Funny side of running...

The arrival of warm weather revives sport and recreational activities and brings new opportunities for exciting and unusual experiences of the landscapes in Istria. Every year, Istria is becoming an even more and more popular destination for all those who would like to spend their vacation actively.

This year too, the interesting team-orientation race Veli Jože will be organized in Motovun, suitable for families with children. Teams, where at least one of the members needs to be under 14, have to come up with a “theme Motovun” name for themselves. The goal of the race is to find control points hidden in the old town core.

For the bravest, Lim Bay Challenge is an adventure race which includes mtb riding, orienteering skills, trekking, kayaking, absailing, rowing and swimming. The competition will be held in Vrsar and Rovinj archipelago, as well as in the Lim Channel.

The Istria Wine & Walk event will be held in the second half of May. It's a one day event in which you can experience an attractive itinerary including 11 km of an inspiring walk which takes the participants through most picturesque areas of north-western Istria and there is an opportunity to taste the top quality Istrian wines.

Have you ever heard of the infamous pirate, Morgan and the story of his hidden treasure? Participate in Dvigrad Outdoor Weekend and select the category that is most suitable for you and join other trekking fans in search for Morgan's treasure!

The event which will certainly bring interest is the race series called Run.Eat.Drink. It offers something different – autochthonous Istrian product tasting combined with running through the unforgettable picturesque landscapes of Istria. You can apply for an individual race or in pairs.

Svetica (Monte Madonna) will host the adventurous Kamenjak - Svetica race which offers several demanding disciplines: trekking, mtb, swimming, kayaking and absailing. The race is divided into two team races: Ultra 80 km long and Light 40 km.

Bale outdoor festival organizes a 10 km evening race while the bravest competitors can compete in 3 different races which will be a part of the festival: adventure race, mtb marathon and 10 km race!

Grab your trainers and take part in the spectacular premiere of the Umag Night Run. Choose between 5 or 10 km course and experience a fantastic atmosphere and fun well into the late evening.

This year’s novelty is Štriga - the rogaining race. Rogaining is a long distance orienteering sport; it includes movement strategies and navigation between checkpoints. Therefore, if you haven't tried it yet - don't miss to experience it in Buzet!

You can experience the entertaining part of running at the Istralandia run & slide race! It will be an unusual race, during which there is 5 kilometers of running through the water park complex, as well as through the surrounding trails. The real surprise is waiting for you at the finish line, in which you arrive by going down on a six track slide.

If you would like to find out if there is more to explore besides this spring events in Istria, check this year's new Istra Outdoor brochure and our calendar of events.

We wish you a pleasant active holiday in Istria!


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.