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Nestled at the oriental borders of Europe, its troubled history created a dynamic country full of energy.
Nowadays this country is the natural crossroads connecting East and West and creating relations between the Central Europe and the Mediterranean. The charm of Croatian towns mixes with a casual lifestyle, as you’ll experience it in the elegant hotels hosted in ancient palaces and in serene retreats immersed in the nature.

Stunning Coastal Routes

Puglia boasts an enchanting coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, offering cyclists breathtaking views of crystal-clear waters, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque seaside towns. Cycling along the coastal roads, such as the Gargano Peninsula or the Salento Coast, allows you to savor the region’s captivating maritime beauty.

Flat Terrain

Much of Puglia features flat or gently rolling terrain, making it ideal for cyclists of all skill levels. The region’s predominantly flat landscape means you can enjoy leisurely rides through the countryside, olive groves, and vineyards without the challenge of steep ascents.

Cultural Richness

Puglia is steeped in history and culture, with a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient villages, and architectural wonders like the unique trulli houses in Alberobello. Cycling through the region allows you to explore its rich heritage, visit historic towns, and immerse yourself in the local traditions and cuisine.

Culinary Delights

Puglia is renowned for its delicious cuisine, characterized by fresh seafood, olive oil, handmade pasta, and local wines. Cycling allows you to work up an appetite and fully savor Puglia’s culinary treasures, from seafood feasts by the coast to rustic farm-to-table experiences in the countryside.

Cycling in Croatia

Cycling in Croatia is a delightful exploration of a country that marries natural beauty and rich history. Croatia caters to cyclists of all levels With a diverse landscape encompassing coastal paths, rolling hills, and rugged mountain trails.

Along the stunning Adriatic coastline, cyclists can pedal through charming seaside towns, discover hidden coves, and enjoy panoramic views of the crystal-clear sea. Inland, Croatia’s national parks, including Plitvice Lakes and Krka, offer cycling adventures amidst lush forests, waterfalls, and serene lakeshores. The country’s commitment to cycling is evident in its well-maintained cycling routes, providing safe and scenic pathways for two-wheeled exploration.

Whether tracing the ancient streets of Dubrovnik, winding through Istrian vineyards, or conquering challenging mountain passes, cycling in Croatia is an immersive journey that combines physical activity with cultural discovery, making it an unforgettable experience for avid cyclists and adventurers alike.

 

Can cyclists feel safe while riding in Croatia?

Traveling and biking in Croatia is generally safe due to several factors. The country boasts well-maintained roads and cycling infrastructure, ensuring that cyclists have access to dedicated bike lanes and paths. Croatia’s strong cycling culture means that drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists, promoting road safety. Additionally, strict traffic regulations are enforced, including speed limits and cyclist-specific road signage, enhancing safety for all road users.
The country’s diverse terrain offers a variety of cycling options, from coastal routes to mountain trails, catering to cyclists of different skill levels. The availability of bike rentals and guided tours ensures that travelers have access to suitable equipment and expert guidance, further enhancing the safety and enjoyment of cycling adventures in Croatia. To ensure a secure and pleasant experience, cyclists should adhere to local traffic rules, wear appropriate safety gear, and exercise caution, particularly in high-traffic areas.

What are the best routes for a cycling tour in Croatia?

Croatia offers diverse cycling routes showcasing its stunning landscapes, historical sites, and vibrant culture. Here are some of the best routes for a cycling tour in Croatia:

  1. Istrian Peninsula: Explore the charming Istrian Peninsula, known for its rolling vineyards, olive groves, and picturesque coastal towns like Rovinj and Pula. The Parenzana Trail, an old railway route, is a popular cycling path that meanders through Istria’s scenic countryside.

  2. Dalmatian Islands: Island-hop along the Dalmatian Coast, visiting islands like Hvar, Brac, and Korcula. Each island offers its own unique charm, with cycling routes that lead through historic towns, scenic coastlines, and lush landscapes.

  3. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Discover the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes National Park by cycling through its pristine forests, cascading waterfalls, and turquoise lakes. The park’s well-marked trails provide excellent cycling opportunities amid breathtaking scenery.

  4. Cycling along the Adriatic Coast: Follow the Adriatic Coast from Dubrovnik to Split, cycling along picturesque coastal roads that provide stunning sea views and access to hidden beaches and coves.

  5. Krka National Park: Explore Krka National Park’s river valleys and waterfalls on two wheels, with cycling routes that offer a peaceful journey through unspoiled nature.

  6. Cycling in Zagorje: Zagorje, Croatia’s hilly northern region, offers a pleasant cycling experience through rolling hills, historic castles, and vineyards. Routes like the Croatian Wine Road are perfect for wine enthusiasts.

  7. Peljesac Peninsula: Cycle through the Peljesac Peninsula, famous for its vineyards and rugged coastline. You can enjoy wine tasting, coastal views, and visiting medieval towns like Ston.

  8. Konavle Valley: Experience the rural beauty of the Konavle Valley, located near Dubrovnik. This tranquil area is dotted with vineyards, traditional villages, and scenic paths perfect for leisurely cycling.

The most amazing set where I’ve shot ‘Game of Thrones’ is definitely Croatia, in Dubrovnik. It’s such a stunning country with lots of good watersports there as well. Just a beautiful, beautiful place.

Natalie Dormer

4 Things you can't miss

Visiting Croatia

Explore Dubrovnik's Old Town

Stroll through the captivating Old Town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk along its ancient city walls, visit historical landmarks like the Rector’s Palace and the Sponza Palace, and immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning architecture of this coastal gem.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Discover the enchanting beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a natural wonderland with cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests. Hike along well-maintained trails and boardwalks to witness this unique and pristine landscape.

Island Hopping in Dalmatia

Embark on an island-hopping adventure in the Dalmatian Islands, including Hvar, Brac, and Korcula. Explore charming towns, relax on beautiful beaches, and savor local cuisine while enjoying the serene island life.

 

Diocletian's Palace in Split

Step back in time at Diocletian’s Palace in Split, an ancient Roman palace complex that has evolved into a bustling city center. Wander its narrow streets, visit the historic Peristyle, and admire the impressive architecture that seamlessly blends the ancient with the modern.

3 Books to read about Croatia

The Hired Man

Aminatta Forna

On the Edge of Reason

Miroslav Krleza

Café Europa

Slavenja Drakulic

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