Trieste - Pula
The Sunny Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea.
Fair Weather Cyclist
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Trieste
Individual arrival at the first hotel in Trieste.
After a few kilometres you say Good-bye to Italy. In Slovenia you cycle mostly on cycling paths through famous bathing resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’Istria) to Piran (Pirano) or Portorož (Portorose), a spa town on the Slovenian Riviera.
The longer version leads through „Val Rosandra“ in the back country.
You pass the salt gardens of Sečovlje, where they produce sea salt on huge areas through natural evaporation, and you cycle over the border to Croatia. You cycle through the Croatian part of Istria, the biggest peninsula of the Adria, slightly hilly to Umag, which historic centre was built on the relics of a Roman colony. Umag is well-known also for the ATP tournament – „Croatia Open“, held every year. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in the evening through the medieval town with its narrow alleys and the beautiful city tower.
From Umag you cycle – slightly hilly – to Novigrad or Cittanova. This medieval town surrounded by a battlement wall is seated on the water mouth of Mirna. Then you cycle to Poreč, the most important coastal city on Istria’s west coast. We suggest visiting the Euphrasian Basilica, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
You have the choice: either you visit by boat the Brijuni-islands or the Limski-channel, or you enjoy your day off by the sea or visit the country land of Porec.
The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as summer residence. Today the islands are National Park and only Veli Brijun can be visited by the public.
Going by boat to the fjord-alike Limski-channel you might be lucky and see some dolphins. The Limski-channel is National Park nature reserve and on the coast you find mussels and oyster farming.
Have a last view over the picturesque seaport on Istria’s west coast before you leave to Rovinj. Rovinji is surrounded in the west and the south west by the Adriatic Sea. Afar the high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj, greats you. Go ahead, if you would like to cycle to Zlatnirt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsu-la, where you find a park in a nature reserve.
The last day on your „expedition“ in Istria leads you to Pula on Istria’s south west point. Pula is the oldest town of Istria and its commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various ancient sights and the mighty Roman amphitheatre in the centre of Pula.
Departure or extension
The bicycle route through Istria runs slightly hilly. The tour can be combined quite well with the tours ‘Dolomites – Triest’ and ‘Villach – Grado – Trieste’.
Category: 3*** hotels, partly 4**** hotels
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Best elaborated route
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Service hotline
- GPS-tracks available
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Triest train station
- Triest airport or Pula airport
- Public car park, rate on request
- Return transfer every Wednesday and Saturday by minibus from Pula to Trieste for € 69 per person (incl. bike) – reservation necessary, advance payment.
- Where visitor's tax is due, it is not included in the tour price