CYCLING – A look at why Croatia is the new cycling hot spot
Enthusiasts of two-wheel travel may move at a slower speed than their motorised counterparts, but their experience of the environ– ment involves all senses – the fragrances of meadows and the freshness of waterfalls, singing of birds, and the wonderful taste of spring water. Village roads, forest tracks, paths through meadows and vineyards take them to places not to be found on the maps of the usual tourist sightseeing tours. Sociable encounters with the local population, colourful ethnography, home-cooked food and delectable wines all add spice to this gently paced adventure.
In national parks and nature parks circular cycling routes are marked. If you happen to find yourself at the Plitvice lakes you will be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful cycling routes to be found anywhere in Europe. All areas are open to cycling tours. They do not require too much effort, while at the same time bringing you into direct contact with an incredible diversity of landscapes the mountains and valleys of sunny Istria, trails through the forests of Gorski kotar, the green and undulating hills of
Hrvatsko zagorje dotted with vineyards, the fertile plains of Slavonia and Turopolje. Villages of timber and stone-built houses, vineyard cottages, historical burghs, castles and manor houses, churches and chapels all these provide picturesque resting points and sites of cultural nterest.
The shipping lines between the islands run on a regular daily basis, and the cost of transporting your bicycle is minimal. The combination of a cruise with bicycle tours of the area is growing in popularity. Having embarked on a cycling adventure across the islands your itinerary must include the national parks of Mljet and the Brijuni Archipelago, or indeed the larger islands Krk, Lošinj, Cres, Rab, Pag, Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi otok, BraC, Hvar, Vis and KorCula