Croatia is arguably the most popular cycling destination in Eastern Europe. Emma and Justin from Rolling Tales share some insights into why everybody’s flocking to this beautiful coastal country.
Post cycle swimming in the Adriatic. Also pre cycle swimmng in the Adriatic. If you’re lucky lunchtime swimming might also be on the cards.
The coastline boasts 1246 islands. Take a ferry out to one of the bigger ones for a few days of idle pedalling where you can detour into tiny bays to swim, sit outside small cafes for the afternoon and stealth camp in olive groves. Just remember that food and particularly water may be scarce on islands so stock up before you go.
Open air art on Zadar’s waterfront. Stay a night in Zadar so you can laze for an afternoon on the promenade listening to the Sea Organ or visit at dusk to people watch as the solar powered Greeting to the Sun comes alive.
Tiny campsites. End your cycling day under the shade of a fig tree with the lap of water against the shore, and only a handful of other campers to share your tranquility. Stay another day. Wonder if you’ll ever get any cycling done.
Quiet inland cycling. Whether you take a detour through the Cetina gorge to escape the coastal road for a few hours or turn inland to explore one of Croatia’s national parks, take some time out from the developed coastline to cycle through stark landscapes on deserted roads.
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