Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, is truly magical. Its historic hilltop towns, vineyards, and olive groves make an ideal setting for cycling adventures. Add views of the Adriatic Sea and the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines and you're all set for an active and indulgent week in this beautiful region of Croatia.
A highlight of the trail includes carved stones at Muntravo Quarry, offering you a glimpse of the area's Venetian past. You'll then pass through Cuvi Bay and quickly understand why it's one of the locals' favorite spots for swimming. Next, cycle along Roman ruins and discover the natural beauty of Palud Ornithological Reserve, home to at least 220 bird species. Although you can't ride your bike within the reserve, you'll have time to walk around and observe birds.
You'll also pass a few churches along the way, including the 12th-century Church of St. Nicholas and the 15th-century Madonna di Campo (St. Mary of the Fields) Church. Lastly, end your bike ride along the Burial tumuli at the Mušega and the Monkodonja Archaeological Park before returning to Rovinj.
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Itineraries with Cycle in Rovinj's Countryside
Explore Croatia's stunning coastline from Venice, through Istria, down to the popular islands of Dalmatia. You will see breathtaking views of the Adriatic, cascading waterfalls and emerald-green lakes while sampling some of the country's best wines and delicacies. This well-balanced itinerary of cultural and natural sightseeing is a wonderful introduction to the best of Croatia.
Pedal through the vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields of Istria's rolling landscape on this week-long cycling tour. Reminiscent of Tuscany, this part of Croatia offers a slower pace of life with its medieval hilltop villages, charming seaside towns, and rich, flavorful food. You'll sample wines and olive oils, visit ancient Roman ruins, and bask on sunny pebble beaches between tranquil rides through the countryside.