Hiking Istria

IT - HR - Friuli-Venezia Giulia - SI
  • Holiday type Hiking

Tour information

This sunny peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea is characterised by little picturesque fisher villages, small towns on the Karst hills, vineyards and valleys. Let yourself be surprised by the charms of a landscape rich in contrasts and the variouscolours of Istria. Starting point of this hiking tour is Trieste, the former Habsburger seaport seated at the foothills of the Karst.

During the Roman Empire, Trieste became a busy and rich port. After a few kilometres, you leave Italy and hike to Slovenia and Istria.
The hiking tour through Istria runs slightly hilly. We suggest this tour as a follow-up tour of our hiking tour “Alpe Adria Trail“ – from Cividale to Trieste.

Included and Not Included Services

Accommodation in B&B`s and hotels of a 3*** and 4**** category

Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

Personal tour information

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

Transfers according to the programm and bus ticket on day 2 and day 3

Well planned routes

Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

Navigation APP

Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Arrival to the starting point of the tour

Departure at the end of the tour

Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

Lunch, Dinner

Not mentioned entries

Travel insurance

All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

Route highlights

The Castello di San Giusto is situated on the hill of the same name, the ancient centre of Trieste and is a medieval castle and fortress built in 1471.
The square was named after the virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini.
Grožnjan is a medieval village, whose original beauty is still preserved in its old walls. It is known above all as the "town of artists".
A walk along the city walls and through thick gates allows you to get around the city. Motovun is also famous for truffles and olive oil.
It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. Absolutely recommended to visit this episcopal complex and example of early Byzantine architecture!


Day 1: Trieste

Individual arrival at the first hotel in Trieste.

Day 2: Trieste – Val Rosandra – Pesek

(ascent approx. 310 m, descent approx. 180 m / approx. 4-4.5 hours)

Today‘s hiking trip takes you out of Trieste. By using public transport you arrive at the starting point of the tour. You hike comfortably on the old railway line through the mixed forests of the Val Rosandra to the hamlet of Pesek. The valley is interesting in many ways: besides traces of prehistoric settlements, you will find the only river in the province that carries water all year round. In addition, it is characterised by a diverse flora.

Day 3: Pesek – Aquilinia – Muggia

(ascent approx. 220 m, descent approx. 6300 m / approx. 4-5 hours)

On the first section the path leads you again through the beautiful Val Rosandra. On the way you pass caves and hike along the border to Slovenia. You will pass the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra, from where you can also admire the Roman aqueduct. Through small villages you walk further and further towards the sea to Aquilinia. By public transport you get to Muggia.

Day 4: Muggia – Ankaran – Koper

(ascent approx. 300 m, descent approx. 320 m / approx. 4-5 hours)

You leave the fishing village of Muggia with its lovely maintained old town and head over to Ankaran. Soon you will leave Italy and cross the border to Slovenia. The shady pine forests offer a view over the numerous bays and the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon a bus ride will take you to Koper (not included) takes you to Koper. Capodistria, as the village is also called, awaits you. Let the day end in the car-free old town with all its magnificent buildings.

Day 5: Koper - Piran

(ascent approx. 200 m, descent approx. 170 m / approx. 4-5 hours)

Hiking along the sea you will leave Koper, you pass the ancient fisher town Izola and walk to Piran, where you will spend your night. Piran, birth place of the italian violonist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, is influenced heavily from venetian impact. Stroll through the alleys with its Venetian palaces or enjoy the atmosphere on Piazza Tartini in the centre of Piran.

Day 6: Piran – Grožnjan – Motovun

(ascent approx. 290 m, descent approx. 320 m / approx. 5 hours)

In the morning transfer from Piran to Groznjan. Named the first time in 1102 it is today a meeting point for musicians from all over the world and the starting point of your tour. Here during the summer classical concerts of young musicians take place . The Jazz is Back festival, which takes place in the second half of July, is dedicated to jazz. From Grožnjan you hike to Livade. The village of Motovun can be seen from far away, high up on a hill.

Day 7: Motovun – Vizinada – Porec

(ascent approx. 150 m, descent approx. 150 m / approx. 3-4 hours)

This last hiking day in Istria leads you to Porec. From the distance you will see the Euphrasian Basilica, which has been taken up by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site and is certainly worth a visit. A tasting glass of wine on one of the places in the historic centre of Porec will remind you of the highlights of your hiking week.

Day 8: Porec

Individual departure from Porec or possibility to extend your stay.


General information

By car: Over the Tauern motorway to Villach and over the border Arnoldstein to Udine and further on to Trieste.
By train: Over Salzburg and Villach to Trieste (Trieste centrale). Timetables on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Low Cost flights to the airport Ronchi dei Legionari or Pula. Good connections by bus (airport-shuttle) from the airport Ronchi dei Legionari to Trieste.

B&B`s and hotels of a 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Parking facilities in Trieste in our partner garage at the price of € 55.00 / week; reservation required at the time of booking, payment on site during the welcome briefing.

Every Saturday transfer with the shuttle bus from Porec to Trieste at a price of € 45.00 per person (to be reserved and paid upon booking).
Alternative: Good bus connections from Porec to Trieste.

We suggest travel insurance.


In Trieste there are various public parking facilities. It is best to contact the starting hotel.

Every Saturday with a shuttle organised by us or alternatively by bus from Porec to Trieste.


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Tour information

  • Duration 8 days
  • Minimum age 14 years and older
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Distance 88 - 90 km