Active winter holiday

Every year, Istria is becoming more and more popular as an active winter holiday destination.
Numerous sports activities in picturesque Istrian surroundings have replaced the winter laziness of the peninsula.

Trekking (orientation running) and trail races (mountain running on marked trails) are increasing in popularity. 13th anniversary of the Istrian winter league proves how popular running is in Istria. There are different recreational from 6 to 8 kilometre races being held throughout the entire winter, up until March. Make sure not to miss the grand finale in Poreč.

13th edition of Istratrek race will be held this year in Pazin. Here too are 3 choices for the runners – Ultra (45 km), challenger (25 km) and light (12 km).

We are looking forward to February 17th and the Brtonigla Adventure trek. There are 3 trekking categories to choose: Ultra (50 km), mountaineering (25 km) and fun&run (11 km). The trail is not marked but the checkpoints are.

Brijuni Islands is an extraordinary combination of natural wealth and cultural - historical heritage and this year it will host the Brijuni marathon. You can choose between three different lengths of the trail and enjoy in the beautiful landscape.

Just when spring comes and the first sunrays find their way to the sea waves and pine tree tops lined up all along the Adriatic coast, Laguna Poreč Half Marathon will be waiting for you, fully prepared for new races on brand new trails! Poreč, will welcome all runners and their friends who will be cheering for them at the interesting half marathon race, as well as on some shorter trails.

April is reserved for the sports spectacle called 100 miles of Istria. 100 Miles of Istria is a trail race along the Istrian hiking trail, starting from the town of Labin, through Lovran, Buzet or Motovun and finishing in Umag. It consists of 4 different races of which three of them are perfect for ultra-race participants and one is intended for those who plan to improve their endurance in the future. The completion of all races and the centre of events will be in Umag, the children race will be held there as well.

While some people run through beautiful landscapes of Istria, others prefer to take a tour on two wheels around the peninsula. There are several interesting and important international cycling races which are traditionally held every year. The races were recognized as important and thus listed in the calendar of the international Cycling Union (UCI).

Do not miss the sixth edition of the Umag trophy one-day race which will go through 160 km in north-western Istria. A few days after the Umag Trophy, Poreč will host the Poreč Trophy - a one day International cycling race on attractive locations in Poreč and its surroundings.

Top cyclists which compete for World Cup points can be seen in several demanding stages of the 15th edition of the Istrian Spring race while Poreč will host again this year a one-day race Gran Prix Laguna Poreč.

After demanding sport activities you will definitely enjoy taking a break, recovering all your lost energy. You can relax in diverse offer of Spa centres on the peninsula which offer a variety of possibilities.
Istrian cuisine is widely known for its top-quality ingredients and dishes which will complete the total impression you made of your stay in our region.

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.