Route No.1 STARIGRAD – RELJANI
Starigrad-Paklenica – Modrič – Starigrad-Paklenica
This bicycle route leads you through picturesque villages in the Velebit area, which are characterized by traditional stone architecture as well as many valuable cultural and historical sites and beautiful mountain and see landscapes. The route starts from the centre of Starigrad-Paklenica (1). You can turn left at the crossroads (2) and visit the unique headstones called MIRILA (A), made of natural stones, which can be reached after having ridden 1km uphill. The main path leads straight ahead, passing old wells and water cisterns (B), which used to be the main local water supplies. We recommend that you visit the newly-arranged ethno house (C) in the small village of Marasovići, which has a small ethnographic collection and a traditional Dalmatian wine tavern.
From this point, you can start a tour of the NP Paklenica (D) or ride down to the most beautiful beach in Starigrad, Kulina, famous for the Večka tower (E) which holds the secret of king Pasoglav… If you turn right just before the entrance of the NP Paklenica (3), the ride continues on the main path and the part of the path till the village Dadići/Škiljići is equipped with educational boards that will take you on “a short journey through the past”(F).
What follows is an easy ride passing traditional dry stone walls and old villages, with a beautiful view of the see. Just above the small village of Jurline there is another beautiful old water cistern (G) and from village of Jusupi (4), you can ride down to the centre of Seline and the local attraction – the natural pebble beach Pisak.
Riding down from the small village Reljani, you reach the main road (5). You ride along this road for 1km, after which you turn on a gravel road (6) and then reach a historical site – the ruins of Modrič fortress (H). You’ll have a magnificent view of the see and a bay, deeply cut into the mainland, interesting for its many sweat water springs which rise like pillars from the sea bed.
After descending to the centre of the village of Modrič, you take a left turn between the road and the dry stone wall (7), then cross carefully the main road and arrive at the bus station, next to which you will find a fresh water fountain named Vrilo Velebit. From this point you can continue riding on route 2 or turn back on the same path back to Starigrad-Paklenica. The unforgettable experience of the unique combination of the sea and the mountains is a whole different and more intense on the way back
Route No.2 MALI KAMENJAR
Modrič – Kitnasta glavica – Modrič
This short but attractive route leads through a characteristic rocky landscape with small plants, dominated by the silence and the view of the slopes of Velebit Mountain.
The route starts from the bus station in Modrič (1),where you can find a water spring named Vrilo Velebita next to it. The Modrič bay, deeply cut into the mainland, is famous for the sweat water springs rising like pillars from the sea bed.
After carefully crossing the main road, you ride up the Put hrvatskih brigada Street to the crossroads (2) on which you turn left and continue towards the village of Kitnasta Glavica. From the path you have a beautiful view of the sea and the mountains which give you the strength for the ride uphill. A more comfortable ride through a characteristic landscape, dominated by stone and small plants follows afterwards. You turn left at the crossroads (3) and enter the village of Kitnasta glavica. In the village (4) you have to get off your bike and push it for a while (60m), afterwards the ride continues on well arranged gravel road towards the south-east. The calming silence is occasionally interrupted by shepherds with their sheep herds on the pasture. At the crossroads (5) you cross path with route 3 which leads to the left towards the village Zelenikovac. You continue straight forward and then passing under the power-transmission lines and on the overpass above the highway, you take a right turn at the crossroads (6) and continue on the north side of the big quarry.
On the way back to Modrič you pass under the highway (7) and continue on the old main road surrounded by traditional curb stones made of natural stone. At the crossroads (8) you can turn left to the centre of Rovanjska, where it’s worth to visit the medieval church of unusual architecture, St George’s (I), located on the beach.
In the immediate vicinity of this crossroads there is the Modrič cave (J), a protected geomorphologic natural monument. The entrance of the cave is located just above the coast, with a view of the ruins of Modrič castle on the other side of the bay. The cave is arranged for organized tourist tours, which we definitely recommend you to visit while you stay in this area.
Route No.3 VELIKI KAMENJAR
The route leads you through characteristic landscape of sea and mountains and to very attractive historical and natural locations.
The route starts from the big crossroads in Maslenica (1) where you turn on to a gravel road. After a pleasant ride through the intact nature, you turn left at the crossroads (2) and continue through the quarry in northwest direction, enjoying the view of the mountain tops of the Velebit. A double crossroads follows on the main road (3). After the second crossroads, you turn right on to a gravel road and continue to the next crossroads (4) where you once again turn right. The ride continues through a rocky landscape with small plants.
After you pass the overpass above the highway and under the powertransmission lines, you slowly ride down the hill to the crossroads (5) from where it’s possible to go forward to the village of Kitnasta Glavica or just follow the main road of this route leading towards the village of Zelenikovac. The easy uphill ride is accompanied by a calming silence and a beautiful view of the mountain tops and occasionally you can see sheep herds on the pasture.
Soon after the next right turn at the crossroads (6) you reach a big plateau beneath the village of Zelenikovac. You ride straight ahead along traditional dry stone walls, after which the road descends to the right towards the south.
The road soon turns left (7); following the highway to the underpass (8). After the underpass, the ride continues towards the south. After you reach the main road (9), you shortly ride on the right side, carefully cross the road and reach a junction leading towards the lookout point Pariževačka glavica (K), which also is where you have the best view of the canyon of river Zrmanja.
The main road leads to the right, following the road towards Jasenice. At the crossroad (10) you ride on the left on a regional road through the village of Šarlići alongside a peaceful green valley. You can turn right at the crossroads towards the village of Jasenice where we recommend you to visit the St Jeronimo’s (L) church entirely built of stone.
After leaving the village of Šarlići, the route continues in south-west direction towards the Novigrad Sea. A junction at the crossroads (11) leads you to the lookout point (N) from where you have a view of a century old olive groves, the sea and a romantic beach beneath the lookout point. The main road leads to the right, back to Maslenica to the starting point of this adventure.
Route No. 4 ZRMANJA
Golubić – Kaštel-Žegarski – Muškovci
This path, which is the longest one and in its largest part covered with asphalt, runs through the fascinating landscape entangled with the playful streams, spectacular canyons, hidden wellsprings, and estuaries of Zrmanja river and its confluents.
The path runs alongside with the state road Obrovac – Gračac, on the branching-off road that is steeply and twistingly on the decline in the direction of place named Kaštel Žegarski (1) . After 4.5 km (2) it is possible to turn to the right side, on the macadam road towards the village Ravni Golubić. There is a marked hiking path running from the village up to the observation tower (A) and from that place an exceptionally beautiful view is reaching out as far as you can cast your eyes on the estuary of river Krupa into Zrmanja in front of you. After 5.8 km (3) there is also one another right branching-off road. Passing through the macadam road it leads to the place where a magnificant view is reaching out the canyon of river Krupa. By all means we recommend you also walking down the hiking path towards the bridge named Kudin most (B).
The main path continues along the road and after less than one kilometre gets to the another one observation tower. From that place you have an opportunity to see a magnificent estuary of a small river Krnjeza into the river Krupa (4). The path goes down from this place towards the convent of Krupa (C) and after that you are reaching Kaštel Žegarski. That is the starting position for rafting and kayak excursions. From Kaštel Žegarski you turn to the right side in the direction of Obrovac. During your driving you can enjoy an unforgettable view all over a deeply indented canyon of Zrmanja river and the Velebit ridges. Leaving the village named Bogatnik behind you, on the 23.9 km the path is branching away, so you can turn to the right towards the place named Bilišani. After 23.9 km the path continues, covered with asphalt in this section in the direction of Bilišani and after 1.6 km changes direction, turning to the right. Now you are on the macadam road again and driving this road along there you can arrive at the place named Muškovci.
Here you can get some rest and take refreshment, you can also go for a walk to the enchanting waterfall by name of Berberov buk (D), you have an opportunity to visit the village by name of Ogare, and freshen up yourself by having a bath in the waters of river Zrmanja that are clear as crystal. The exciting rafting adventures as well come to an end right here, because from this place forward the flow of river Zrmanja subsequently calms down. Soon afterwards the river finally merges into the sea. The path between (8) – (9) is not specifically marked and is ridden on the local street.