Photo by Aleksandar Gospić

On the road again. And again and again!

Sure, Croatia’s got well-developed network of motorways and you can get fast everywhere you want but some people find true driving pleasure elsewhere. If you set your mind to it, it’s not a long drive, it’s a new journey. Discover the small places which are often forgotten because they’re not near the highway. There are many coastal streets, old country roads and other hidden routes off the beaten path where you can have a series of small adventures.

1. Adriatic highway – driving with the sea

Do your own Tour de Adriatic. But with some kind of a motor vehicle, not your bicycle. Or you can go with a bicycle, who are we to stop you? If you can do it, good for you.
Anyways, the Adriatic highway has a lot of hidden treasure on its way but we’re not going to tell you what to do or where to go exactly. As a true adventurer as you are, you already know the best adventures are the ones you discover by yourself. But we will tell you what’s the most beautiful part. Wherever you go there’s the Adriatic sea following you. Beautiful view all the way!

2. Master’s road – cutting through the mountain

People say the Master’s road got its name because it was built by true masters. Sure, it takes a true master to cut through the majestic mountain of Velebit. Sure, it takes a true master to build a road that makes faster access from Zagreb to Zadar. But we really think it’s called the Master’s road because it’s waiting for you to own it!
Come here, drive all the way that road, enjoy the fresh air and of course the wonderful view from the mountain.

3. A5 motorway (Slavonika) – the golden road

Have you ever wondered how it would be to go through the field of gold?
No? OK, but can you pretend that you have? That would be great, thanks.
Well, there’s no need to wonder anymore, now you can do it! Slavonija is a Croatian region which is as flat as it gets. If you climb on your car, you could be probably the highest thing there. But don’t worry, that’s why it’s special. All that flatness is covered with wheat plains and its golden color makes it looks like you’re driving through the endless field of gold. Take a break there, stop at a local restaurant and find out the only thing that’s more golden than those plains – the hearts of overly welcoming Slavonians.

4. Istrian Y – it’s all about the small stuff

You probably think that Istrian Y got its name because it’s forming a Y shape, right?
Well, you’re totally right. Yes, nothing pumped up about it. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Istria is a perfectly calm and simple Croatian region that doesn’t like to brag. That’s why they’re filled with small towns, not big cities. But don’t fool yourself thinking there’s nothing to see. Oh, those small towns. Every one of them has its own spirit and each one is unique. Motovun, Pazin, Pula, Poreč or any other. It’s up to you to discover your own small pleasure.

5. Joseph’s road – a fairy tale road

The best way to cover many of the natural treasures and sights of the region of Lika and Karlovac is a trip on the Joseph’s road. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be called Joseph to enter it.
When you come to Karlovac first you’ll need to do is convince yourself why they call it the Town on Four Rivers. When you count all 4 rivers (Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica, Dobra) and you still didn’t see enough water then you have to visit the Aquatika, an amazing freshwater aquarium. If even that’s not enough, just go to some restaurant and eat one of those freshwater fishes from one of those four rivers.
After Karlovac, your next stop should be Ogulin. A city also referred to as “the home of fairy-tales”. It’s a birth place of children’s book author Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić and her work is brought to life in a unique museum with interactive and multi-media set-up. Check it out and sail to the fairy tale land.