CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

After some long climbs, the joy of a downhill through stunning countryside. Olive groves and Vineyards The last 20km to Sucuraj and the final days ride around Korcula were my favourites. The trip to the Mljet National  Park is a must. Swim in the clearest water I have ever seen! The meals at Pupnat and the Homestead were by far the best of the trip.

What did you think of your group leader?

Ana was great. Probably one of the best cycling guides I have met. She can heard cats! Sixteen of them! Her instruction are VERY clear. LISTEN to them. Some of the downhills are very narrow. We did come across some cars coming the other way! So when she says go slow. G Her humour very dry! An amazing ambassador to Croatia. My only suggestion would maybe to produce some simple maps of the daily rides. With turning points and distances. With sixteen people it can sometimes be difficult to hear instructions.    

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Croatia is not cheap. I would work on the upper guide of £35 a day at least.  The best food and wine we had was at Pupnat and the homestead. All home made. Some of the food in the restaurants was a bit dissapointing. Most of the wine seemed to be watered down. Stick to beer! July is hot! Most of the hotels are basic and clean. If fans could be added to some of them that would be great. I use a Camel pack which is great. If you are using a water bottle make sure it is a good size. You will drink a lot of water! 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

There is a direct flight from Dubrovnik back to Gatwick with Easyjet at about 11:00 which I didn't know about. The group flight via Zagreb leaves at 6:25 so a 4:00 transfer! We didn't go to bed! This a great trip. Only a week. All the other trips I have been on were two weeks and I wish I had stayed on longer.