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Adriatic Highway

The Adriatic Highway is an asphalted road in Croatia, along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. The road, part of the European route E65, runs along the coast of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.

A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The road (known as Jadranska magistrala) has a collection of serpentine twists and turns, leading to a hole in the crash barrier, the sea hundreds of feet below. The route has clear blue water to one side, and the view of islands in the distance. The Adriatic Highway has to be seen to be believed. It swoops down close to the shoreline before climbing high over clifftops, often with nothing but a sheer drop on one side to the sea below. 

The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. This is not a drive for the faint of heart, especially during the colder months. But confident drivers with suitably equipped cars will relish the sweeping switchbacks and hairpin bends. And it’s all the more dramatic when undertaken against the slate-grey backdrop of a Croatian winter. The drive is the D8 route (the european E65) on all the coast of Croatia. Always near the sea is a beautiful road but the best is from Zara to Cirquenizza.

 This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. Experienced drivers may find the two-lane, curving highway, which is often positioned at the very edge of cliff ledges, thrilling, but those who prefer to give someone else control of the wheel should consider taking a bus tour with an experienced guide and professional driver. This highway is often taken by tour buses and individual tourists; major travel destinations can be found along its route, and the view of the ocean and countryside during the journey shows how the landscape changes from north to south.
The experience of using this road is very impressive. The road is dangerous because the fast-driving Croats, and the conditions of the road, with rocks on one side and sea on the other. It is still a two-lane road for almost its entire length, with the exception of a short dual-carriageway expressway between Sveti Juraj near Kaštela and Split. The surface of the road is asphalted. With appropriate preparation and skill, this is a route to be relished. Be warned, though: drive it once, and you’ll long to have another go.


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