Winding, curvy roads are a dream ride for every motorcyclist. Add to that pristine nature and amazing landscape, delicious food and warm welcome provided by the locals – and what else can you ask for?
This gives you an answer to the question posed in the tile. And that is why every motorcyclist simply must go to the Lika-Senj County, home to spectacular sights and inviting meals, rich in curvy roads that will delight any motorcycle rider and that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Mystic and beautiful, preserved and wild, unique in its combination of elements – stone, rocks, woods, streams, rivers, cordiality and welcoming smile of hosts. Ride through the Lika-Senj County, get to know it, indulge in it, because it’s simply – breathtaking!
Let`s tide together on the most beautiful motorcycle road in Lika-Senj County – a 92 kilometres long route that starts in Senj and ends in Barić Draga.
Coast, rocks and a multitude of curves. These few words nicely sum up the route often listed among the top 10 European motorcycle roads by eminent foreign media that you simply cannot miss.
This portion is truly unique: at certain points, the road sits just 3 meters above sea level, a sight rarely found in other Mediterranean countries, only to reach up to 300 meters in other areas.
You can enjoy cornering numerous sections with combinations of slow and fast corners, flanked by dramatic stone masses of the Velebit Mountain on the one side and dreamy deep-blue seascapes of the Adriatic dotted with massive white slopes of the island of Pag protruding from the sea on the other side.
The road surface on this section of the Adriatic Coastal Road (E65) is extremely good so you can count on reliable grip.
The road is new, wide and offers good visibility. Take a break at any of the numerous rest stops located along the road that make a perfect setting for a photograph that you will fondly watch during cold winter months.
The only thing that can spoil your otherwise perfect ride is a strong bora wind, common along this part of the coastline. Temporary traffic ban on motorcycles due to bora should be taken seriously.
In such a case, seek accommodation for rest. The average monthly temperatures are pleasant for most of the year, especially in May (18 °C) and September (20 °C), but the route may be taken any time from late March to early November.
Every since the A1 motorway was built, most of the tourist traffic has headed off this section of the Adriatic Road, so you can indulge in the placidity and quietude of the scenery. Nonetheless, be ready for rather busy traffic around Jablanac (island of Rab) and Prizna (island of Pag) ferry ports in the peak season (July and August) so pay attention to your speed there.
On the other hand, roads to these ports are highly recommendable in other times of the year since curves are abundant and the traffic is almost non-existent.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ROUTE
The town of Senj, established over 3000 years ago, boasts turbulent and rich history. The Nehaj Fortress, standing over the town at the foot of the Velebit Mountain, was built in the 16th century to defend Senj against foreign invaders – Venetians and Ottomans. The fortress is a home to a museum hosting a collection of objects titled “Uskoks of Senj and the Coastal Captaincy of Senj“.
The old city centre, numerous squares, narrow streets and forts and religious architecture testify to the diversity of this town, well-connected with other cities on the Mediterranean by sea and the hinterland cities by roads and the Vratnik mountain pass (700 m).
Although situated in the Mediterranean, it creates a fjordlike atmosphere. The cove, 900 m long and between 50 and 150 m wide, is located along the route to Karlobag, a kilometre away from the town of Jablanac.
It is surrounded by steep, 100 meters high canyon cliffs. Due to its significance, it was declared a „protected landscape“as early as 1964. It has been an integral part of the Velebit
Also known as Vegium Bag and Scrissa. A former Roman colony, built as one of important transport ports. Completely burned down and demolished by the Ottomans in 1525. The town was named after the duke Karlo (Cherles) who had rebuilt it. Today, it represents a tourist must-see and a nice place to rest after a long trip.
A perfect combination of the Mediterranean climate and mountains gives you a unique opportunity to experience both the summer heat and freshness of the Velebit hinterland in the same day
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Spring (April, May, June) and autumn (September and October) are both excellent periods to travel (April, May, June). This allows you to avoid the summer heat and traffic congestions that always occur during the peak season in the Mediterranean part of the county. Plus, spring and autumn in the Lika-Senj County are a feast for all senses, appreciate different scents and colours all around you.
For more information about this and other routes go to the website Visit Lika.