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Trip Highlights
  • The natural landscape of Istria from beautiful rivers to sweeping valleys and hills
  • Beautiful, preserved medieval villages such as Oprtalj and Rovinj, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’
  • Picturesque olive groves and vineyards
  • Become immersed in the peninsula’s rich history and culture
7 nights from£595.00
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Medieval Towns of Istria Cycling Holiday

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What we love About Medieval Towns of Istria Cycling Holiday

We love...The Views
The Istria Peninsula is home to outstanding natural scenery. The expansive olive groves and vineyards are a delight to ride through before following rivers and hills into the next quaint Croatian village.
We love...Medieval Architecture
The traditional architecture of Istria is unique due to the area's rich cultural history. You will visit 12th century fortresses and authentic Croatian houses in the country's quaint coastal villages.
We love...Istria Wine
The area offers various opportunities to try the local wine with the small village of Porec a particularly popular place to do this. You will also be spoilt for choice for food with a magnitude of relaxing spots to stop and eat along your trip.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive in Porec/Vrsar and check-in to your hotel, where you will stay for three nights.

Day 2Buje to Umag to Buje
Total distance47km

After breakfast you will ride out to a 19th century lighthouse, on the most northerly point of the peninsula. Cycle and explore the town of Umag, originally founded as a summer residence for Roman nobleman. The town is small but preserved whilst the churches and rolling olive fields create a truly Mediterranean atmosphere.

Day 3Buje to Brtonigla to Novigrad to Buje
Total distance39km

Today’s ride will take you to churches and monasteries dating back to the 15th century, located in Brtonigla. You will visit endless vineyards and olive fields, crossing them to reach Novigrad, where some of the best olives in the world are grown. Next you will cycle though coastal villages where you can experience authentic Istrian houses, then follow the road along the vineyards back to your hotel in Buje.

Day 4Buje to Motovun
Total distance37km

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, the most beautiful village in Istria before reaching Livade, Croatia’s truffle centre, where you can sample huge varieities of truffle. From Livade you will be able to see the Motovun forest where your hotel is located.

Day 5Motovun to Porec
Total distance38km

Today’s ride takes you to the coast. Along the way you will pass one of the world’s most famous observatories as you cycle to Visnjan. Further along the road is a viewpoint of the west Istrian 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.

Day 6Porec to Vrsar to Porec
Total distance44km

Your first stop will be the Euphrasian Basilica, an ornate 6th century church and a treasure of Porec. This morning you will pass through Bcava before riding on to 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. There are more medieval villages waiting to be discovered, before cycling along the coast back to Porec.

Day 7Porec to Kanfanar to Rovinj
Total distance33km

Today’s ride takes you to Kanfanar, located above Lim Valley before riding to Rovinj. On the way to Rovinj you will see traditional Istrian houses (also known as “kazun”), the palace in Bembo and you will cycle around Palud, an ornithological reserve. Your day finishes Rovinj, known as “Istrian Venice” and the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Lauded for its atmosphere and charm, this is one of the most beautiful spots on the Adriatic coast.

Day 8Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.

Key Stats

8day holiday
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40km avg
Expect to ride an average of 40km per day

How's the Weather? in Istria

The SpringMarch to May
Istria generally has a mild climate so Spring is a very pleasant time to ride, especially as you move through April into May. Temperatures are not sweltering and the summer crowds have not descended.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is hot and you're likely to experience good weather with warm temperatures. July & August are exceptionally warm and you are likely to want to ride early and stay out of the midday sun.
The AutumnSeptember to November
September is a great time to visit Croatia as temperatures drop from the stifling summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn. November has the most rainfall so plan your trip to be home before then.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in the Istria Peninsula as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

Area InformationFor Istria

The heart shaped peninsular is home to olive groves, rolling hills peppered with vineyards and beautiful fertile plains. Experience Istria’s hilltop villages and authentic charm by bike and explore some of the most stunning countryside in Europe.

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