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Castles to Coast Walk
The relatively quiet region of Istria showcases Croatia’s wonderful Adriatic coast. There are enough uphill sections to get the blood pumping, and the coastal and mountain views are terrific.
- Style: Self Guided Walking Tour
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Motovun
- Climb Mount Vojak
- Artist town of Groznjan
- Adriatic coastal views
Day 1 Motovun
Make your way to your hotel at Motovun, your home for three nights.
Day 2 Motovun Circular Walk
Your first walk passes through peaceful orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and plums, before continuing along a high ridge with excellent views of Mount Vojak to the east, and the azure sea to the west. Picnic amid olive groves and look out for honey buzzards and the lesser spotted woodpecker, before descending back to the valley. Stroll the ancient city walls of Motovun before heading out to dinner.
Day 3 Groznjan
Transfer by road to Livade, from where you take a panoramic track passing over aqueducts and bridges. Afterwards, you’ll pass by peaceful apple orchards en route to the artists’ village of Groznjan. Explore the atmospheric village and enjoy the views all the way to Slovenia’s Julian Alps. A road transfer will take you back to Motovun for the night.
Day 4 Motovun to Buzet
Begin the day with a road transfer to the abandoned village of Bentonici and follow a winding forest trail, high above the Mirna River. The route is quiet and peaceful with just the occasional church bell ringing in the distance. Descend on a stone-slab trail used by traders and travellers since the Middle Ages. Your walk ends at Buzet, a hilltop Roman settlement and your home for the next two nights.
Day 5 Buzet Circular Walk
Follow a limestone escarpment through tiny local villages. Eventually you’ll reach a ridge with uninterrupted views back to Motovun. Continue along the escarpment, favoured by paragliders, and enjoy the views before descending back past country churches to Buzet.
Day 6 Buzet to Opatija
Climb Mount Vojak, Istria’s highest peak today. The view from the summit is stunning and includes Croatia’s islands and alpine peaks in Slovenia and Italy. After your descent, it’s a short transfer to your waterfront hotel at Opatija.
Day 7 Opatija Today’s walk takes in the Adriatic Riviera. A panoramic walkway leads along the coast between marinas, pretty coves and sea cliffs to Lovran. Enjoy the relaxed ambience, perhaps taking lunch by the water with views over to Cres Island, before catching a local bus back to Opatija.
Day 8 Opatija
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
Departs:Frequent departures May - Sep 2020.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Luggage transfers between overnight stays
- 7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches & 2 dinners
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