitious and should we just choose one of the coastal roads? Thanks.

Zagreb, Croatia
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1. Re: Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

In your questions you give correct answers. Coastal roads are scenic and slow, motorways are fast and less scenic. Decision is on you.

From Opatija to Plitvice I would rather choose A6/A1 to Karlovac. Senj is Scenic, but motorways are also scenic (tunnels, mountains) and you can visit Rastoke mills in Slunj. Decision is again on you.

Zagreb, Croatia
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2. Re: Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

From Rovinj to Opatija, take the main road through the Ucka tunnel, if you want to get there fast. After the tunnel, at the first traffic light, turn right to get to Opatija (you'll see the signs). The Brestova road is terribly winding all the way from Rabac to Opatija, and also much much slower than the road through Pazin.

Sydney, Australia
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3. Re: Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

Thanks for your help and will definitely be visiting Rastoke mill!

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Driving from Rovinj to Opatija and Plitvice Lakes

Thanks Happy for your directions and inside knowledge!

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