Enjoying cycling in Istria

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The house is located on 150m above sea level and is a perfect starting point for exploring the area with bicycles. It takes only 30 min biking to the coastal town of Poreč famous for Euphrasian Basilica, a 6th century Byzantyne church protected by UNESCO and to the closest beach.

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  • Cycling Parenzana railway viaduct
  • Lim channel bicycle trips
  • Istria Parenzana raliway tunnel
  • Cycling Istria beach sea
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  • Bike touring beach sea Istria
  • Olive platanges Istria by bike
  • Istria seaside in the bicycle
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  • Istria by bicycle sightseeing Groznjan
  • Istria by bicycle sightseeing Dvigrad
  • Seaside Istria cycling
  • Istriabybike the view Kostanjica tunnel Parenzana
  • Bicycle trip Istria the view
  • Bicycle Groznjan the view
  • Istriabybike olives
  • Istriabybike Parenzana trip
  • Istria by bike Parenzana trip
  • Bicycle Mirna valley
  • Istria bicycle trip Zavrsje

The nearby Baredine cave with its 66m deep underworld of stalactites, stalagmites and underground lakes is only 3km away. The Ancient towns situated on the top of the hills, Grožnjan (galleries and musical events) and Motovun (Int. film festival in July) are only 1,5 biking hours away. In the forest between those places farmers with their specially trained dogs are looking for Tartuffo (truffels), one of the specialities of the peninsula. One of the most interesting biking routes is following the old Parenzana railway which was connecting Poreč (Parenzo) with Trieste, at that time the biggest harbor of Austria-Hungary and fourth biggest town in whole empire (after Vienna, Prague and Budapest). Officialy opened in 1902, this 123 km long narrow gauge railway was connecting 33 Istrian places between Trieste and Poreč and today it would pass through the territory of three states:Italy - 13km, Slovenia - 32km, and through Croatia - 78km. The railway brought an economic progress to towns along its route and was mainly used to transport agricultural products, fish and salt.

Most of the passengers were Istrian peasants bringing their products to the market in Trieste. Due to many bends and ascents the average train speed was only 25km/h and together with all stops the whole journey between Trieste and Poreč took around 7 hours (1 hour by car today). At slower sections passengers could jump off the train, to pick fruits from one of the many orchards or relieve themselves (there were no toilets in the cars) and return back to the train. At the steepest sections locomotives often could not handle the slope, so all passengers had to disembark the train and push it. Sometimes the train stopped because children greased rail tracks with figs so the journey could only continue when the tracks were cleaned.

In 1919, after the end of the first world war and the dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the whole Istria became part of the Kingdom of Italy. The railroad was operating till 1935 when Italian fascist regime decided to abandon it. The rolling stock was sold to other Italian railways, mainly to Sicily. The tracks were dismounted to be transported to Abyssinia, an Italian colony back then, but never reached Africa as the ship sunk somewhere in the Mediterrenian sea.

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