Ljubljana – Dubrovnik Expedition / Part 2: Croatian Coast
The Island of Pag is an awesome destination for a holiday. There are spectacular beaches, cool towns and great routes for cycling. The environment invites visitors to outdoor activities.
The Island of Pag is an awesome destination for a holiday. There are spectacular beaches, cool towns and great routes for cycling. Besides, there are many activities to do like sailing, diving, snorkeling or just chilling out on the beach. The environment invites visitors to outdoor activities. It was where I saw more cyclists around, groups and individuals.
I started this stage in Novalja and cycled all the way in the Island of Pag up to Zadar. The weather was great; there were stunning views and friendly atmosphere. As it was late season roads weren’t too busy. My first stop was in Pag Town, which I first saw from the top of a hill. The Pag center is a pleasant setting to have lunch and drinks enjoying the beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea. But I still had a long way to arrive my destination, so I refilled my water tank and moved forward. When I stopped for lunch, I was less than 6km away from Zadar. I rode a total of 80.9km with a cumulative elevation gain of 896m. When I finished this stage, I was so tired that I did not see much in Zadar. After dinner, I just went to bed.
Leaving Zadar Under Heavy Rain
The next day the weather was horrible. I've left Zadar under heavy rain. Much heavier than when I've left Postojna. I stopped, therefore, after 5km and took shelter in a kind of roadside mechanical/tire service where inside there was just a dog. I wondered if it wasn’t better to go back and take a bus... I finally stopped for lunch in Pirovac, around 50km away from Zadar, where I met a Belgium couple who was on a cycling journey for the whole year. When I saw their luggage, I promised not to complain of mine anymore.
We reached Sibenik together; the weather was much better than in the morning. I was impressed with the beauty of The Cathedral of Saint James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those planning to visit Croatia, Sibenik is a town that is worth visiting. Besides the Cathedral, Saint Michael’s Fortress and Krka National Park are great attractions as well. This stage was 72km long and 445m the elevation gain.
Trogir is a Jewel
I woke up excited for this next stage; I was looking forward to arriving in Trogir. There were some climbs, but the road was empty, and the weather was great. My friend Rok was right, Trogir is a jewel. Next time I will spend a couple of days there to enjoy that amazing medieval city and feel the friendly atmosphere. I had lunch sided with a terrific Croatian white wine. After lunch, I hit the road again. Next stop: Split.
The arrival was a little confusing as there was too much traffic. Finally, I reached the spectacular Diocletian Palace, completing this stage with a total of 78km long and 757m of elevation gain. Well… After a long ride, I had enough time for some beers before getting the ferry to Stari Grad (Island of Hvar).