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Hike and Bike Velebit Nature Park

Velebit, Croatia
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8:30 hours


Up to 1 day

Group Size

8 people




Get away from city hustle and discover the highlights of Velebit Nature Park. Climb to the most attractive mountain peak, ride a bike downhill by macadam road from 1832 and enjoy in lots of breathtaking viewpoints of Zadar hinterland and archipelago from 1100 m height. Enjoy the sight of emerald green Zrmanja river.

DATES: by appointment 


Velebit Nature Park is the largest protected area in Croatia. Impressive mountain range 145 km long creates natural barrier between inland and coastal Croatia. It is included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Majstorska cesta is macadam road 41 km long built in 1832. It was the first road that connected continental and coastal Croatia. It took entire 11 years to built it trough wild and rocky terrain. Nowadays this road is in its original condition as it was in the 19th century and it is inscribed in the Croatian List of protected cultural goods.

Tulove grede (Tulo’s Rafters) are conglomerate of white limestone cliffs looking like crown rising from the body of a massive peak. Its unique landscape and rough beauty is perfect for photography lovers.

Zrmanja river flows through wild and rocky landscape and creates magnificent Canyon which is more than 200 meters deep.


START: 08:00
END: 16:30
Duration: 8:30 hours

Hike and Bike Velebit tour starts from Zadar at 8:00 towards Velebit mountain and ride by macadam road built in 1832.
At the foothills of Velebit’s most attractive mountain peak Tulo’s Rafters, starts an 1:20 hours long climb towards the top of the peak. As we reach mountain top, you will have 30 minutes long pause to rest and enjoy in breathtaking panorama of Zadar hinterland and archipelago from more than 1000 m high.
After that follows 40-minutes descend towards foothills of the mountain peak.
There, new adventure begins. Easy downhill cycling until first stop – one of the most beautiful viewpoints and small chapel built to honor hero of the Croatian Homeland war.
Shortly after we will stop near the rock that exceeds the road. There our guide will explain techniques of stone breaking and the construction of the first road that connected northern and southern Croatia over the karst Velebit mountain.
Ride continues until the next stop – small church of St Francis, built by the Austrian Emperor Francis I in 1832 to commemorate the newly built road.
Next stop is the birth house of Luka Modrić, World and Europe’s best football player in 2018 and one of the best players of famous Real Madrid football club.
Cycling adventure continues through asphalted road till magnificent viewpoint above the Zrmanja Canyon. This plateau served as a filming location for numerous movie scenes about Indian chief Winnetou based on Karl May’s novels.
Here ends our cycling adventure and we depart towards Zadar.
Return to Zadar at 16:30.

PRICE: 120,00 EUR per person  

Minimum number of registered persons: 4


  • transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Zadar
  • experienced hiking guide
  • mountain bike CUBE Ltd
  • helmet
  • Velebit Nature Park admission
  • insurance for consequences from injuries
  • VAT


  • lunch
  • personal consumption


Difficulty: moderate (medium demanding)
Effective climbing time: 1:20 hours
Effective descending: 40 minutes
Distance climbing: 1500 meters
Distance descending: 1500 meters


Difficulty: easy (constant downhill cycling and few kilometers of plain)
Effective cycling time: 3 hours
Distance : 25 kilometers
Type of the road:
 asphalt and macadam

RECOMMENDED AGE: kids older than 12 years and adults
GUIDES: licensed Croatian, English and/or German speaking  guides
WHAT TO BRING: hiking boots or sneakers without plastic sole, small backpack for your stuff, rain coat, sun cream, lightweight jacket, energy bar, 2 bottles of water (3 liters),  mobile phone, money, your ID
Toilet: unavailable at the mountain



  • Escape from the city crowds and discover the best of the Velebit Nature Park
  • Climb the most attractive mountain peak and ride a bike on the Master Road from 1832
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Zadar hinterland and islands from more than 1100 meters altitude

What you will do

Polazak u 8:00 sati iz Zadra prema Velebitu.
Vožnja biciklom po Majstorskoj cesti iz 1832. godine. Dolaskom u podnožje vrha Tulove Grede, započinje lagani uspon prema vrhu u trajanju 1:20 sati. Slijedi pauza od 30 minuta koju možete iskoristiti za odmor, uživanje u čistom zraku i nezaboravnom pogledu na zadarsko zaleđe i arhipelag s više od 1000 metara visine.
Nakon pauze slijedi 40-minutno spuštanje do podnožja Tulovih greda. U podnožju Tulovih greda započinje nova avantura - spust biciklima niz padine Velebita do prve stanice za odmor - kapelice i jednog od najljepših vidikovaca na ovoj cesti. Ubrzo nakon toga slijedi zaustavljanje na drugoj dionici spusta, u blizini stijene koja nadvisuje cestu. Ovdje će vodič objasniti tehnike probijanja kamenih stijena i izgradnje same ceste u prošlosti. Zatim, nastavak puta prema crkvi Sv. Frane. Sljedeće odredište je rodna kuća Luke Modrića. Slijedi nastavak puta asfaltiranom cestom do vidikovca veličanstvenog kanjona rijeke Zrmanje. Ovdje završava naša biciklistička avantura i slijedi povratak u Zadar.
Predviđeni povratak u Zadar u 16:30 sati.


  • transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Zadar
  • experienced hiking guide
  • Velebit Nature Park admission
  • insurance for consequences from injuries
  • VAT
  • mountain bike (additional 20,00 EUR for rental)
  • lunch
  • personal consumption

Activity Category

Private tours

Activity's Location

Velebit, Croatia
from €119.98

Organized by

Magic Croatia

Member Since 2021

Information Contact



Phone with country code

+385 91 619 4949


+385 23 271 405

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