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Adriatic Highway

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  • Dubrovnic from above
    / Dubrovnic from above
    Photo: ivanbagic, CC0,
  • / At Split you can find several historical buildings.
    Photo: Mariamichelle, CC0, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Port of Split
    Photo: Waldo93, CC0, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Blick auf das Velebit-Massiv bei Paklenica
    Photo: JOADL, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Coastline of Rijeka
    Photo: László Szalai, CC0, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Süd-Velebit
    Photo: M.Dirgėla, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Kornati archipel seen from afar
    Photo: Nikater, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Bay of Lavsa, part of the vast Kornati national park
    Photo:, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Port of Biograd na Moru
    Photo: Aida Toromanovic, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Beach of Biograd na Moru
    Photo: Dragan Jankovic Fazan-Austra..., CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / City center and port of Dubrovnic
    Photo: gari.baldi, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
m 500 400 300 200 100 -100 500 400 300 200 100 km Kornati-Nationalpark Naturpark Velebit Rijeka Dubrovnic Weißenburg Split
Get a sense of unlimited freedom at the stunning Adriatic coastline. On its way southwards it passes coastal cities as well as picturesque nature parks.
Distance 586.3 km
8:34 h
4,743 m
4,718 m

Beautiful landscapes and a breathtaking coastal panorama, as far as the eye can see – that’s what Adriatic Highway is all about. Formerly known as Yugoslav coastal street, it’s a pleasure for nature lovers and passionate drivers alike.  You’ll find picturesque seaside towns next to authentic fishing villages with a lot of history on their backs. Fascinating cities such as Biograd na Moru and Split have an exciting history to share. You’ll even get to see the massive Velebit mountain range right next to the highway. From there you can enjoy unique views of Adriatic coastline.

Adriatic Highway winds its way along the coastline for about 375 miles from Rijeka to Dubrovnik. Leading from Croatia to Montenegro, it covers even parts of Sloweniea and Bosnia. Over the years it has been restructured and extended, that‘s why there isn’t just one way to go. You can extend it as you like, according to your preferences and following your own rhythm.

But be careful: Adriatic Highway is pretty curvy, so mind the speed limit and drive carefully.

Author’s recommendation

If you want to get an extensive insight into the wide range of Croatia’s landscapes you should stop by Velebit Nature Park.
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Wolfgang Paulus
Update: May 14, 2018
Highest point
367 m
Lowest point
-4 m
Best time of year

Safety information

In Croatia there might rise strong gusts of wind called “bora“. They’re used to rise from one moment to another and can even get as severe as a storm. That’s why you should drive carefully and inform yourself about the weather conditions at Adriatic coastline before departing.


Rijeka, city center (10 m)
45.326295, 14.442155
45°19'34.7"N 14°26'31.8"E
33T 456283 5019350


Dubrovnic, city center

Turn-by-turn directions

From the city center of Rijeka we drive southwards on D8 past Bakar and Kraljevica. After about 28 miles, we reach Novi Vinodolski and continue on D8 until Senj 14 miles ahead where we can have a break. After a total of 100 km, between Starigrad and Stinica, we see the mountain range of Velebit on the left side. Continuing on D8 southwards, after further 58 miles we reach Rovanjska and continue on A1 until Sukosan. Returning onto D8, we head in southern direction, seeing Kornati islands on the right side after a total of 150 miles. After further three miles we get to Biograd na Moru and past Vrana lake. Driving past Vodice and Sibenik we reach Rogoznica after a total of 202 miles. Past Trogir (220 miles we reach Split after a total of 233 miles. From there we continue past Makarska and Ploce, reaching Dubrovnic after a total of 365 miles.


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Public transport

From the international airport of Rijeka (RJK) there is no public traffic service to the city center of Rijeka. In order to get there you should hire a car.

Getting there

From the international airport of Rijeka (RJK) to Rijeka via D102 and D103 (total length: 17 miles).


There are parking lots at the cities and points of interest alongside the route.


45.326295, 14.442155
45°19'34.7"N 14°26'31.8"E
33T 456283 5019350
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile and rainwear.

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