E pur si muove in Međimurje

Every day, Međimurje records an increasing number of visitors who are eager to ‘move.’ today, we spend more and more time sitting and less and less in nature.

Photo by David Gabrić on Unsplash
Photo by David Gabrić on Unsplash

And yet it moves

For those with an adventurous spirit, Međimurje offers popular rafting on the Mura and Drava, but also paintball, horseback riding, quad riding. There are also running and cycling trails, tennis courts, the possibility of swimming in pools, trim and walking trails in lowland and hilly areas, and golf courses. Fishermen will also enjoy the rivers Mura and Drava, and in a few equestrian clubs, you can ride in nature or walk.

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

A CYCLISTS PARADISE

Green hills and quality asphalt have long adorned Međimurje and attracted cyclists. They started in Međimurje in 2007 with cyclo tourism, and today it’s the very top of the cycling offer in Croatia. Roads specially designed for both cars and cyclists, and tourists on two wheels have a place to rest, wash, repair their bikes and charge their mobile phones at unique rest areas in Croatia. Cyclists are welcome in every catering facility, where they can “moor a horse.” 🙂

Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog
Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog

A Bicycle resting area

‘We started developing cycling tourism in Međimurje County in 2007., following the Austria and Switzerland examples where cycling has more than 25 percent tourism per year. The World Tourism Organization and study indicates that cycling will become a long-term megatrend’ – said Rudi Grula, head of the Međimurje County Tourist Board.

Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog
Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog

Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog
Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog

We are delighted with the bicycles rest area – unique in Croatia and specialized only for cyclists!

 

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

‘There are three resting areas in the county, each with access to drinking water, water for showering and washing bicycles, lockers for storing luggage, a charging station for e-bikes and electrical appliances, bicycle parking racks, holiday furniture, bicycle maps on the wall. Here is a stand with printed promotional materials, a set of tools for minor bicycle repairs, a set of the most common inner tubes, a first aid kit, a tube pump’- shows us Rudi Grula, ‘the good spirit’ of Međimurje tourism.

Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog
Oporovec, A Bicycle resting area, photo by TZ Prelog

In Međimurje, half of the cyclists are locals, and twenty percent are Slovenians, and some are from Austria. Neighbors recognized Međimurje, and Dalmatians make 15 percent of the green Međimurje bicycle paradise.

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

Dalmatians in Međimurje

The main motives of cyclists from Dalmatia (number growing in recent years, which is very interesting!) are the natural landscape, cycling infrastructure, day trips to Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, and more than 800 kilometers of good bike paths.

Vineyards of Međimurje, CRoatia, photo credit by Tourist board of Međimurje county
Vineyards of Međimurje, Croatia, photo credit by Tourist board of Međimurje county

We will soon introduce gravel, ie, a gravel category of trails, and in addition to three large bike rest areas, such as this one in the Tourist Board, we have about 20 smaller ones in the county. – states Grula.

Gibanica,Međimurska Gibanica, the most famous cake from Međimurje photo by Denis Perčić, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Gibanica,Međimurska Gibanica, the most famous cake from Međimurje photo by Denis Perčić, photo credit by Međimurje TB

Feed the cyclist

Međimurje is the first Croatian region with a quality label for cycling tourism. “Cyclist Welcome” is providing high added value or special services for cyclists in accommodation facilities, restaurants, travel agencies, and other facilities used by this type of tourist. The “Cyclist Welcome” service level is from one to five gears 🙂

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

– Currently, this sign bears 78 accommodation, catering, and other facilities. It guarantees cyclists a superior service specially designed for their specific needs. Varaždin and Zagreb counties and Zala county in Hungary have taken over this label and way of working as ‘know how’ – said Grula.

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

The fact that roads are being built, not only for locals but also for guests, testifies how extensive and is the tourist offer for cyclists in Međimurje.

Orientation of the destination towards bicycle tourism, and according to the principles of good practice of destination management in cooperation with the County Road Administration of Međimurje County and local self-government units, the construction of bicycle paths is accelerated. Međimurje currently has the best network of paved bike lanes and trails concerning the length of roads in Croatia.

Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB
Međimurje, photo credit by Međimurje TB

Međimurje plans to become the first Radreiseregion (ADFC designation) in Croatia. Thanks to the excellent infrastructure, they reduced bicycle traffic accidents, although the number of cyclists in traffic has tripled in the last three years. To become the bike destination, Međimurje was included in the first two races of the Tour of Croatia, and in the following years, they will get one of the global races.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Therefore, if you have a bicycle – or you like to cycle – go to Međimurje.

They did everything to make it super interesting for you, of course, to rent a bike, but this is just the beginning of their ever-growing offer of services and activities in this cycling green paradise of northern Croatia.

Međimurje, CRoatia, photo credit by Tourist board of Međimurje county
Međimurje, Croatia, photo credit by Tourist board of Međimurje county

NATURE

The island of Hvar is a paradise for walkers and…
3-4 hours
An amazing experience! You gonna get the best guide, total…
8 hours
Tito’s village KUMROVEC was one of the must-sees in ex…
8 hours
This excursion gives you the unique possibility of knowing the…
8 hours
  If you are a nature lover in Croatia, and if…
8 hours
Take a long walk in NP Plitvice is perfect if…
8 hours
Truffle hunting demonstrations are held with the well-experienced hunter who…
10 hours

Related Posts

Menu
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons