Croatia • Istria • Vrsar Walking holiday
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Traversing the Istrian peninsula via vineyards, islands, waterfalls and lakes.
A typical itinerary on this walking holiday in Istria, Croatia
Leaving Pula, we arrive in Vrsar in time to explore the old town and waterfront before dinner.
The hilltop towns
Starting with a truffle hunt led by local family in the Motovun forest we continue through the forest and later olive groves to reach the medieval towns of Motovun and Grožnjan, known for its artists. We end a day in a local winery where we can enjoy the tastes of local wines, olive oil, Istrian ham and cheese.
Cape Kamenjak and ancient Pula
We spend the day on Cape Kamenjak, the southernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula and a designated natural park. Following the coastline, we pass numerous inlets, small islands and miniature coves where we enjoy a picnic and optional swim. On way back to Vrsar we stop in Pula where our walk leads us from the Roman period and the incredible amphitheatre known as the Pula Arena, through the renaissance period and ultimately provides an adventure in modern Pula.
The world’s smallest town
A super-scenic walk from Buzet, via the old watermill villages of Kotli and Benčići and an abandoned stone village leads us to Hum, the smallest town in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Later we descend to the coast and visit a grappa-brandy distillery for a deeper understanding of the production and tastes of Istrian grappa!
Explore Vrsar, wander down to the harbour, or take the early ferry to Venice for the day
The Brijuni islands National Park
The archipelago of Brijuni is an extraordinary blend of natural, historical and cultural heritage. Starting with a boat ride from the fishing village of Fažana we land on Veli Brijun the largest of the islands. We follow a panoramic path all around the island, rich in history, archaeological treasures and pass the old villa of the Yugoslavian president Tito. There is great snorkelling and swimming so bring your bathers. On the way home we stop in Rovinj for a walk through the narrow medieval streets of this Mediterranean delight.
Starting with an exploration of the mediaeval castle of Pazin our walk leads us over the famous Pazin cave bridge and across the hills to the village of Beram. After a classic Istrian lunch, we visit a small hidden church completely covered with fresco paintings before heading for home.
We depart early for Pula airport
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this walking holiday in Istria, Croatia. Weather conditions, group interests and the guide will influence the final itinerary.
Where we stay on this easy walking holiday in Istria, Croatia
Hotel Vista sits in the old hill part of Vrsar and looks out over several small islets and the marina below. Lovingly restored from a collection of six old stone houses by a young couple, the hotel creates a beautiful ambience on several levels. The rooms are all attractively restored, there are several different exterior relaxing areas with the option of shade and the staff could not be more helpful. There is no lift but we have booked the rooms with least stairs – usually around 7 to bedrooms and an additional 15 steps to the breakfast area. All but two rooms have sea views.
Airport transfer time
Approximately 1 hour
5 full days of walking with professional local guide
7 nights en-suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine in local restaurants
Personal welcome at Pula airport
All transport on the island
Visits to Hum, Rovinj and Pula
Entry to Pazin castle
Wine and local produce tasting
Boat trip to the the Brijuni archipelago
Where we stay
Mostly stony tracks and paths with some steep rocky sections.