Day 1: Arrival. Arrival in Porec. Meeting in our office in Poreč (map with location of our office will be sent to you) where we will provide you with: package including hotel vouchers, bycicle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Our minivan will drive you to Buje from where you will start cycling next day. Overnight in hotel Casa la Parenzana. Rural house in heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation and an ideal starting point for daily exploration of this beautiful area.
Day 2: Buje - Umag - Buje - 43 km/27 miles. This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northest point of Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse which you can visit. Savudrija is the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Croatian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there is a keeper living inside it. Stage continues to Umag. Llittle town which with about 45 km of the coast line and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction into a different experience of the Mediterranean.
Umag's history is extremely interesting; it was founded by roman nobleman who decided to make it their summer residence. The glamour, magnificence and glare of the times can be seen today in Venetian houses of the old town. City walls and fortresses are partially preserved as well as some renaissance and baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of typical west Istrian landscape. Visit to wine cellar to taste the muscat, local sort of wine. Overnight in Buje area.
Day 3: Buje - Mirna Valley - Brtonigla - Buje - 39 km/24 miles. After breakfast pass through Buje. Visit old town with its artistic buildings, churches and definitely see the ethnographic museum that collects and holds objects of the folk materials, tools, furniture and significant items of an old-fashioned hosehold that evoke an ancient way of living of the Istrians. Further is passing through Krasica where were found roman historical finds and according to it here were once very big fortress. Road leads you down the hill in Ponte porton some times called bridge over Mirna river.
It used to be harbour for ships to deliver goods for villages in inland of Istria and also to take logs from forest in the valley of Mirna River. Road goes along the river to the village above the valley named Nova Vas. It's area of Brtonigla town. It has churches and monasteries from XV century. People today are mostly producing wine and olive oil because soil is very fertile. Vine is very popular from that area (teran). Visit the olive oil production and taste some of the best oils, taste Istra. Over Buje road through endless vineyards will take you to you Hotel in Buje Area (Volpija).
Day 4: Buje - Motovun - 35 km/22 miles. From Buje you will continue towards to Grožnjan. Typical istrian medieval town sprout high on top of the hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St. Vid and Modesto’s baroque church. If you just occasionally ride along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and which windows from every direction echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as the city of artists.
Oprtalj, unchanged urban medieval style of building, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages, and particularly the unique view to the Istrian peninsula from the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful of Istria. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you will visit local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. It's, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. On the hill in front of the Livade is Town Motovun, surely the most famous and attractive istrian medieval town. Motovun forest which stretches along Mirna River valley is especially rich with truffles. Overnight in hotel Kaštel in Motovun.
Day 5: Motovun - Porec 39 km/24 miles. This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast.It follows road To Višnjan where you will pass by observatory. Its one of the 5 most famous observatories in the world. Road continues to town of Višnjan which is on 246 m altitude and from there you'll be able to catch a view on west Istrian coast and Porec city. In Višnjan surroundings is possibile to visit many wine cellars with wine from Porec area, Malvasia. Tour countinues to Tar, little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave(which you can visit).Its passing few more villages and reaches Porec. Overnight in Porec.
Day 6: Porec - Vrasr - Porec 43 km/27 miles. From Porec stage starts with sightseeing euphrasiana,the most valuable monument in Porec, build in 6th century. Following roads untill you reach Bacva village. Bacva is the highest point of this stage and there is local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food. It continues to southern villages and it comes down to coast in village of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of the fortification system, built in the 12th century, have been preserved but the fortress-castle is well worth a look. After Vrsar stage passes Funtana fishing village Zelena and Plava Laguna the touristic places near Porec. Very soon from there you will reach Porc.
Day 7: Porec - Kanafanar - Rovinj 31 km/19 miles (optional) + 31 km/19 miles. After breakfast you can choose if you'll take in Porec short transfer to Kanfanar. Small town above the Lim valley. From Kanfanar starts the flattest ride of all in this tour. Passing istrian inland villages you will see traditional Istrian toolhouses (kažun). When you get to Bale you can visit palace Bembo, city square and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you'll se Palud the ornithological reserve in which you can cycle around.
After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a hill fort occupied about 1800-1200 BC during the Bronze Age. And Rovinj is you goal of this tour. The Pearl of Adriatic. With church and hightower on the hill by the sea its very recognizable from all sides. Croatian Venice, old town which was once an island and then connected with land, traditional boats from Rovinj (batana). Restaurants with fresh fish combined with malvasia will complete this week's atmosphere. It will fascinate you.Everybody can enjoy in Rovinj and its charms and magic. Overnigt in hotel vila Lili in Rovinj.
Day 8: After breakfast, departure.
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