Sports magic in Istria

Every year, Istria is becoming more and more popular as an active holiday destination for those would like to spend their holiday during the colder months. Sports activities have replaced the winter laziness of the peninsula. Therefore, we invite you to visit picturesque Istrian towns where, even during the colder days, numerous sports events will be held.

14th anniversary of the Istrian winter league proves how popular running is in Istria. There are different recreational from 6 to 9 kilometre races being held throughout the entire winter, up until March. Make sure not to miss the upcoming exciting adventures in Poreč, Pazin and Sveti Petar.

If you like to socialize and prefer running in nature there is a race series of Kvarner- Istria trekking adventures popularly called KITA. The race series which is organized for 10th year in a row gather fans of running or people who like walking on urban, mountain, or even unmarked trails.

December in Istria offers a real treat for all runners, it starts with Lim Bay Challenge: Sunny winter trail. Descend to the sea and enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean climate, running along the Lim bay and the Vrsar hinterland on a two-day trail event.

Exciting times is waiting for you near Šišan, on the southern part of the Istrian peninsula where Svetica trek will be held. The aim of the race is to find control points in the shortest time possible using topographical maps and compasses.

If you decide to celebrate Christmas in a different manner, we recommend you to visit Umag and participate in Ho!Ho!Ho! run. Choose a 5 km long trail or if you like a challenge there is a 10 km long trail and enjoy the ride along the coast of Umag.

After demanding sport activities you will definitely enjoy taking a break in one of numerous accommodation options which Istria offers – hotel rooms as well as private accommodation with friendly hosts.

Of course, it will be necessary to recover all your lost energy. You can relax in Spa centres of our hotels which offer a variety of possibilities.

Istrian cuisine is widely known for its top-quality ingredients and dishes which will complete the good 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.