Poreč is a small town resting on the West coast of Croatia. With a town layout that still matches its ancient Roman structure, there is plenty of culture and history to soak up in the town. The Euphrasian Basilica is a sight not to be missed. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates back to 533AD and so offers many unique photo opportunities for travelers to take in its history.
The region also provides spectacular natural beauty with the River Mirna, and its cycle paths allowing you take it all in on a relaxed ride through the landscapes.
While the summer sees hot temperatures which can reach 28°C, it remains moderate throughout the year. However, the region does see reasonable amounts of rain, so be sure to pack a raincoat just in case!
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday of Croatia's Wine Routes
There is something special about Istria. Maybe it’s the seductive tastes of excellent wines. This Self-Guided Cycling Tour includes cycling through breathtaking Istrian Landscape, visiting Istrian Winemakers, tasting the wine and culinary specialties of Istria and visiting the medieval towns of Motovun, Grozjan, Porec and Rovinj. Includes 7 nights’ accommodation & luggage transportation. The beauty of cycling in Istria is that roads are generally very quiet. Our tours are planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally relaxed cycling - from €590per personPDF Download: Istrian Wine Routes By Bike Detailed Itinerary
- Cycle through beautiful Istria, covering over 100 miles of this stunning landscape.
- Immerse yourself fully in the cultural delights along the trail with winemakers, rivers, and vineyards.
- Don’t worry about your luggage – this will be transported for you between your accommodations!
- Accommodation in 3* hotels in Istria
- Bed & breakfast basis
- Luggage transport between hotels
- Information package including detailed route description and vouchers
- 24/7 emergency number
- Bike hire
- Return airport transfers
- Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified above
- Travel and bike insurance
- Bike rentals with equipment
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything not specified above
1. DAY - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with representative at 7pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Buje area.
2. DAY – BUJE - UMAG - BUJE - 47 km / 29 miles
This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northwest point of Istrian peninsula. The trail continues south to Umag. Visit to wine cellar to taste the muscat or malvazija, local sorts of wine. Overnight in Buje area.
3. DAY – BUJE - BRTONIGLA -NOVIGRAD - BUJE - 39 km / 24 miles
From Buje area you're cycling through Kršete picturesque village and arriving to small town Brtonigla. Further the trail leads through wine yards and olive groves of Brtonigla area. You'll reach Novigrad where you can visit the olive oil production and taste some of the best olive oils. Through Dajla and Karigador villages on the coast you're getting to Lovrečica. Following the road through Škrinjari, Babići and Buroli village you'll see traditional istrian houses. Road by the vineyards will take you back to your hotel. Overnight in hotel in Buje area.
4. DAY - BUJE - MOTOVUN - 37 km / 22 miles
From Buje you will continue towards Grožnjan and arrive to Oprtalj. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. Overnight in hotel "Kaštel" in Motovun.
5. DAY - MOTOVUN - POREČ 38 km / 23 miles
This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows the road to Višnjan where you will pass by an observatory. The road continues to the town of Višnjan which is on 246m altitude Tour continues to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave (which you can visit). After passing a few more villages the trail reaches Poreč. Overnight in Poreč.
6. DAY – POREČ - VRSAR - POREČ 44 km / 27 miles
From Poreč the trail starts with sightseeing the Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč. Follow the road until you reach the village of Bačva village. It continues to southern villages and it comes down to coast in the town of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. After Vrsar the trail passes Funtana fishing village, through Zelena and Plava Laguna touristic villages and it leads along the coast all the way back to Poreč.
7. DAY. – POREČ - KANFANAR - ROVINJ 33 km / 21 miles (optional) 32 km / 19 miles
After breakfast you can choose to be transfered to Kanfanar or reach it on your own. After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo palace. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you can visit see "Palud" an ornithological reserve where you can cycle around. After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. After Monkodonja you will reach Rovinj, your goal of this tour, the "Pearl of Adriatic". Overnight in hotel Villa Lili in Rovinj.
Departure after breakfast.
For detailed itinerary see attachment above
Bike Hire Hybrid Bike hire is 90€ and payable on arrival. This adult bicycles are quality hybrids, made by FELT. The model is the QX80 and we have a range of sizes to ensure there is a good match between you and your hire bike. These are very comfortable bikes, with quality components, ideally suited for roads and gravel tracks. The bikes have 27 gears, operated by easy-to-use gear shifters. The Road Bike, made by FELT, Model Z85. The model is the QX80 and we have a range of sizes to ensure there is a good match between you and your hire bike. These are very comfortable bikes, with quality components, ideally suited for roads and gravel tracks. With the perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Z85 is just the bike to see you through your first century or gran fondo. Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock. hire is available for EUR 140,00 We recommend that you bring a lightweight waterproof in case of showers. On longer tours, you might like to, wear cycling shorts or padded under-shorts, cycling gloves and cycling shoes (or stiff-soled trainers) as these will make your ride more comfortable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from bright light, and also from airborne insects – a particular hazard if you are speeding downhill on a bike.
3* Hotels in Istria
You will stay in various 3* and 4* Hotels along your holiday. Your breakfast will be included and you will stay in an en-suite room.
This is an example of the type of accommodation you will stay in. Accommodation details will be confirmed after confirmation by the supplier.
Nearest Airport: Pula Airport (45mins approx.)
Other airports: Trieste airport (1 hour 35mins approx.)
Take the A9/E751 from Pula to the D66. Follow the A9/E751 to D302 in Bonaci. Exit at 5-Baderna. Continue onto D302 before taking Vukovarska ul. To Ul. Alda Negrija in Poreč.
By Public Transport
We do not recommend public transport. Car hire or private transfer is recommended.
By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.
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