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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast from Split to Dubrovnik

Fancy taking your bike down the Croatian coastline? Time Out has teamed up with the British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card to bring you the best pitstops via a string of glitzy islands, including party hotspot Hvar

By Time Out in association with American Express and British Airways

On Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, you’ll find everything from cobblestone towns to blissed-out island life. And the best way to explore is at your own pace, by bike. If that sounds right up your street, here’s our recommended route.

Start at cycle-friendly boutique beachfront spot Hotel Split. The in-house team can help with routes and bike maintenance. It’s within pedalling distance of spectacular scenery, including sweeping hills studded with white stone houses, and views of the Adriatic. 

Spend two days here and be sure to have a meal at glam harbourfront French-Croatian 
fusion restaurant Brasserie On 7.


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With cycle routes taking in vineyards and (if you time it right) picturesque lavender fields, take a couple of days to explore Hvar island, accessible by ferry.

When you’re not pedalling, divert to the luxe Adriana Top Bar, with panoramic views of the old town. Nearby is the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel where eye‑popping views of the harbour come as standard. They’re even more special when enjoyed with a plus one by your side, so why not take advantage of the 2-for-1 Companion Voucher with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card to get you both there for the same number of Avios as for one flight?²

Back on the road for day five, island-hop to olive-grove-studded Korčula – alleged birthplace of explorer Marco Polo, and laced with cycle trails – before the last push to the mainland and final stop Dubrovnik, loved for its ‘Game of Thrones’ scenery.

After easily a couple of hundred miles’ cycling, you’ve earned a trip up to Srd Hill – overlooking the postcard-pretty old town – on the Dubrovnik Cable Car

If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind and relax those weary muscles, don’t miss some of the city’s hip haunts: Restaurant 360, within the city’s walls, is the place to feast on beautifully presented local dishes; and Cave Bar More, right on the harbour, is the ideal sundowner spot. After a truly epic week on two wheels, sleep it off at intimate, laidback Hotel Kazbek.

We also rounded up the best places for cycle lovers in London to collect Avios – to help get you to Croatia sooner.

Buy and fly with American Express

If the idea of biking along the Dalmatian Coast sounds appealing, then your everyday spend could help get you away sooner, thanks to the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card. Whether you’re paying for a new cycling jersey or that post-cycle pint, you can collect Avios to redeem against reward flights to hundreds of destinations. What’s more, the 2-for‑1 Companion Voucher can get you and a friend there for the same number of Avios as one flight.² You simply pay the taxes, fees and charges – for Croatia those are £35 per person for a return trip, flying economy. Did you know:

You collect Avios every time you spend.
• Collect 1.5 Avios for every £1 you spend with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card, or 3 Avios for every £1 you spend direct with BA.¹

You can share the experience with your favourite travel buddy.
• When you spend £10,000 or more each year, you’ll receive a 2-for-1 Companion Voucher.²

You get a 25,000 Avios Welcome Bonus.
• When you spend £3,000 or more in the first three months.³

For more information and to apply for the card, click here


Representative 76.0% APR variable. 
Annual fee: based on £195. Credit limit: assumed credit limit of £1,200. Purchase rate: 22.9% variable for purchases.


Applicants must be 18 years or older. Approval subject to status. Terms and exclusions apply to earning and redeeming Avios (1), Companion Voucher (2) and welcome bonus (3). Flights subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply. Visit to find out more.

Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority


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