Parenzana cycling trail

Bicycle Touring · Slovenia
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
129.4 km
Duration
9:38h
Ascent
1166 m
Descent
1167 m
Public transport friendly Round trip Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value
The former narrow-gauge railway line between Trieste and Porec, which operated between 1902 and 1935, and was known as Porečanka. It is now one of the most popular cycling trails.

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.

 

You can find more info here: http://www.parenzana.info

Author’s recommendation

The trail is not that long, but we advise you not to race through it, but rather take detours to visit all the exciting POIS  surrounding the trail.
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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
306 m
Lowest point
-3 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Check your water stops in Croatia and remember you can call for transfer if you run out of energy to return back home.

Tips, hints and links

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.

Start

Trieste (0 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.598000, 13.786300
UTM
33T 405342 5050100

Destination

Poreč

Turn-by-turn directions

There are no turn by turn directions available, but you really cant miss the way, since it is well marked, and gpx files and maps are readily available.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Trieste, Koper, Portorož, Poreč are all readilly acessible with public transport (bus, train, aeroplane-Trieste). You can put bikes on train or some buses.

Getting there

Arrive by plane in Trieste and rent a bike, or arrive by bus, train, car...

Parking

Payable parking available in all big cities along the way.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Parenzana Brochure

Author’s map recommendations

Find the map on Parenza official page.

Equipment

Sufficient water, tire repair kit, helmet, head torch/light (tunnels)
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Slovenia Outdoor 
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Author
Peter Lenarcic 
Updated: June 29, 2020

Travel Guide: Bicycle tours in Slovenia


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