Ok, so we may not have quite 101 reasons, but with plenty of idyllic beaches to choose from, secluded coves and traditional villages - not to mention the clearest waters and bluest skies you’ll see this side of paradise - the Croatian coast is truly an incredible holiday destination.
The quiet roads, stunning vistas and great climate of the region lend themselves perfectly to exploration on two wheels. So, if you want to experience the real Croatia in a unique and exhilarating way, jump on a bike this summer and head off on an unforgettable Dalmatian cycling adventure.
The Dalmatian coast
Reaching from Dubrovnik in the south to Zadar in the north, Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is one of the most beautiful and most enchanting stretches of coastline in the world.
Its long, dry summers and mild winters make the region a great destination throughout the year, though for sun-starved Brits nothing can beat the wall-to-wall sunshine and toasty temperatures of a Croatian summer.
If you only have a few days to explore the Dalmatian region, the islands and coast between the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik is arguably the most beautiful.
The main islands in the region are Hvar, Brac, Korcula, which are all connected by ferries, making island hoping easy, enjoyable and affordable.
Cycling in Croatia
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or not, the quiet roads and great scenery of Croatia will be a dream come true.
Most cars give cyclists a wide birth, though they do have a habit of honking their horns to warn cyclists of their approach – or as a form of encouragement.
Just like anywhere else in Europe, it’s always a good idea to wear high-visibility clothing and protective gear whenever you’re on the bike, keep hydrated, and be aware of the power of the sun when you’re in the saddle all day.
We have two options for cycling in Croatia. First is Cycle and Cruise Croatia, a leisurely easy grade cycle tour based on a boat that visits Dubrovnik and the islands of Korcula and Mljet. Secondly we have Cycle the Dalmatian Coast, a moderate grade cycle tour. It's based in hotels and uses local ferries to travel from Split to Dubrovnik via the islands of Hvar and Korcula.
Once you’ve been to the Dalmatian coast, you’ll realise that the entire region is a highlight in itself. However, there are a few places that should definitely be at the very top of your Croatian itinerary.
First among them has to be Dubrovnik. Perched on the edge of the Adriatic, its cobbled streets and ancient buildings are so beautiful they have to be seen to be believed.
Though the streets can become a little crowded with visitors during the day, in the evening, the city empties out, giving you plenty of room for exploring and relaxing.
A few hours to the north of Dubrovnik is Split, the centre of which is built in the remains of the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian.
Though the harbour may be more industrial than that of Dubrovnik, the city centre, surrounding coastline and friendly locals have a charm all of their own.
From both Dubrovnik and Split, you can catch a ferry to the outlying islands of the Dalmatian coast.
The beaches, villages and towns on Korcula and Hvar can be explored in a day or two of cycling, with the hills of both islands providing fantastic views over the surrounding landscape.
With an abundance of both natural and manmade beauty, not to mention blue skies, sunshine and warm waters, the Croatian coast is a truly fantastic holiday destination.
Throw in a bit of leisurely cycling and two-wheeled exploration, and you’re guaranteed to have the holiday of a lifetime.