Cyclists, Meet 6 Breathtaking Croatian Continental Routes

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Trakoscan | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic
Trakoscan | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

Trakoscan | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

September 28, 2020 – If you enjoy discovering divine nature by cycling, has narrowed it down to six breathtaking Croatian continental routes. Get ready for your next adventure!

The center of the world (yes, that’s the real thing!)

Cycle to the very center of the world! The magical Ludbreg is known as the world’s official center, so start by conquering it by bike. The oldest and most famous bicycle path in this area is the so-called Drava path. Eighty kilometers long, the trail follows the Drava River through a series of picturesque villages and hamlets located in the Drava lowlands.


Drava River | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

If you are a river fan, this one is for you

Do you want your ride to be accompanied by water? Continental Croatia is rich in rivers, and the roads that stretch along them offer perfect trails for more experienced road racers. Start from Varazdin or Cakovec and drive along the Drava River and the Mura estuary towards Koprivnica, Pitomaca, Virovitica, Valpovo, Osijek, all the way to Vukovar in eastern Croatia. It is more than 300 kilometers along the rapids of the river Drava. If you don’t know where to go, do what Bear Grylls does – follow the river!


Drava River | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

Cycling around waterfalls? You got it!

There is no greater symbol of the beauty of Croatian nature than Plitvice Lakes, which bears the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by more than a million people every year. However, few do so by bicycle. Around the Plitvice Lakes National Park, there are beautifully landscaped bike paths of all levels of difficulty, and many take you to areas of this park that are far from the reach of other tourists. Want to have a day to remember? Start from Karlovac and drive about seventy kilometers along the old mountain road towards Josipdol. Well, that’s a real challenge!

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Plitvice | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

Do you like fairytales? Trakoscan awaits for you!

If you are looking for your prince or princess, take a peek at the castle! This gem, located along the border of Croatia and Slovenia, is called Trakoscan. It is one of the most important Croatian castles, and equally attracts tourists and cyclists. Who knows, maybe among them you will find the “right one”. If you are not interested in fairy tales about princes and princesses and you are looking for an ordinary man with traditional skills, there is no better place than Krapina, where the magnificent Museum of Krapina Neanderthals is located. The popular circular path that leads to the castle begins and ends in Djurmanac, and includes a 38-kilometer drive along the Macelj mountain, at an altitude of approximately 380 meters.


Trakoscan | Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

Escape the city, go to the Medvednica Mountain

Head to the Medvednica Nature Park, only twenty minutes away from Zagreb. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Zagreb, with an altitude of up to 1000 meters, this place is a paradise for cyclists eager for adventure, whether it is road or mountain biking. It’s a real challenge when you have to climb an hour and a half by bike to the top of the mountain to get down to the base in fifteen minutes. The adrenaline will rush through your veins as you ride the Medvednica bike trails – because they are truly breathtaking!

Photo by Romulic and Stojcic

The golden route, rich with wine

The smallest and northernmost Croatian county is known for washing gold, and there is the first oil field in Croatia (and the world!). Medjimurje offers many top bike trails that stretch throughout the county, and this region is also known for the production of top wines. With a concept that combines the pleasure of wine and the pleasure of cycling, visitors have the opportunity to experience the two main attractions of Medjimurje at once.

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