The top 5 walking holidays in Istria, Croatia
The Istrian peninsula boasts a wealth of historic towns and villages and trails winding around and between them that will attract even the most reluctant of walkers.
Starting in Brtonigla-Verteneglio one pleasant hiking trail is that of St. Zenon. This route will take you towards the Zmergo hill, where the views of the surrounding vineyards down to the sea are stunning.
The trail will take you to the Skarline Nature Park – a scenic but little known area with charming small lakes, and a small canyon carved by a stream on its way to join up with the Mirna River. You can then return to your starting point on a different route, completing this circular trail. This walk is easy, relaxing and well sign-posted. The round trip will usually take around two hours.
Another lovely route for walking is the Parensana trail which follows the route of the old railway that ran between Porec and Trieste. This beautiful trail winds through serene and picturesque landscapes of vineyards, olive groves, verdant hills and medieval towns. Signs will tell you about the former railway as you make your journey.
A short walk from the town of Visnjan will take you past many fascinating historic sites before passing out of town through the Venetian Lion Gate and traversing the local wine-growing region to the village of Barat before returning to town.
From Vizinada you can walk or ride the St. Tomo’s circular trail through lush, green woodland. This trail is around 4.7 kilometres long, after which you should climb the hill of St. Tomo itself. Ascending the 299 metres will give you astonishingly lovely 360 degree views out over hills, valleys, hamlets, churches, through the Mirna river valley and to the west.
The area around Pazin has many scenic and relaxing walks. A pleasant walk takes in the waterfall, Sopot and the highest hill in the region, Perunkovac. It follows a route called the St. Simeon Trail. Another hiking trail of 12 km links Beram and Pazin with a circular route. Perhaps best of the trails in the vicinity of Pazin is from Pazin to Grdoselo and Zelengrad. This breath-taking circular trail of 16 km has some sublime views of Pazin valley. The mountains around Zelengrad are stunning.
Buzet to Raspadalica
Those who seek sublime view during a top 5 walking tour in Istria, Croatia would enjoy the mountain trail from the old town of Buzet to Raspadalica, at 556 m above sea level. Though perhaps the most amazing views of the region are to be found in and around the Ucka Nature Park. Take the trail along the edge of Vela Draga, a spectacular canyon, or hike to the freshwater spring of Korita from where you will have some astounding views of the Ucka Mountain Range. Finally, the short Plas Educational Trail which passes over the slopes of the peak ridge of the range should not be missed.
To make the most of the top 5 walking tours in Istria, Croatia, book a guided walking tour before you arrive in Croatia and make the most of your active holiday when you arrive.