Explore ISTRIA riding on the famous - Parenzana - away from the vehicle traffic, in a 6 days self guided tour
“Parenzana – The Route of Health and Friendship”
What is the " Parenzana" ?
The “Parenzana” was a 123 km long railway line connecting Trieste to Buje and Porec in northwestern Istria, opened after several trouble on 1902 at the time where all the 3 cities were part of the Austro Hungarian Empire and nowadays splittled between italija Slovenia and Croatia. This railway line at first did not have any special name, but it accidentally adopted the name to emphasize the fact that the railway would soon reach Poreč/Parenzo and so it was called the “Parenzaner”, which has been preserved till nowadays, yet in its Italian version of “Parenzana”
Parenzana railway used to ride though the fabulous Istrian landscape,vineyards, ancient villages, olive groves for 33 years, its last ride is dated on 31.08 1935 and ceased to operate.In its short life it was a vital connection of various multicultural values of the territory where it used to run,and a joy for the local inhabitants, for whom Parenzana used to be very often their first train travel in their life.
...the Parenzana today
70 years later thanks to a project which saw involved the Region of Istria and Koper Municipality in Slovenia and the application of Eu funds, the old railway line of Parenzana could be revitalised on the basis of integrated tourist offer and long-term cross border cooperation.
Nevertheless, the Parenzana route is together with its only survived heritage, i.e. nine tunnels, six bridges, viaducts and stations, an inevitable spot on the map for everyone who wants to discover and get to know Istria and a paradise for hikers, mtbikers and everyone who would like to discover this beautiful region nestled in a perfect blend of history and nature.
For whom ?
Parenzana is an ideal excursion for nature lovers, groups of friends, bikers, families, and those 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 wine.
How to reach the starting point of Trieste ?
Trieste is surrounded by 4 international airports ( Ljubljana, Trieste, Venice, Zagreb). If you inform us on time we can arrange airport shuttles from each airport.
PARENZANA HIGHLIGHTS :
Discover Istria riding on a comfortable and safe path
Cycling experience along the Adriatic coastline
Enjoy your dinner with the tasty istrian specialities
Ride towards the picturesque maritim towns of Piran, Porec and Umag
Explore the medieval istrian villages of Motovun and Groznjan
- The minimum number of people required to run the trip is 4
- Guaranteed departure dates without a minimum number of participants on the following dates : 11th June, 17th July, 6th August
- In a single group there’ll be a maximum of 10 people..
- Single supplement on request
- The program is also suitable for e-bikers.
- Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.