Touring Istria, the Adriatic peninsula

Croatia by bike, a sunny tour along the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic

Highlights

Poreč and its Euphrasian basilica
The seaside resort of Umag
A rich cultural and historical heritage from the Roman Empire
The charming villages of the Istrian hinterland
Pula, its beaches and remarkable sites
Rovinj and its small port

Cycling the Istrian peninsula in Croatia

Discover Istria by bike, Croatia's hidden gem, where history, nature and culture meet to create a unique experience. This enchanting peninsula, bathed by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, welcomes you with picturesque towns such as Pula, Rovinj and Poreč. This enchanting destination offers bike travelers a memorable experience, combining relaxation, outdoor adventures and cultural discoveries.

Welcome to Croatia, at the start of a week’s cycling tour. The 6 stages on offer allow you to cycle around the Istrian peninsula. In the saddle, enjoy a route focused on the sea and the beaches that dot Croatia’s indented coastline. The coast is beautiful and the waters of the Adriatic Sea are warm and turquoise. During your touring days, enjoy charming stops at the beach, where you can combine the joys of cycling with those of relaxing in the sun, napping on the warm sand and swimming.

Cycle along the small, undulating roads of the Istrian peninsula. They wind their way between the many Roman remains that bear witness to the region’s rich trade and commerce in the early years of our era. Built in the 1st century under the reign of Augustus, Pula’s amphitheater is admirably well preserved. Another treasure, the Euphrasian basilica in Poreč, is emblematic of Istria. Built in the Byzantine style, the basilica has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The town of Rovinj invites you to stroll through its Venetian-influenced cobbled streets.

During your cycling adventure, discover Istria’s generous and gourmet cuisine, featuring truffles, olive oil and the delights of the sea. Savor these gustatory delights in konobas, traditional Croatian inns, while sampling award-winning local wines.

In a welcoming atmosphere, cycle to a destination where history and modernity blend harmoniously. The Istrian peninsula is a jewel of Europe and the Adriatic for cycling enthusiasts.

Carte séjour Le tour de l'Istrie, la péninsule de l'Adriatique
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

POREČ

Start your stay in Poreč. This picturesque port town is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, well-preserved architecture and beautiful beaches. Don’t miss the Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its magnificent mosaics.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From POREČ to BUJE 72km 724m Niveau Forme

Today, follow the coastline past magnificent bays offering breathtaking panoramic views, through lush vineyards and olive groves. After a few kilometers, you reach the small village of Višnjan, home to one of the world’s largest astronomical observatories. Then, passing through the Mirna river delta and Novigrad, you reach Umag, a seaside town with a rich historical heritage. Your itinerary continues towards Savudrija, Istria’s most northerly point, marking the end of your day in the Buje region.

Day 3

From BUJE to BUZET 54km 845m Niveau Forme

On the way to Buzet, you pass through Grožnjan, a typical medieval Istrian town perched on a hilltop along the right bank of the Mirna River. It boasts century-old walls, a Renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the superb Baroque church of St. Vitus and Modesto. Take time to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city, where almost every street leads to an art studio or gallery, and every window echoes to the sound of different musical genres, from classical to jazz. It’s easy to see why Grožnjan is nicknamed “the city of artists”. Your route continues to Šterna, situated on a plateau intersected by waterways, and on to Oprtalj, where you discover magnificent Venetian palaces and covered passageways. The town also offers a unique view of the Istrian peninsula. Your day ends in Buzet, nicknamed the town of truffles because of the surrounding forests rich in this precious mushroom.

Day 4

From BUZET to LABIN 67km 1204m Niveau Forme

A sporty climb takes you to Prodani, and then your path leads you to one of Istria’s most attractive and picturesque medieval towns, Draguć. Only a century ago, this town was a silkworm farm. Today, it is almost completely deserted. However, its memorable natural position and the exceptional beauty of its stone architecture, modest palaces, ramparts and old houses make Draguć a striking medieval town. Numerous domestic and foreign films and series have been shot here, including “The 3 Musketeers”. You then reach Pazin, renowned as the commercial, cultural and educational center of all central Istria. Its spectacular position above an abyssal karst cave is unique, as is its medieval castle overlooking a 130-meter-deep chasm. From Pazin, you pass through Gračišće, an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland giving the impression of being lost in a remote corner of Venice. The route continues through Kršan, a former feudal estate, before reaching Labin.

Day 5

From LABIN to PULA 53km 560m Niveau Forme

This day takes you first to Raša, Istria’s first modern mining town. Your route then takes you through picturesque villages in the Istrian hinterland, before reaching Pula. This enchanting city, Istria’s largest, is full of remarkable Roman sites and remains to discover.

Day 6

From PULA to ROVINJ 61km 591m Niveau Forme

Your route takes you along the coast towards Rovinj. You explore the mysterious world of the Bale region, which boasts the glorious Soardo-Bembo castle dating from the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Bale emerged from the ancient Roman castrum (military fortification) along the Via Flava, the ancient Roman road linking Trieste to Pula. You then pass through Svetvinčenat, with its imposing Morosini-Grimani citadel, towers, parish church and municipal loggia. Savičenta represents one of the finest Venetian creations of this period in the region. The end of your itinerary takes you to Rovinj.

Day 7

From ROVINJ to POREČ 60km 787m Niveau Forme

On this bike jouney, you discover a marsh, rare birds, a cursed town, buried pirate treasure, a creek, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, and an ancient solar observatory. Your route takes you through Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of Dvigrad. You’re now in a region steeped in legends and mysteries, all based on historical events: the city of Dvigrad ravaged by plague due to an ancient curse, the hidden treasure of Captain Morgan’s pirates near the village that bears his name (Mrgani), and the legend of the cave where traces of primitive man were discovered. Let your imagination run wild! Following the coastline, you arrive in Vrsar, a romantic fishing village where the famous Casanova stayed on several occasions, and then on to Poreč.

Day 8

POREČ

End of your stay in Croatia after breakfast.

Have a safe trip back!

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1060€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1320€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Application fee
  • City taxes
  • The trip itineraries available on the following supports:
    • The APP with GPS navigation for your mobile phone
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting in english with our local team at the beginning of the trip to do a bikefitting and receive your travel documents.
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Personnal expenses

    A “homemade” tour by a local partner specializing in Croatia:
    • Routes chosen with the Abicyclette team for their tourist & cycling interests, fully marked and removed from trafic
    • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
    • A great flexibility of organization that adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

    Assistance close at hand :
    • Luggage transfer service
    • Local telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Telephone assistance 7 days a week from 8:30am to 8pm from the ABICYCLETTE VOYAGES team

    Simple route tracking:
    • A printed and digital roadbook in English with all the useful addresses, tourist information, maps and a description of the route.
    • A mobile application with day-by-day route tracking

    And also:
    • Comfortable bike rentals, ideal for this itinerary along the Adriatic coast.
    • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Touring Bike

    • Aluminum frame
    • Triple chainring and 9-speed cassette
    • 28-inch wheels
    • Mudguards
    • Integrated luggage rack
    • Dynamo-powered lights.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 odometer
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 bag containing a spare inner tube and a tire lever
    • 1 hand pump
    • 1 lock

    Sport E-bike

    • Aluminium frame.
    • Motor Giant SyncDrive Core or equivalent.
    • Battery 500 Wh (autonomy from 55 to 155km).
    • Gears Shimano Alivio 9 vitesses.
    • Suspension  fork 63mm.
    • 28 inches wheels.
    • Tires Giant Crosscut gravel 700×45 or equivalent.
    • Hydraulics discs brakes Tektro.
    • Mudgards.
    • Rear rack.
    • Dynamo-powered lights.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 odometer
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 pannier containing a spare inner tube and a tire lever
    • 1 hand pump
    • 1 lock

    Gravel bike

    • Giant or equivalent.
    • Aluminium frame.
    • 38c tubeless tyres.
    • Gears: 2×11 Shimano GRX
    • Hydraulic disk brakes
    • Flat pedals.  With supplement : toe cages and clipless pedals (Shimano SPD, Shimano SL, Look KEO)

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 odometer
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 bag containing a spare inner tube and a tyre lever
    • 1 hand pump
    • 1 lock

    Road Bike

    • Wilier GTR Team Endurance 105 or equivalent.
    • Carbon frame.
    • Gear Shimano 105 2×11 speed.

     

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 odometer
    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 bag containing a spare inner tube and a tire lever
    • 1 hand pump
    • 1 lock

    Getting here

    Departure city : POREČ

    Coming by car

    • at 15h from PARIS
    • at 16h from AMSTERDAM
    • at 6h from MILAN

    Coming by plane

    • Pula airport
    • Aéroport de Rijeka
    • Trieste airport

    Arrival city : POREČ

    Coming by car

    • at 15h from PARIS
    • at 16h from AMSTERDAM
    • at 6h from MILAN

    Coming by plane

    • Pula airport
    • Aéroport de Rijeka
    • Trieste airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • Hybrid Bike or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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