Trekking ISTRIA TO THE ADRIATIC (Prolonged Parenzana)
Classic, Self Guided, Premium
Length & elevation
The Parenzana tour uses an abandoned railway track that was in operation between 1902 – 1935, known as Parenzana, while its official name was actually the Istrian Railway. It allows you to pleasantly explore Istria, riding on a dedicated, comfortable and safe path, away from the vehicle traffic.
Istria is often referred to as the Slovenian-Croatian Tuscany. Maybe it was best described by a CNN reporter who spent time in this charming area: »As I sat in the shaded stone courtyard taking in the soft breeze and lazily scraping up the last bits of lunch from my plate, it occurred to me that this must have been what Tuscany was like before the Hollywood movies, the cookbooks and the hordes of tourists: Tuscany when it was still under-the-radar and affordable.«
On our tour we’ll never leave Istria, doing our best to explore its diversity, starting at the Italian coast, then continuing to Slovenia, then wandering away from the sea for a while, we experience the inner Istria. Finally we return to the Adriatic Sea on the Croatian side.
This tour can be taken in various lengths and packages, yet none of them are very demanding in terms of fitness levels. It only varies between easy and super-easy biking. It’s appropriate for families, groups of friends or individuals – and anybody who appreciates relaxed holidays with a good slice of fitness among nature and a beautiful environment, but always combined with a tasty local food and a glass of good wine. Since a large chunk of the journey runs along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, there’s always an option to jump in, to freshen-up after the daily cycling tour.