The Istrian Peninsula at the top of the Adriatic, (just below Trieste), was Italian until 1945 when it became part of Croatia. People still speak Italian here, and it is even taught in schools. In fact, Istria is sometimes known as 'Croatia's Tuscany'. It houses a treasure trove of antiquities, including a vast Roman amphitheatre in Pula, and exquisite Baroque and Byzantine basilicas in Rovinj and UNESCO Porec. Inland, tiny frescoed country churches and stone beehive huts called kazuna are sprinkled over oak forested countryside. Red-roofed villages with peeling shutters soak up the sun, producing olive oil and wines among the finest in the Mediterranean.
This cycling tour explores Istria's west coast. The first three nights are spent on Fazana's pretty harbor, where fresh fish is landed on the dock opposite the hotel terrace. From here you can explore Pula, loop inland to Vodnjan (Istria's ancient capital), and visit the amazing Brijuni Islands National Park offshore. You'll then spend two nights in Rovinj, a coastal hilltop town of marbled, boutique-lined alleys, before the last two nights in Porec, where yachts line a waterfront of arty bars and restaurants.
This trip is perfect for occasional cyclists who love laid back harbor-front dining, hotels of real charm, and varied cycling trails. Along the way, swimming in crystal clear seas everyday is taken for granted, and electrifying sunsets are the hallmark of every evening. In Fazana, Rovinj and Porec with such an enticing choice of excellent-value restaurants (many of them on the waterfront), we have left the choice to you.
This tour is rated '1 bike +' indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading of '1 bike'.
|Tour Starts||Pula airport 12:25 pm. Pick up, then transfer to hotel, 20 mins (provided).|
|Tour Ends||Pula airport by 11:40. Drop off (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Not applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not applicable|
|Singles||Add $28 per night|
|Other details||Airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure. This holiday is unsuitable for children under 12. Room upgrade: prices from $16 per person, per night.|
|Hotels||**** (4 nights), *** (3 nights)|