I am going to Croatia this summer (probably during August or September) to cycle along the Adriatic coast. Since the coastal areas tend to get rather crowded during July and August -or so I read-, I was wondering is advance booking necessary to avoid having to watch the stars all nights or is there still plenty of accommodation availible during this time of year? I intend to stay in private accommodations for one or two nights in each place that I visit.
Is the main road along the coast (jadranska magistrala) save for cyclists to use or should it be avoided by all means? I read somewhere it was nicknamed the “Road of Death.”
Are there tourist operators in Zadar that offer bus tours to the Plitviče Lakes?
Jadranska magistrala is beautiful but I am not sure if it is save for cyclists, the road is narrow sometimes so it can be really adventurous. During summer it's full of cars and motorcycles. But to call it "Road of Death"? Hmm I don't know..
There will be not a problem to find accommodation, especially when yoy want to stay in private appartments. You will see a lot of offers of "Sobe" (rooms). I have only good experiences with finding accommodation in touristic areas in whole Croatia.
If you are planning going as far south as Split and Dubrovnik, then i would recommend booking in advance. Even though they are both very touristy, then tend to be geared towards package holiday makers so private accommodation is rather lacking. or at least this has been my experience.
I travel to Croatia from Zagreb to Pletvice, down to Dobrovnic and back along the cost last year at the begginin of june. I did not have probles to find private accomodation except at Trogir, but my sistter went at the end of july and she did, and it was much more expensive.
I travel by car and I would not drive a bike at that road, to much traffic, trucks, movilhomes......
I would comeback one day