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From Spring to Spring

From Spring to Spring

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Oprtalj

 

The bike trail From Spring to Spring passes through a hilly area of western Istria uncovering the wealth of its natural beauty, autochthonous Istrian villages and cultural heritage best explored on a bicycle.
The area through which the trail passes is one of the most attractive biking areas in Istria. The river Mirna with its many tributaries, picturesque streams and springs runs through this area. One such spring, walled in and decorated for passengers and holidaymakers, is located in the little village Šterna and is an ideal place for a quick break and resting from the ride. The next point on the route is the small town of Oprtalj, the most attractive stop of this bicycle route, a medieval regional centre known for its many cultural and historic sites. Sightseeing is followed by a pleasant rural path ride and the return to the starting point of the bike trail, the small place town of Zrenj.


What is worth seeing?

  • The loggia and lapidarium in Oprtalj
  • The frescos in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Church of St. Rocco
  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Zrenj

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

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Three Istrian Musketeers

Three Istrian Musketeers

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Oprtalj

The starting point of the bike trail is Oprtalj, a small town that was an important medieval center of western Istria, and nowadays a first-grade tourist attraction thanks to its numerous monuments and sights that keep his glorious past for future generations.
After Oprtalj, Croatia, the first of the Istrian musketeers, you will encounter Završje in Istria, a small village in which time seems to be standing still, and Grožnjan, known as the “city of artists” because of the numerous galleries hidden inside its city walls. These three little towns played an important role in Istria’s history and, because of their massive walls and fortifications that rise on the picturesque hills, they are rightly called Istrian musketeers and the protectors of the original Istrian spirit and way of life. Apart from researching history, culture and art, along the bike trail you can visit the olive gardens and family-owned agricultural tourism estates in which kind hosts offer autochthonous gastronomic specialties.


What is worth visiting?

  • The city loggia and lapidary in Oprtalj
  • The little churches of St. Mary and St. Rocco with old frescos in Oprtalj
  • The olive gardens of the Ipša family from the eponymous village
  • The agricultural tourism estate Dešković and wine cellar Zigante in the village Kostanjica
  • The agricultural tourism estate of the Pincin family in Montiželo
  • The tastery of original Croatian products Loggia in Oprtalj
  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Oprtalj

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

Hand picked suppliers

Great selection of free or
discounted vouchers

Lowest price guaranteed

No cancellation fees on most bookings

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View from the Westernmost Part of Croatia

View from the Westernmost Part of Croatia

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Umag

 

The bike trail starts not far from the famous Savudrija lighthouse, which is also the westernmost part of Croatia and runs through beautiful natural sceneries of western Istria acquainting you with its rich cultural and gastronomic legacy.

A beautiful view from St. Peter’s viewpoint uncovers the multitude of colours of Green Istria on one side and the blue of the Gulf of Piran on the other, with the ancient harbour in Savudrija summoning times gone by and the age when this region was ruled over by the Roman Empire. Western Istria has quality restaurants in which you can find traditional fish and meat specialties combined with local ingredients like truffles and asparagus. The offer of available activities along the bike trail is also diverse and includes golf and horseback riding, which gives you the perfect opportunity to leave the seat of your bike and try something new and interesting. After some fun and recreation, a day filled with interesting activities ends with a pleasant ride back to Savudrija.

 

 

What is worth visiting?

  • The lighthouse in Savudrija - Croatia’s oldest lighthouse and westernmost point
  • The ancient Roman harbour Savudrija
  • St. Peter’s viewpoint near Kanegra
  • The wine cellar Degrassi in Bašanija which belongs to one of the best known Croatian winemakers
  • The tastery of extra-virgin olive oil and Istrian Pavlović prosciutto in Frančeskija
  • The golf course on Crveni Vrh
  • The equestrian centre in Juricanija
  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Gamboc bay

     

     

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

Hand picked suppliers

Great selection of free or
discounted vouchers

Lowest price guaranteed

No cancellation fees on most bookings

No cancellation fees
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Trail of Sunken Ancient Harbours

Trail of Sunken Ancient Harbours

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Umag

 

The bike trail of sunken ancient harbours got its name from the attractive archaeological site that you can take a look at in the area of Katoro, where the remains of a few luxurious villas and seaports dating back to the Roman Empire are located.
This interesting bike route starts in the tourist settlement Katoro, known for its diversity of tourist facilities, and passes along the coastline above concrete, stone and gravel beaches. The trail then takes a turn for the hinterland and enters the colourful surroundings of Istrian villages, stone houses and dry-stone walls, olive gardens, vineyards and fertile fields, in which time stood still a long time ago and refuses to catch up to the rest of the world. After the hinterland, the trail heads back towards the sea and the Umag Riviera and passes through a part of the area with many small coves and natural beaches bathed in clean seawater and sunshine. Umag, Croatia is the central point of the route and an ideal place to stop and go sightseeing, not to mention taking a short break with a refreshing drink on one of the many terraces. After exiting Umag and following the coastline, the trail of sunken ancient harbours heads back to Katoro.

What is worth seeing?

- The sports terrains, shops, restaurants and other facilities of the tourist settlement Katoro
- The medieval walls, gothic and renaissance houses bearing coats of arms in Umag
- The Bishop’s Tower from the 14th century and the parochial church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Remains of ancient harbours and old rustic villas from the Roman Empire period in the area of Katoro

  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Katoro

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

Hand picked suppliers

Great selection of free or
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Lowest price guaranteed

No cancellation fees on most bookings

No cancellation fees
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Istrian Malvasia Bike Trail

Istrian Malvasia Bike Trail

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Brtonigla

The bike trail starts at Brtonigla, the „city of wine“ with numerous taverns, restaurants and wine cellars offering, among other wines, the famous Istrian Malvasia.
After refreshment provided by a glass of wine and a light meal, it's time to take a ride in the Mirna River valley, one of Istria's most beautiful landscapes. Rural paths run through scenic vineyards, centuries-old olive gardens and lead through thick forests and nearby hills along the very river up to the settlement of Karigadora on the western coast of Istria. It is a perfect opportunity to stop and take a quick break, refreshed by the Adriatic Sea before continuing the ride and returning to Brtonigla, where the Istrian Malvasia bike trail ends.

  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Brtonigla, town square

     

     

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

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The Idyll of the Istrian Hinterland

The Idyll of the Istrian Hinterland

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Umag

The bike trail starts in the tourist settlement Katoro and continues towards the heartland introducing you to the idyll of the Istrian Hinterland.
The hinterland of Umag, Croatia has always attracted many guests with its untouched nature and diversity of activities which capture perfectly the authentic experience of Green Istria. Buje in Istria, a small town of rich history idyllically situated on a hilltop located above surrounding valleys and a picturesque landscape permeated with vineyards and olive gardens, is especially attractive. You cannot miss the view from the tall belfry that reaches all the way to the Alps on clear days.
Buje is the right place to get refreshments and some rest before continuing the trail. Within city walls you will find hospitable wine and olive oil makers and the offer in restaurants and taverns conjuring the experience of traditional Istrian cuisine through authentic flavours and aromas of local ingredients and specialties. After Buje, stop in the rural hotel La Parenzana and find out more about the bike trail Parenzana that runs along the route of the eponymous railroad once connecting Poreč and Trieste. On its way back to Katoro, the bike trail passes along the Dragonja River slowly leaving the Istrian hinterland and offers an unforgettable view of the Gulf of Piran and its salt evaporation ponds.


What is worth visiting?

  • The riding school on the equestrian ranch Goli Vrh
  • Buje’s historic old town with a pentagonal tower, church, and belfry 
  • The Ethnographic Museum in Buje with holdings of an old kitchen, oil mill and smithy
  • The exhibition and school of making of stained glass in Gallery Orsola in Buje
  • The rural hotel La Parenzana in Volpija
  • The Casino Hotel Mulino
  • The golf courses on Crveni Vrh
  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Settlement Katoro

     

     

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

Hand picked suppliers

Great selection of free or
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Lowest price guaranteed

No cancellation fees on most bookings

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The Istrian Hills Trail

The Istrian Hills Trail

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Buje

The trail starts in Buje, a small town located high up on a hill and easily recognized for its grandiose tower and belfries that dominate the entire region and offer an extraordinary view all the way to the Alps, especially on clear days.
The area around Buje is known as one of the gastronomic centres of Istria. Numerous wine and olive oil makers of this area teach their skill and knowledge to new generations. The result are wines and olive oils of the highest quality that win awards in international contests and exhibitions on a regular basis and can also be tasted in traditional taverns and cellars in Buje, Croatia and surrounding villages. This is followed by a descent to the Mirna River valley and a light ride along the river, which is the perfect opportunity for mustering energy for the climb toward Grožnjan. Of course, the climb very much pays off because it is really worth it to discover for yourself why Grožnjan was dubbed the “city of artists” and what it is that gives this little town and indescribable charm that perfectly conjures the spirit of Istrian authenticity. After leaving this picturesque location, the trail returns to Buje.


What is worth visiting?
- The sights and monuments of Buje’s historical old town
- The exhibition in Gallery Orsola and the Ethnographic Museum in Buje
- Gallery Tigor in Donje Baredine
- Exhibitions, galleries, and ateliers in Grožnjan, the Istrian „city of artist“

  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Buje, town cente

     

     

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

Hand picked suppliers

Great selection of free or
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Lowest price guaranteed

No cancellation fees on most bookings

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From Galleries to Sculptures

From Galleries to Sculptures

ADDRESS / LOCATION

Grožnjan

The bike trail’s starting point is in Grožnjan, Istrian pictureaque town proudly bearing the name “city of artists” and will thrill art lovers among the bike riders.
Apart from the culture and art present in its narrow stone streets, Grožnjan is also known for its diverse offer and hospitality facilities, in which you can discover the wealth of Istria’s gastronomic world through tasting truffles, wine, grappa, honey and other autochthonous products. After leaving Grožnjan, this bike trail’s route overlaps with the route of the Parenzana in one of its segments, Parenzana being a popular trail bearing the name of the disassembled railroad from the Austro-Hungarian period. This is followed by a ride to Oprtaljthat will capture your attention through different works of art, those created by the hand of nature through playful hills and valleys of Istria’s green heartland. Take the route of galleries to sculptures and get to know Istria’s artistic and natural wealth.


What is worth visiting?

  • The city gallery Fonticus in Grožnjan
  • The forest Kornarija and sculpture park of the sculpture colony in Marušići
  • The abandoned village of Vrnjak
  • The viewpoint Dugo Brdo
  • Detalji
  • Active: All months
  • Day: All days
  • Start point: 

    Grožnjan

  • End point: 

    The trail ends at the starting point.

  • Service provider: IstriaExperience

Why book with IstriaExperience

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Great selection of free or
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