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Railroad of Ciro - 560 km of cycling routes

Railroad of Ciro - Cycling route from Mostar to Dubrovnik

About old railroad

European trend of converting abandoned railroad tracks into cycling routes has arrived in our region.
The Historic Railroad Trail with steam locomotives passes from Mostar alongside Neretva river all the way across the border with Croatia, ending in Dubrovnik.
The construction of this trail started in 1898 and ended in 1901.
Today this trail is reconstructed into 200 kilometers long cycling track, with more than 350 km of additional tracks directly connected with main route.
 

New cycling experience in Dubrovnik and Mostar area

It's our pleasure to present a converted railroad track of that kind divided in few parts, which is a unique tourist project in the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia named The Railroad of Ciro or Ciro's railroad track.
Railroad of Ciro track connects two states and enables nature lovers to explore landscapes, natural and historical attractions while cycling in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
Our excursions incorporate the beauties of the South Dalmatian hinterland and coastal area as well as the South of Herzegovina, alongside with the excursions that we organise on a larger Dubrovnik area and cycling on the Ciro's railroad trail, excursions that will satisfy all sorts of nature and gastronomy lovers.

For those who want to enjoy the experience with less effort, we offer rental of high quality MTB e-bikes.
You can start your excursion from Mostar or Dubrovnik, two unique cities with lots of historic monuments.
 

Mostar // History

Occupied since prehistoric times, the necropolises attesting this, Mostar welcomed the Romans, aware of the strategic and commercial possibilities of this place, of the vestiges of this era found under the present City. At the end of Antiquity, Christian basilicas were built there and again in the Middle Ages this Christian presence was permanent. In 1470, it was conquered by the Ottomans, its current name appearing in 1474, in reference to the guardians of the bridge spanning the Neretva river, the Mostari, this bridge promoting the development of trade. From 1475, a first Muslim quarter (known as "mahala"), with mosques and baths, was established by the river, north of this crossing point. The nucleus of the Muslim town is formed on either side of the stone bridge built in 1566. Chief town of an Ottoman province, in the 19th century, Mostar, as well as the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, comes under administration Austro-Hungarian experiencing a new economic and urban development, facilitated by the construction of a railway line, built in 1888 and 1892 connecting Sarajevo to Dubrovnik ... Go back in time until 1918, note that the City was annexed to the Kingdom of Croats, Serbs and Slovenes, the future Yugoslavia, until the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 1, 1992 which did not prevent the Croatian army from bombing the "Stari Most "(Old Bridge) on November 9, 1993, a bridge which connects the two banks of a City having preserved its medieval aspect, could be reconstructed in the old way using the stones fallen in the course of the Neretva, thanks to the UNESCO support in 2004.
Sign of the times, with the development of tourism; in 2017, onlyCROATIA made it possible to transform the 220 km separating by rail Mostar to Dubrovnik into a ravel. This old railway line is therefore now exclusively reserved for cyclists ...

Railroad of Ciro cycling route: What to do / What to see?

 

Cities along Railroad of Ciro cycling route

 
 

Mostar // Indulgence and fun

Great lovers of grilled meats, the locals are delighted to eat "ćevapčićis" which are a kind of elongated lamb and beef dumplings which are generally eaten in a "lepinja": traditional bun served with sliced ​​onions, the "suho meso": dried meat, the "sogan dolma": fried onion stuffed with meat, the "filovane paprike": stuffed pepper, the "jabrak": stuffed cabbage, the "bosanski ionac": beef stew and good food other ... As for desserts, we mainly serve "bakllavas" as in Turkey, Turkish coffee and "rakı" brandy distilled with grapes or apple, even "slivovica", good known dry alcohol with plums, which can be served during a coffee break.

Mostar // Sports and recreation

The Neretva allows nearby kayaking and rafting, team sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and handball which are very popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina in addition, an international tennis tournament has been organized there since 2016.