Whether you’re drawn in by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic or the country’s picturesque medieval towns, Croatia is undeniably a great destination for a getaway. How about exploring it on a cycling holiday?
From riding leisurely between idyllic coves to exploring beautiful national parks filled with lakes, here’s our complete guide to booking a cycling holiday in Croatia.
Why choose Croatia for a cycling holiday?
Beside from Croatia’s obvious allures – namely sun, sea and sensational sight-seeing – it’s also a country that’s full of lush landscapes and amazing cycling routes that take you through the best regions for local food and wine.
You can additionally easily combine your cycling holiday with camping by staying at one of our fantastic Canvas Holidays Croatia campsites. Enjoy the pretty pebble beaches and mouth-watering gastronomy of Istria or stay near stunning cities like Split and Dubrovnik in Dalmatia.
When’s the best time for a Croatia cycling holiday?
As temperatures can soar during the summer months, you might find it more comfortable to plan your Croatia cycling holiday in spring or Autumn. You’ll find it’s milder up in the mountains and breezier along the coast where you can cool off in the ocean after a few hours of riding.
Visiting off season is also usually better for cycling trips as the roads will be much less busy than in peak holiday times in July and August.
Where to go for Croatia cycling holidays
Picturing yourself soaring along coastal roads and stopping off at secluded beaches for a swim? Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore traditional towns and historic castles in the valleys? No matter your interests, there’s plenty of places to see by bike in Croatia.
Croatia is blessed with a handful of National Parks that are fit to bursting with lush, green scenery and dozens of beautiful lakes. Plan a cycling holiday in Croatia’s Krka National Park and make the most of the area’s pretty waterfalls. You’ll find multiple routes through the park, from easy road tracks to more challenging mountain trails.
Fancy combining cycling with lazy days spent by the sea? Get the best of both worlds by booking your Croatia cycling holiday along the country’s dreamy Dalmatia coast. As well as discovering coastal cities like Dubrovnik (that’s popular with Game of Thrones fans), the region is also home to some of the best beaches in the country.
What’s more, Croatia is famed for its many small islands that are often visited on sailing trips. Some boats will even let you take your bike onboard so you can island hop and cycle!
The Istrian countryside
The northerly region of Istria is one of the most popular areas for a cycling holiday in Croatia. You’ll find well looked after roads and plenty of routes to pick from that take you through gorgeous rural scenery and along the Adriatic coast.
Spend your days discovering mesmerising hilltop towns inland or tackle the 60km Parenzana bike trail that takes you along a now disused railway line through Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.