Over the past ten years, Dubrovnik has become a global superstar. This city continually makes top ten lists the world over and with good reason, with sites such as the UNESCO-listed Old City of Dubrovnik, the alluring Adriatic and of course those stunning beaches. But sometimes you need to explore beyond the city and a little off the beaten path to get a real sense of a place. An excellent way to do that is to hop on a bike and explore using pedal power. There are bicycle routes zig-zagging through the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County allowing you to get up close and personal and discover the region.
Let’s start with the picturesque peninsula of Pelješac, famed for its excellent wines, superb oysters, and unspoiled beauty. Pelješac is perfect for cycling, and the best place to start is Mali Ston, but don’t leave without trying a few of the delicious oysters and checking out the gob smacking medieval wall. Now that’s done, jump on your bike and head for the Captains town of Orebić though the evergreen cypress pine forests. Once you arrive in Orebić reward yourself and try some wine at Korta Katarina Winery, who produce some of Croatia’s finest wines. Do not leave without trying their delightful Pošip and Plavac Mali.
If you’re feeling extra energetic, from Orebić you can catch a ferry to Korčula and continue your cycling journey. Make your first stop at the Korcula old town and visit the explorer Marco Polo’s alleged house, before hugging the coastline passing through charming villages and along beaches.
Those of you that would like to completely submerge yourselves in nature can simply take the ferry from Orebic to the green island, Mljet. Cycling here is delightful and takes you through lush vegetation to some captivating beaches, bays and coves and of course the Mljet National Park. Be sure to stop at the sandy Saplunara Beach for a swim and the two salt lakes located in the National Park.
Back to the mainland and Southeast of the City of Dubrovnik is Konavle, known for its agriculture and agro-tourism. This little region has numerous cycle trails which pass through idyllic villages, ancient sites, vineyards, and orchards which dominate the area and makes for an exceptional day’s cycling from Dubrovnik.
Whether you cycle on your own or take a guided tour, try something different, read our travel tips for Dubrovnik and experience Dubrovnik by bike.