Length: 607 km
Wide: 5 m standard, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Operating times: all year round
via E71 and E65
Route: from Rijeka to Dubrovnik
Adriatic Highway Description
The Adriatic Highway is a route that takes travellers through not one, but three countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Even so, we will focus on the stretch that goes through Croatia as it’s a drive that shows this country’s capacity to surprise and delight.
Croatia is a country that, for a long time, was disregarded when it comes to tourism. Its popularity increased lately and for a good reason. It has amazing scenery, and the roads show you the natural beauty this country has to offer.
The Adriatic Highway runs along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and combines the E71 road with E65. It’s asphalted and makes the drive on this route a smooth one. It also features many serpentine twists and turns, giving drivers the thrill they so much enjoy.
Driving on this road is always a pleasure, especially since it stretches on 600 km. You don’t have to complete the route, but it’s a good way to enjoy the cities you will find along the coastline, as well as the road and the landscape that come with it.
The section of the Adriatic Highway that goes through Croatia is also known as Jadranska magistrala. You can start in Rijeka and drive all the way to Dubrovnik. The route features many serpentines and sheer drops. You will see the clear blue water on one side and the mountains on the other side. It also climbs high over the clifftops, giving you an incredible panorama.
Its winding design is curvy and perfect for a leisure drive. It’s better not to speed off since there are portions of the road that don’t feature any kind of protective barrier. Overall, it’s an exciting route, sometimes exposed and unsecured with many twists and turns.
It’s also considered a dangerous one because it only has two lanes and rocks on one side and the sea on the other side. There is a section of a short dual-carriageway expressway between Sveti Juraj and Split.
It’s always a pleasure driving on this highway. The Adriatic coastline has many surprised to offer to travelers that come here, and this road is just one of those. The landscape is also a breathtaking one, especially when the route takes you higher on the cliffs.
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