Many associate Croatia with the sea. Croatia’s Adriatic coast, with around 1,200 islands, is one of the premier places in the world to spend a holiday. However, many overlook the incredible cycling possibilities. After crossing over from Slovenia, the Trans Dinarica passes through the foothills of the Dinaric Alps before heading down to the port city of Rijeka. The route then follows the Adriatic across Velebit Mountain, past the city of Zadar, and through a host of parks including Northern Velebit National Park and Paklenica National Park. The route turns east just after the UNESCO-inscribed coastal city of Split until it reaches the Bosnia and Herzegovina border.