Size: 21,851 square miles (56,594 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than West Virginia
Border countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, and Montenegro
National tourist office: www.croatia.hr
At a glance
A rich, cultural history and diverse, majestic landscape describes the country of Croatia. Calling their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”, the Croats offer a warm welcome to visitors who want to experience the wonders of Croatia. Flat plains along the Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and over 1,000 islands explain why Croatia is one of few nations to have three distinct climate zones.
Diversity continues in the Croatian culture with four cultural circles thriving together: Western, Eastern and Central Europe, and Mediterranean. Each culture retains its unique customs, including lace-making in Lepoglava, bell ringers in the Kasta region and Ojkanje singing in the Dalmatia region. Cuisine varies in the coastal region that favors seafood specialties, olive oil and prosciutto compared to the continental region that favors meat products, freshwater fish and vegetables. Other highlights include Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and the city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic."
Why cyclists love it
Croatia offers plenty of opportunities for cyclists. Croatia's national parks are ideal for mountain biking, while paved roads are perfect for exploring the countryside. A great way to experience Croatia is through a bike and boat tour. Traveling by boat enables cyclists to bike a different island or coastal area each day. Croatia’s moderate climate and good weather provide another plus for cycling throughout Croatia's diverse landscape.
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Dalmatia, on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, is known for its beautiful coastline with islands, reefs, and bays, as well as its mountainous inland terrain. From the evergreens along the coast, across the fertile plains and to the rocky Alps, the landscape here is diverse and majestic.
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Cyclists can explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast on this tour beginning in Pula. Each day the ship will take riders further north, where tour guides lead cyclists on beautiful rides along the coast, visiting the islands of Brijuni and the Lim channel.
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Traveling by boat, this tour visits the two national parks of Krka-Waterfalls and Kornati Islands, along with the islands of Central Dalmatia. Highlights include the old town of Trogir, Zadar and Sibenik's famous cathedral.
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Cyclists sweep through the South Dalmatia region on this mountain bike tour, leaving no off road route or island untouched. Traveling on a fully restored wooden yacht, this tour visits Brac Island, the wineries of Peljesac Peninsula and the lavender island of Hvar.
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