The Dalmatian Coast and Islands
Croatia is a special place for many reasons. Scenery is amazing and the history is very interesting, especially in the recent past.
You can’t see it all in a week, but at least you can immerse yourself into the culture.
This trip includes the islands between Split and Dubrovnik, The Dalmatian Islands. They are in the far south of the country, in the Adriatic Sea.
When you visit this part of Croatia it is easy to see why so many film companies choose it for a shoot.
People here are very friendly, I felt there was a mixture of German or Swiss efficiency hiding a great sense of humour – they do everything really well, with a twinkle in the eye.
The roads are quiet and smooth, with a few cyclists and very few cars. The villages are cute and close enough to keep your water bottles full.
The islands are mostly long and thin, so it takes a good day to cycle each one, and at the same time the views both sides are amazing. It is also exciting to travel on the ferries in between.
One of the riders said at the end that “this was a trip that can’t be topped” – we’ll see about that.
Split, Stari Grad, Hvar Town
It was warm and sunny, with other islands and flat blue sea either side of us, the views were spectacular.
Hvar Town, Sućuraj, Drvenik, Gradac
After leaving Hvar Town we rose to 400 metres within the first 9 kilometers, which woke up the legs. But riding along such a quiet road let us chat and forget about the gradient.
Gradac, Ploce, Trpanj, Ston (and on to Dubrovnik)
At Pijavicino there is a monument at the highest point referencing the Balkan war, with an amazing view towards the coast at Trstenik.
Dubrovnik, Mali Ston
Mali Ston is a picturesque little cove, a few kilometers away from the town of Ston.
Mali Ston, Orebic, Korcula
With great views and roads down to Zuljana, with hardly any traffic, then a coastal road that seemed to be there only for cyclists, I knew this was a special trip.
Korcula, Vela Luka, Split
Just before Pupnat we turned left off the main road, and this was a great road.