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The Coast of Istria

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3rd April to 6th November (not between 31/7-22/8).
  • Location: Trieste
Tour Details

On this cycling holiday in Croatia, you shall explore the coastal region between Trieste and Pula. The start of this biking vacation is Trieste, the former Habsburg seaport seated at the foothills of the karst. During the Roman Empire Trieste became a busy and rich port. After a few kilometres, you leave Italy and cycle to Croatia and on to Istria. This sunny peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea is characterised by little picturesque fishing villages, small towns on the karst hills, vineyards and valleys. Let yourself surprise you from the charms of a landscape rich in contrasts and the various colours of this wonderful region.

Starting Location

Trieste

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Bed & Breakfast
  • 3/4 star hotel
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Welcome meeting
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Extra nights
  • Transfers
  • Season supplements
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Trieste

During the day arrive at your first hotel in Trieste.

Day 2Trieste – Piran/Portorôz 22-40 miles 35-65km, depending on the chosen route.

After a few miles, you say goodbye to Italy. In Slovenia, you cycle mostly on cycling paths through famous bathing resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’Istria) to Piran (Pirano) or Portorož (Portorose), a spa town on the Slovenian Riviera. The longer version of the route leads you through “Val Rosandra“ in the backcountry.

Day 3Piran/Portoroz – Umag/Novigrad 22-37 miles 35-60 km.

On today’s cycle tour you shall pass the salt gardens of Sečovlje, where they produce sea salt on huge areas through natural evaporation, and you cycle over the border to Croatia. You cycle through the Croatian part of Istria, the biggest peninsula of the Adria, slightly hilly to Umag, which historic centre was built on the relics of a Roman colony. Umag is well-known also for the ATP tournament – “Croatia Open“, held every year. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in the evening through the medieval town with its narrow alleys and the beautiful city tower.

Day 4Umag/Novigrad – Porec 15-28 miles 25-45 km.

From Umag, you cycle on slightly hilly terrain to Novigrad or Cittanova. This medieval town surrounded by a medieval wall is seated on the mouth of the River Mirna. Then you cycle to Poreč, the most important coastal city on Istria’s west coast. We suggest visiting the Euphrasian Basilica, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 5Porec 22 miles 35 km loop or day off by the sea.

You have the choice: either you visit by boat the Brijuni-islands or the Limski-channel, or you enjoy your day off by the sea or visit the country land of Porec. The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence. Today the islands are a National Park and only Veli Brijun can be visited by the public. Going by boat to the fjord-like Limski channel you might be lucky and see some dolphins. The Limski channel is a National Park nature reserve and on the coast, you find mussels and oyster farming.

Day 6 Porec – Rovinj 35 miles 55 km.

Have the last view over the picturesque seaport on Istria’s west coast before you leave to Rovinj. Rovinj is surrounded in the west and the south-west by the Adriatic Sea.  The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj, greats you. Go ahead, if you would like to cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you find a park in a nature reserve.

Day 7Rovinj – Pula 31 miles 50 km.

The last day on your cycle tour in Istria leads you to Pula on Istria’s south-west point. Pula is the oldest town of Istria and its a commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities and the mighty Roman amphitheatre in the centre of Pula.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

By plane to Trieste airport or to Venice airport and then by train to Trieste. You can book a transfer back to the start hotel in Trieste on Wednesdays and Saturdays only for £82 each (minimum 2 persons) or fly out of Pula airport. An option is a ferry from Rovinj or Porec to Venice.

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