Call Inntravel on
+44 (0)1653 617002

+44 (0)1653 617002search
      our holidays > Cycling Holidays > Croatia > Idyllic Istria

Idyllic Istria

Along wine roads to a colourful coast
If you've experienced this holiday first hand, why not write a review?

We are keen for as many customers as possible to review their holiday. To make it easier to do so, since 2 October 2015 we have included a specific review section on our post-holiday questionnaire, and this is what we now publish here, unedited. Read our full review policy >

Mrs J Wolsey  Norwich June 2018

Very enjoyable holiday, good weather most of the time, some dramatic thunder storms. Hotels very good and welcoming. Beaches lovely but stony, take suitable footwear to go swimming in the warm clear water.

Mr J Harding  Hove May 2018

Idyllic Istria is up there with our favourite Inntravel cycling holidays, great weather and managed to swim in the sea on all days but one (glad we took note to have suitable footwear). Enjoyed the hilltop villages on the 3rd day and cycling through the Lim valley the next. Highlights: evening drinks in Novigrad whilst watching the sunset and a lunchtime meal by the sea in in Rovinj. Hope Inntravel come up with another Croatia holiday.

Anon   May 2018

In Novigrad, the receptionist advised eating at “Amphora”. On the sea front - it was very good. It's also a good idea to take DEET (mosquito repellant).

Mrs A Thatcher  Chipping Norton May 2018

Konoba Buscina (Day 1) is indeed an experience not to be missed. We just had starters but they were first rate - respectively the best pasta with tomato sauce and the best seafood platter we had ever eaten.  The routes in general were good. But on Day 2 we couldn't face again riding the road from Karigador to Brtonigla via Florini which on Day 1 was horribly busy due the the roadworks north of Karigador so instead we went east out of Novigrad and on the straight gravel road up the Mirna, then to Brtonigla via Nova Vas, which was in our opinion far preferable. And you get some good views as you climb out of the Mirna valley.

In Rovinj (Day 5 or 6, from Bale) avoid the scrum in the restaurants by the old town and instead try the one in front of you just as you get to the sea front. Friendly service, very good food, and a nice view across the water to the old town. Portions in restaurants tend to be large, but we found they are completely fine with letting you share dishes and without any complaint provide extra plates, cutlery etc.

Annon   April 2018

It was a marvellous holiday so it is difficult to pick out highlights. We loved the coastline and crystal clear waters - we swam in the sea several times even though it was April and the locals don’t swim until May ( but we are British !) . We were surprised by the variety of wildlife . We have never seen so many different varieties of butterflies as we did on our cycling around Bale. We also rescued a tiny fresh water turtle from the road. We also particularly enjoyed discovering the delightful hill top towns of Buje - from where we could see the snow-capped Alps, Oprtaji and Groznjan. Our favourite day of cycling was Day 3 - wonderfully quiet lanes and stunning views from Oprtaji. It was fascinating to see how the old buildings were being restored. My lasting memory will be following a wonderful day of cycling, catching the bus from Bale to Rovinj and sitting watching the sun set eating a wonderful seafood meal away from the crowds at Maestral restaurant, Rovinj. Perfect.

We could also recommend the Menegetti wine tasting - and worth a visit just to see the place and the restaurant Alighieri (Danetov trg 3 - just off main shopping street and not far from the Forum). 

Rachel, Cardiff   April 2018

Lots of wildlife particularly around the nature reserve at Palud - a large wild boar emerging onto the cycle track from the undergrowth was a bit of a shocker! As it was the start of the asparagus season, we encountered several people foraging for wild asparagus at the roadside. The amphitheater at Pula was well worth the cycle. The small atmospheric hilltop villages were fascinating - especially the abandoned medieval ruins of Moncastello. Many layers of history in the churches, villages and fields. The quality of roads, signage and cycle infrastructure, particularly in the northern section of this trip was a delight. Throughout, we found drivers to be cycle-aware and friendly.




To find out more or plan your trip

request a call back ›
email us ›
book online ›