Ovo je skup biciklističkih ruta koje sam odvezao po Hrvatskoj i ostalim susjednim zemljama. Ima različitih ruta, kratkih i dugih. Svima je zajedničko da većinom prolaze cestama niskog prometa, jer mrzim prometne ceste.
Karolina is a historic road that connects Karlovac and Bakar. It was built from 1726 to 1728. Today, the road is paved (except for a short part which is a forest road) and very suitable for cycling because there is not much traffic and it passes through beautiful nature that we can enjoy unhindered.On the section from Bosiljevo to Vrbovsko, due to the impassability of part of Karolina (pity, because only a few kilometers of Karolina is not arranged, but a forest road near the highway junction near Bosiljevo), the ride passes another historic road Louisiana which is slightly busier, but not a problem to drive by bicycle. Anyway most of the traffic today goes by highway.In parts, Karolina is steep (+ 14%), but the ascents are not long and the effort is always worth it. The whole ride can be mastered in one day. I came to Karlovac by morning train from Zagreb. From Karlovac I continued cycling to Rijeka. There is a possibility to catch the afternoon train to Zagreb if we try hard enough, but we must not miss a few coffees along the way. Be sure to check the train schedule before driving. I slept in Rijeka.
Cycling in Međimurje along the Mura River is great for families. The area is flat and easy to drive. Many locations can be visited, and the roads are not congested. You can also meet wild animals in the nearby fields (don't worry, don't bite). It is interesting that the area stretches through three countries, so you can brag that you have visited several countries in a pinch of kilometers. This area is ideal for extended weekends, which it is desirable to create with the help of public holidays for which we are masters. In our case, we combined International Labor Day with a weekend and were treated to cycling.We recommend to visit the site Island of Love on the river Mura, next to the village Ižakovci, pizzeria Vuri in Mursko Središće (pizza sits great as dinner) or lookout tower Vinarium Lendava in Lendava (really impressive).
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In the early spring morning, I took the train to Karlovac and set off to follow the rivers by bicycle. I followed the river Kupa, Krk and Sava. The ride is great for spring and there aren’t many hills. Okay, okay, there are only two hills to skip. What a ride it would be without a couple of hills and wind in your chest. The wind always makes things harder. Why does he always have to blow his chest, I wonder?Most of the time the ride passed roads with little car traffic and beautiful nature and vistas. Next time I’ll be riding in the fall, for comparison. The part from Ozalj to Kamanj is simply beautiful. Small hills line up one after the other as vistas alternate. After the ascent, after the settlement of Semič, I am greeted by a long downhill surrounded by beautiful nature.Since this is a longer route, it is time to rest. This is not a race. I stopped in Novo Mesto and Samobor. Guess what I was doing 😉A couple of notes, since I forgot to turn on the gps for the first 40 km (to Metlika), I combined the gps track with the part from Strava and put it on here. I'll fix the trail in the fall.
The route passes mainly through a series of low-traffic roads through the valleys of the rivers Sutla, Krka and Sava. In the part where it passes through the Savinjska region of Slovenia, the route is a bit hilly, but every short climb is rewarded with a view of the surroundings.I recommend drinking the obligatory coffee in Kumrovec, in the tavern Kod Starog. If you have extra time and are in no hurry, be sure to read a book from the rich library located in the pub 😉 It is interesting to come across a library in the pub.Kumorvec is a place with a rich history of both medieval and modern history of the 20th century. Kumorovec is known as the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, and nearby there is a monument to the anthem Lijepa naša domovino near Zelenjak and the Erdody manor near Razvor.In the last part of the route, it passes through a wooden bridge near Cerklje ob Krki. Rarely do we encounter wooden bridges today.
This short cycling route is most beautiful for riding in the spring and very likely in the fall (we weren’t there yet then), and certainly outside the tourist season.We came to the island of Cres by ferry from Brestova with the aim of making a circle Rijeka-Cres-Krk-Rijeka. For me, this was the most beautiful part of the ride, which is why I describe it here.After getting off the ferry in Porozina, wait for all vehicles to leave, because below you will find a quiet ride on a narrow asphalt road through the island. The route is full of panoramic views of the surroundings, so stop occasionally and enjoy the view.There is no drinking water at the Merag pier (2019), but there is a fine café where you can drink coffee and eat ice cream.If you want, you can continue the route through Cres to Mali Lošinj, which I plan on the next occasion.
Summer is approaching at lightning speed, so we had to take the opportunity and ride before cycling starts to look more like barbecuing than enjoyment. The bike is lightly equipped in the style of bikepacking and the first part of the tour was done by train from Zagreb to Karlovac.The tour below went through beautiful roads through nature without much traffic. Of course, near larger settlements we met "fish" of larger formats, but that's why you grit your teeth and relax on the local roads.I didn’t tour for a long time, so I forgot some things and discovered hot water. For example, it makes no sense to drive more than 100 km or master 1500 m of total ascent (whichever comes first). Otherwise you spend the whole day cycling and you don’t even see much. Except a lot of asphalt.
Simple and easy cycling from Dugo Selo to Sisak along the Sava River. The route is especially suitable for family driving because it is not long, there are no climbs and there is very little traffic, especially in the part after Oborava on the right side of the Sava. The road from Dugo Selo to Rugvica has more traffic because it connects Dugo Selo with the highway, so we need to be careful. So let’s use the sidewalk to drive where there is one.In Rugvica we continue to the right to the embankment along the Sava, which has little traffic, in fact no traffic. In Oborovo we cross the Sava River by ferry. The right road along the right side of the Sava is really pleasant for cycling, because there is very little traffic.The route passes through several macadam roads. The macadams are in excellent condition and the road bike digests them with ease.We can reach Dugo Selo by train from Zagreb. From Sisak we return by train to Zagreb. The train is comfortable and fast. It drives 140 km / h in some parts ;-)
The bicycle route takes us through the valleys of western Zagorje and the passage past two castles, a traditional ethno village and the birthplace of J. Broz Tito. The area is especially beautiful in spring and autumn, when nature is full of colors and scents. Roads are comfortable to drive without much traffic.We start the ride in Zaprešić, which we can easily reach by train from Zagreb.In Žejinci we turn off the main road and continue through the valley and the place Domahovo. We recently discovered this valley which is quiet and beautiful to drive.From Tuheljske toplice, the route continues on a slightly busier road but still comfortable to drive. From the same road, in V. Horvatska, it offers a beautiful view of the castle of Pallfy-Erdödy (1611). The castle had a beautiful park.Between Velinci and Kladnik we crossed the hill by a road that is extremely steep in a short part, but with a little effort it can be passed. No further downhill.Kumrovec is a place where we rested, drank coffee. Kumrovec is known as the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito. It is also known for its traditionally decorated ethno village where we can see how people lived in the early 20th century.We continue driving along the valley of the river Sutla. Novi Dvori Cesargradski Castle is located in Novi Dvori Klanječki. Unfortunately, the castle is difficult to notice because it is in poor condition and overgrown. The only thing that has been preserved is an outbuilding along the main road.The road through the Sutla valley is comfortable to drive without a lot of traffic.In Harmica, those who are tired can get on the train and continue to Zaprešić. The route continues south of the railway, with less busy roads to Zaprešić.