It seems Croatia has a very long coastline and tomorrow will be the last day before we arrive in Montenegro. It has taken us about 10 days to pass through Croatia. The cycling has been good fun, tough and hot but rewarding.The views across the islands and countless old towns and forts were at times spectacular but others slightly depressing as the lack of planning and rapid development seems to have hit self destruction levels. That is the good thing about cycling you get to see it all the bad and the great.
A quick afternoon swim in perfect clear warm water.
Cycling on the solar panel at Zadar.
The mountains start to rise as we head south. These were up to 2000m
A cool old building where we sat in the shade. I pumped the tyres up and the valve fell off so we were there for a little while!
On another ferry we used 7 ferries in total across Croatia and Greece.
Admiring the sunset in northern Croatia. With the entire coast facing west the sunsets were spectacular.
We were lucky to find a few promenades to cycle along as part of the route.
Another stunning coastal view.
A rather smart boat by the town of Trogar
Climbing high above the sea on Island of Rab
More small islands off central Croatia
On the island of Cres a local beach the ferry man told us aboiut. Hidden down a path in the forest we spent the afternoon relaxing there.
A small old fishing village just off the main coastal road south of Jablanac
Yet more stunning sunsets in Croatia.
A sneaky sleep under a borrowed u,brella
The coast is approaching high season so lots of tourists but some awesome hidden fishing villages and scenic paths through vineyards overlooking the sea. There are more overweight Germans in speedos than I had anticipated, bbut we are coping. The campsites are also mainly huge holiday park ones that are not really our cup of tea nor our budget. We are super excited about Montenegro and Albania hopefully the mountains will be a good as the coast has been. The temperatures have dropped back to low 30’s which is nice and hopefully lower in the mountains. It is a bit unnerving approaching countries I know nothing about, not even the currency in use!
Kids drawings in Koper north Croatia
View of the old city from above.
Water fountain in Dubrovnik
Arches in Dubrovnik
Camping at Slano a superb spot for a swim.
Just before the border with Montenegro
Dingač (“Ding-gahch”), the most prestigious of all Croatia’s wine regions, where Croatia’s most revered – and eponymously-named – wine is made from Plavac Mali, Croatia’s most-cultivated red grape variety.
This was possibly the greatest stretch of coast we cyclced, I would recommend it to anyone. Only accessed by a hidden single track tunnel, that is unlit. We met a tractor in the middle which was interesting.
Taking a rest after almost leaving Croatia
The view across the bay to Trestenik
We camped by this beach when big storm hit, this was the only rain of the trip so can’t complain. It had cleared up by morning too!
The road cuts along the cliff set back from the beach, a stunning route to cycle.
Sadly our smartphone has died and it seems internet cafes with actual computers were a fad of the 00’s. Wifi is everywhere but we can’t use it so I will write up a report with pictures when I get the chance for each country we cross.