35– Mystique of the island
If you’re looking for an escape from everyday life, while looking for a holiday that involves the seclusion of a gorgeous island, then the island of Čiovo is the perfect option! The tranquillity and safety of its natural beauties was recognized centuries ago, when fugitives and hermits, including the Hungarian-Croatian king Bela IV, chose it as their destination. He, as they say, found his refuge on the islet of Kraljevac while fleeing from the Tatars in 1242. The tradition of hermits on the island has left striking marks, but whether you plan to spend your time exploring historical sites or prefer to choose the masterful bays and beaches that invite you to lounge and relax, this island, with its seclusion combined with the proximity of larger cities, offers a unique balance of different possibilities. So, hurry up, or rather – slow down, and become a contemporary fugitive yourself on one of the unbelievably charming Croatian islands.
A 33.6 km long trail takes you through the whole island of Čiovo at an altitude of 565 m above sea level. The initial 17 km passes around the entire Okrug, which is relatively flat. The first climb begins in Okrug Gornji, which, along 3 km of an average 4.5% gradient and no steep parts, leads to Žedno. After Žedno, there is an extremely dynamic descent with several hairpin bends and a slope of up to 18% where care should be taken. Riding by the sea leads to a very demanding climb on a narrow road that will test even the most prepared cyclists with a 7.7% gradient on a 2.4 km long section. Although it may not seem overly demanding, halfway up the climb a 1 km long section stretches with an average gradient of 11.6%. The descent that will bring you back to the beginning of the trail is very short, but also very steep, so you should ride carefully. The descent bringing you back to the beginning of the trail is very short, but it is also very steep, so you should pay special attention while riding. A compact crankset is definitely recommended for this trail due to the gradients that reach 25% on the way up. Most of the trail is ridden on wide two-lane roads, while the main climb is ridden on a narrow, traffic-free one-way road.
Čiovo Put Gradine – Okrug Gornji – Okrug Donji – Okrug Gornji – Žedno – Arbanija – Slatine – Žedno – Put Gradine
Asphalt: 33.6 km
Macadam: 0 km