Rijeka - Dubrovnik
Croatia’s coastline is one of the most attractive in the Mediterranean and this stage includes nearly all of it - around 600 km of beautiful beaches, sparkling waters, inviting islands, friendly towns and cities and wonderful local cuisine. Travelling from the North West, the stage is neatly broken up by the three attractive cities of Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
The ancient city of Zadar was founded way back in the 9th century BC and there are lots of reminders of the various civilisations that have ruled this area since then, including the remains of the original Roman Forum. Further to the south is magical Split, whose historic centre, built in and around the former palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, has been included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. As the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia, Split has much to offer visitors, including good transport connections.
The stage ends at charming Dubrovnik – one of the pearls of the Mediterranean. Although it also boasts ancient origins, much of its present day appearance dates to the 15th and 16th Centuries, when it accrued great wealth on the back of its maritime trade. Although it was bombed as recently as 1991 as part of the breakup of Yugoslavia, the centre is surprisingly intact and is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In between these cities, the Croatian coastline is dotted with beaches and small fishing villages while just out to sea is a network of hundreds of islands where you can find your own piece of paradise to recuperate from your ride. The stage even includes a short visit Bosnia and Herzegovina – the country has a 20 km Mediterranean coast – although the fascinating town of Mostar with its iconic bridge is reasonably close to the route if you want to take a detour to see more.
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