Start: Fazana Finish: Porec
Arrive in Fazana and check-in at your accommodation. Take some time to relax and explore this nice village.
If you arrive early you can take the boat over to the Island of Brijuni a national park
You can start your day with a short easy warm up ride in Pula. Cycle around the warrens of marbled alleys and the beautifully preserved amphitheatre from 27 BC.
After the ride get on the boat to the Brijuni National Park, that long time ago used to be Tito’s private island archipelago. Explore the Roman villas and the Byzantine villages, admire the herds of deer, pine-fringed bays and the Tito’s personal zoo.
Challenge: 3/4 hours, 18 - 32 km / 11 - 20 mi, 100/285m ascent, 100/270m descent
Today you cycle inland to Vodnjan, the Istrian ancient capital where you will find a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. After lunch you pedal along the coast, passing remains of Roman baths on the shore until you reach the village of Fazana.
Challenge: 2/4 hours, 19 - 38 km / 12 - 23,5 mi, 150/215m ascent, 160/220m descent
Heading north you reach the charming and bustling port town of Rovijn. First a gentle ascent takes you to the small town of Bale, also known as the Roman stronghold of Castrum Vallis, built by the Romans to help defend the saltpans and the roads that connect to and from Pula and Porec.
If you have booked it in advance (on Day 1), you can do the optional guided city tour of Rovinj.
Challenge: 3/3.5 hours, 39 km / 24 mi, 250m ascent,260m descent
Ride inland to the impressive wooded valley of the Lim Fjord. Freewheel down to the bottom and ascend a 2 km / 1 mi hill to the panoramic viewpoint on the other side. Continue the ride inland through gently ascending terrain till the final stretch with 2 short step climbs (well worth the effort) take you up to the fortified hill town of Motovun from where you can admire the wonderful views over vineyards and truffle filled forests.
Challenge: 1.5 hours, 35-57 km / 22 - 35,5 mi, 2515 / 795m ascent, 535 / 655 m descent
A steep descent takes you to the Parenzana a dismantled old railway turned into a gravel cycle path that gently winds its way through the fields towards Porec, an ancient port town located in the small peninsula of San Nicholas. Here do not miss its magnificent historical palaces, the “House of the two Saints” and the popular UNESCO Heritage Basilica of Euphrasian.
Challenge: 37 km / 23 mi, 180m ascent, 445m descent
Cycle along the shore as you head towards the fertile plateau of Tar and pass by the Larun olive plantations, said to produce Europe’s best olive oil. Loop back inland to visit the giant limestone Cave of Jama Baredine. Return to Porec and enjoy your last Istrian evening enjoying a glass of home-made brandy in the terrace of the hotel overlooking the sea.
Challenge: 2.5 hours, 32 km, 260m ascent, 260m descent
Our services end after breakfast!
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Villetta Phasiana is located in Fasana, close to the Brijuni Islands National Park. The hotel offers various services, including a bar, a private garden, a wellness center and a ferry to the surrounding islands. Rooms are furnished in rustic Italian style and are small, soundproofed and equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safe and some have a wonderful view of the village or the sea. Breakfast is very good and plentiful, the staff kind and helpful.
Villa Tuttorotto, with its small number of exquisite rooms will proudly share this tradition with you. Each room has a breathtaking view of the sea and of the lush pine woods
Located at the very top of a 277 meter-high hill where the medieval town of Motovun stands. Palace Pollesini, where Hotel Kaštel is located, was carefully furnished and adjusted to the needs of our guests.
Hotel Flores is in Poreč, 400m from the historic center and a few steps from the beach. The structure has an outdoor and indoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa, massage service, some leisure areas. Rooms are modern in style and are spacious. They include a TV, a seating area, a desk, a minibar and a private bathroom. Breakfast buffet is good and varied.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.
The best airports to fly into are Pula (PUY) in Istria and Trieste (TRS) in Italy, but you can also fly from either Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE).
Both Pula and Trieste are connected to Fazana and Poreč by bus.
If you are flying into Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE), you first need to get to Trieste by train.
Check bus timetables on www.buscroatia.com
Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com
City bike 28'' Alloy Torpado
The bike rental includes: 1 rear bag, 1 repair kit per room, odometer, 1 padlock, bottle holder and lights. Helmets under request
GPS tracks are available on request.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm (CET)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm (CET)