Lonely Planet Writer

A new 2000 km bike trail will connect eight European countries

Cyclists looking for a new challenge will have a new cross-border cycling route to look forward to, as plans are in train to launch a 2000 km mountain bike trail that will traverse all eight European countries in the Western Balkans.

A new bike trail will connect eight European countries across the Dinaric Alps. Image: lechatnoir

Trans Dinarica presently connects Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the plan is to eventually encompass Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia. Inspired by the Via Dinarica hiking trail, this will enable cyclists to travel across all eight countries along the Dinaric Alps and Shar Mountains. The trail stays off-the-beaten path, and cyclists travel over challenging gravel tracks and mountains.

The new route will take cyclists through Unesco sites, villages and national parks. Image by GettyImages/REDA&CO / Contributor

The idea is that they will ride 50 to 60 km per day along dirt roads and single tracks, gaining 1500 metres of elevation each day. Cycling at that pace daily, each country can be completed in seven to ten days, and cyclists can choose to cover part, or all, of the trail as there are many options available. Along the way, they will pass through Unesco sites, villages and national parks, and will be able to enjoy views of the blue Adriatic sea, isolated deep dark canyons and fast-flowing green rivers.

Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Image: Fesus Robert/Shutterstock

The idea for Trans Dinarica was conceived by a group of friends from Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, each of whom has their own outdoor adventure company. At this stage, guided tours with luggage transfers can be arranged, and details of the contacts for each country are available here.

Plans are in train to launch a 2000km mountain bike trail that will traverse all eight countries in the Western Balkans. Image: Buena Vista Images

For further information on the new Trans Dinarica route, see here.