Parenzana, medieval towns, land of truffles, Motovun, Grožnjan.

40 km / 25 miles


  • Parenzana, a famous bike path in the central Istria
  • Beautiful view to the Mirna valley… old tunnels and bridges
  • Medieval towns: Grožnjan, Motovun
  • Dining in a beautiful setting of a local tavern
  • Discovering the culinary potential of the truffle

Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Porec, operating from 1902 until 1935 and was eliminated due to unprofitability, because of cheaper and faster road transportation.
Being aware of the fabulous trail’s beauty, interwoven into mild Istrian landscape, numerous passionate walkers, researchers, cyclists and nature lovers pointed out the potential that Parenzana could develop by means of an adequate revitalization.

Tour description

Transfer to Buje, cycling to Groznjan a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in a more recent history known as the “Town of Artists”, our starting point located 40 km from Poreč, 70 km from Rovinj, 85 km from Pula.
There follows a short ride along Grožnjan’s narrow and cobbled streets. We will continue our route on Parenzana with a beautiful view to the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take us to Livade. We will then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here we will enjoy a dining in a beautiful setting of a local tavern. Return transfer to the hotel/accommodation.

Type of tour: guided tour
Level: easy/medium
Total ascent: 400 m
Duration: 8-9 hours (4 hours cycling)
Distance: 40 km (gravel road)

Group price: on request.

Price includes:

  • transfer to Buje and back,
  • bike rental (mtb),
  • a helmet,
  • 0.5 l drinking water,
  • lunch in a modest family-owned tavern: traditional Istrian menu (drinks during lunch not included)
  • profesional bike guide

Start from: transfer from your hotel/accommodation in Istria, cycling from Buje

Pick up points: hotels/accommodations in area Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Pazin. Other locations on request.

Excursion days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, other days on request.
Departure time: 08:30 AM


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