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Croatia Cycling Holiday

Villa Mihaela & Aleksandar Residence welcomes you to discover Istria with a bike from Poreč.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Starts in: Poreč
  • Ends in: Poreč
  • Total Distance: 141 Miles / 227 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Trekking or hybrid, road bike available to rent
  • E-bike: Available to rent
  • Maximum 10 participants

Highlights

  • 5 riding days
  • Cycle through the Istrian hills and coast
  • Visit Euphrasius Basilica in Porec (UNESCO)
  • Beautiful landscapes along the route
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (depending on the package)

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, German, Italian
Group size: 5-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$ 392 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) (US$ 196 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Venice Marco Polo Airport (US$ 370 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

During this holiday, you will be staying at high-quality Villa Mihaela Porec, only 800 meters from the beach and one kilometer to the center of Porec with UNESCO world heritage Eufrasius Basilica. You will share a double room with your friend or another cyclist or have it on your own.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival in Porec, Istria, Croatia. Check-in time is from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Apartments Villa Mihaela Porec. You will be provided with the bicycle if rented and information.

Day 2 - 145 from the sea to the Baredine Cave

  • Distance: 31 kilometers / 19.3 miles
  • Riding time: 2 - 2.5 hours
  • Terrain: asphalt (3.1 kilometers / 1.93 miles) and macadam (27.9 kilometers / 17.4 miles)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Villages on the tour: Nova Vas, Baredine, Červar Porat, POI: Baredine, Maslinik - Ulika, Villa Rustica, Parenzana

This is a short mountain bike tour, which runs circularly through the peaceful landscape of Poreč countryside. The tour starts towards the hinterland and returns to Poreč along the coast. You start on the famous Parenzana trail and shortly turn onto single trails and country roads that take you to Baredine Cave. Here, you can take a break to visit the cave or have a drink. Continue on single trails through the wooded area towards the sea. Arrive at the coast close to Červar Porat.

The trail passes by the archeological site of Roman Villa Rustica which in ancient times produced the amphorae for transport of wine and olive oil. From Červar, the coastal path leads through the area of authentic wild beaches. This part of the coast has kept its original state from times before the tourist boom. Today, it is a popular spot for all the beachgoers, who like wild and pristine beaches. In the afternoon, visit the Porec historical center with Eufrasius Basilica, climb the bell tower, ride, or walk Lungomare Poreč - Šetnica Obale Dr. Antona Šonje and Porec Riva Obala m. Tita.

Day 3 - 157 trail of Istrian Prosciutto

  • Distance: 56 kilometers / 34.8 miles
  • Riding time: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Terrain: asphalt (56 kilometers / 34.8 miles)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Villages on the tour: Dračevac, Montižana, Sv. Lovreč, Kringa, Tinjan, Muntrilj, Rapavel, Bačva, Kosinožići POI: Sv. Lovreč, Kringa, Tinjan, Bačva

This interesting tour starts through a hilly area of southern Poreč countryside, making its way into the Istrian hinterland. The hills around Poreč have been inhabited since ancient times; some of them are still hiding prehistorical megalithic forts and shrines. The first part of the tour is spiced up with a few shorter climbs through hilltop villages, which sport fantastic views of the area. Following the curvy roads, you reach Sv. Lovreč.

In this historical town, you can have a great coffee break right beside its ninth-century city walls. You continue through Kringa, which is famous as the home of only Istrian vampire Jure Grando, who was the first vampire ever mentioned in European literature. Tinjan is next on the map; the capital of Istrian prosciutto is the home of some of the best producers of this famed delicacy. The tour continues through Muntrilj and Rapavel to the village of Radovani. From here, you start an easy descent back to Poreč.

Day 4 - 141 Maximus Agri: Poreč - Ženodraga - Višnjan - Nova Vas - Poreč

  • Distance: 44 kilometers / 27.3 miles
  • Riding time: 2 - 3 hours
  • Terrain: asphalt (6.9 kilometers / 4.29 miles) and macadam (37.1 kilometers / 23.1 miles)
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Villages on the tour: Poreč, Varvari, Filipini, Jehnići, Ženodraga, Katun, Barat, Višnjan, Vežnaveri, Kosinožići

This tour is an excellent choice for all those who like to ride through nature, far away from traffic and busy resort areas. You start from Poreč; passing through the village Varvara, you follow the itinerary of the old Roman road, Maximus Agri that in antique times used to connect Poreč with the Istrian hinterland. Close to Jehnići, you cross the highway and former border of antique Poreč Ager. In the village of Katun, you turn left and continue to Višnjan. This ancient town is a great spot for a break.

You suggest a short stroll through the old town and a visit to town Loggia which offers a fabulous view of the north Poreč countryside and Adriatic coast. From Višnjan, the tour continues on forest trails towards Kosinožići. In spring times, these forests are popular finding grounds for wild asparagus. It is quite common to meet the locals in search of this popular delicacy. From Kosinožići, you continue on country roads and forest trails towards Poreč. At the very end of the tour, you join the popular Parenzana railroad trail, which leads you back to the town center.

Day 5 - 158 Valley of Giants

  • Distance: 96 kilometers / 60 miles
  • Riding time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Terrain: asphalt (96 kilometers / 60 miles)
  • Difficulty: Difficult (You can short it)
  • Villages on the tour: Poreč, Kosinožići, Bačva, Višnjan, Karojba, Motovun, Oprtalj, Šterna, Grožnjan, Vižinada, Markovac, Kaštelir, Tar, Stranići, Červar

This is one of the nicest road bike tours in Istria connecting the Adriatic coast with the beautiful Mirna River valley. According to the legend, the valley was inhabited by giants who built the hilltop towns around it. The varied and dynamic profile of the tour with numerous shorter and longer climbs and descents make it a real treat for all road cycling enthusiasts. The tour starts in Poreč with a mild climb through the vineyards passing Višnjan towards the hinterland.

The most beautiful and the most demanding part of the tour starts at the hill above Mirna Valley boasting a fantastic view of numerous hills with medieval hilltop towns dominated by beautiful Motovun. After the descent into the valley, you reach the climb to Oprtalj, one of the most attractive climbs in Istria specially praised by numerous road cyclists.

Grožnjan, the town of Artists is an obligatory spot for a short break, stroll through the ancient streets, and take time to enjoy the spectacular views of Mirna valley. After Grožnjan, you descend towards Ponte Porton. It is necessary to ride cautiously as the road can be busy and continue to another popular climb to Vižinada in length of six kilometers / 3.7 miles. After Vižinada, you start a mild and long descent towards the coast through vineyards and olive groves.

Day 6

Check-out between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Difficulty level

  • Easy: you do not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally, you will ride in unpaved or hills
  • Moderate: you need to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but you will ride on flat terrain and if you wish difficult

Bikes

  • Trekking or hybrid, road bike available to rent
  • E-bike hybrid available to rent

Location

The holiday will take place in Poreč, Istria County, Croatia.

Distances

  • Beach, 800 meters
  • Porec, 1 kilometer

Food

Depending on the package you choose, your daily breakfast is included in the price or not. Other meals are at your own expense.

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Self-guided cycling program
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (depending on the package you choose)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • 1 guide (can be arranged and subject to availability)
  • Bike rental available
  • Other meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Villa Mihaela & Aleksandar Residence offers airport transfers from the following airports:

Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG)

  • 1 to 4 persons: 360 EUR one way
  • 4 to 8 person: 400 EUR one way
  • 10 to 16 persons: 730 EUR one way

Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport Ronchi dei Legionari Airport (TRS)

  • 1 to 4 person: 180 EUR one way
  • 4 to 8 persons: 230 EUR one way
  • 10 to 16 person: 440 EUR one way

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

  • 1 to 4 person: 340 EUR one way
  • 4 to 8 persons: 390 EUR one way
  • 10 to 16 persons: 620 EUR one way
Airport: Franjo Tuđman Airport Airport transfer available: Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$ 392 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) Airport transfer available: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) (US$ 196 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport Airport transfer available: Venice Marco Polo Airport (US$ 370 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

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