Sep 3rd, 2008

Few More Days in Croatia

by Maria
Posted in Croatia, Italy

DubrovnikAfter Montenegro we cycled back up the coast to Dubrovnik. There is a very steep climb for the last few km but it offers really glorious views of this gem of a city. We had been looking forward to seeing Dubrovnik for quite a while and it didn’t disappoint. The colors are remarkable, the red roof-tops, the light reflecting off the marble streets in the early morning and late afternoon, the shimmering turquoise blue waters making for a brilliant back drop; it’s really a site to see. Do not miss the walk along the city walls.

After a few days in Dubrovnik, we made our way back to Split via the island of Hvar; a pretty island with tough but rewarding cycling. Our return to Split marked the end of our Crotian tour. We’ve spent almost three weeks in Croatia, mainly cycling the coast and the islands. Without a doubt, the landscape in Croatia is spectacular and glorious. Swimming in its crystal clear waters is a dream. We had a very nice time but to be honest we didn’t fall in love with it, we liked it just didn’t love it. While the scenery is world class, some aspects were disappointing. It’s not a great cycling destination mainly because the coastal road is way too busy for comfortable riding, at least in August when we visited. On the rare occasion when the traffic was light, the cycling was superb but unfortunately those moments were few and far between. The coast was overrun with tourists and all the trappings that come with that but again, the atmosphere may be very different in the off-season. We wish we had visited a few years ago before the mega resorts.

From here we catch a ferry; we’ll be back in Italy in the morning.

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