Culture & History, Leisure Cycling, Weekly Cycle

Weekly Cycle: Croatia- Istria’s Wine Roads

1 Aug , 2016  

This week we’re taking you wine lovers to the ‘Adriatic Tuscany’ where Malvasia grapes for the local wine are ripened by the Mediterranean sun. Discover the beauty that is Istria Peninsula as you cycle roads winding through vineyards.

View of Porec

View of Porec

In a Nutshell:

Where is it? You begin your trip in the town of Buje and from there you will enjoy day trips until you cycle through the Mirna River Valley heading towards Motovun. From Motovun you’ll cycle back to the coast and the town of Poreč where you can explore the Old Town, and finally you will finish your journey in the town of Rovinj.

Distance: 230 km over 6 days of cycling.

Grading: This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The trip is planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads, but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.

Malvasia wine and white truffles

Malvasia wine and white truffles

Why Cycle Istria’s Wine Roads?

Take the time to visit Livade as you cycle through the Mirna River Valley towards Motovun. The town is in the heart of Croatia’s truffle area, famous for its white truffle Magnatum Tuber-Pico, and the country aims to make this world renown delicacy available to the everyday individual.

Stop in the artists’ colony of  Grožnjan, a small town with cobbled alleyways lined with art galleries and studios, music academies, and performing arts workshops led by well-known experts and teachers from music, art, and drama. Visit the Church of Sts. Vitus and Modesto, a Baroque church erected in 1770.

Stay in the beautiful coastal  of Poreč, an ancient Roman town that is entirely devoted to summer tourism, and with all of the sights it offers it’s easy to see why. Stroll up Decumanus Street, starting at the 15th century Gothic Pentagonal Tower, one of three that formed part of the city walls. The street is the main thoroughfare through the Old Town, you can make a short detour off the street to Euphrasius Basilica, where if you stroll around back we hear it offers the best view of the sunset over the harbour.

Vie of the Croatian Coast

View of the Croatian Coast

Planning and Preparation:

This tour is available from April-November, and you can choose to start your trip on any date in the season. If you’d like we can also extend your trip by booking additional nights along the way, subject to availability of accommodation.

The tour is self guided so you cycle at your own pace and decide which sights are worth seeing and where to stop to eat, or to just relax for a bit. If you’d like to take a look at this trip online or begin booking click here. Alternatively if you have any queries you can contact us at [email protected].

Other great cycling tours we have are  the Alsace Wine Route, Wine Roads to Chateauneuf du Pape, and Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali.

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