Van Vodice naar Pasjak Kroatie
Published: 04/02/2018
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The Jadranska Magistrale (D8) starts on the border with Slovenia near Pasjak. On the Slovenian side the G7 continues to Trieste. The road goes a little bit to the east and then runs south to Rijeka. This part runs parallel to the A7 and therefore has a secondary function. The road then descends to the coast and crosses the A8 to walk straight through Rijeka. Through traffic is better off on the A7, therefore the D8 here only has a local function for urban traffic. The route then winds spectacularly around the bay of Bakar, after which Kraljevica turns the road to the island of Krk.

From this point the D8 follows a spectacular route along the coast. The coastal area is mountainous, the D8 is mostly on a slope at some height above the sea with frequent views of the Adriatic Sea and the islands off the coast. The landscape is pronounced Mediterranean and dry. The D8 is curvy and therefore time-consuming to drive, but the views make up for it. On the route between Rijeka and Zadar there are numerous villages, but few larger towns, Senj and Karlobag are the most important. The road is usually 200 - 300 meters above sea level, with a steep mountain ridge to the east with peaks reaching over 1,500 meters, the Dinaric Alps. But in a few places there is a somewhat flatter coastal strip.

Just before Zadar the A1 crosses. Through a special steel arch bridge, you cross the Maslenica strait. The D8 then goes through a flatter area south-west to the city of Zadar. The D8 is equipped with 2x2 lanes in Zadar and curves to the southeast to follow the coast towards Split. The first part to Šibenik leads through a flatter coastal area and has numerous built-up bowls. Between Šibenik and Trogir the D8 follows a winding route along the coast, the D58 is a faster route to Trogir. The D8 runs here at a fairly large distance from the A1.

The D8 between Trogir and Split and also in the city of Split quite well extended, with 2x2 lanes and some ground-level connections. The D8 runs only through the suburbs and remains at a reasonable distance from the center. After Split the landscape becomes more spectacular, but one has to go through numerous villages, such as Omiš. Particularly around Makarska the D8 sails straight out of the sea through a spectacular coastal region with high mountains, with the D8 stuck to it.

You then reach the port city of Ploče, after which the D8 temporarily enters a somewhat flatter area around the Neretva river delta. At 28 and 48 Opuzen is a non-level connection with the D9 leading to Mostar and Sarajevo. From this point on, the D8 has a continuous function and then passes through the Neum corridor, where the traffic has no option but to drive through Bosnia-Herzegovina. The border posts are less than 10 kilometers apart. After Neum the coastal road continues to Dubrovnik, the area is still mountainous here. The D8 runs over the cable-stayed bridge Franjo Tuđman, which cuts off a fjord. The D8 then passes over the ring road of Dubrovnik. Then the D8 runs through the narrowest part of Croatia, there is only 1 kilometer between the Adriatic Sea and the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. After that, the differences in height are less extreme and the road passes through the Dubrovnik airport through the Konavle region. Not far beyond is the border with Montenegro, from where the M1 continues to Herceg Novi.


We drove the Jadranska Magistrale in 2018 the other way, so roughly from Dubrovnik to Pasjak. This third day is the most beautiful part of the route. There is a piece that can match the Amalfi coast in terms of twisting, only much and much quieter and no tourist towns. The best part is between route point 28 and 48, please note, it can be quite windy and then the road is closed for campers, trucks, cars with trailer and engines. It is and remains a coastal route and there are also less beautiful pieces because they are building in Croatia. The route was carefully created and the same for TomTom, Garmin and MyRoute-app Navigation. For information about the colored route points, see the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

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About this region
Zadar (US: ZAH-dar, Croatian: [zâdar] (listen); see also other names) is the oldest continuously-inhabited Croatian city. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea, at the northwestern part of Ravni Kotari region. Zadar serves as the seat of Zadar County and of the wider northern Dalmatian region. The city proper covers 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi) with a population of 75,082 in 2011, making it the second-largest city of the region of Dalmatia and the fifth-largest city in the country. The area of present-day Zadar traces its earliest evidence of human life from the late Stone Age, while numerous settlements date as early as the Neolithic. Before the Illyrians, an ancient Mediterranean people of an Indo-European culture inhabited the area. Zadar traces its origin to its 9th-century BC founding as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians known as Iader. In 59 BC it was renamed Iadera when it became a Roman municipium. In 48 BC it became a Roman colonia. During Roman rule Zadar acquired the characteristics of a traditional Ancient Roman city with a regular road network, a public square (forum), and an elevated capitolium with a temple. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and the destruction of Salona by the Avars and Croats in 614, Zadar became the capital of the Byzantine theme of Dalmatia. In the beginning of the 9th century, Zadar came briefly under Frankish rule, but the Pax Nicephori returned it to the Byzantines in 812. The first Croatian rulers gained brief control over the city in 10th century. In 998 Zadar swore allegiance to Doge Pietro Orseolo II and became a vassal of the Republic of Venice. In 1186 it placed itself under the protection of Béla III, King of Hungary and Croatia. In 1202 the Venetians, with the help of Crusaders, reconquered and sacked Zadar. Hungary regained control over the city in 1358, when it was given to king Louis I of Hungary. In 1409 king Ladislaus I sold Zadar to the Venetians. When the Turks conquered the Zadar hinterland at the beginning of the 16th century, the town became an important stronghold, ensuring Venetian trade in the Adriatic, the administrative center of the Venetian territories in Dalmatia and a cultural center. This fostered an environment in which arts and literature could flourish, and between the 15th and 17th centuries Zadar came under the influence of the Renaissance, giving rise to many important Italian Renaissance figures like Giorgio Ventura and Giovanni Francesco Fortunio, who wrote the first Italian grammar book, and many famous Croatian writers, such as Petar Zoranić, Brne Krnarutić, Juraj Baraković and Šime Budinić, who wrote in the Croatian language. After the fall of Venice in 1797 Zadar came under the Austrian rule until 1918, except for the period of short-term French rule (1805–1813), still remaining the capital of Dalmatia. During French rule the first newspaper in the Croatian language, Il Regio Dalmata – Kraglski Dalmatin, was published in Zadar (1806–1810). During the 19th century Zadar functioned as a center of the Croatian movement for cultural and national revival in a context of increasing polarization and politicization of ethnic identities between Croats and Dalmatian Italians. With the 1920 Treaty of Rapallo Zadar was given to the Kingdom of Italy. During World War II, it was bombed by the Allies and witnessed the evacuation of ethnic Italians. Partisans captured the city on 1 November 1944; in 1947 it officially became part of SR Croatia, a federal constituent of the SFR Yugoslavia, whose armed forces defended it in October 1991 from the Serb forces who aimed to capture it. Today, Zadar is a historical center of Dalmatia, Zadar County's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation centre. Zadar is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. Because of its rich heritage, Zadar is today one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, named "entertainment center of the Adriatic" by The Times and "Croatia's new capital of cool" by The Guardian. In 2016 the Belgian portal Europe's Best named Zadar the "Best European Destination" after a three-week period of online voting involving more than 288,000 votes.UNESCO's World Heritage Site list included the fortified city of Zadar as part of Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar in 2017.
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