Travelling to Croatia’s Central Dalmatia, Krka National Park can be found a few kilometres northeast of the city of Šibenik. The park covers an area of 109 km² along the middle-lower course of the Krka River and includes many unaltered areas of exceptional natural value. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors.
The ‘Krka Bike’ good practice refers to the development of a 470-km network of cycle routes through Krka National Park, including signing and a marketing campaign. Routes were designed to be circular to allow user to return to their starting point, while generally avoiding overlaps. Through this offer, the Krka Bike project extends the stays of visitors for a few days, which contributes to the sustainable development of the area. On the environmental side, care is taken to ensure that protected areas and endangered species’ habitats are avoided by the cycle routes.
This good practice belongs to the ‘cycle tourism in natural areas’ category as it gives a concrete example of sustainable cycle tourism development, taking natural areas’ protection into consideration. Developing this type of cycle tourism has great economic and social advantages, as information boards can also inform cyclists on the surrounding area, plants and animals.
More information on this Good Practice can be found on this page.