An old railway line from Croatia to Bosnia has been paved over and opened up as a bicycle track.
The Ciro trail begins in Dubrovnik, Croatia and ends in Mostar, in the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The original railway was established in 1901 to connect the two cities and was shut down in 1971.
The trail runs for 160 kilometres, tracking through the beautiful Bosnian landscape that’s been largely unexplored since the war in the 1990s. It takes riders past some of Bosnia, Herzegovina and Croatia’s most incredible sights, including the mystical Vjetrenica caves, Stari Most, Zitomislici and the Hutovo Blato park.
The railway was restored into a bike track as part of an initiative by the EU to educate tourists and locals about the post-war region. The track also have the potential to revitalise the smaller businesses in the region as it runs through towns that’ve been abandoned because of the war.
There are converted railway stations serving as hotels for riders, as well as smaller inns and accommodation options along the way. But staying in a converted railway definitely sounds like a cool thing to do.
You can find out more info about the route here.
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