Croatia is overflowing with contrasting landscapes extremely suitable and attractive for discovering and exploration by bicycle, reports croatia.hr.
The options are endless, and so inviting: from Croatia’s most popular cycling peninsula – Istria, over the forested, fragrant islands of Kvarner and the highland area of Gorski Kotar, the historical roads of the Lika-Karlovac region, over the highest passes and attractive mountains of the Dinaric karst to the dramatically beautiful Dalmatian coast with its islands or from the cereal plains of Slavonia through the green river valleys, over the cultivated hills with the many castles, manor houses and churches of central Croatia to the urban cycling oasis of Zagreb.
Cyclotourism is developing very much via the most important international cycling routes which connect the tourist regions of Croatia with interesting and productively similar places in the neighbourhood and with their own resources are adding to many quality projects.
The extremely popular MTB route of 78 kilometres through Croatia, with its views of the sea and the beautiful fortified mediaeval little towns of Istria is the Parenzana – the route of health and friendship from Italy, through Slovenia to Istria, at the same time is the first Croatian greenway route with the old narrow-gauge Trieste – Poreč (in Italian called Parenzo) railway.
For years the Mura and Drava cycling route has attracted cyclotourists to multiday rides from the sources to the mouths of these two rivers.
They connect Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia.
The total length of the Mura in Croatia is 67 kilometres, whilst the Drava is 305 kilometres. For now, both routes lead through Međimurje, whilst the Drava route goes further through Podravina and Slavonia all the way to the mouth, where the Danube Cycle Route continues through Erdut, Dalj, Vukovar and Šarengrad to Ilok.
For a cycling experience of the plain of Slavonia and Baranja the perfect choice is the Pannonian Peace Trail from Osijek, through the Kopački Rit Nature Park and Batina in Baranja to Somborin neighbouring Vojvodina, 75 kilometres long.
The Balaton – Lonjsko Polje international route is a link of cyclotourist-developed neighbouring Hungary, which can contribute greatly to the transport of cyclotourists to continental Croatia and the main state cycling routes through Lonjsko Polje Nature Park further southwest towards the Adriatic Sea.
Means of public transport that can accept bikes are: trains, boats (ferries) and river ferries, and it is also possible to transport bikes by aeroplane and bus.
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