Day 1: Arrive in Buje and overnight
Arrive in Buje, a charming hilltop town, located inland from the Adriatic coast and where you will spend your first two nights. Take some time to visit the 16th century Baroque church, wander through the old city, and enjoy views over the surrounding landscape dominated by olive groves and vineyards.
Overnight: Casa la Parenzana***, Buje
The family run Casa la Parenzana is a peaceful oasis, and is ideally situated for exploring the highlights of the surrounding area. It takes is name from the “Parenzana“ - the old disused Austro Hungarian railway line which once connected Trieste with Poreč.
Day 2: Transfer to Brtonigla. Walk to Buje
A short transfer brings you to Brtonigla from where you begin your walk. Far away from modern civilization, enjoy your walk through numerous vineyards and olive groves and enjoy absorbing the local culture and way of life. At the end of your walk reach Buje once more, where we recommend having lunch before making your way back to your accommodation.
Walk: 14 km, 265m ascent, 249m descent, 3-4hrs
Overnight: Casa la Parenzana, Buje
Day 3: Walk to Motovun via Grožnjan
After breakfast you will be transferred to the starting point for today's walk, the artist’s colony of Grožnjan. Before departing explore the cobbled alleys and squares of Grožnjan and take in its galleries and art studios. From here walk along the Parenzana Railway Trail and pass through several tunnels and old bridges, enjoying magnificent rolling landscapes along the way. Visit Livade and sample some of the local truffles, before heading on to the hilltop village of Motovun where you will spend the night.
Walk: 26 km, 325m ascent/descent, 7hrs
Overnight: Hotel Kaštel***, Motovun
The family run Fiore Hotel Kastel, is located in the ancient part of the medieval town of Motovun. Relax in the garden or take advantage of the swimming pool and spa. There is also a small museum next door showcasing the history of Motovun.
Day 4: Walk Oprtalj to Buzet
After breakfast a short transfer brings you to picturesque Sv. Juraj at the start of the Istrian Mountain Trail. Heading downhill into the forest you will pass Sv. Ivan village and St. Lucija with its beautiful church.
Continuing on you will enjoy the stunning views over the Mirna River Valley. The trail passes through fields, forests and small villages before reaching Buzet, your base for the next two nights.
Walk: 18 km, 527m ascent, 745m descent, 6hrs
Overnight: Hotel Vela Vrata****, Buzet
This boutique hotel is located in the old part of Buzet, overlooking the valley below. Enjoy a truffle sprinkled steak and glass of local wine on the private terrace, or indulge in the onsite spa.
Day 5: Loop walk via Hum
Today’s trail starts alongside the river and then the rail turns into the forest and crosses the shallow riverbed. Passing waterfalls and lakes the trail leads you to Korita freshwater springs and natural pools.
Pass the abandoned village of Benčići, with its traditional stone houses and continuing on you will see the town of Hum in the distance. This place is in the Guinness World Record Book for being the smallest town in the world! Enjoy some traditional Istrian dishes in a local restaurant, before following ‘the way of the mistletoe’ back to Buzet
Walk: 25 km, 495m ascent/descent, 7hrs
Overnight: Hotel Vela Vrata****, Buzet
Day 6: Poklon to Lovran via Učka
After breakfast transfer to Poklon, where the trail over the Ucka Mountain Range to the Adriatic Coast begins. Follow the path as it ascends along the Ucka ridge, in the shelter of oak and chestnut forests. It is worth climbing the summit of Vojak (1401m), where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Kvarner Bay, and on a clear day as far as Venice and the Alps on the north side. Continue along the wooded path as you make your descent into the coastal town of Lovran.
It is possible to take a taxi from Vojak to Lovran (paid locally and recommend booking in advance) if you prefer not to take on the final descent, which is very steep and can be a little slippery.
Walk: 12km, 445m ascent, 1370m descent, 5-6hrs
Overnight: Hotel Park****, Lovran
The 4* Hotel Park is located next to the old town and it is only 50 metres away from the sea and the famous promenade which connects Lovran and Opatija.
Day 7: Free day in Lovrun
Today you can relax and enjoy the seaside resort of Lovran nestled under the Ucka mountain range, on the Adriatic Coast. Find one of Lovran’s lovely beaches, visit the 13th century Church of St Juraj with its gothic frescoes, or take a leisurely stroll along the coastal promenade to Opatija.
Finish off your trip with an evening of fresh seafood and local wine in one of Lovran’s popular restaurants.
Overnight: Hotel Park****, Lovran
Day 8:Onward Travel
Make your way back to the airport for onward flights. There is a local bus running from Lovran to Pula or we can arrange private transfers for you at an additional cost.
Time of Year
Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is also a favourite time of year to be there as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be hot so you will have to start walking early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals which can be fun. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.
NOTE: Accommodations are now extremely busy between the middle of July and middle of September on this tour. Please contact us to enquire about possible availability before making a booking and we will try our best to find some gaps!
Grade, Terrain & Experience
This walking tour is graded moderate. The trip involves some longer walks, generally from 4-5 hours a day, but offers shorter options on most days. The nature of the terrain presents little technical difficulty, but some previous hill walking experience is useful and if you walk to the summit of Vojak on Day 6 you will require some surefootedness as the terrain is quite rugged. Some sections can also be quite slippy after wet weather, particularly Day 4 and Day 6 on the descent to Lovran. It is possible to take an alternative shorter route on Day 6 into Lovran to avoid the steep descent, or you can also take a taxi transfer from the summit of Vojak down to Lovran. There is also a short section on Day 5 which involves using cables to come up out of a ravine. However, it is possible to take a taxi from Hum back to Buzet to avoid this section. You will be fully briefed on the alternative options at your welcome meeting in Croatia. We recommend checking local weather forecasts before setting out and avoiding walking in very wet weather. The ascents will vary from 400m to 800m altitude gain per day.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and are quite remote so you will need to be able to follow the route notes and maps supplied.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.
How fit do I need to be?
This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 4 - 5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday. If you are unable to walk on any day you can use taxis or public transport to move onto the next night's accommodation.
When is the best time of year?
Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably my favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals on which is great.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised Croatia is extremely popular especially during July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
Which is the best airport?
Either Pula or Trieste are convenient. From Pula you can reach the start/end of the walk by bus or pre-booked transfers. From Trieste we recommend you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited. Transfers are also available from other airports.
What about the navigation?
Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.
Are baggage transfers included?
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.