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Cycling in Italy and Croatia


If you’re a whizz on two wheels, it’s time to put Italy and Croatia on the map for your next cycling holiday…

Thanks to Jet2holidays, you can be out on the open road and making the most of cycling abroad in one easy booking. If you’ve conquered mighty Majorca, pedalled around Portugal, taken on Tenerife or even had a jolly in Girona, then now’s the time to make a note. In both Italy and Croatia, there are some fantastic inland and coastal road routes to tackle. Plus, you’ll even come across some off-the-beaten-track trails to follow.

Tempted to try somewhere new? One of these dreamy destinations will be just the ticket. Come on – let us give you a taste of what both countries offer, then you can decide whether it’ll be cycling in Italy or cycling in Croatia that you’d prefer…


Cycling – Italy

Road cycling in Italy is fast becoming big business. Even though you might associate Italy with sepia-hued cities, wood-fired pizzas and famous art galleries, it’s got plenty to enjoy from the saddle too. But make sure you save time to hop off your bike and explore the local landmarks and dining spots as well. After all, you’ll need a pit stop!

When it comes to where to go cycling in Italy, if you want to chill on the beach while you’re there too, Lido di Jesolo will be a winner. It’s got flat coastal stretches that make road cycling in Italy just grand. So, if you decide to bring the kids, you’ll all be able to get something out of biking. By contrast, Lake Garda provides epic water’s edge expanses that lay claim to slightly trickier terrain. Drink in the breathtaking lakeside scenery as you go. A ‘floating’ cycle path project is underway there, which should be fully built by 2021!

If the sun-soaked countryside is calling your name, Tuscany’s the place to be. Rolling hills, idyllic vineyards and traditional towns in between provide exceptional routes – particularly around Florence, Siena and Lucca.


Cycling – Croatia

Mountains, coast, countryside, town centres – you can ride the best of the bunch in this captivating country. Cycling Croatia’s coast can mean pedalling around dazzling Dalmatia, and perhaps even boarding a ferry to venture around one of the many islands. Similarly, more than 1,000km of Istria is carved out for cyclists to do their thing.

When you go cycling in Croatia, you’ll also be privy to hilly areas and national parks. Hvar’s wilderness is well worth enjoying on two wheels, while the Plitvice Lakes happen to be a magical part of Croatia with cycling-specific areas.

If that’s not enough, various cycling events occur annually here too! Grab a pen and jot down the Tour of Croatia and the GP Laguna Poreč. Both are great fun to watch in the flesh.

All raring to go? Well, which destination will it be? You can head off cycling in Italy and Croatia with Jet2holidays with ease. Don’t forget, we even offer you the option of 32kg bike carriage and bike transfers, alongside a range of specialist cycling hotels to stay in.

Posted: 22nd Nov 2019.

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