In the cradle between two rivers, Mura and Drava, there is a wondrous landscape filled with natural and cultural heritage.
Truly picturesque scenery worth exploring is also known as the most interesting Croatian cycling paradise. This area ropes with adventurous cycling routes, breathtaking panorama and fairytale inheritance.
The most northern part of Croatia uncovers the ultimate family venture. Splendid narrow roads settled in the foothills of the emerald green slopes. Irresistible sounds of streaming rivers and indigenous houses, taverns that treasure authentic delicacies and burgundy red wine, numerous available sports activities make Međimurje an inevitable fun-seeking destination.
Međimurje, sumptuous and simple at the same time, boasts with interesting and intriguing history.
In this carefully guarded area traditional customs still take place in everyday life of its inhabitants. You might be surprised to know that the biggest basket of willow rods found home in Međimurje, the first Croatian Table tennis club was founded in the city of Čakovec and Međimurje river sandbars still hold the purest gold.
Hundreds of vineyards, fertile fields, forests and colorful meadows are an incredible site for sore eyes. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or just like to stretch, Međimurje can offer both. Rafting on the Mura and Drava, recreational riding, paintball, adrenaline park, quad rides, outdoor tennis or simply running, and biking the maintained trails through nature will bring pleasure for each athlete as well as the amateur.
Cycling the Wonderland
This beautiful area is particularly small and depending on your level of fitness it can be explored within a day. Međimurje offers substantially diverse cycling routes.
There are two basic types of routes: mountain and recreational. Recreational routes lead through mainly side, paved or gravel paths where there is not much traffic. Recreational routes are family friendly and could afford your family great quality time passing beautiful landscapes. The routes connect cultural and historical monuments, restaurants, wine houses, guest houses, rest areas and stunning viewpoints.
Attractive and beautiful bike trails along rivers of Drava and Mura offer the possibility of recreation and fun cycling. It is a place where perfect family holyday adventure awaits. The variety of choice offers road and off-road routes and custom XTC grounds for cross cycling. Bikers enjoy high standard bike paths highly maintained and precisely marked with traffic signs, info boards and self service stations.
In recent years there was a first licensed Adria bike hotel opened: one of its kind in Croatia. All users of GPS devices can get familiar with this destination via website and download information about biking trails and POI locations. This allows easy navigation through the area and easy finding of the desired trail.
Attractions you need to visit
In Međimurje you can explore the city of Labyrints, visit the old timer museum in Selnica or examine the ethnological collection of the Trstenjak family in Marof. There you can taste delicious homemade cakes and juices, sightsee the ecological production and participate in antique workshops as well as observe the exhibited handcrafts.
One of the most visited sites by the cyclists are the Mura Mills.
Irresistible old-fashioned dwelling in an idyllic setting offers a great resting spot as well as an educational point. You can take the “Miller’s Educational Path”. It is a wonderful walking path that takes you through untouched nature offering bunch of interesting information about the natural and traditional heritage of the river Mura.
If you like exploring areas filled with greenery and interesting monuments by bike, Međimurje is a place for you.
Going through the rural roads will probably make you fall in love with this part of Croatia and you will come back for more. Cyclists are very welcomed guests and are often seen on the roads. There are numerous theme events held in Međimurje throughout entire year with an emphasis on September when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities.
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Author: Nikolina Dukić
Photo credits: Pixabay (Cover), Visit Medimurje