Jadranska magistrala: The Croatian scenic road among the most beautiful in the world
- by croatiaweek
- in Travel
There are many roads that stretch along the coast in the world, but few that offer such stunning nature and sights like the Jadranska magistrala in Croatia.
The Croatian section of the breathtaking Jadranska magistrala, known as the Adriatic Highway or officially the D8 state road, is a scenic coastal road that stretches over 643 km along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
The road offers stunning views of the sea, bays and the surrounding landscape, as well as access to many charming towns and cities along the way.
The Jadranska magistrala starts near the city of Rijeka in the north of Croatia and stretches right down to the city of Dubrovnik in the south, connecting places like Karlobag, Crkvenica, Senj, Zadar, Biograd na Moru, Tisno, Šibenik, Makarska, Drvenik and Ploče on the way.
The road was built in the 1950s and 1960s as a way to improve transportation and access to the region and played an important role in connecting the towns and cities along the coast before the A1 motorway was opened in the mid 2000s.
Driving on the Jadranska magistrala can be challenging due to its winding roads and steep inclines. However, the stunning views and charming towns along the way make it a must for travellers to Croatia. Many travellers choose to rent a car or take a bus tour to explore the Jadranska magistrala, as public transportation options can be limited in some areas.
The stretch of road is also popular among motorcyclists and all drivers are urged to take care as the Jadranska magistrala is not as safe as the motorways because of numerous blind curves and at-grade intersections.
In addition to its scenic beauty, the Jadranska magistrala was also a great way to experience Croatian culture and cuisine. Before the A1 motorway opened many small towns along the route offered traditional Croatian dishes such as lamb on the spit, seafood, grilled meats, and local wines.
There are still a few today operating, as well as sellers offering local handicrafts, art, and souvenirs at markets and shops along the way.
Over the years the road has been used as a backdrop for a number of commercials and films. The road is still fairly popular as an alternative to the tolled highways and it is easy to see why it has been proclaimed among the most beautiful in the world.