Protruding out into the Adriatic Sea opposite Venice, the Istrian Peninsula is a fantastic place to enjoy a cycling holiday. The undulating coastline is dotted with idyllic little ports and villages, some of which date back to medieval times. This wonderful cycle tour also leads you inland through green valleys and forests to charming, unspoilt villages.
Cycle on quiet lanes and tracks beside rivers, over bridges and viaducts enjoying wonderful natural scenery on each day’s ride. Some days there are small sections of the route which are on busier roads – refer to itinerary. You can decide to cycle these or consider a transfer. Traces of the ancient Roman Empire abound on the peninsula making for interesting stops along the way and each night you will stay in pleasant and picturesque towns and villages. Enjoy the rich flavours of the local food and wine and a warm welcome from friendly locals as you cycle through this pleasant and scenic land.
Starting from Porec you head north along the beautiful coastline before heading inland to the picturesque hilltop towns of Buje and Buzet. The terrain is undulating and you invariably have a short climb to each medieval village but the resulting views more than compensate for this. On the eastern coast you stay in picturesque hilltop town of Labin, above the bustling port of Rabac, before heading west across the peninsula to Pula, the peninsula’s largest town since Roman times. Rovinj, a charming walled town a little further up the coast, is bound to be another memorable highlight of his enjoyable cycling holiday.
This route requires a moderate degree of fitness and is most suited to regular cyclists who don’t mind a few moderate climbs.