Self guided cycling holiday in Croatia, Istria
Description of Self guided cycling holiday in Croatia, Istria
It would be difficult to find a more idyllic venue for a cycling holiday than the Istrian Peninsula, most of which lies in Croatia. You have sweeping river valleys, framed by forests, gorgeous coastal scenery, picturesque medieval hill towns and rolling vineyards and olive groves.
As well as the views, there is much to enjoy from a cultural standpoint on the Istrian Peninsula. In the village of Livade you are in the ‘truffle centre of the world’, an ideal place to sample the local cuisine; at the Secovlje salts flats you can learn about a 700-year old tradition at an interesting museum; Grožnjan is known as the ‘city of artists’, and in towns such as Porec and Motovun-Montona you have the traces of great civilisations to discover, from a 13th century bell tower to a Roman forum.
This is a self-guided cycling holiday, from Trieste to Porec, starting and finishing with sea views, and ducking into the peninsula’s lush interior. Over five days, you’ll be in the saddle for three of them, riding for between 40 and 60km, so a fairly easygoing pace and no problems for those in decent fitness who cycle fairly regularly.
You will be equipped with a quality hybrid bike (e-bikes are also available for this tour if you want a little extra help), as well as helmets, though feel free to bring your own. As it’s a self-guided itinerary, you will naturally be provided with excellent maps, route notes and of course, 24-hour support. Luggage is transferred between 3* hotels for you, so that you need carry only a daypack.
Throughout, you will be following the Parenzana, a former narrow-gauge railway line that has now become a true highlight of cycling holidays in Croatia, taking you over bridges and viaducts, through tunnels and linking some of the Istrian Peninsula’s most beautiful scenery and interesting towns.
1 Reviews of Self guided cycling holiday in Croatia, Istria
Reviewed on 09 Sep 2023 by Katherine Harman
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
my ride on the island Hvar. I had completed the first climb, and spoke to a woman selling lavender products at the summit. She convinced me to take a different route to Hvar town through Milna. I descended through olive orchards and lavender plants that scented the air as I passed through. At Milna I took an unlikely route to the restaurant she recommended, and also did was she suggested, have a swim first. It was GLORIOUS, I hope I never forget it. The lunch afterwards fuelled my return climb and, running short of time, I took the final descent quickly and was thrilled to arrive in time for the return ferry.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Make sure you have euro cash with you! lots of businesses take cash only
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
riding instead of taxi or bus is good. location of accommodations made it possible to get to the ferries by foot/bike
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
highly. However, I do have feedback for MeridienTen tours to improve the experience.
PlanetTourism is the world's fastest growing industry. Traveling to far flung places gives us a wonderful opportunity to experience cultures that are so different from our own. But with the wondrous joy of travel comes the responsibility of ensuring that we do not adversely affect those countries that we visit. In a nutshell, Responsible Travel is about ensuring that you, as travelers, and we, as a promoter of travel:
-respect the local culture
-do not inadvertently introduce new social ills and
-promote & practice environmental responsibility in the places that we visit.
That way, you enjoy a unique and memorable experience as well as authentic cross-cultural exchange and our local resources, cultures and customs are protected.
Our environmental policy:
We recycle all our waste paper.
Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.
We use established, locally-owned and run accommodation wherever possible and aim to leave sites in better condition than we find them.
Our vehicle fleet is managed to minimise environmental impact.
Our group sizes are small, helping minimise cultural and environmental impact.
We monitor our impact, and where necessary alter our programmes accordingly.
We always abide by site-specific guidelines pertaining to flora and fauna.
We are always encouraging bike tours such as Parenzana railway for a more responsible way to get known with region of Istria.
On our cycling tour across Istria we are trying to introduce customers to the beautiful coastline and countryside of Istrian region passing through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. In the small town Livade our cyclists can see how truffle hunting families prepare their dogs for hunting or try truffle dishes. In Slovenia our tour is passing next Secovlje and Strunjan two only saltworks on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea where salt is still produced in a traditional way. In accommodation in hilltop town of Motovun, hotel Kaštel is biking friendly and offer nice wellnes.
PeopleWe support the local economy and small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services. On this self guided tour our intension was to make a trip which will combine the beautiful countryside of Istrian region and local cuisine. We plan the tour on small and hidden roads over the most beautiful landscape of the Istrian peninsula which pass next to vineyards and local farms.
Our accommodation is mostly provided in small hotels, guest houses or apartments. On all of our tours we use local producers and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. On cycling through Istria we take lunch breaks at small local restaurants, so called "konoba", where the Istrian families prepare local food such as "maneštra" or "pljukanci" and serving wine from local wineyards.
Our tour "Exploring Parenzana on two wheels" is encouraging the development of the project on “Parenzana – the Route of Health and Friendship”.The main objectives of the project were the revitalization of the former Parenzana railroad, integrated tourist offer and long-term cross-border cooperation between Italy, SLovenia and Croatia.
In the town of Grožnjan or Motovun our customers can buy products and souvenirs in many small galleries which represent the region of Istria such as "kažun". Kažun is a small field shelter, built in drystone technique, without any mortar. In town of Porec our clients have a oportunity to visit Eufrasius Basilicum which is UNESCO protected heritage.
On Parenzana railway there are several museums which are demonstrating how was life in Istrian region when railway was working and the influnce of it in local population.