Bike Routes in Croatia

By , 19 May 2016, 19:49 PM Maps

There has been significant investment in the development of new and the improvement of existing bike routes in Croatia in recent years. 

Marking of routes, development of maps, resources, and tools and some counties have even developed service points for cyclists. Further to this, there are many Croatian counties who have developed cross-border bike routes into the adjoining countries of Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Serbia for those cyclists looking to take their adventure beyond the Croatian borders. 

The routes in Croatia vary from easy to difficult and from short to very long accommodating all types of cyclists. As far as bike routes go in each county, here is a little taste of what you can expect.

Split-Dalmatia County has 3000km of marked trails across the entire region. Choose from cycling routes on the islands like Brač, Hvar, Vis, and Šolta or the mainland from Split, Zagora, Omiš or Makarska Riviera.

When in Bjelovar-Bilogora ride to the Roman Forest in Daruvar, which contains a number of interesting botanical specimens, including a gingko tree that is roughly two and a half centuries old. After a hard day on the bike, take a break in one of the healing spas which have been in use for 2000 years.

In Istria, there are over 1000km of marked bike trails where you can take you pick from either coastal or inland routes. Choose between cycling to Istria's medieval hilltop towns or it's charming coastal cities.

A great idea in the Osijek Baranja County is to retrace the Tour of Croatia route which commenced in Osijek in 2016. If that's a bit much, you could try the Eurovel06 and greenway routes to Hungary or the Danube and Pannonian way of peace route which will take you to Serbia.

Cyclists are treated to an array of bike routes in Sisak-Moslavina County including those who want an epic distance challenge through nature on the 228 km SMC01 route which takes you to the best sites in the entire county.

From Požega-Slavonia county, you can head to Papuk Nature Park and ride one of the three 20 km routes in this pristine natural environment.

For the off-road adrenaline junkies, Vodice in Šibenik-Knin County hosts the World Cup MTB race on the notorious Orlov Krug bike route, where you can spectate or if you have the skills and stomach for it, try it yourself.

For more continental Croatia cycling head to Zagreb County with its 30 routes which can accommodate riders of all skill levels and takes you through mountains, foothills, lowlands, along rivers and numerous historical monuments.

For a truly unique experience head to the island Lastovo in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and cycle this island Nature Park and immerse yourself in this untarnished natural environment. If islands tickle your fancy, then the island of Krk in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar country will not disappoint with routes which traverse the island taking you to breathtaking lookouts and beaches.

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