Cycling And Camping On Mediterranean Route (EuroVelo8) – inland Dalmatia.

by Mirjana S.
(Zagvozd,Croatia)

EuroVelo is a network of 15 long distance cycle routes connecting and uniting the entire European continent. EuroVelo currently comprises of 15 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020.

By the info on EuroVelo official page, Mediterranean Route receives more interest than any other EuroVelo route. This route starts in Spain and ends in Greece, which means on one part the route takes you through Croatian coast (from Rijeka – Split – Dubrovnik.

Dalmatia is one of the most popular cycling destinations in Croatia (Zadar–Split– Dubrovnik). Leaving Split (2nd largest town in Croatia, and its amazing roman palace built in 4th century), and cycling approx... 60km south, the route moves from the coastal area and continues through the country side of inland Dalmatia D62 (Zadvarje- Šestanovac –Zagvozd -Vrgorac).

This road (D62) has less traffic than coastal road D8 (Mediterranean highway) and this is the reason why Mediterranean route moves from the coastal to inland area of Dalmatia.

This is a great way to explore a part of Croatia which is still unknown to cyclist and campers. This area is the northern part of Biokovo Mountain (Saint Jure is the 2nd highest peak in Croatia) and the view is breath taking. Northern side of the Mountain, being away from the tourist area discovers small villages with amazing rural architecture showing authentic country side’s lifestyle.

Regarding the accommodation in this area; it’s possible to find apartments in the area but usually they have 3 days minimum stay policy. If contacted before arrival it’s possible to arrange a bit shorter stay.

The only camping ground in inland Dalmatia is in Zagvozd –camp Biokovo, a small cyclist friendly camping ground with free Wifi, where they can get all the info about the area wash their clothes and rest for a day or two before continuing their trip.

Tips for cyclists:
•take enough water with you (but if needed there are lot of houses along the way where you can knock and ask for some water);
•take a repair set with you because most bike stores are located in towns which you will miss cycling this area;
•contact places you decide to stay in on this route just to check what do they offer so you can plan the trip easily;
•some places offer discounts to hikers and cyclists on this route

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