We love being active on holidays. Just lying by the pool ( or the beach) is nice, but sometimes, we like to put our back pack on and go out exploring. Croatia has a plethora of National Parks, hiking trails and bike paths that are just waiting to be explored. And for afters, you can sit down and relax to some nice views and gorgeous food and drink.
Mark is an avid cyclist. And, for the past 2 summers, we have taken the bikes along on family trips to Croatia. You can rent a bike pretty much anywhere. If, like us, you love having your own bike there, or you prefer a more technical bike, a good option is to take your own.
- If you are a mountain biker, you’ll love the rocky landscapes southern Dalmatia has to offer. Be sure you’re physically fit and technically able, before you embark on any off-piste cycling and mountain biking in Croatia. The terrain can be very loose and rocky. Think: Riding in kitty litter.
- If you’re a roadie, be extra vigilant when pedalling on open roads. My big fat Croatian family is petrified when we tell them about our adventures on the bikes, “But why?”, they cry, “can’t you just lie on the beach lie everybody else?” The point to take away is, sharing a road with a Croatian driver, is like sharing it with a drunk octopus. Not for the faint hearted.
- In my humble opinion, Island Vis, in particular the serpentine roads around Komiža, are paradise on earth. Breath-taking views and usually quiet roads, once you get over the 300m climb up. Do make sure to wear a good sun screen and keep hydrated, as it can get very hot up there with no shade to hide under.
- If you love your mountain bikes, and are a seasoned rider, you will adore riding around Marjan Hill in Split. My tip is to download open paths or bridle ways onto your Garmin. You can find off-piste routes that were originally used by peasants and their donkeys. These paths go all around Marjan and you can discover beautiful beaches on your ride. Alternativaly, check out this gem for mtb and roadie routes in Croatia.
- You can always rely on a friendly Croat to help you change a tyre. Let’s face it. Even the best of us sometimes pop an innertube. We’ve found the locals are always happy to jump in and help.
And, after all the hard work is done, do what Croats do best. Sit down and enjoy a nice cold beer along the sea front. Let us know if you have cycled in Croatia in the comments below, or take it to Twitter @fabulousmummy1!