Day 5 (105km) – Amazing bays and lovely small villages on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan

Map of day 5
Map of day 5

As every day, I woke up early and before 7a.m. I already cycled back to Pirovac. That day I planned to cycle on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan. Because I had to get to Biograd na Moru, I rode part of the way like the day before. Again I cycled around Lake Vrana.

I decided to make a break in Pakostane, and refreshed with fruit and cold lemonade. Before I wanted to ride on I noticed that I had a flat tyre on one wheel again. After an hour’s break in Pakoštane, I moved towards Biograd na Moru where I had to catch a ferry to Tkon on the island of Pašman at 1p.m.

When I arrived in Tkon, I went to explore a part on the left side of the island of Pašman. Then I returned back to Tkon and continued cycling towards Ugljan. The Islands of Pašman and Ugljan are beautiful with amazing bays and lovely small villages. I really enjoyed the views, on the way to Lukoran, where I spent a night in a nice camp. Lukoran is a small and lovely town that impressed me with a very nice beach.

Both islands have a low altitude. The highest point of the island of Pašman is Bokolj (272 m). From here you take in everything that makes Pašman what it is. At the top you can see the Kornati islands on one side, the amazing natural bay, the lovely villages, and the sailing boats on the sea. The highest peak of the island of Ugljan is Šćah (286 m). It is a nice, short, and easy trail from Turkija near the Preko ferry port. In the last 500m after a right turn before the peak there is rocky terrain. Without fear the path is also suitable for children.

Other days:

Day 4 (115km): Relaxing cycling around the lake Vrana

Day 3 (90km): A hot day on the island of Pag

Day 2 (65km): A great boat ride with Rapska plovidba, which leads to the Lun town

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”

Day 4 (115km): Relaxing cycling around the lake Vrana

Map of day 4
Map of day 4

That day, I didn’t have a scheduled plan. A few days ago, I decided that I wouldn’t go to the south (I feared the Adriatic Highway). Instead, I want to cycle more in the interior of the continent. At 6.30 a.m. I started cycling to Zemunik, from there to Galovac and Benkovac. It was a beautiful morning, the sky was blue, without clouds. I enjoyed the empty road.

Then I turned towards the roads around Lake Vrana. I cycled through the small towns of Radošinovci, Banjevci and Kasič. Twice, I stopped by Lake Vrana and enjoyed the amazing view. In the afternoon (around 3 p.m.) I arrived in Pirovac. By then, I had already done 100 kilometres, so I took a longer break. I ate pizza, drank a cold beer (Karlovačko, of course :)) and made a decision that my goal for today would be Vodice. Because I was about 15 km from Pirovac, I took my time and enjoy the view of the lively street.

When I was cycling to the Vodice, I noticed that I had a flat tyre on one wheel. Probably somewhere on the route around Lake Vransko I ran over a small thorn. I was well prepared for similar technical matters :).

An empty tube on the wheel
An empty tyre on the wheel.

After I changed a tyre, I continued cycling to Vodice, where I found a cheap private camp. In the evening, I went for a walk through the city, which is famous for the best nightlife in Dalmatia. That night, for me, it wasn’t interesting because during the day I had cycled 115 km (around six hours on the bike). I was really tired, so I went to bed early.

 

Other days:

Day 3 (90km): Hot day on the island of Pag

Day 2 (65km): A great boat ride with Rapska plovidba, which leads to the Lun town

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”

Day 3 (90km): A hot day on the island of Pag

Map of day 2
Map of day 3

That day I took a little longer sleep and started cycling at 7:30a.m. It was not a good idea, because it was an extremely hot day – the temperature that morning was over 30 degrees! The road to Pag was a constant climb, so it was really exhausting, but fun at the same time. 🙂

In the town of Pag I had a four-hour rest. I looked at the city and took some great pictures. Then I prepared a meal in the city park and enjoyed it in the shade under the palm trees. The temperature climbed to 35 degrees and it was hellish. Over time I met two travelers, a couple who were on the bike tour. He was from Belgium and she from New Zealand. We iImediately caught up and  talked about our cycling plans for over an hour. They were advised to take the best path around Lake Vrana (Croatian: Vransko Jezero). I was very grateful to them because I didn’t know the surroundings of the lake. A pleasant meeting.

At 4p.m. I started cycling to the Pag bridge. I had strong tail wind, so I very quickly came to the bridge. I had no idea where I stayed the night. In Ražanac I turned right and rode to Vrsi and from there to Nin town. It was a quiet and comfortable ride. I quickly set up in camp Nin, took a shower, had a dinner, and went to bed early. That day I had cycled 90km.

 

Other days:

Day 2 (65km): A great boat ride with Rapska plovidba, which leads to the Lun town

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”

Day 2 (65km): A great boat ride with Rapska plovidba

Map of day 2
Map of day 2

I woke up at 5a.m., packed all baggage, and started cycling to Valbiska. I arrived at 7:30 to ferry port and at 8 I rode on the ferry (*) to Lopar –  the island of Rab. When I arrived, I had breakfast and enjoyed the beautiful views of the sea.

* Valbiska ferry line – Jadrolinija.

Lopar town has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Croatia. It’s called Paradise Beach and that name is for a reason! Almost 2 kilometers long it is a home to all the tourist facilities. The beach has the Blue Flag, an international symbol of quality and preservation of environment and safety of bathers. Paradise Beach is very suitable for families with small children.

When I was cycling on the island of Rab, I started to enjoy it. There wasn’t much traffic on the road and it was raining very lightly, so I felt excellently on the bike. I was much more stable on the bike than the previous day – I obviously got used to the weight on the bike.

arrived to the Banjol - island of Rab
I arrived to the Banjol – a town near city of Rab.
my bike and my all baggage
My full packed bike :)

This morning I had a lot of time, because I had to wait until noon for the next transport – a small boat that took me from Rab town to Lun (island of Pag). So I slowly cycled on the island of Rab and enjoyed the wonderful views. Around 10:30 I arrived in the town of Rab. I saw an amazing city landscape and took some photos.


The path from Lun to Novalja on the island of Pag was one of the most beautiful of the entire route. Unspoiled nature, sheep on the road without traffic. Truly great feelings about this part of Pag. At 3p.m. I arrived in Novalja where I visited friends, enjoyed three beers, and slept well in the apartment.

Other days:

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”

Day 1 (30km): Surprise on the bridge – traffic sign “Work on the bridge”

Map of day 1
Map of day 1

I arrived in the town of Rijeka at 6p.m. I was not happy, because the train was delayed by about one hour a half. Very quickly I got ready for the trip and at 6:30 I began to ride on the Adriatic highway. I was a little worried, because my destination on the island of Krk was more then an hour and a half of cycling away.

After the first few kilometers I began to experience a little nightmare. I felt unstable on the bike, because my bike bags were around 20 kilos heavy – way too much. I was balancing all the time and that was very stressful. At certain moments a big truck drove on the left and a half meter away on the right was a deep chasm. I didn’t enjoy that at all.

city Rijeka
I was started with my bike tour in Rijeka – Croatia’s third-largest city.
view to the sea from the road
Great view to the sea from the road Adriatic highway.

I was relieved when I arrived to the Krk bridge. But there I experienced another surprise. When I was crossing the bridge in the pedestrian zone, an obstacle appeared in front of me – a “Work on the bridge” traffic sign. Oh man! I didn’t have other options but to remove all luggage from the bike, pass all stuff (with my bike) on the main road, and continue cycling to the island of Krk. To crossed the 1,400m long bridge I needed 45 minutes. Crazy! 🙂

Slowly it started getting dark. Nevertheless, I decided to cycle for as long as possible on the island of Krk. The next day I had to be in Valbiska at 7:30, where I’d catch a ferry to the island of Rab. I cycled to the town of Njivice where I found free places in the camp. I put up a tent, had a dinner and went to sleep early. Today I rode only 30km.

my bike in the camp in Njivice
My bike in the camp Njivice.
my tent an my bags
My tent and my cycling bags.
bike handlebarse
Bike handlebarse.