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 along Istrian Peninsula in Croatia
Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia. This special heart-shaped peninsula reaches deep into the clear blue sea of the Adriatic. There are small medieval towns and stunning beaches which you will explore on this self-guided cycling holiday! Prices start from €570per personPDF Download: Cycling The Istrian Peninsula Detailed Itinerary
- Cycle along the beautiful Istrian Peninsula in Croatia, taking in its various ancient sites along the way.
- Take the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the local culture with the many small restaurants and cafes along your route.
- Don’t worry about your luggage – this will be transported for you between your accommodations!
- Accommodation in 3* hotels in Istria along the cycling route
- Bed & breakfast basis
- Luggage transport between accommodations
- Map, road book and vouchers in a package
- 24/7 emergency numbers
- Return airport transfers
- Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified above
- Travel and bike insurance
- bike rentals and bike equipment - bike hire available
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything not specified
1. DAY - Arrival
Arrival in Poreč. Meeting point is in our office in Poreč, where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Poreč.
2. DAY - Porec - Buje - 78 km / 48 miles
Start with a ride around Poreč, riding along the coastline. On to Višnjan, a little place that boasts an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world. Passing by Mirna river delta and Novigrad you'll arrive to Umag. Continuing to the northeast point of Istria (Savudrija) you will finish the first day in the Buje area.
3. DAY - Buje - Buzet - 51 km / 31 miles
After breakfast, on the way to Buzet, you will ride across Grožnjan. Šterna – a village named after a big local cistern (on local dialect – Šterna) situated on the large plateau intersected by water flows. Oprtalj, with unchanged urban medieval disposition, the narrow streets. Overnight in Buzet.
4. DAY - Buzet Rabac - 66 km / 41 miles
Breakfast. After a climb to Prodani, the road leads to one of the most attractive and picturesque Istrian medieval towns – Draguć. On to Pazin is the true heart of Istria! From Pazin, you pass through Gračišće, an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland. Continuing further through Kršan which was erected on the foundations of an ancient early medieval burg, we arrive in Rabac, the pearl of the Kvarner bay. Overnight in Rabac.
5.DAY - Rabac - Pula - 53 km / 33 miles
After breakfast ride across Raša to Pula. On the way you will find "Liburna", a nature reserve of indigenous animals. On this day we finish visiting the old city with the Sergius' Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D.) and famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight in Pula.
6. DAY - Pula - Rovinj - 56 km / 34 miles
After breakfast we ride along the coastline towards Rovinj. Head for Bale. This day finishes in Rovinj.
7. DAY - Rovinj - Porec - 60 km / 37 miles
Breakfast. Our bike ride will takes us across Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of Dvigrad. After riding along the coastline you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishing village where the famous Casanova came back twice. This one week bike tour finishes in Poreč where you will spend the last night.
8. DAY - Departure
After breakfast departure.
For detailed itinerary see attachment above
Bike Hire Hybrid/trekking bike hire is €90 per bike for a week, road bike €140 per week, payable on arrival. Our 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. 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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