Last summer I spent few days in Istria, the beautiful northernmost province of Croatia with my family. The resort of Plava Laguna where we were based was ideal for Istria family activities and was especially strong on sports facilities, with a sports centre as part of the resort, bike hire shops and tennis courts and water ski-ing right outside the hotel.
On of the activities that we particularly enjoyed as a family was Istria cycling on the paths that ran beside the sea past the different swimming spots and through the pine forests to the local town of Porec. Although we were there in August, when the weather was at its hottest, cycling in the shade under those pine tree as still very pleasant, especially as we could jump off at almost any point and take a cooling dip.
I noticed that there were many trails that also took you inland from Porec through olive groves and vineyards and past small local farms where you might try the local cheeses. Maps of these trails were available in the hotel and cycle shops and if we’d had more time, I would have loved to have taken a picnic and gone out for a full day, especially if we’d been there in the spring or early autumn when the truffle season or grape picking might be in full swing.
My Europe rravel tip is to plan your cycling day out at the Istria-Bike website with details of different bike trails including the topography of each trail, the highlights you can see along the route and even place to stay nearby. There are details of hotels and other accommodation that welcome cyclists and will provide extra services for you as well as bike races and leisure events for the cycling enthusiast. Even if you’re not a hardened sports fanatic, hiring a bike for a day and getting out into the countryside, or riding along the coast as we did, is a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of Istria.
Photos by Heatheronhertravels
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