Sports and Outdoor

Istra Bike: Parenzana, The Route of Health and Friendship

Parenzana used to be the railroad which connected Poreč and Trieste from 1902 until 1935.

parenzanaIt was a fundamental economic link which connected Istria with the world, and facilitated the development of the poorest parts of Istria of that time by transporting agricultural products of north-west Istria such as wine, fruit, vegetables and grain.

Although it operated only a little more than three decades, the small railway left an indelible mark on the entire area.

Along the Parenzana route lay some of the most unique and precious towns in Istria, including the ‘town of artists’ Grožnjan, dreamy Završje, the most beautiful medieval town in Istria Motovun, and a very important historic town Vižinada.

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The route abounds in scenic views, stone viaducts some as high as 50m, and preserved tunnels with eco friendly lighting.

Lush vegetation and the variety of flora and fauna you will encounter along the route are fascinating and the passages cut in rock and the precipice below some of its parts impressive.

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