Mediterranean climate, turquoise blue sea and a moving history – this is Istria. Not for nothing did the Ottomans, the Habsburgs and the Venetians want to rule this beautiful part of the world: Istria has a lot to offer! The hinterland of Ucka Nationalpark is characterized by picturesque mountain villages, thick war walls, vineyards and olive groves. The Parenzana bicycle trail takes us to this secluded gem. Picturesque cities like Rovinj or Labin surprise with magnificent villas and cathedrals. The Brijuni National Park, Tito's former private residency , and the Limski Fjord are definitely worth a stopover. We indulge in culinary delights such as seafood from the Kvarner bay, truffles and hearty countryside sausages. All this will be accompanied with delicious regional wine. The variety and beauty of the bike routes make this tour very appealing and inviting – get enchanted!
|Start/Finish:||Opatija / Opatija|
|Route:||safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and streets|
|Accommodations:||charming and carefully selected hotels|
|Highlights:||Parenzana bicycle track, Livade, Limski canal, Rovinj, Brijuni national park, sculpture park dubrova|
|Minimum number of participants:||6
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Opatija
Please arrive at the hotel before 4pm for our welcome get-together.
|DAY 2:||Opatija - Buzet
We will leave the blue coast of Kvarner Bay and cycle west to the Ucka National Park. High above the Mirna Valley, we will reach Buzet. The patrician houses of this little town are built snug and close next to each other. They are nestled within the Cicarija mountain massif. The abundant tree stock served as a foundation for entire Venice.
[distance: 56 km, uphill: 1420 m; 35 miles, uphill: 4659 ft]
|DAY 3:||Buzet - Poreč
We will follow the river Mirna and reach the Motovun truffle forest. We turn into the Parenzana bicycle path, which was originally a narrow-gauge railway. This opened up easier access to the mountain villages of the surrounding countryside. Porec, which is entirely built of white limestone, welcomes us. The local Euphrasian Basilica is world heritage.
[distance: 55 km, uphill: 540 m; 34 miles, uphill: 1772 ft]
|DAY 4:||Poreč - Rovinj
A 35 km long cycle path will lead us along the Limski-Fjord. We will explore the Romuald cave and the impressive viewing platform. Our destination is Rovinj, a little town built on a circular island formation right within the Adriatic.
[distance: 63 km, uphill: 700 m; 39 miles, uphill: 2297 ft]
|DAY 5:||Rovinj - Pula
We will head south along the coastline. The Brijuni National Park with its 34 islands awaits us. There Robert Koch discovered the Anopheles mosquito as a causative agent of malaria. Not long ago the archipelago was closed to the public, as it forms part of Tito's residence. Pula (Italian Pola), the ancient heart of Istria, has its very own unique charm. The local amphitheater is comparable to the Coliseum. Pula is built on seven hills
[distance: 34 km, uphill: 200 m; 21 miles, uphill: 656 ft]
|DAY 6:||Pula - Labin
We will leave Pula to the east and cycle along the secluded and beautiful beaches to Labin. The palaces still reveals the long-past wealth of this city. Enjoy sweet ravioli with nuts, wolf's bass with truffle sauce and an incomparable view of the Kvarner bay - Life is good.
[distance: 66 km, uphill: 1130 m; 41 miles, uphill: 3707 ft]
|DAY 7:||Labin - Opatija
We will leave Labin towards the north, heading for Ucka National Park before circling back towards the coast and Opatija. Up until now this journey was filled with physical exercise and tranquility, excellent food and friendly people. We will spend the last evening together in Opatija, the seaside resort on the Kvarner Bay, the "Grand Dame".
[distance: 70 km, uphill: 1530 m; 44 miles, uphill: 5020 ft]
|DAY 8:||Departure from Opatija
We will be happy to take you to the nearest train station or airport. We wish you a pleasant journey home.
|10.06. - 17.06.2020|
We all arrived safe and sound back in Opatija!!! Proud we can talk about steep mountains, rough roads, heartfilling views, mouthwatering dishes and wellearned ...