Although it wasn’t particularly difficult to visit the former Yugoslavia, it was not until Croatia emerged from its war of independence in the mid-1990s that it really began to boom as a tourist destination.
Today, Croatia is ranked one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with tourism responsible for approximately 20 percent of the country’s annual GDP (well, before global events like pandemics). Lined by white-sand beaches and endless azure waters, visitors could be forgiven for sticking to the Adriatic Coast, flaking and baking in the sun, and just gorging on all the amazing Dalmatian food on offer.
But there’s so much more on offer, what with the country’s historic Roman ruins, scenic coastal towns and villages, countless ancient treasures.
This cycling tour takes in many of Croatia’s highlights, from the culture-central city of Dubrovnik (the tour’s ending point) to the historic city of Split (the tour’s launching point), but also taking in its Dalmatian islands, lavender fields to olive groves, Europe’s oldest theatre to Venetian palaces.
As all cyclists know, there’s really no better way to see a destination than by bicycle. Over the course of 7 days, this tour will have you leisurely pedal approximately 200 kilometres along quiet roads past spectacular scenery, and with great food to keep you fuelled. There’s a vehicle to carry your luggage ahead, and you’ll stay in comfortable hotels. Almost all meals are included, and your guide will lead you to hidden restaurants that offer the best local cuisine.
- Ancient and spectacular city of Split, with the Palace of Diocletian.
- The renowned island of Hvar.
- Islands of Brac, Korcula.
- The Dalmatian Coast by bike.
- The ancient and UNESCO heritage city of Dubrovnik (pictured here).
— Simon Vaughan and Outpost staff. (Trip description/details from operator, please verify with operator.)
Croatia Biking Classic! | by CYCLING CROATIA
Length/Departs: 7 days; April, May, June, July, August, Sept., Oct.; ask operator about bookings for next year as well.
Accommodation: Hotels, beach resorts.
Price: from approx. $3,650 — $3,950 CDN (est.), but verify current pricing with operator.
Difficulty: easy to moderate; note that e-bikes are also on offer for on all tours.
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