Croatia is well-known for its stunning beaches and warm Mediterranean climate, but it’s also an ideal destination for road cycling.

This long, (mostly) thin, coastal country offers fantastic cycling routes on different terrain types. You can explore flat roads that hug the coast as well as more challenging ascents through mountain passes.

Why visit

Head up into the hills away from tourist crowds to experience small villages, traditional tapas bars and open-air markets packed with fresh produce. It’s here you’ll find an authentic taste of Croatia’s unique culture and cuisine — and if you’re lucky, some friendly locals too.

Croatia’s mild Mediterranean climate is alo a real draw. Temperatures rarely drop too low in wintertime while summers often hover around 30°C making biking almost pleasant even during hot August days!

And finally, anyone that loves a spot of history or architecture, can’t fail to fall in love with coastal towns such as Rovinj and Poreč as well as more famous superstars such as Split and Dubrovnik.

Where to go

The Istrian Peninsula is the place to head for sunshine, beautiful old towns, great food and quiet roads.  Find out more in this article about self-guided cycling in Croatia.

Or try cycling Croatia’s islands; it’s got to be said, that they’re one of the most appealing things about Croatia. Read this article to find out about bike-boat island-hopping holidays in Croatia.

Head inland from Split or Dubrovnik and you’ll hit the alpine regions with their dense pine forests, meadows and villages that seem untouched by time.

Have a great time!

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