Explore the beauty of Istria on this epic self guided cycling holiday. Your ride takes you into the heart of mythology and mystery. From sleepy abandoned villages, to towns under a temptress’ spell, there’s no shortage of intrigue. Hear the legend of Captain Morgan’s buried treasures and enjoy lunch by the Adriatic as Casanova did during his adventures and escapades. You will ride through forests that stir the senses and onto sweeping valleys and hills. Enjoy a glass of wine, Istria’s most famous produce and immerse yourself in the beauty of this Croatian peninsular.
Upon your arrival into Pula airport, we will take you to Porec where you will stay for the evening. We will provide you with a briefing for the week ahead and get you fitted for your bike.
DAY 2Porec - Buje
Your first ride will be from Porec. Explore this majestic area of grand palaces and historic buildings. Next cycle along the coast on the way to Visnjan, passing through traditional Mediterranean...Show More landscapes filled with the fresh scents of olive groves and vineyards. You can stop off and visit one of the world's best observatories en route to Umag. This beautiful old town is your gateway to Buje, your overnight stay.
Today's cycling is approximately 78km.
DAY 3Buje - Buzet
The first part of your ride will take you to Groznjan, cloaked by its vaulted walls. After a morning's ride through this medieval village, you will soon know why it is named "The town of artists"...Show More. Explore the renaissance summer house, baroque church and countless art galleries. You then continue on to Sterna and then Oprtal, full of untouched medieval features. It is best known for its view of the peninsula and is considered one of the most beautiful in Istria. Your ride will end today in Buzet, the "City of truffles", named as such as it surrounded by forest full of them.
Today's cycling is approximately 51km.
DAY 4Buzet - Labin
Fill up at breakfast as you'll need the energy for the morning's steep climb to Prodani. From there, you ride to a once thriving town called Draguc which now lies abandoned. Its total isolation o...Show Moreffers tranquility amongst the modest stone buildings and 19th century architecture. You will then head to Gracisce, passing through Pazin, dating back to 938. The entrance to Gracisce is worth a look - a Salomon Mansion combining gothic and renaissance features. You finish the day in Rabac, the "pearl of the Kvarner bay".
Today's cycling is approximately 66km.
DAY 5Labin - Pula
After starting the day riding through Rasa, a modern riding town, the next stop off point will be "Liburna" a nature reserve, followed by the historic town of Pula. Located on top of seven hills ...Show Morewith its own amphitheater, it's named after an enchantress which legend has it has been casting spells over Istria's biggest town for hundreds of years. Visit the old city and see Sergius' Triumphal Arch before spending the night in Pula.
Today's cycling is approximately 53km.
DAY 6Pula - Rovinj
You will start the day with a cycle along the coast towards Rovinj and then onto the Bale region. Known for it's Soardo-Bembo castle and parish church, Bale was created by the Roman military. Cyc...Show Morele to Svetvincenta, visit its fort and see the beauty of the Venetian buildings before finishing the day in Rovinj.
Today's cycling is approximately 56km.
DAY 7Rovinj - Porec
For your final day, you will be treated to a myriad of sights. From hidden pirate treasures to caves and wild nature, today is one of the best days for riding in Istria. The first part of the rid...Show Moree will take you to Dvigrad, (another) medieval town. Dvigrad was decimated by Europe's plague and so offers a unique insight into one of the darkest periods of civilisation. The area is shrouded in mystery and legend. It is said that Captain Morgan's pirate treasure was hidden nearby and that the remains of a primitive man were found in a cave close by. Your final ride of the week will be to the quiet village of Vrsar where Casanova spent time during his adventures.
Today's cycling is approximately 60km.
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.