Trans Dinarica: stages and route of the cycle path connecting the countries of the Western Balkans

There Trans Dinarica it’s the new cycle path which connects all eight countries of the Western Balkans in an unforgettable route.

New A route of 2,000 kilometerswhich will open in 2024, will allow intrepid cyclists to cycle through eight Balkan countries: Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Albania and Kosovo.

Cyclists will be able to face a unique experience that will lead them to discover all the natural diversity of the region, from the steep mountains of Montenegro and North Macedonia, to the green forests of Slovenia, to the beautiful coasts of Albania and Croatia. national parks of Kosovo, the clear rivers of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Trans Dinarica

Trans Dinarica

The Trans Dinarica route will prioritize natural landscapes through national parks, UNESCO sites, often overlooked villages and cultural sites, bringing travelers to one of Europe’s most interesting and underrated regions, where adventure and culture are always linked.

Designed for cyclists of all abilities, the Trans Dinarica combines quiet paved roads and forest trails, ideal for exploring new places on two wheels during the day and enjoying local cuisine, wine and unique heritage every night, in the spirit of a slow and sustainable travel.

Each cyclist will be able to rely on detailed information to plan each stage of the route with privileged stopping points, as well as details of accommodation and catering services along the route.

Trans Dinarica combines adventure travel and local knowledge and aims to spread a culture of sustainable tourism throughout the region, ensuring that rural and other neglected communities benefit from their stay along the route.

Trans Dinarica aims to offer an experience that is both adventure and culture, combining many different landscapes such as mountain passes, ridges overlooking the sea, alpine lakes and rivers and sections of paved roads in cities. In addition, it fully immerses tourists in the local culture by connecting them to national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Stonehenge in Montenegro, and provides access to remote villages among the mountains, which still preserve many centuries-old traditions.

The project will also provide more opportunities for local businesses. In the mountain villages, there is an increase in small guesthouses offering accommodation to tourists and bed and breakfasts serving real authentic Balkan cuisine run by locals.

The circuit

Trans Dinarica
Trans Dinarica

The Trans Dinarica route takes cyclists through an area of ​​outstanding natural diversity, a difficult and varied route through the Dinaric Alps and the Sharr Mountains in the Balkans, starting from Kosovo and the north-west of the Republic of Macedonia to the north-east of Albania.

The route takes in steep and steep slopes, roads with views of the Adriatic Sea, dirt sections and rough pavement, all inspired by the Via Dinarica, a well-known walking path that runs parallel to the cycling network.

The starting point of the route is in the Slovenian Soča Valley, near the border with Italy. The plan calls for cyclists to ride 50 to 60 kilometers a day and cover around 1,500 meters of elevation gain.

At this rate, cyclists will go through each country in about seven to ten days. Alternatively, you can also choose shorter routes.

THE Western Balkans constitute a multinational geopolitical region in the south-eastern part of Europe. The area is mainly covered by mountain ranges and evergreen vegetation, a real paradise for nature lovers.

However, it is often overlooked by tourists due to limited accessibility. In fact, the Balkan mountain range is considered one of the least explored mountain ranges in Europe.

Goriška Brda Slovenia
Goriška Brda

The “Trans Dinarica” ​​starts in the north-west of Slovenia, on the border with Italy, in the imposing landscape of the Julian Alps following the alpine river Isonzo.

The route also passes through its wine region Goriška Brdawhere vineyards, orchards, olive groves and romantic villages characterize the landscape.

Among the highlights of the route are the Karst Biosphere Reserve of SloveniaUNESCO World Heritage Site and the Škocjan Cavesalso known as the “Grand Canyon” of Slovenia.

Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park

The ‘Trans Dinarica’ route highlights some aspects of Croatia’s landscape, apart from its already well-known seaside reputation.

Coming from Slovenia, the route crosses the slopes of the Dinaric Alps and leads to the port of Rijeka.

The city is the third largest in the country, is called the gateway to the Croatian islands and is home to treasures such as Gustav Klimt’s ceiling in the National Theatre.

We continue through the Velebit mountain range and the Paklenica National Parkwhich is home to some of the oldest beech forests in the country.

After the coastal town of Split head east towards the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The “Trans Dinarica” ​​route in Bosnia-Herzegovina leads, among other things, to the capital Sarajevo, nestled in the Dinaric Mountains on the Miljacka River.

The city with its historical past is a treasure trove of architectural treasures such as the famous Latin Bridge. During the cycling route you will also discover Mostar, located in the Neretva Valley, and Sutjeska National Park, the oldest national park in the country.

The latter is almost virgin and contains one of the last virgin forests in Europe.

Montenegro
Montenegro

Montenegro attracts hikers passionate about wild nature. On the “Trans Dinarica” ​​route of Montenegro you explore beautiful coastal areas and impressive mountains.

One of the highlights is Europe’s deepest gorge, the giant Tara Gorge.

The natural landscape formed over the centuries is crossed by the Đurđevića bridge, which is also an attraction.

Among the natural beauties of the route is Lake Trnovačko, a heart-shaped glacial lake at 1,517 meters above sea level.

Hiking in Albania
Albania

Albania still has wild beauty and natural wonders to discover along the coast. The “Trans Dinarica” ​​route heads to some of the most attractive corners of the Southeastern European country.

Among them is Lake Skadar, located on the border with Montenegro, the largest lake in the Balkans, surrounded by karst mountains and rocky shores and endowed with exceptional biodiversity.

In addition to many species of birds, turtles, wild boars and occasionally wolves are at home here.

The route continues through the northeastern mountains to one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes: Lake Ohrid in the border area with North Macedonia.

North Macedonia

Lake of Ohrid
Lake of Ohrid

The scenes in North Macedonia are a combination of nature, culture and cuisine.

In addition to the scenic charm of Lake Ohrid on the North Macedonian side, you can discover the country’s ancient traditions in remote centuries-old mountain villages.

Another starting point of the route is the Galičica National Park in the southwest.

From the park’s mountains there are wonderful views of Lake Ohrid and Prespa, and in Mavrovo National Park, the country’s largest national park, high mountain ranges meet flower-filled meadows and, alongside, enchanting mountain villages.

Kosovo

Kosovo
Kosovo

“Trans Dinarica” ​​will also pass through Kosovo and its rugged environment. The foothills of the Dinaric Alps and the Shar Mountains are among the special landscapes to be discovered.

Prizren, with its oriental charm, is one of the points of contact on the route. The town in the Šar Planina mountain range is adorned in the historic center by Ottoman and Byzantine-style buildings and is also called the “City of Lilies”, rising from the ground in alleys and bridges.

On the stages through Kosovo we also visit the town of Gjakova and Valbona National Park.

Sopoćani
Sopoćani

The “Trans Dinarica” ​​route leads, among others, to the city of Novi Pazar, which is located in a valley surrounded by the peaks of the Golija and Rogozna mountains and the Pešter plateau.

Minarets characterize the cityscape and both the Church of St. Peter, the oldest church in Serbia, and the Sopoćani Monastery are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

And nature lovers will be able to cycle through the Tara National Park section with its seemingly endless coniferous forests.

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