Cycling holidays in Croatia

Croatia's rich cultural heritage is matched only by its natural beauty. With its diverse scenery of rolling olive groves, vineyards, rugged mountains, secluded valleys, and jagged coastlines, you'll experience a paradise for outdoor pursuits on our Croatia bike trips.

Whether you opt for the drama of the Istrian Peninsula, with its Roman remains and Byzantine basilicas, or the medieval towns and pebble bays of the Dalmatian Coast, cycling in Croatia is the perfect way to immerse yourself in its delights.

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Our self-guided cycling tours in Croatia are based on the Istrian Peninsula at the top of the Adriatic, known as 'Croatia's Tuscany'. It houses a treasure trove of antiquities including a vast Roman amphitheatre in Pula, exquisite Baroque and Byzantine basilicas in Rovinj, and the UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica in Porec.

Cycling Croatia is relatively easy, and on Istria's west coast you'll flit past Roman remains, pine-fringed bays, and lemon and olive trees before some gentle climbs to admire the sweeping vistas.

Our expertly researched, self-guided Croatia bike tours allow you to go at your own pace, so if you fancy exploring Pula's marbled alleys, stopping off for a swim, or enjoying a lazy lunch with a view, you're free to do so. Istria is Croatia's gastronomic capital, where you can enjoy fresh seafood, truffles, and cured meats along with many other local specialities.

We offer two cycling holidays in the country, so for a more challenging Croatia bike tour, head south to the Dalmatian Coast to explore Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar and Korcula. Here you can take on energetic ascents and be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountainous mainland and turquoise Adriatic waters.

Where can I go on a cycling holiday in Croatia?

Our bike trips to Croatia give you the chance to visit multiple outstanding locations in just one tour. Here are some of our cycling holiday destinations in Croatia:

The Dalmatian Coast

The Dalmatian Coast is one of the true natural wonders of the world and boasts some of the clearest and most dazzling blue waters in the Mediterranean. With over 120 exciting cycling routes, this bike tour is perfect if you want to lose yourself in gorgeous Croatian scenery. Our Croatia cycling holidays allow you to visit the nearby paradisical islands of Hvar and Korcula, with scheduled stops in the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik.

Istria

This small peninsula in northern Croatia was Italian until 1945. It's packed with more than 500 kilometres of cycling trails for all levels set against an out-of-this-world backdrop. Not only will you glide along curving coastal roads, taking in ancient historical towns and fishing villages, but you can sample the gastronomical delights that Istria is known for. Uncork a bottle of wine and lose yourself truffle-tasting before visiting the nearby Brijuni National Park.

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Coastal Croatia  - Pula to Porec Cycling
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Coastal Croatia - Pula to Porec Cycling

The Istrian peninsula just south of Trieste is a superb backdrop for a cycling holiday. Swim in the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and stay in gorgeous Italianate harbour towns. Great food, interesting routes, masses of history and electrifying sunsets make discovering this coastline particularly memorable.

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  • Holiday codeC07IS
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2720per person, tour only

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  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Adriatic Coast - Venice to Poreč Ride
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Adriatic Coast - Venice to Poreč Ride

Embark on a picturesque cycling journey from Venice to Poreč, immersing yourself in the stunning landscape and rich cultural heritage. Explore historic towns such as Trieste and Piran, indulge in delicious cuisine and experience the beauty and diversity of the Adriatic coast on this unforgettable cycling adventure.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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  • Holiday codeC07VP
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2000per person, tour only
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  • All accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

    Cycling Holidays in Croatia

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best month to bike in Croatia?

Croatia enjoys a hot and dry climate so the best months to go on your bike tour are between the end of April until June. Or try early autumn, between the end of August and October. The weather in these periods is pleasant and warm with plenty of sunshine, allowing you to sunbathe and swim. You'll also miss the country's peak tourism season during July and August.

What are the most beautiful cycle tours in Croatia?

Each Croatia cycling holiday we offer is designed to showcase incredible biking destinations, along with countless historical and cultural delights on display. Istria, in particular, is a haven for bike enthusiasts, giving visitors a taste of some of Croatia's best scenery. You can take a ride through olive groves, hilltop towns, and gorgeous fishing harbours.

Another standout cycling destination in Croatia is the city of Dubrovnik. It has one of the most cycle-worthy coastal routes in the world, giving unparalleled views of the Adriatic Coast.

Is Croatia good for cycling?

Croatia is quickly becoming a top choice for cycling, thanks to bike-friendly infrastructure and stunning scenery around every corner. It offers all ranges of biking terrain and experiences so you could be pedalling through river valleys then mountainous regions all on the same bike tour.

Which cycle route is best in Croatia?

Croatia is home to some of the best cycling in Europe, and our biking holidays are hand-picked, so you enjoy everything this country has to offer. The Dalmatian Coast has heavenly cycling locations, including the spectacular island of Hvar, which you'll reach by ferry. Pedal through old fishing towns, pebbled beaches, and celebrity haunts by the crystal blue waters.

How long to cycle around Croatia?

We provide cycling holidays around Croatia that offer you seven fun-filled days in this Mediterranean gem. You'll have plenty of time to cycle through vibrant towns and sun-kissed landscapes, while indulging in island hopping, sunset watching, harbour-front dining, and swimming.

H3: How do I book a Croatia cycling holiday?

Booking one of our Croatia cycling holidays is straightforward. If you're ready to get going on one of our bike trips to Croatia, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the 'Book now' tab on the holiday page to check the availability of your travel dates and confirm the details.
  2. We'll hold your provisional booking for five days so you can arrange your travel details. To confirm, we just need a deposit. Call us with your debit/credit card details or use our secure online card payment page.
  3. You'll receive your confirmation invoice in the post within seven days of confirming your booking. To receive your holiday documentation, you'll need to provide your final payment approximately 10 weeks before your departure date.

If you have any questions about making a booking or if you're looking to make amendments before your departure, contact our sales team. Call us, email us, or use our live chat feature.

What to pack for a cycling holiday in Croatia?

You're going to be active for most of the day, and it'll be warm, so make sure you've got everything you need to keep you comfortable on our Croatia cycling holidays. Basic items we recommend that you pack include: 

  • Cycling shorts, gloves, and shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • SPF protection
  • Water bottles
  • First-aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Foreign currency

We'll supply you with Headwater bikes to use throughout your cycling holiday in Croatia. You can bring pedals, cycling computers, saddles, and water bottle cages to be fitted as long as they're compatible with our bicycles.

Why choose a Croatia bike tour with Headwater?

Choose one of our Croatia bike trips to explore one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. We've been designing exciting holiday packages for nearly 40 years, so you can trust us to make all the arrangements you need to give you a memorable bike tour getaway. Start on your once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventure in Croatia by booking today.

Stress-free travel - We'll arrange all the travel for your Croatia bike tour, including booking your flights and your accommodation.

Stunning destinations - Thanks to our five-step approval process, we only offer the most impressive locations and premium hotels to guarantee that you'll enjoy the best holiday experiences.

Benefitting communities - Giving back to the communities we visit is important, so we set up The Exodus Travels Foundation. It aims to make a difference in disaster relief, along with social and conservation projects.

Highly rated holidays - We're proud to have a 4.6 rating from our customers on Feefo.

Focused on sustainability - Sustainability is at the heart of our adventure holidays so we're working hard to become Nature Net Positive. We're dedicated to reducing the impact our tours have on the environment, so we've put in place our People, Places & Planet plan.

ABTA- and ATOL-protected - You can book your Croatia bike tour with the utmost confidence because our holidays are ABTA- and ATOL-protected. Don't forget to read about your key rights here.

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