Adriatic Highway

Adriatic Highway, a scenic coastal drive along the sea

Adriatic Highway is the name of a scenic drive running along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Part of the European route E65, the road passes through three countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.

How long is Adriatic Highway?

Part of the European route E65, the road is totally paved. It’s 650 km (403 miles) long, running from Rijeka, a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea down to the Montenegrin border at Karasovići. Running along the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, the road passes through three countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. It is 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 road is the D8 route (known as Jadranska Magistrala) on all the coast of Croatia.

How long does it take to drive the Adriatic Highway?

Plan about 10 hours to complete the drive without any stop. However, due its beauty and winding its way along the coastline, plan a couple of days. For many travelers, the highway is the absolute dream road giving access to the Adriatic Sea beauties and its stunning beaches. The road has clear blue water to one side, and the view of islands in the distance. It has to be seen to be believed. 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.

When was the Adriatic Highway built?

Leading from Croatia down to Montenegro, the road was planned in the 1930s and built in the 50s and 60s. It was open for traffic on 30 May 1965. The road features collections of serpentine twists and turns, leading to a hole in the crash barrier, the sea hundreds of feet below. 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. 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. Highway is perfectly safe, usually is not heavy traffic anyway, even in summer, in peak of tourist season.

 

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