The Croatian National Tourist Board has created a new website dedicated to the Croatian segment of the new Mediterranean cycling route EuroVelo 8, as part of the EU project MEDCYCLETOUR, in which Croatia is actively involved as one of the eight project partners. This interactive website in Croatian and English will help in planning a cycling holiday and better navigation across the seven Croatian tourist regions through which the EuroVelo 8 cycling route passes through Croatia.
„Cyclotourism is generally one of the fastest growing tourist products, which in these market circumstances can make a significant contribution to tourism options, given that it is a year-round, healthy and safe activity that in essence respects all prescribed epidemiological and social distancing measures. I believe that the Croatian segment of the Mediterranean route will attract many cyclists, who can now find comprehensive technical and tourist information on our website to aid in planning their trip“, said the Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic.
The new page invites you to explore and discover the natural beauty, cultural sights and rich tourist offer of the various destinations on the coast, islands and hinterland, offering information on twenty main and eight alternative Croatian sections of the Mediterranean route. The Croatian section of the route covers the entire coast from Istria to Dubrovnik, 1116 kilometres long, while the total length of the entire Mediterranean route, from Cadiz to Cyprus, is about 7500 km and passes through the most attractive areas of eleven countries in the Mediterranean region, including Spain, France, Monaco, Italy , Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus.
"The development of cycling tourism, along with other products such as gastro or health tourism, is of great importance for the development of year-round tourism, i.e. strengthening the attractiveness and diversity of the product offer through the creation of additional facilities and positioning Croatia as a destination with a diverse and rich tourism offer. Cyclists travel with little luggage and spend more on average. Certainly, the main pre-condition for the development of cycling tourism is high quality infrastructure, connecting all stakeholders, from cultural institutions to family farms. I am pleased with the increased interest in cycling tourism because of its ecological component, but also because with such products we can prolong and enrich the tourist season, which is one of the goals of tourism development”, said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.
It is important to note that Croatia is integrated into the EuroVelo network of bicycle routes, which connects the entire European continent via 17 bicycle routes over a total length of 90 thousand kilometers, through 42 European countries. Marked routes throughout Europe can be used by tourists on excursions, those on multi-day and multi-month trips and the local population who take shorter sections of the EuroVelo route on a daily route by bicycle or on cycling trips.