Varaždin Lake, a picturesque reservoir on the Drava River, is a natural gem divided between Međimurje and Varaždin Counties. Initially built for the needs of the Čakovec Hydroelectric Power Plant, it was completed in the early 80s of the 20th century.

The lake is a popular destination for fishing, not so much for swimming or windsurfing (there are many underwater trees and bushes, and you never know where they are). However, it is ideal for walking and biking. You can ride some 20-25 kilometers (depending on the extra routes you choose) precisely along the embankment.

If you find yourself near Varaždin or Čakovec in the northern part of Croatia and are not in the mood for great efforts, that is a perfect way to spend an easy and enjoyable day on the bike, alone or with friends or family.

I started below the bridge over the Drava River at the parking lot where locals leave their cars. It is a popular place, and it can be pretty crowded during weekends and holidays. From there, I headed east and just followed the embankment. If you need coordinates or even the GPS track, you can download it from Strava.

About the Author: Adrian

Author and writer of more than fifty books, teacher, lecturer, explorer of consciousness, avid windsurfer, and lover of outdoor activities. He’ll write mostly about windsurfing on fin and foil, spot reviews, and camping equipment.
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