Days 5 and 6 - Moscenicka Draga beach (Caroline Rippier)
Days 5 and 6 - Moscenicka Draga beach (Caroline Rippier) 
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£550.00 (2014)
£575.00 (2015)
6 nights
6 B&B, 3 evening meals, 4 picnics
Luggage transfers between hotels
Transfer Roc-Poklon (Day 5)
Medium
3½ - 6 hours per day
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Istria (Croatia)
Hilltop villages of north-west Croatia
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A self-guided hike through little-known Istria (northern Croatia) starting in Motovun and working its way from hilltop village to hilltop village (Sovinjak, Hum, and Roc), before cresting Mount Ucka and reaching the Adriatic at the fishing port of Moscenicka Draga.

 

A journey to the Adriatic Sea
Istria lies in the very north of Croatia. A land of hills, meadows, vineyards and woods, of churches with medieval frescoes, and of the ancient Glagolitic script. You start in fashionable Motovun (of film festival fame), and wander through unspoilt hill country, staying at tiny pensions in three further hilltop villages, before turning south to a gentle assault of Mount Ucka. Over the far side of the mountain, walk down to the sea to spend two nights at pretty Moscenicka Draga, where the fish is fresh, the beaches uncrowded and the water sparkling and warm. If flying via Pula, consider spending a night or more in a boutique hotel in Fazana, a small fishing town just 12 km away from the airport. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary & Debbie

 

Notes:  Single and twin rooms limited. Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 6 nights, though an extra day at the seaside might appeal. Shorter options: 5-night miss night 1 (Motovun)


Highlights
  • Staying in fortified Motovun
  • Hum, the smallest town in the world
  • Four unspoilt hilltop villages of Istria
  • Frescoes and the Avenue of the Glagolitics
  • Over Mount Ucka to the Adriatic
  • Two nights by the sea in a pretty fishing village

WE RECOMMEND: An extra day at the start to explore Motovun and the lovely countryside around, or why not combine with a stay in Trieste (our taximan Claudio can transfer you) or Venice. Further days at the end at Moscenicka Draga to relax and swim in the Adriatic.

 

EATING AND DRINKING: A fascinating mixture of influences will make your taste buds work overtime.  Italian food - pasta, olive oil and particularly mushrooms and truffles in the autumn - dominate the first few days.

 

When you reach Moscenicka Draga for your final two nights, seafood and fish take over, with all the Mediterranean varieties on offer depending on the daily catch by the boats that ply from the little harbour.  Get up early to watch the boats come in!

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Vladimir Benas

Vladimir (Vlado) has worked in the tourist industry for the last 40 years both with groups and independent clients as well as special interest tours and activities. He and his family now run a travel agency in Moscenicka Draga.