Cyclists can enjoy fantastic limestone scenery and challenging climbs in the Dinaric Alps, which run the length of the country from Slovenia to Bosnia Herzegovina. The mountains here are well suited to off road adventures amid a grand landscape dotted with lakes, caves – three deeper than 1000 metres – and national parks that protect the most scenic and important areas. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where a series of beautiful waterfalls connect sixteen lakes amid forested hills rich in flora and wildlife. Another exhilarating region for off road cyclists is among the sheer sided karst limestone canyons of Paklenica National Park.
The Dalmatian Coast boasts over a thousand islands and islets set amid crystal clear Adriatic waters and a backdrop of forested mountains. Historic villages and ports such as Dubrovnik complement this beautiful setting and can be visited on bike. Cyclists can use hotels and local ferries to hop between islands or can also stay aboard a cruise boat and park the bikes on board between rides.
The Istrian Peninsula on the north coast offers the adventurous cyclist impressive medieval fortified towns, rolling olive groves and inviting beaches. Less visited than the Dalmatian Coast, Istria falls mostly in Croatia but also covers Slovenia and Italy. It is possible to cycle from Venice to the scenic sea port of Porec.
Conditions are just right for cyclists in the spring and autumn months, with warm and sunny days tempered by cool breezes from the Adriatic.