Fancy some warm mediterranean sunshine, great coastal scenery and stunning cycling roads? Of course you do! 🙂
I’ve recently written an article for Hostelling International’s Alpe Adria blog, describing the Parenzana cycling trail, a perfect place to consider if you’re planning that kind of a holiday. To sum it up very briefly, it’s a trail that runs from Trieste in Italy, down through the slovenian coastline into Croatia to it’s finishing point in the town of Poreč (hence the name, Italians call Poreč “Parenzo”). Decades ago, before the 2nd world war, a narrow-gauge railway followed this same line, delivering goods and people between the coastal towns and villages. Cheaper modes of transport have since taken over, putting the railway out of bussiness until the tracks gave way to pavement, creating a popular cycling destination in the process. The trail will take you through typical mediterranean old towns, up and over hills with great scenic views and past busy holiday resorts if you choose to go in the high season. I would recommend spring or early autumn though, to avoid the summer heat and crowds of tourists.
Click on the link below for the whole article and watch out for the rich history of the surrounding area, including the old railway tunnels along the trail:
Or jump straight to the Parenzana info site.