Holiday memoirs of our guests – biking around Vodice

A holiday memoir for bikers, written by Bartek from Poland – thank You Bartek for sharing Your memories!

Vodice is my favourite Croatian town. This charming place, situated in central Dalmatia is most certainly a good place for two wheels lovers. One of the arguments for choosing Vodice for biking is its localization. The town is surrounded by versatile terrain forms, which is important, because it allows for recreational flat terrain riding as well as a solid mountain training. Regardless of the type of Your bike, both mountain and road bikers will find tracks suitable for their needs and skills.

Personally I train road cycling, so I cannot say much about off-road riding. Several times, using mountain bikes available in Kałuża apartments I went to ride in terrain. The available bikes are suitable for recreational trips only so I You plan some serious mountain biking, I recommend taking Your own bike. Vodice is surrounded with many gravel roads, leading over smaller and higher hills.

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After having driven many kilometers on surrounding roads, I can say that Vodice is a suitable place for traditional cycling. There are several demanding approaches in the area suitable for training. Most of these are located in Krka National Park Area.

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Other, less demanding approaches are situated closer to Vodice. In the neighbourhood I recommend the 500m very steep approach near the church, just at the outskirts of Vodce route.

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Second, longer but also steep approach leads towards the relay station / tower. Some other approaches are situated on a close-by island of Murter. The terrain around Vodice is also suitable for time trial training. After the hard trainig, relaxation is also required, so the fact that there is a swimming pool at the apartment helps here a lot!

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As for bicycle tourism, I can say that You should be delighted. There are some great vantage points around Vodice and some interesting monuments to see.

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What I find important is very good road quality and limited car traffic. I did also find the driving culture and bike awareness on a very high level in Croatia, far beyond what I am used to at home. Another important aspect is the weather – the climate is really appropriate for cycling, allowing for training in spring, summer and autumn.

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Summing up, I think that a stay at Paradis apartments is a perfect option for biking holidays or even organizing a small biking group!

 

Some of my biking routes around Vodice:

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2800929-ch-1-trogir/#/z11/43.59978,16.28414/terrain

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2792093-ch-2-murter/

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2794241-ch-3-krk/

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2794229-ch-4-zarko/

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2799744-ch-p-01/

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2798869-ch-p-03/

http://www.bikemap.net/pl/route/2797159-ch-p-04/

 

 

Holiday memoirs of our guests – Vodice with a toddler

I’ve spent my holidays in Vodice, in Paradis Apartments several times. In 2014 we’ve decided to go there with our 11 month son (!). Initially, we were full of second thoughts, wondering how is it going to be. Fortunately, they all turned out to be unnecessary. Above all, the little One didn’t mind the car journey from Poland at all (we split the road for two days with a hotel stay in Austria). Immediately on arrivel Our son began his holidays, even before we managed to unpack ourselves by demanding a visit to the pool. You have to be careful though and apply suntan oil frequently as the Croatian sun is pretty strong, even in September.

Three weeks we spent there passed fast and without any problems, and we really enjoyed the fact of travelling by car. For people, who like to sightsee, Vodice is really great as it is in a great spot for shorter and longer trips, especially to the Krk National Park. We also made a trip to Zadar (wonderful water organs!!!) Plitvice National Bark (marvelous!!) and other pictureque places like Primosten. We decided to avoid the strongest sun by travelling and sightseeing until 15.00 or by the pool in the shadow playing with the baby and after that we want to the beach. The beaches of Vodice are rocky but, the positive aspect is that the passage to water in the area is easy, our son managed to crawl into water by himselg several times under our supervision. We bought the little one beach shoes for the rocky surface, they are available in Vodice even for 11 month old children (they are very useful and…. cute – Young moms will understand what i mean!)

Our son came back tanned, he learned how to walk up and down the stairs during the stay and he threw rocks into water (endless times) and most importantly HE SWAM IN THE SEA!!!! (we were taking him to a swimming pool since he was 6 weeks old) As I look over the photos now, he is smiling on all pictures we have from Vodice!

I recommend a stay there, I think, also in my little son’s name!

Ewa