An enjoyable and scenic cycling holiday north to south along the Istrian coast from Muggia/Trieste to Pula. Along the way you’ll visit spectacular medieval coastal towns such as Piran in Slovenia, as well as Umag, Poreč and Rovinj in Croatia. Leisurely cycling with a pleasant mix of natural beauty and old world charm.
The Istrian coastline is one of the most picturesque in the Mediterranean and its many charming medieval ports attest to the fact that man has been drawn to the region for hundreds of years. A pleasant climate, fertile land and an abundance of natural harbours giving easy access to the rich waters of the Adriatic are a winning combination that has always made this area attractive to mankind.
On this holiday daily rides through gently undulating, rural scenery are interspersed with visits to picturesque towns that have stood for centuries. Wander the writhing, narrow alleyways of these beguiling little places and discover tiny piazzas amongst the ancient, tightly-packed stone houses. Ride along the bustling quaysides marvelling at the timeless perfection of the medieval skyline while fishermen sell their catch to local traders.
Stop for a swim in the clear blue Adriatic if you like, there’s plenty of time – this is a leisurely cycling holiday after all – and the daily rides shouldn’t take all day.
Midweek you’ll spend two nights in the town of Poreč offering you the opportunity to take a day off from cycling if you wish. Each evening you’ll have another beautiful old town to explore on foot. The narrow winding alleyways of these atmospheric places reveal an abundance of cosy restaurants, friendly street cafes and convivial bars.
This is a leisurely route and should suite anyone with a fair to good fitness level. There are some climbs to contend with but nothing too taxing. We recommend opting for an electric bike if you are in anyway concerned that you might not be fit enough. The route is about 10% cycling paths, 60% countryside roads and gravel roads, 20% regular roads and about 10% busy roads (the latter usually encountered when arriving in or leaving the bigger towns).