Cycling Holiday in Istria
From Trieste to Pula
Trieste – Poreč – Pula
- Saltworks of Sečolvje, Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, amphitheatre in Pula
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- Insider tip!
km / day avg.
This cycling holiday in Istria begins in the most north-easterly corner of Italy on the Adriatic coast. In one week you will be exploring the western coast of this peninsula. After a short stay in Slovenia, you will cycle from Trieste to Pula. Along the way you will pedal past expansive beaches and many well-known bathing areas. You will also get to know the rather isolated hinterland of Istria. The harbour towns originated as Roman settlements and are rich in unique, century-old architectural monuments. Karst hills and vineyards shape the contrasting landscape of Istria. The Mediterranean lifestyle with delicious food, wonderful wines and the time to enjoy it make this cycle tour complete – and is one of our insider's tips.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
Trieste / Pula
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 235 – 305 km
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between 20 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Trieste
Trieste awaits you with significant sights and wonderful hospitality. Because of its location where numerous trade and cultural routes cross, a number of different influences can be seen in this harbour town. Roman architecture adjacent to Austrian-Imperial buildings create a special flair. Your booked rental bikes are waiting for you in the hotel.
Day 2: Trieste – Piran / Portoroz, approx. 35 or 65 km
Shortly after Trieste, you reach the country’s border and cycle through well-known seaside places such as Koper and Izola along the Slovenian Riviera. We particularly recommend the slightly longer route through the hinterland. It takes you through the Val Rosandra, a very popular destination for mountain climbers and history lovers. Today’s destination is idyllically located on a headland.
Day 3: Piran – Umag / Novigrad, approx. 35 / 60 km
Shortly after starting today's route you reach the saltworks of Sečolvje. In the summer, salt is mined here according to the old traditional methods. Next, you leave Slovenia again and cycle through the slightly hilly countryside of the Croatian part of Istria. Your destination, the small harbour town of Umag, was built upon the remains of a Roman settlement, which can still be seen in the centre of the town. If you stay in Novigrad, you cycle further along the Croatian Mediterranean coast.
Day 4: Umag – Poreč, approx. 40 / 20 km
Following the line of the coast, today's section first takes you to Novigrad. The town stands on the remains of an antique settlement at the mouth of the Mirna to the Adriatic Sea. The historic centre is on an island, which did not used to be connected to the main land and is surrounded by a city wall from the 13th century. In Porec, you should definitely visit the Euphrasian Basilica with its rich mosaics.
Day 5: Round trip from Poreč, approx. 35 km or day off
You've got a whole range of trips to select from today. If you feel like exploring Istria's hinterland, then hop on to your bike. By boat, you can sail off to the Brijuni islands national park. This group of islands is known for its rural beauty. On another boat trip you can visit the fjord-like Limski channel. Or you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach...
Day 6: Poreč – Rovinj, approx. 55 km
Today you'll be cycling along the longest section of the route. After the Limski Channel you arrive in Rovinj. The former fishing village is built on a hill that extends into the sea and is surrounded to the west and south-west by the Adriatic Sea. The bell tower of the Baroque Euphemia Church can be seen from all directions. Make sure you don't miss going to Golden Cap, Zlatnirt.
Day 7: Rovinj – Pula, approx. 55 km
To complete your tour, today you will be cycling to the south-west tip of the Istrian peninsula. You'll have birdsong in your ears as you cycle through Park Palud. Your destination, Pula, the largest town in Istria, looks back on a 7000-year history. Walk through the historic quarter and discover the many Roman monuments. The town's landmark is its amphitheatre, built by Kaiser Augustus.
Day 8: Individual Departure or extension of stay
Your cycling holiday in Istria ends after breakfast. If you would like to spend a few more days in the sun, we would be happy to extend your stay on this green coast.