EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route

Greeting the Sun at the foothills of the Velebit Mountain
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Rijeka to Zadar

Heading south of Rijeka, you can still take in some of the Adriatic views overlooking the islands of Krk, Cres, Lošinj and Rab, before moving inland and enjoying the more rugged terrain and Lika. This nature-lovers paradise takes you through Otočac, where the cool waters of the river Gacka entice you to take a break and possibly try your hand at fly fishing. As you near Gospić, stop by Smiljan and the Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre, where the inventor was born. Travelling down from the North West, the stage passes through the town of Nin, a true historical gem, and follows beautiful beaches until the ancient city of Zadar, which was founded in the 9th century BC, brimming with reminders of the various civilisations that have ruled this area, including the remains of the original Roman Forum.

Cover picture credits: EuroVelo 8 in Podbilo, Croatia © Ivan Šardi/CNTB



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
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  • Natural Heritage
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  • Culinary Delights
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
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  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center