Cycling in Croatia guide
Most cycling vacations in Croatia are hop on, hop off trips. Hop onto your saddle, hop island to island, and then hop off at copious Croatian coastal watering holes, or indeed, into its crystalline waters. With an archipelago of over a thousand islands, and peninsula after peninsula of cycling gems, it is actually impossible to know where to start. With the local aficionados, that’s where. Who know the ferry times, the cycle routes where you can escape cruise ship crowds, the vineyards that do tastings en route, and the secret beaches that entice with their turquoise waters, as you pedal through pine scented woodland, seeking that cooling reward.
This is a country for putting padded shorts on your posterior and swimming shorts in your pannier. There is a swim at the end of every trail, be it a lake, a cove or a waterfall.
You can choose guided or non-guided, the latter offering a bit more independence and your bags are transported for you. With the local experts’ top tips tucked into your pannier, however, you will pootle your way around all the places that are close to Croatians’ hearts.
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We spent Halloween half term cycling around the Roman hilltop villages of Istria. No tricks, just treat after treat
If you can go outside July and August, the prices drop significantly, as do temperatures. Last week of Aug is good in terms of crowds, though, as local schools have started back. The end of Sep marks the end of the season on some islands, with restaurants and bars closing for winter. Booking through a tour operator ensures that you are heading to the right island at the right time. May is also gorgeous with temperatures around 23°C but the winds along the coasts are less predictable at this time, and storms can happen. It’s pac-a-mac in pannier time.
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Our highlights page presents our top places to pedal in Croatia with everywhere from Istria to Konavle Valley displayed on our interactive highlights map alongside travel advice and tips from people who've already been.
There are some 500 km of biking trails mapped over Istria. This network connects you from hilltop towns to glistening harbours, from vineyard to vineyard and from restaurant doorstep to hotel terrace.
What’s great about the routes on the Dalmatian Coast is that you don’t have to take the biking all too seriously. Instead, you'll find unintimidating distances, lots of vineyards, and plenty of opportunities to pause for breath on the pretext of taking a stunning photograph.
Croatia presents some really enjoyable, straightforward cycling, but we know it can be daunting to commit yourself to a big biking trip in a new place. That’s why we’ve asked our expert tour operators for their top tips.