Would You Like to Experience Croatia by Bike? Here’s Our Advice.
Would you believe us if we told you that there isn’t a better way to experience Croatia than by bicycle?
This Eastern European country, which stretches on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, has a lot to offer to cyclists. Its lovely islands, the Adriatic sea coastline and many national parks located in the very heart of this country, are perfect to be explored by bicycle.
Our advice would be to consider three particular regions and cycle through Kvarner, Istria and Dalmatia
These tours, consisting of many exciting smaller bike paths, are among the most popular with the tourists.
Cycling through Istria
Istria can be considered a paradise for the cyclists. A variety of well-marked bike paths, good roads and the outstanding landscape promises an unforgettable tour through challenging mountains and hills.
The network of bike paths through Istria has a length of 1500 km, which guarantees an unforgettable ride for every cyclist, regardless of its preferences. This bike tour offers various attractions, from romantic Istrian villages and towns, to many wineries and vineyards in the region.
A particularly beautiful route through Istria is called the Parenzana route. The „path of Health and Friendship „, as people call it, is 123 kilometers long and runs through the territory of the communities of Vižinada, Karojba, Motovun, Oprtalj, Grožnjan, Buje and Umag, on the former route of the narrow gauge railway Parenzana.
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Cycling through Dalmatia
What makes Dalmatia an exciting cycling route are its national nature parks. For example, just through the national park Vrana, there’s a 50 km cycle track. Our advice, if you choose to use these tracks, would be to use your best mountain bikes because of the partly unpaved bike paths.
Most cycling tours start in Vrana and then continue over Majdan. The best part of the route is definitely the lookout Kamenjak which offers a beautiful view over Vransko Lake, the Kornati Islands and the places Pakoštane, Murter and Pašman.
Nature Park Biokovo is located on the Makarska Riviera, close to Biokovo mountains and offers many challenging routes leading you up to its highest point, the summit of Sv. Jure (Saint George) at 1762 m.a.s.l. If you choose this route, make sure you bring a lot of water and check your bike because it can be quite perilous if you are unprepared.
But don’t just visit the rural landscapes, visit the cities as well.
In this region, the lovely Dalmatian cities are simply inviting you to visit them, and at an affordable price, even if you don’t have your bicycle with you, you can rent one for 3 € per hour (the price in Zadar) or 15 € for 12-24 hours (the price in Trogir).
Also, in this part of the region, there are many well developed bike paths offering a multitude of possibilities to ride bikes in a group.
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Cycling through Kvarner
The 19 official bicycle tracks in the Kvarner gulf form a network of paths that goes along the coast, on the islands and the mountainous region of Kvarner to a total length of 1,300 km.
Our advice to the hikers would be to discover the National Park Risnjak and the Ucka Nature Park and enjoy what these magical places have to offer.
How Much Will It Cost You?
If you choose to rent a bicycle, one hour costs between 20 (about 3 euros) and 40 Kuna (6 euros). A full day rental costs between 120 kuna (approximately 18 euros) and 200 kuna (about 29 euros). If you choose to rent a bike for several consecutive days, it is possible to negotiate special conditions on site.
It is also very easy to find shops and “bike kitchens” that offer various services. You can mend your wheels, do small repairs and service your bicycles.
Recommendations and Codes of Conduct
During your bike tours, please take the designated paths.
Always mind the pedestrians and take other cyclists into consideration
If you plan your own tours, be sure to ask about the paths, and try and avoid coastal roads as sometimes they can be life-threatening for cyclists.
We recommend protective equipment such as bike gloves and helmets. Also, don’t wear camouflage clothes, wear something easier to spot should the situation require rescue.
Plan your trips carefully, always check your equipment before the trip (tools, supplies and first-aid kit) and your bike. Also, make sure you have a sufficient amount of fresh water on you along with some tasty Croatian food.
What are you waiting for? Going on a bike tour is the latest craze. So let’s go!