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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.
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.