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Gems of Istria

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Homepage > Croatia > Gems of Istria
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from April to October
  • Location: Fazana (near Pula)

Cycling in Istria

Tour Details

Imagine a cycling holiday with stunning undisturbed landscapes, quaint fishing villages, Roman amphitheatres, colourful frescoed churches, Byzantine churches and medieval towns and villages, then this is your cycling holiday in Istria. You shall have a chance to visit the Brijuni Archipelago and Lim Fjord on your journeys along with peaceful roads which are varied along the coast and rolling inland landscapes. Of course not to forget the fabulous cuisine and wines of the region, the Italians influence can be felt. On this trip, you will for certain experience a journey through time as you encounter protected cultural monuments, impressive historic citadels and timeless nature reserves.

Starting Location

Fazana (near Pula)

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • 3/ 4star Hotels
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer on day 5
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Extra Nights
  • City Taxes
Trip Info

The routes are mostly on secondary roads and some dirt roads.

Around the larger towns, especially Rovinj and Pula, there is some traffic getting in and out but some sections can be avoided by going on the pavement. In general, there is no heavy traffic on any of the roads.


Fazana – Villetta Phasiana

Rovinj – Villa Tuttorotto

Motovun – Hotel Kastel

Porec – Hotel Flores

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.


Day 1Arrive to Fazana (located just outside Pula)

During the day arrive to the village of Fazana and check-in at your accommodation. Why not take time to relax and explore this nice village. If you should arrive earlier enough you can take the boat over to the Island of Brijuni and visit the national park.

Day 2/33 ride to choose from, ride to Pula, day boat trip to the Brijuni National Park or loop ride to Vodnjan ex-capital of Istria. 11-24 miles, 18-38km.

Option 1 Pula: A nice easy coastal ride into the bustling town of Pula the capital of Istria. The ride allows you to cycle around the warrens of marbled alleys. Visit the beautifully preserved amphitheatre dating from 27 BC. Pula is a wonderful historic town.

Brijuni National Park: A 15 minute boat ride takes you to the beautiful island of Brijuni. This was used as President Tito’s residence during his dictatorship. While on the Island, explore the Roman villas and pretty Byzantine villages. Visit the Tito museum and its zoo. Sit and relax on one of the many pine-fringed bays. It is not possible to take bikes on the boat, but you can rent bikes on the island or go for a nice stroll and swim.

Vodnjan Circular ride

This is an inland loop ride which takes you to Vodnjan which is the ancient capital of Istria where you will find a mixture of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. The return route takes you back along the coast, passing remains of Roman baths, ancient stone houses called Cazun, similar to the Trulli houses in the south of Italy.

Day 4Fazana to Rovinj via Bale.24 miles 39km

Today after breakfast you leave Fazana heading north, where you will reach the charming and bustling port town of Rovinj. At first, you will have a gentle ascent which leads you to the small town of Bale, also known as the Roman stronghold of Castrum Vallis, built by the Romans to help defend the saltpans and the roads that connect to and from Pula and Porec. After a short visit, you continue onto Rovinj and have enough time to explore this wonderful town.

Day 5Rovinj to Motovun 22-36 miles, 35-57km.

Today you ride takes you inland to the impressive, forested valley of the Lim Fjord. You descend down to the Fjord before climbing a 2 km hill to the panoramic viewpoint on the other side. Now you continue further inland through gently ascending terrain till the final stretch with 2 short steep climbs (well worth the effort) take you up to the fortified hill town of Motovun. Once in your overnight town, you can admire the wonderful views over vineyards and truffle filled forests in the landscape around you.

Day 6 Motovun to Porec (Parenzana road) 23 miles 37km.

Today you descend down to the Parenzana, a dismantled old railway turned into a gravel cycle path that gently winds its way through the fields towards Porec. Porec is an ancient port town located in the small peninsula of San Nicholas. Here do not miss its magnificent historical palaces, the “House of the two Saints” and the popular UNESCO Heritage Basilica of Euphrasian. You are staying here for 2 days allowing time to explore this wonderful town.

Day 7Look ride from Porec via Tar and via the Jama Baredine Caves 20 miles 32km.

Today you cycle along the shoreline as you head towards the fertile plateau of Tar. You shall pass by the Larun olive plantations which is said by many to produce Europe’s best olive oil. Then you loop back inland to visit the giant limestone Cave of Jama Baredine. After your visit, you return by bike to Porec. Why not enjoy your last Istrian evening with a glass of the excellent local white wine on one of the many terraces overlooking the sea.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

Fly to Pula airport and a short taxi ride to Fazana (approx. 25€). On departure, you can book a private transfer or public bus to Pula.

Fly to Venice and take the ferry to Porec/Rovinj or Pula.

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Aerial view of Istria