While the west coast of Istria is steadily growing in popularity, the authentic culture and natural beauty of Istria’s countryside is still relatively underexplored, and with a strong network of walking trails this route is ideal for getting off the beaten track and discovering somewhere new on foot. Istria has more than a passing resemblance to its neighbour Italy across the Adriatic, and this is felt in the characteristic Mediterranean scenery, climate and cuisine as well as the fact that almost half of the population of some towns identify as ethnically Italian. The route ahead links a series of quaint Istrian towns and villages, along meadows and forest paths, mountain passes, valleys, rivers, vineyard terraces and even an old railway line that has now been converted into a dedicated walking and cycling trail.
From the hilltop town of Brtonigla, your route wends its way from the north-west of Istria east across the country to the coast at Lovran. Your journey takes you through a succession of picturesque hilltop towns and traditional Istrian villages, including Hum, a town that dates back to the middle ages and is recognised as the smallest of its kind in the world. The landscape is wild and rural, with farms and vineyards generally being the most built-up aspects of your route. You can expect a walk that takes you through forests, woodland, meadows and along riverbanks, as well as routes that cross paths with some stunning waterfalls. The end of the route joins a section leading up to the highest point of Istria at Mt Učka before the route descends to meet the Adriatic at Lovran.
Waiting for you at the end of a day’s walk are the traditional country houses and small, personable hotels that make up the choice of places to stay in the Istrian countryside, an area well-known for its warm hospitality. In a region celebrated for the fine quality of its local produce, it should come as no surprise to find typical Istrian specialities to top off a day spent exploring the surrounding countryside. We handpick a variety of hotels and guesthouses dependent on: the area, availability, season and the feedback we receive from our walkers. Our rural accommodations are typically more akin to a traditional B&B experience, whereas you may find that the hotel’s we handpick in larger town have a larger number of amenities such as swimming pools, spas and saunas.
Our Landscapes & Flavours of Green Istria Itineraries
7 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
Holiday briefing meeting after arrival
All personal transfers where indicated in the itinerary
Road Book (route notes) showing directions to your accommodation.
Price Does Not Include
Packed lunches – packed lunch provisions are available locally.
Travel to Buje and from Lovran
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Landscapes & Flavours of Green Istria holidays are available to walk March to November.
Please note that your accommodation for the first 2 nights will be in the Buje area (Volpija village – 4km or Kaldanjia 5km) and not in the centre of Buje itself. If you are arriving by public transport to Buje a local taxi will be arranged for the last part of your journey to take you to your accommodation.
As transport links to the villages are extremely limited we suggest that you pre-book a private transfer directly from the airport to your first accommodation.
Pula is the regional airport and flights from the UK are available via Zagreb. Trieste Airport is the closest airport serviced by direct flights from the UK with Ryan Air and Alitalia offering services.
You are responsible for booking your air travel to airports and onward travel to your first accommodation and from your accommodation on departure.
FROM PULA AIRPORT Shuttle bus from airport to Pula bus station
Bus from Pula to Buje with local bus companies such as Brioni and FILS but bus lines are restricted and we recommend checking bus routes in advance
Collection from Buje bus station to accommodation
FROM TRIESTE AIRPORT We recommend that you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited
RETURN TO PULA AIRPORT
Local bus from Lovran to Rijeka and then a change of bus from Rijeka to Pula
Shuttle bus from Pula bus station to Pula Airport
RETURN TO TRIESTE AIRPORT We recommend that you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited.
We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
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What Happens Next?
We will check your details and come back to you within two working days with a personalised estimate based on your requirements. We will then formally request a deposit of £150 per person (£100 per person for a single centre break) and book all your arrangements - find out about our full booking process here.
Please note this does not constitute a booking confirmation, we kindly ask you to refrain from booking any travel until we have confirmed all your arrangements.
Still Have Questions?
If you are still unsure on any of your requirements, please do enquire with us first and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you with any queries you have.
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