Arrive in Porec/Vrsar and check-in to your hotel, where you will stay for three nights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
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.