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Idyllic Istria

Along wine roads to a colourful coast
Starting point:

Your holiday begins in the small coastal town of Novigrad with two nights at the Hotel Cittar, conveniently located in the medieval quarter close to the harbour, with its good selection of bars and restaurants.

Day 1
Circular route from Novigrad: 49km

Enjoy a circuit exploring Istria’s north-west corner, riding past vineyards, olive groves and orchards (this is an important fruit-growing region), and perhaps stopping at one of the best Istrian konobe  (rustic, traditional restaurants) for lunch, before returning to the coast.

Day 2
Novigrad to Krasica: 30km

Leaving Novigrad, you again head inland, via the wine village of Brtoniglia and medieval Buje, taking time to explore the latter’s cobbled streets and romantic old buildings, before reaching Al Merlo Olivo near Krasica. You spend two nights here.

Day 3
Circular route from Krasica: 37km

A lovely cycle ride takes you through an evocative landscape of wine roads and small medieval towns, including Grožnjan, a hill-top gem complete with Venetian loggia and sumptuous, far-reaching views.

Day 4
Krasica to Bale: 35km

The day begins with a transfer, before you pedal south across the idyllic, fertile Istrian countryside via a succession of picturesque villages to reach one more – Bale, where your final three nights are spent at La Grisa.

Day 5
Circular route from Bale via Rovinj: 47km

Our first suggested route from Bale heads north-west via pretty coves to Rovinj, a charming town full of handsome Baroque and Renaissance palaces, where you can choose a harbour-side restaurant for lunch.

Day 6
Circular route from Bale via Pula: 61km

Our second suggested route also heads towards the nearby coast to visit Fažana: you then pedal south to Pula, whose Roman amphitheatre is well worth a visit. From here, you might like to complete your Istrian odyssey by catching a ferry over to Brijuni , a pine-covered archipelago where peace and tranquillity reigns.

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  - Moderate cycling - Grade 2 Cycle
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More about your rented bike
Type: touring hybrid bike
Gears: 27
Tandem? no
Helmets? no
Electric bikes? yes (see price panel)
Accessories: waterproof map case on handlebars; pannier/saddlebag; pump; puncture repair kit; lock; bottle holder