Day 3 - cooling pool at Kotli (Merete Myklebost)
Day 3 - cooling pool at Kotli (Merete Myklebost) 
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£620.00 (2017)
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6 nights
6 B&B, 3 evening meals, 4 picnics
Luggage transfers between hotels
Transfer Roc-Poklon (Day 5)
Maximum party size 8
3½ - 6½ 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 Mošćenička Draga.


Grade:  medium


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 two further hilltop villages and one hunters' lodge, 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 Mošćenička Draga, where the fish is fresh, the beaches uncrowded and the water sparkling and warm.  Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary, Debbie & Fi


Maximum party size 8, only one twin room in Hum.


Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 6 nights, though an extra day at the seaside might appeal.

5-night option miss one night in Moscenicka Draga


See Kate and Paul's photos from their holiday here.


  • 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 perhaps have a truffle-hunting experience (learning about, hunting and eating this extraordinary delicacy - ask us for details), or why not combine with a stay in Trieste (our taximan Claudio can transfer you) or Venice. Further days at the end at Mošćenička 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 fresh truffles in the autumn - dominate the first few days.


When you reach Mošćenička 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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Route designed by

Vladimir Benas

Vladimir (Vlado), who originally designed the route, 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 Mošćenička Draga.


Slaven Zlatic

Vlado is handing over responsibility for the route to Slaven, who you may meet at his hotel, Villa Borgo in Motovun. Having studied Hotel Management in Opatija and worked in Ireland and the United States, Slaven is relishing owning his own business near to his parents' sheep farm - ask for the cheese if it is available.