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Cycling Routes in Croatia:

Cycling Dalmatian coast:

This suggested journey of cycling along Dalmatian coast and Islands takes you from the architecturally stunning Trogir near Split to the Renaissance city of Dubrovnik. En route, you will pass cycling numerous villages, tiny medieval walled towns and lovely quiet pebble bays set against a backdrop of pine forests and mountains. More info

Cycle from Split to Dubrovnik:

If you wish to cycle from Split to Dubrovnik you can either do it along the entire coast or use local ferries to do some island hopping too. In both cases, you will cycle for most of the route along the two-lane roads as there are no dedicated cycling lanes along the route whatsoever. If you prefer to avoid crossin the border to Bosnia, the best option is to cycyle to Ploce, take a ferry to Trpanj and cycle further to Dubrovnik. Alternatevly, just proceed with coastal route and have you pasports ready on Klek-Neum border crossings.

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Cycle from Zadar to Split:

You can get by bike from Zadar to Split by either cycling all the way along the Adriatic coast or use ferries to shorten the journey or do some detours to visit local islands in Zadar or Sibenik archipelagos. There are no dedicated cycling lanes along the route so you will cycle for most of the route along the two-lane roads.

Island hopping in Croatia by bicycle:

Croatian coast is dotted with numerous islands and therefore it is an ideal area to island hop with a bicycle. You can start from any point on the coast and use local ferries to visit nearby islands, get back to the coast and proceed as you wish. There are plenty of options to get on ferries and cycle along islands in any of the archipelagos –  Zadar’s, Sibenik’s, Kvarner’s, Dubrovnik’s just to mention a few. If you go to CroatiaFerries.com website you will find a selection of maps that cover the entire coast. You can use these maps to plan your journey for island hopping in any of the local coastal regions. Look for car ferries, they all take bicycles while some fast ferries are for foot passengers only. Below are some of the local island’s routes worth exploring:

Cycling Route on Hvar island:

  • Route: Vrboska – Pitve – Sv. Nedelja – Dubovica Cove – Starigrad -Vrboska – If you want to explore Hvar by bike the possibilities are endless. However, if you are ready to spend the whole day on your bike and see everything that is interesting on the north-west tip of the island in one day then this itinerary should suit you.

Cycling Route on Cres island:

  • Route: Cres Marina – Grmov – Lubenice – Valun – Cres – The journey begins in the quiet, pleasant surroundings of Cres Marina. It has easy, free parking, for bikers bringing their bikes by car to enjoy this particular trek. More info here

Cycling Routes on Rab island:

The best time for these routes is early in the morning when you can ride in the shade of mountain Kamenjak and maybe catch early sunrise.

Some good local websites and touring diaries:

  • Pedala.hr – Croatia Cycling Routes – mostly in Croatian – great site 🙂
  • Istria for Cyclist – good website about cycling in Istria with maps and descriptions of various cycling tours around the whole region.
  • Korcula Cycling – page about cycling on Island Korcula, Croatia
  • Györgyi Gábor Bike Pages – Biketour along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia- TOTAL: 2257,98 km + 19588 m height diff. Cycling from Croatia to Montenegro – A Balkan Tour from Bayreuth to Split and Rijeka by Dieter Kleiner – A five weeks, 2700km tour in August/September, from Germany to Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. “I enjoyed this unforgettable trip thoroughly. The scenery, people, food etc. changed continuously.” Spain to Turkey via Italy and Croatia – by Wayne Joerding: The route follows the northern rim of the Mediterranean Sea, along with the coast of Spain, France, across northern Italy, the coast of Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. Powered by pastry, we pedalled and pushed our bikes from the sandy beaches of Spain to the sandy beaches of southern Turkey, over hills, over mountains, and across rivers of all sizes. Along the way, we found helpful people, stunning scenery, and great food.

Croatian Cycling Clubs and Organizations:

  • Croatia Cycling Federation – (Hrvatski Biciklisticki Savez ) – Official governing body for cycling in Croatia, includes news, mountain bike and road events, results, links; Hrvatski biciklisticki savez (HBS) – web
  • Istra Bike – Istra Bike Club, Cycling Club  – place one can rent a bike from.

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Cycling in Croatia Articles and Photos

  • Cycling along Dalmatian Islands – Croatia

    This suggested journey of cycling along Dalmatian Islands takes you from the architecturally stunning Trogir near Split to the Renaissance city of Dubrovnik. En route, you will pass cycling numerous villages, tiny medieval walled towns and lovely quiet pebble bays set against a backdrop of pine forests and mountains. You …
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  • Tour of Croatia 2016

    The second edition of Tour of Croatia : The start of the race will take place in Osijek on April 19th and finish in Zagreb on April 29th 2016. There are 6 states in this years Tour: Stage 1 (19.04.2016.) Osijek – Varaždin Osijek, Koprivnica, Ludbreg, Varaždin Stage 2 (20.04.2016.) …
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  • Tour of Croatia 2015

    International cycling race through Croatian natural wonders, takes place from Tuesday 21 April 2015 till Sunday 26 April 2015. The five-day cycling event will be broadcasted on national television as well as on Eurosport channel. World cycling elite will start their race in Makarska, and finish it in Zagreb, the Croatian capital. Stages Stage …
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  • Cycling Cruise in Dalmatia

     In the travel section of yesterday’s eddition of Telegraph.co.uk , Adam Ruck writes about cycling cruise at Croatia’s Dalmation coast in his article titled  ” Croatia: A Dalmatian cycling cruise”. Similar Info About Travel to Croatia You May Like: Sailing and Cycling Tour between Split and Dubrovnik Beyond Boundaries Travel has created …
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    Cyclotourist Centre in Kopacki Rit

    Kopacki Rit , one of the Croatian Nature Parks, situated in northeast Croatia in a corner formed by Drava and Danube rivers, has become the first visitor center for cyclotourists in Croatia. Three years ago, the cooperation between Kopacki Rit and the Croatian office of the German Technical Cooperation Company …
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    Trip on bike in Croatia

    Under the title “A memorable trip on a bike in Croatia”, Jane Peterson recently wrote about a trip by bike in Croatia that was made last October. Here are some short excerpts from the article: Jim Bassett could have put away his bike helmet for the season in October. Instead, he packed for …
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  • New Istra Bike Trails Website

    The Istria Tourist Board recently launched a new website http://www.istria-bike.com/ which is dedicated to cycling offers of Istra. It offers a range of valuable Istria cycling information targeted to tourists and local fans of recreational and professional cycling. The site is available in six languages – Croatian, Italian, German, French, Dutch and …
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    Touring Croatia by bicycle – Cycling in Croatia

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  • The First Croatian Festival of Recreational Cyclists – Koprivnica

    The city of Koprivnica, located in the northwest of Croatia, near the border with Hungary, will this mid June see the first Croatian Festival of Recreational Cyclists. During the two day festival, organized by the Croatian Association of Recreational Sports and the Koprivnica-based Biciklin Oldtimer Club, several thousand visitors are …
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