Eight cycling trails through Croatia that you have to try

Croatia has many cycling trails that offer something for everyone – flat landscapes for easy driving or challenging challenges, numerous sights and places to refresh, and beautiful nature of each of them. Find out which are some of the best tracks and evaluate what’s up for you!

Pannonian basin for beginners

Track length: 12.4 km

Time: 1.5 – 2 hours

For those who just know the magic of cyclotourism or just want to relax by the easy ride through nature, the Pannonian basin is a great choice. Try the Vinea Circular Trail that begins and ends at the Chapel of St. Ivan in Venus. Vinea trail is circular and 12,4 km long. Characteristics of this trail are very similar to Labrusca trail. The bigger part of trail follows macadam path (forest roads and vineyard paths) and only smaller part is asphalt road that leads through villages. The trail starts from the centre of Venje village (near the chapel).

First 3,5 km Vinea trail share with Labrusca trail – you will pass through Gornji Mitrovac and Donji Mitrovac and then turn left. After entering the forest, ride another 1,5 km where Labrusca trail leaves Vinea trail. Vine trail continues uphill 600 m besides Ilidžanski stream. Next 3,5 km trail follows easy-going undulating forest road. The end of the forest road is also the highest point of the trail (500 m a.s.l.). Here you will turn left (South), on forest path that leads quite steep through forest towards vineyards. Unforgettable view on vineyards and its vicinity opens when you exit forest. Trail continues steep through vineyards next 2 km, when you reach Hrnjevac village where our trail meets trails No. 1 and No. 2. Further trail heading East, towards Venje village. When you reach Venje, turn left and ride until you reach chapel where this trail ends. If this is not enough, do not worry – there are many bike trails in this area and you can explore them with the help of the interactive mobile application ‘Panonia Tour’.

An Intimate trail from Novi Vinodolski to Gorski kotar

Length: 45 kilometers

Time: 4-5 hours

If you are prepared for high altitude challenges, the Intimate Track is right for you. Take the sea coast from Novi Vinodolski and head to the heights, up to the highest inhabited place in Croatia – Begovog Razdolja. Little can be measured with the landscape you will pass, and as her name promises, you will have enough time to relax and enjoy the view.

Bicycle path through the bird reserve

The Vransko Lake biking trail will take you through the Vransko Lake Nature Park and the ornithological reserve within the park, where more than 200 species of birds live! One of the most beautiful vacation spots is the viewpoint of ‘Kamenjak’ from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the entire lake, the island of Pašman, Murter and the islands of the National Park Kornati.

Part of this route is used for the now traditional mountain cycling marathon “Vransko Lake,” organised by the tourism board of Pakoštane. Start is near the chapel outside Vrana village alongside Vransko lake. From the chapel take the gravel southeast. Follow the gravel and at the turn descend right to the lake. Follow the gravel along the lake shore to the first large crossing. At the crossing uphill to the lookout. Turn left and left again up the asphalt road all the way to the lookout which has an imposing view of Vransko lake and Kornati islands in the back. This is the only demanding ascent on the route. Return is the same way to the lake. From there follow the gravel to the channel which connects the lake and the sea. Follow the channel to the Adriatic main road. Take the road west. At the 29th kilometre turn right onto gravel towards the lake. From there follow the path along the lake to the connection road Pakoštane-Vrana. Go right along the road to the chapel.

The Trail of the Bats through Samobor

Length: 54 km / 65 km

Time: 4 – 7h

There are a lot of routes through the Zagreb County, and we will list one that runs through the favorite excursion destination of the Zagreb citizens, Samobor. This roundabout has its longer and shorter version, and both will take you through the eco village, along the Bregan River, and take you to Japetić.

Smart bike path near Zagreb

Length: 10 – 30 km

Time: 1 to 3 hours

In the Zagreb County, a part of the European Ride & Bike project is realized, so in Brdovc there is a new ‘smart’ path – besides being digitized for better management, this track is also equipped with clever benches on breaks. There are a number of available routes that lead cyclists along side Sava and Sutula – the family trail is designed for a light ride and is about ten kilometers long, adrenaline trail is designed for lovers of difficult terrain, while the sport trail stretches for 30 kilometers and goes through the hills.

The old railroad paths

Length: 61km

Time: 3:30 – 4:00 h

There are many cycling trails in northwestern Istria, but one among them stands out. The educational trail of Parenzana follows the trail of the former 123 km long railway, linking 33 cities between Trieste and Poreč. Today, from this route that once connected the three nations, remained 9 tunnels and 6 bridges, trails and viaducts. In addition to the history and landscape that will not leave you indifferent, there is the nature that will delight you!

Krka National Park trail for the strongest ones

Length: 30 km

Time: 2-3 hours

Do not let the mileage disturb you – this track is all but simple. In its thirty miles you will have to master many climbs, so it is only for mountain bikes, and it is also one of the most difficult and most attractive marathons in Dalmatia. If you are ready for such challenges, know that you will be rewarded because the trail goes through a part of the Krka National Park that will not leave you indifferent.

Through Međimurje and Varaždin

Length: 322 kilometers

Time: 4 to 7 days

Does it seem to you that this is a very long track? You are absolutely right, because it is about the European route of Mura-Drava. This trail runs at the Vič border crossing, divided into 10 separate stages, and ends in the Vularija settlement 10 kilometers from Varaždin Lake. Whatever you choose to do, you will not be mistaken, and experienced cyclists may want to spend an annually passing through the entire route that connects pristine nature and urban landmarks!