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Cycling in Croatia

Cycling in Croatia is becoming increasingly popular with thousands of kilometres of bicycle trails scattered across the country waiting to be explored. They cover the Croatian Coast, hinterland, national parks and continental Croatia. Here are some of the best bicycle routes for you to explore:

 

CONTINENTAL CROATIA

Culturally and historically different from coastal Croatia, you will fall in love with the warm people and quaint villages of continental Croatia. The interior of Croatia is a cyclist dream come true with rolling hills and picturesque landscapes.

Maksimir park, Zagreb

The oldest public cultivated park in Europe, Maksimir Park is located in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. Cycling in this park is a wonderful activity for the family and you can easily spend a couple of hours cycling around the park taking in its beauty. There is a network of trails all across the park and no map is required as it is very easy to navigate and reasonably flat making for easy riding.

Cycling in Maksimir Park, Zagreb

 

Karlovac

This 39km bicycle route starts in the charming renaissance town of Karlovac and takes you through fields, quaint villages, to fortresses and across rivers. This is a pleasant ride designed for those with a moderate level of cycling experience.

 

 

ISTRIA REGION

Croatia’s food and wine capital boasts a staggering 2500 km cycling network allowing you to explore most of the region using pedal power. 

Captain morgans trail, Rovinj

This 60km bike route is jam packed with beautiful natural, historical and cultural sites all just a stone’s throw from Rovinj. You’ll take in the ornithological nature reserve Palud, a Gothic-Renaissance citadel, the stunning Lim fjord, the village of Mrgani where you can discover the lost treasure of Captain Morgan and an astral archaeological site in Maklavun to mention just a few. This route has a moderate level of difficulty.

Cycling in Rovinj Cycling in Rovinj

 

Vasianum trail, Fažana

This bike trail is super easy and perfect for the family to get out on their bikes. The ride is only 13km long and takes in the Ližnje moro forest, some pine woods and the entire trail offers magnificent views of the spectacular Brijuni Islands National Park.

 

 

KVARNER REGION

Boasting a total of 19 bicycle routes throughout the region, Kvarner has bike trails which accommodate the novice through to the experienced cyclists.

Kalifront on the island of Rab

Rab is one of the jewels in the Kvarner crown and very easy to navigate by bike. This route is perfect for those less experienced cyclists, being only 29 km long. This journey starts at the Rab waterfront and takes you through the interior of Rab passing through a wildlife refuge. The route then descends to the sea cruising along the Rab coast before heading back to the waterfront.

 

Visit The Frankopan Castles, Novi Vinodolski

Do you fancy combining some cycling with a history lesson? Then jump on your bike and start out in Novi Vinodolski and take this 70km, moderate level bike route which takes in the Frankopan castles of this region.

 

 

ZADAR REGION

Europe’s best destination (Zadar) for 2016 has it all. History, culture, island's, beautiful beaches,the best sunset in the world, national parks and for you sporty vacationers a huge network of cycling routes.

Cycling in Nin, Zadar

 

Dugi Otok

The longest island in the Zadar archipelago is ideal for cycling with many great sights along the journey. This bicycle route is 70km long and rated as a moderate level of difficulty. You’ll be surrounded by the island’s natural beauty and take in the Telaščića Nature Park, the sandy Sakarun Beach and the Veli Rat lighthouse.

 

Nin

This route is a round trip to Nin the first Croatian Capital, from Zadar. It’s an easy 45km ride where you will see the old town of Nin, which has a 3000-year-old history, the remains of a Roman temple, the 2000-year-old salt works and the famous Ivan Mestrovic sculpture of the Gregory of Nin. 

 

ŠIBENIK REGION, VODICE

The charming Dalmatian seaside town of Vodice has more than just pristine beaches and a cool relaxed vibe. It’s also a perfect destination for active holiday enthusiasts with  9 bicycle trails ready for you to explore. 

Orlov Krug, Vodice

This famous 5.5km mountain bike trail, which hosts the world cup MTB XCO race, is for very experienced cyclists and a tough route. This bike trail is one of the most picturesque in Croatia, but you need to work hard for the breathtaking views of Vodice and the azure Adriatic Sea. This one is for the adrenaline junkies.

Orlov Krug, Vodice

 

Put Bunja, Vodice

This 10 km moderately difficult trail is well worth the effort as it will take you by an important part of the heritage of this region, Bunje, which a type of ancient shelter constructed from stone. There is still much debate as to exactly when they were constructed however what is know is that they are really old. On this bicycle route, you’ll take in 7 different Bunje in the Vodice region.

 

 

SPLIT REGION, HVAR

Croatia’s most famous island has more to offer than just the glitz and glamour of Hvar town. Hvar has a network of 13 bicycle routes across the island which will take you to some of the natural and cultural treasures of the island. 

Unesco sites of Hvar

Cycling through the UNESCO listed Stari Grad Plain, does life get any better? This bicycle route will take you through the Stari Grad Plain, olive groves, vineyards and the villages of Vrboska, Dol, Vrbanj and the town of Stari Grad. The bike trail is 23km long, is rated as moderate and is perfect for exploring the Hvar countryside.

 

Kabal, Hvar

This bicycle route will take you on a round trip to the Kabal Peninsula. It starts in Stari Grad and takes you along the crystal clear Adriatic coast to the village of Rudine. From their its nature, nature and more nature with gorgeous panoramic views. This route is 25 km long and moderately difficult.

Cycling route Kabal, island Hvar

 

 

DUBROVNIK & NERETVA REGION

The pearl of the Adriatic never ceases to amaze. The bicycle trails in the Dubrovnik region are primarily focused on the Konavle area and the islands in the Dubrovnik region. 

Čilipi–Gruda–Ljuta–Pridvorje, Konavle

This bicycle route takes in the sights of the interior of the Konavle region and will take you about 2 hours. It starts in Čilipi’s main square and will take you through vineyards, fields a forest and of course many historical sites. This bike route has a moderate level of difficulty.

 

Prožurska Luka –Saplunara, Mljet

Why not get off the beaten path and head to Mljet. This cycle route is 52km long and is rated as moderate. On this ride, you will take the natural beauty of Mljet, which is the greenest of all the islands in Croatia,  and the best part is the route finishes at one of Croatia's best sandy beaches, Saplunara Beach.

Cycling route Prožurska Luka - Saplunara, Mljet

 

Where to stay in Croatia?

The question now is where to stay to take advantage of the bike wonders of this amazing country? As with Croatia itself, the accommodation offer from PSH Croatia is varied and specialised to suit your individual needs. Browse through the site, and our staff are available to assist. See you in Croatia!

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