The railway was operational only 33 years, but it still made a big impact on the surrounding area, in both economic and cultural sense. After abandoning the line, te railway was left to decay, until 2006, when the first Parenzana revival project begun- “Parenzana – the Route of Health and Friendship”, that started to convert the line into cycling trail. Through the next 10 years or so, and two other projects, the rest of the railway was transformed and Info centers where set up. The trail connects Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, with most of the trail going on the latter two.
Now you have 120 km of great trekking bike experience (lots of gravel roads), with great views and the hint of history on the tracks. They are not to demanding, so appropriate for everyone. You can do it in one day, when you want to train, but its better to extend your trip to 2 or 3 days, stopping and taking in the views, the feelings and the history.
Safety informationCheck your water stops in Croatia and remember you can call for transfer if you run out of energy to return back home.
Tips and hints
You can attend organised events on the trail, rent bikes and guides to make your experience perfect. You can also arrange for luggage and bike transfers, or return to home transfers.
In easy 5 days you can also do round tour, including some of the attractions of the inner Istria.