Mediterranean & ISTRIA CYCLINGA year-round cycling destination. A place where the Adriatic Sea meets olive groves, vineyards and a pleasant climate, a place to enjoy cycling adventures and the beauty of Mediterranean Slovenia.
ABOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ISTRIAN REGION
Slovenia has a short but delightful coastline. Sitting close to the Gulf of Trieste between Italy and Croatia this 47 kilometres of Adriatic coastline give Slovenia the busy port at Koper (Capodistria to the Italians), the gorgeous and picturesque Venetian town of Piran and the popular seaside resorts of Portoroz and Izola.
Only a few kilometres inland and you will enter a region with authentic rural hilltop villages, vineyards and lush valleys. The perfect contrast with the busier coastal strip, from where you can experience a fantastic views. Istria is bigger area around, actually it is a Peninsula, positioned in a small part on Slovenian ground and bigger part in Croatia.
All the region is well known for cycling activities, many international clubs are taking advantage of its climate and proximity to inland countries of Europe. Climate is gorgeous, you can have a bike ride there almost all year. Nice scenic roads, very attractive sights and cultural monuments, such as odl salt fields or picturesce harbours with old fishing boats.
The Slovenian coast is inviting due to its charming coastal towns and unforgettable experiences in the sea and on the coast. Evening lights at the sea. Romantic sundown photo. Or the beauty of an old olive tree. I+If you move just slightly inland, the idyllic appearance of the continental areas of the coast will also take your breath away. The beautiful Istrian villages, which shelter numerous cultural treasures, selected goods produced in Istrian soil, and friendly locals will be deeply ingrained in your memories. You shell be present here, especially at the end of August, when the harvest takes place in vineyards. And in the autumn, when the smoke tree comes alive with its red colour . We have even one bike tour revoted to this red color. Yes…and when you can witness olive picking in olive grove.
Fish, calamari, mussels – typical delights from the Adriatic Sea, salted using the famous Piran salt, share their place on the tables of Mediterranean Slovenia with various dishes, such as the typical home-made pasta and fusi, spring omelettes – frtalje with wild asparagus and other greens from nature. You shell try a bread with olives from Istrian olive trees growing on sun-kissed hillsides. One great specialty …
Fuži (pasta fusi) with truffles
Boil the water for the fusi and add a bit of olive oil, then proceed to cook them. Rinse the cooked fusi with warm water and add a spoon of olive oil and a little of the water from the cooking. Rend the truffles and fry them for a few minutes on butter, then add cream. When the cream becomes dense (add wine if it’s too dense), add the salt and pepper, yolk and give it a good mix. Pour the dressing over the pasta and sprinkle with grated parmigiano.
GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH
WATER: Every year most of the bathing areas and the marina are awarded a blue flag, which is an international ecological symbol denoting the quality of natural bathing areas and marinas.
FOOD: If we acknowledge the proverb »Tell me what you eat and I will tell you where you are from!« then our coastal area is without doubt juicy, colourful, tasty and diverse. Mediterranean cuisine is acknowledged as one of the healthiest diets and has surely left its mark on our northernmost location. Our local and natural produce, most notably salt, olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, rich wines and other tasty gifts of the sea and hinterland, combine well with a pinch of indigenous Mediterranean spices and fragrances.
As a destination, Coastal Slovenia and Istria are great destination for some cycling holiday. For a familiy rides, easy cruising, tgere are many nice bike paths. One of the most scenic iz the old railway track of Parenzana. For gravel riders, there is planty of gravel roads too, not to speak about the great tour on Parenzana railway … It ends in Croatia at Poreč town… gravel paradise. Road cycling is probably number one, because of noumerous fine roads, which are perfect even for a winter training. And you will have fun not just in our country, but also on Italian side and Croatian side too. Both are so close, you can see them fine from your hotel window.
CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS IN MEDITERREAN AND ISTRIA
JULIAN ALPS, BORA WIND AND
SWEET TASTE OF
A wonderful trip from the heart of the Julian Alps, past Lake Bled, a tour of beautiful karst places, a panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea and the end on the Istrian peninsula.
Duration: 8 DAYS
Bicycle type: EASY TOURING
RED AUTUMN WONDERS - OVER SLOVENIAN KRAS AND CROATIAN ISTRIA PENINSULA
In October, take a ride with us to experience the beautiful red-colored shrub called "Ruj", enjoy the time of new wine, to experience the beauties of the Karst and Istria in this very special season.
Duration: 6 DAYS
Bicycle type: EASY TOURING
MEDITERANEAN COASTAL RIDE OF CROATIA
Great tour of the Mediterranean coast of Croatia. Get to know Opatija - a fashionable and elegant resort in the Kvarner Bay. Cycle with a view of hundreds of islands in the Croatian sea, relax and swim in the Adriatic Sea and visit Dubrovnik - one of the most attractive cities in the world.
Tour date: ON REQUEST
Duration: 7 DAYS
Bicycle type: ROAD
CYCLING AROUND THE ISLANDS OF SOUTHERN DALMATIA
The perfect holiday for cyclists and nature lovers in Southern Dalmatia. You will discover the beauty of the island of Korcula, the wine peninsula of Peljesac, sunny Hvar and the unspoilt nature of the island of Mljet.
Duration: 8 DAYS
Bicycle type: TREKKING, GRAVEL, E-BIKE
CYCLING HOLIDAYS ON THE ISLANDS OF BRAČ AND HVAR
Great recreational cycling holiday on two beautiful islands in the south of Dalmatia, the island of Brač and the island of Hvar. Both islands offer exceptionally beautiful landscapes and are suitable for recreational cycling for all ages.
Duration: 7 DAYS
Bicycle type: GRAVEL
You can find here in the gallery just some fine photos from the region. Adriatic coast. Stone houses. Venetian style. Sea and seafood. Wines….Mix for the moments of pleasure!
ENJOY SLOVENIAN COAST AS YOUR NEXT CYCLING HOLIDAYS
For your cycling experience at the Mediterranean and Istria, you just need to send us you inquiry to our email. Istria is an year arround destination for cycling. Let it be road cycling ride or gravel tour, we can prepare offer for any time in the year. Just let us know, and you will get your best custom made program. Siutable for winter training too!