Pušipel, Stein, Mura, Drava, Lunar Trail... These are just some of the cycling trails passing through Međimurje County which have been marked and are now ready for cyclo-tourists. The trails have signs, rest-stops with infoboxes and the so-called self-service stations where repairs can be made, reports Večernji List on October 19, 2018.
The first licensed Adria bike hotel in the continental part of Croatia has been opened at Sveti Martin na Muri. Along the rivers Mura and Drava, sections of international trails (Murradweg and Drauradweg - Mura-Drava bike) can be found. They follow the rivers, connecting with the Međimurje wine road, the Sveti Martin spa centre, and numerous restaurants offering local dishes and delicacies.
The Drava cycling trail, which has an international designation R1, is one of the most beautiful cycling trails in Europe thanks to its natural beauty and cultural diversity. “Let the Drava river follow you during you cycling rides from its springs in Italy, via Austrian Carinthia, to Slovenia and Croatia,” says the local tourist board.
The mura-drava-bike internet portal has been launched, which enables potential visitors to get acquainted with the destination, offering maps of bicycle routes and GPS info. “Recreational routes mostly follow asphalt or gravel roads where there is no much traffic. They pass through beautiful landscapes, linking different cultural and historical monuments, restaurants, wine houses, boarding houses, rest-stops and gazebos. Climbs on these routes are mostly mild and manageable for cyclists of all generations.
Off-road routes are intended for those who like to feel the rush of adrenaline. They mostly go through forests and meadows where there are no trails. They occasionally pass through creeks, and the surface is mostly dirt and pebble. The climbs are more demanding but not extreme. The routes are marked with blue signs,” say the authors of the project which was co-financed by the European Union.
In addition, some thirty local accommodation facilities have been included in the Cyclist Welcome quality standard network.
Translated from Večernji List (reported by Ivica Beti).