Croatia Walking Holidays
Croatia is Europe’s recently discovered adventure travel gem. While the coast and Dubrovnik have been always popular, more and more people are choosing this beautiful destination for their walking holidays: the country is authentic, bursting with culture and natural phenomena, with unspoiled nature and plenty to discover.
Imagine walking back in time through beautiful green countryside, olive groves and vineyards, rivers and forests, scenic villages and medieval towns, and hill and mountain trails. Let us take you to the heart of the unforgettable landscapes of Croatia and experience the delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines along route.
Trails of Istria
Imagine walking through the green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, beautiful villages, and medieval towns situated on hills. It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? And it can easily come true! Join us on a walking adventure through lush green Istria. The Trails of Istria walking holiday takes you to the heart of the unforgettable landscapes of Croatia and offers the chance to experience the delicious flavours of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines along the route.
Why choose a Croatia Walking Holiday?
Croatia is a country in Central and Southern Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. Its capital city is Zagreb. Croatia has a total area of 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and a population of 4.28 million, most of whom are Roman Catholics.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
Croatia is Europe’s recently discovered adventure travel gem. More and more Europeans are choosing this beautiful destination for their holidays: the country is authentic, bursting with culture and natural phenomena, with unspoiled nature and plenty to discover.
The official language is Croatian, which is written in the Latin script. The Croatian alphabet has 30 letters – all the letters of the English language, minus the q, w, x, and y but with the addition of č, ć, dž, đ, lj, nj, š and ž.
Croatia has an amazing 5,800 km of coastline, 4,1 00km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,2 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The largest island is Krk (near Rijeka) which has a land area of 462 square km, whilst the country’s other well-known islands include Hvar, Brac, Korcula, and Pag.
The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters. With 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe! The interior of the country has a continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
Croatia Walking Holidays: Istria
Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.
The west coast of the peninsula of Istria has several historical towns dating from Roman times, such as the city of Umag. The city of Poreč is known for the UNESCO-protected Euphrasian Basilica, which includes 6th century mosaics depicting Byzantine art. The city plan still shows the ancient Roman Castrum structure with main streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus still preserved in their original forms. Marafor is a Roman square with two temples attached. One of them, erected in the 1st century, is dedicated to the Roman god Neptune. Originally a Gothic-Franciscan church built in the 13th century, the ‘Dieta Istriana’ hall was remodeled in the Baroque style in the 18th century.
The region’s largest city Pula has one of the best preserved Amphitheaters in the world, which is still used for festivals and events. It is surrounded by hotel complexes, resorts, camps, and sports facilities. Nearby is Brijuni national park, formerly the summer residence of Josip Broz Tito. Roman temples still lie buried among farm fields and along the shoreline of surrounding fishing and farming villages.
The coastal waters offer beaches, fishing, wreck dives to ancient Roman galleys and World War I warships, cliff diving, and sailing. Pula is the end point of the EuroVelo 9 cycle route that runs from Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea through Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
The interior is green and wooded, with small stone towns on hills, such as Motovun. The river Mirna flows below the hill. On the other side of the river lies Motovun forest, an area of about 10 square kilometres in the valley of the river Mirna, of which 280 hectares (2.8 km2) is specially protected. This area differs not only from the nearby forests, but also from those of the entire surrounding karst region because of its wildlife, moist soil, and truffles (Tuber magnatum) that grow there.
Climate in Istria is mild, Mediterranean, where there are warm and dry summers and mild and pleasant winters. The average air temperature during the coldest part of the year is 6ºC, and during the warmest 30ºC. South of Rovinj, Istria is cut by the 45th parallel, which means that we are half way between the Equator and the North Pole – an ideal geographical and temperature place on the northern hemisphere.
The location has an average yearly temperature of 14ºC, and 23ºC during the summer. Sea salinity is 37 promille. A large concentration of salt, sodium and chlorine, as well as sulphates and magnesium are a basis of a healthy bath which is necessary for a human body and skin, and where sea motion also has a therapeutic effect. The sea temperature is coldest during the year in March and on average it is at 9ºC, while it is warmest during August when it reaches up to 25ºC.
Weather is best in June – September. As July and August are the busiest months it is preferable that you book as early as possible.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season.
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How to book a Croatia Walking Holiday
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