Balkan coast cycle route

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Trieste Dubrovnik Tirana Corfu

an alternative for EuroVelo 8

between Dubrovnik and Montenegro

Balkan coast cycle route

[Dutch version here] This route is the result of years of exploring quite roads between Italy and Greece. The accompanying book is written in Dutch. Following the coast of the Western Balkans, you will be drenched in stunning land- and seascapes. 

You can find the GPS tracks, including route variations and extra’s at the overview pageCombined with the Greek Odyssey on two Wheels, these two routes aim to be a bit more bike friendly than the EuroVelo 8 in it’s currently planned state between Athens and Trieste. 

There are two challenges concerning cycling in the Western Balkans. The coast area has – especially in the summer season – very busy traffic. Plus: the more southern one goes, the more unknown the area becomes. My effort was to deal with both.

 

Only a few fragments are busy, the vast majority is a joy to experience. Even the island of Pag and the road leading to it I managed to make it mainly quiet, resulting in some of the most beautiful sections of the whole route. In general the scenery is a treat each and every day, food is great and culture is to be found lusciously.

 

Montenegro especially Albania may be unfamiliar to many, the local people are very friendly. I have been visiting these countries already for more than ten years, so I know and describe the area from experience.

 

Especially the sections remote from the coast are pretty much untouched by tourism, resulting in an almost un-European experience.

 

The route includes the Ćiro, a former train track, transformed into a cycle route between Dubrovnik and Mostar. It is already famous yet not busy. I gave it some bike friendly tweaks just under Mostar.

Some pages of the book:

Overview: