Explore the beauty of Istria - cycle through villages, along rivers, into forests and cross bridges to emerge onto sweeping valleys and hills. There is more to Istria than views though as it is famous for its olive groves, vineyards and the wine they produce. This area is rich in history, nature and culture, allowing you to explore this wonderful peninsular.
Arrive in Porec/Vrsar and check-in to your hotel, where you will stay for three nights.
DAY 2Buje - Umag - Buje
After breakfast at the hotel, your cycling tour will begin - the first point of interest? A lighthouse, built in 1818 on the most northerly point of the peninsula. Cycle and explore the town of U...Show Moremag, originally founded as a summer residence for Roman nobleman. The town is small but preserved whilst the churches and rolling olive fields create a true Mediterranean atmosphere.
Today's cycling is approximately 47km.
DAY 3Buje - Brtonigla - Novigrad - Buje
Today's cycle will take you to churches and monasteries dating back to the 15th century, located in Brtonigla. Follow the trail and you will come upon endless vineyards and olive fields. Cross th...Show Moreem to reach Novigrad, where some of the best olives in the world are grown! Next you will cycle though coastal villages where you can see authentic Istrian houses, then simply follow the road along the vineyards back to your hotel in Buje.
Today's cycling is approximately 39km.
DAY 4Buje - Motovun
Today is a combination of culture and history! The first ride will take you to Groznjan - a medieval village, known as "The town of artists". Next you will cycle along quite lanes to Oprtalj - th...Show Moree most beautiful village in Istria. If you like truffle, Livade is the place for you! Croatia's truffle centre - there are multiple shops where you can sample different types of truffle in varied forms. From Livade you will be able to see the Motovun forest where your hotel is located.
Today's cycling is approximately 37km.
DAY 5Motovun - Porec
Today's ride takes you to the coast, along the way you will pass one of the world's most famous observatories on the way to the town of Visnjan. Further along the road is a viewpoint of the west ...Show MoreIstrian coast and Porec, a small village famous for its wine, where you will stay the night. Before reaching Porec make sure to visit the village of Tar and Nova Vas, home to famous mystical caves.
Today's cycling is approximately 38km.
DAY 6Porec - Vrsar - Porec
Your first stop will be the Euphrasiana, a treasure of Porec in a 6th century church. When you've reached Bacva, we recommend having something to eat at the local restaurants to enjoy an authenti...Show Morec dining experience. Afterwards, you will continue cycling to the coastal town of Vsar. Selected areas of its 12th century fortress system have been preserved, whilst the castle is used as a summer residence for the Porec bishop. Past Vsar you there are a few villages waiting to be discovered, before cycling along the coast back to Porec.
Today's cycling is approximately 44km.
DAY 7Porec - Kanfanar - Rovinj
Choose between cycling or taking a car to the village of Kanfanar, located above Lim Valley. On the way to Rovinj see the traditional Istrian houses (also known as "kazun"), the palace in Be...Show Morembo or cycle around Palud, an ornithological reserve. Once you've reached Rovinj the highlight of the day is awaiting. This old town and former island, also known as "Istrian Venice" and the "Pearl of Adriatic" is known for its atmosphere, boats and all round charm! After a day of exploring, your final night will be spent in Rovinj.
Today's cycling is approximately 33km.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
Explore this beautiful and complex country by bicycle and discover numerous hidden gems. Take in the magnificent beauty of this country and cycle through small villages, along lakes and up hills. Immerse yourself in the Croatian culture and have a true mediterranean experience in a country rich in history.
Croatia can be visited from early March or April all the way through to November. The weather can be cooler in the Spring and Autumn which can make for great cycling conditions. The height of summer is particularly hot but is great for lazy days on the bike soaking up everything Croatia has to offer.
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Croatia at your own pace. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.