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Dangerous and wonderful, Magistrala

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Road trip along magistrala road near Podgora in Croatia with views of sea and beach
Magistrala offers some of the most spectacular views of Adriatic coast
When in need of a good #roadtrip , there's no better place to indulge yourself but the Adriatic Highway! Often called Jadranska Magistrala, or simply Magistrala, this road is a heaven for all „driving-around-and-enjoying-the-view“ freaks.

The road is a part of the European E65 road, which connects Malmö in Sweden with Chania in Greece, and some 500+ kilometers of this European road runs down the amazing Croatian coastline.

Wherever you decide to hop on the Adriatic highway, you'll make a great choice: the road is #amazing all the way! A thousand #islands and the perfect shade of blue sea on one side, #mountains raising above it on the other side,... this road is a dream come true for any lover of curves and stretches!

Make sure you pay special attention to Makarska Riviera's part of this road, you're in for a real treat. From the mountain saddle Dubci, down to Gradac, around 60 kilometers of perfection awaits for you to explore it!

Jadranska magistrala was built in 50's and 60's and connects all major Croatian coastal city centers, from Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Makarska, Dubrovnik all along to the border of Montenegro.

This route is very attractive to all travelers, especially those who like to camp (Robinson tourism fans especially), but keep in mind that it is not advisable to park your van anywhere. If you are an adventurer, and want to enjoy this type of vacation, we suggest you visit this page. will will provide all information about camping along the Adriatic highway. In particular, on the Makarska Riviera, we can suggest you to visit Camp Dole. This camp, located in the village of Zivogosce, is the perfect choice for travelers who are looking for an unique camping experience.

Pristine beaches along Makarska Riviera in Croatia with tiny pebbles and clear Adriatic sea
Pristine beaches can be found everywhere along Makarska Riviera

What to do in Zivogosce? As in other places on the Makarska Riviera, you can taste the traditional Dalmatian cuisine, explore local vineyards, lavender fields and olive and orange groves. Climb mount Biokovo, rent a fishing boat, visit countless monuments and archaeological sites around Makarska Riviera or book a day trip to see pirate hideouts, wild nature parks and emerald waterfalls.

Monastery in Zivogosce is a cultural heritage of Croatia
The 17C monastery in Zivogosce is a cultural monument

Android and iOS users can download our app All in Makarska Riviera for free, just tap or click on the link of your phone's operating system. Here, you will find out more information about Makarska Riviera's legacy, cultural heritage, beaches and top sights. Aside from that, a great food guide is included! Riding down the Adriatic highway can be more fun than you can imagine, especially if you decide to explore Makarska Riviera in detail. This mobile guide will help you!

There are some interesting stories and legends about this legendary road, and the most famous is the one where Americans wanted to donate the money to the former Yugoslavia for its construction, but Josip Broz Tito refused telling them that his country is wealthy and proud. For most, this story is a folk legend, created as part of communist propaganda at that time, but you must admit, it sounds pretty cool. Another story tells that Yugoslavian leader Tito made a profit for its construction using shady business techniques of reselling the wheat from the USA.

Old photo of Adriatic highway in Croatia
Adriatic Highway old photo, photo credits

When built, the new road created the assumption that tourism in Croatia would become a real business. The consequence of this fact are master plans for the northern, central and southern Adriatic, as well as massive hotel construction during which numerous hotels will emerge in a few years, among which is hotel Maestral, built 1965. in Brela, Makarska Riviera.

In addition to these changes in the high-economic sphere, the highway also had its wild, spatial consequences.

Passing closely to the sea, Jadranska magistrala raised the value of previously worthless land by the sea, especially on the area of the Makarska Riviera, where the land has traditionally been inherited to daughters as dowry. The importance and the workload of the Adriatic Highway was reduced by "Dalmatina", the A1 motorway which was built years later, following the trail of ancient Roman roads.

Be careful and keep in mind: In 2017., Business Insider magazine published the article about the most dangerous roads in Europe, and the Adriatic Highway took its place on that list, too. However, Dalton motorway in Alaska was voted as the most dangerous one. But let’s stick to the nicer sides of this story. labeled the Adriatic Highway as the is possibly the most relaxing road trip road in the world.

Drive slowly and enjoy the views, but be aware of cyclists and walkers who like to occupy the majority of this road, in July and August especially. For safety reasons, all the important info, public services contacts and warnings are published in All in Makarska Riviera mobile guide, check the info category. Samsung, Huawei and other android based smartphones click here: Android ,and Apple iPhone users click here: iOS for free download. The Adriatic Highway is one of the most beautiful thoroughfares in all of Europe. Makarska Riviera is proud of being included in this route.

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