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Istria

  • 6 Night Route

    Price From: £620
  • 5 Night Route

    Price From: £575

Hilltop villages of north-west Croatia

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Mount Ucka

Mount Ucka

The village of Mala Ucka

The village of Mala Ucka

The sea, the sea

The sea, the sea

Moscenicka Draga - journey's end

Moscenicka Draga - journey's end

Motovun on its hill

Motovun on its hill

Motovun - in the morning sun

Motovun - in the morning sun

The square in Motovun

The square in Motovun

Picnic at Trebisca

Picnic at Trebisca

Crossing the footbridge

Crossing the footbridge

Price: £620
Nights: 6
Grade:
Walk: 4-6½ hr/day
Max. party size: 8

Travellers Reviews

It has been a brilliant escape which we have greatly enjoyed, not least all the lovely innkeepers and B&B owners whom we met and who overfed us terribly and also wonderfully. Wild asparagus omelette for breakfast on Nela's terrace in Hum is an especial memory.

We saw no other walkers on our wanderings, but did have a magical encounter with a chap called Feruco who invited us into his house for a glass of wine and showed us his beautiful restoration of his ancestral home.

Alastair and Jenny Bremner, Torrington, May 2017

Value for money and where we wanted to go.

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and everything went very smoothly. We really felt as though we'd achieved something, especially climbing Mount Ucka on the last day.

Jess Criswell, Cheshire, September 2016

Loved the remote trails, the location. the variety of the walks and the terrains you covered.

It felt like we were getting to see Istria at its most natural and least touristy! Perfect for what we needed.

Faye Walker, Norwich, May 2016

More independent feedback
About the Route

At a glance

6 night version (4 walking days). The full route. We recommend a second night at the start, maybe another in Moscenicka Draga and our add-on in Fazana, on the west coast near Pula.

How much walking?

Full days: 14-24 km per day, 4-6½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 8-15km per day, 2½-5 hrs (using lifts)

Max. Grade:

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

See Kate and Paul’s photo album of their walk here.

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com

 

Route 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 Mošćenička Draga or Fazana 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!

How much Walking?

Full days: 14-24 km per day, 4-6½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 8-15km per day, 2½-5 hrs (using lifts)

Mainly easy underfoot. Long downhill Day 5. Signage limited, good route directions. Highest point on route: 1,401m.

Medium: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 530m (100m – 850m) perday.

Easy-medium:  480m (100m – 660m) using shortening options.

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: May, June, September, October

Other possible months: April, July, August

Like other coastal routes offered by On Foot, there are advantages in both seasons – the spring for the flowers and the autumn for the sea temperature and local fresh truffles. The seaside can be quiet in April and October, which is an advantage for some but dull for others. August can be very hot for walking.

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Motovun

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrival day

Arrive at Motovun. Freshen up, have a wander around this fascinating old town, and eat a good dinner ready to start your walk tomorrow.

Option

Fancy truffle hunting?  Spend an extra night in Motovun, and the day with a local English-speaking family and their dogs hunting for white or black truffles (seasonally dependent). Price dependent on group size - enquire.

Day 2 - Sovinjak to Hum

After a short transfer, start off down to the remote farmstead of Senica in its deeply wooded valley and to Vrh, with splendid views all round. The restored mill at Kotli which may be open for a drink. A beautiful walk along the meadows to Bencici is followed by the extraordinary village of Hum. Ask to see the frescoes in the church. (Medium: 6 hrs, 19km, CUSs 765, or 4¼ hrs, 14km, CUSs 560m with shortening option)

Day 3 - Hum to Roč

Starting off along the Glagolitic Trail with its inscribed monuments, you walk up onto the limestone plateau at Kras and then across it to Rocko Polje. Then a visit to Sv. Toma and the hidden valley of Kompanj before your next hilltop town. (Medium: 4 hrs, 125km, CUSs 610m)

Day 4 - Roč to Poklon

Walk – or ride with the luggage – to Lupoglav, then track into the high plateau with some great views to the south and west, and of the ever-present Mount Učka, on the way. You gain considerable height (you will thank us tomorrow!), before arriving at the Poklon saddle and your first glimpse of the Adriatic. (Medium-hard: 6½hrs, 24km, CUSs 850m, or Medium: 4hrs, 16km, CUSs 660m with lift at start)

Day 5 - Poklon to Mošćenička Draga

A beautiful high walk to end. A level woodland track along the eastern slopes of Ucka, (which you can climb if you wish). Emerge from the woods to your first really spectacular views of the Adriatic and the islands, before your long downhill through the enchanting Mošćenička valley to your final destination. (Medium-hard: 5 hrs, 13km, CUS 500m, or medium:  5hrs, 15km, 100m using lower route).  NB 1000m steepish descent at end.

Day 6 - Free day to explore Mošćenička Draga

Free day to explore Mošćenička Draga, to relax on the beach, take an excursion (in season) along the coast or to an island, visit the old village on the hill or try some more walking on the slopes of Ucka.

Departure day

Depart for home, or why not stay an extra day, or (if departing from Pula) a couple of days at our little hotel in Fazana?

Travel Information

ARRIVING BY AIR

Best airport is Pula, followed by Trieste and Ljubljana. Intercontinental flights will arrive to Venice and Zagreb, from which transfers can be arranged if required.

We do not recommend airport transfers by public transport on this route.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

Nearest railway stations:

Start: Trieste or Sežana

Finish: Opatija-Matulji (short taxi ride from Mošćenička Draga)

Typical rail journey from UK via Paris and Venice:

London: Eurostar to Paris, transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon for night train to Venice.  Change to local train to Trieste. ~19 hrs plus taxi from Trieste to Motovun.  See The Man in Seat 61 for the London-Venice stretch, European Railway Timeable for Venice – Trieste.

Return – Opatija Matulji to UK via Ljubljana, Munich, and Paris: Train to Ljubljana (European Railway Timetable, buy tickets locally) then see The Man in Seat 61.

 

Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in the town of Motovun and the last in Mošćenička Draga. Airport transfers can only effectively be done by Pre-booked taxi.  For train arrivals see below.

PULA, TRIESTE AND LJUBLJANA AIRPORTS:

Outward: Pre-booked taxi transfer from airports to first hotel: Trieste 1 hr 45 mins; Ljubljana 2 hrs or Pula 1 hr

Return: Pre-booked taxi transfer from last hotel to airports: Trieste 2 hrs; Ljubljana 2½ hrs; Pula 1 hr

Transfers from railway stations:
Outward: Pre-bookable taxi from Trieste or Sežana stations to Motovun (1½ hours)

Return: 19km local pre-bookable taxi from Mošćenička Draga to Opatija-Matulji station

For pre-bookable taxi prices, see “Prices”

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like addtional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

Stay in a eclectic mix of family-run accommodation, a hunters’ lodge and even two real Croatian homes, followed in Mošćenička Draga by a choice between delightful pensions with sea views, and a large international style hotel with indoor pool. Local fresh truffles are readily available in September and October. Twin rooms and singles are in quite short supply on this route.

Motovun – Villa Borgo (B&B)

Night 1

Motovun – Villa Borgo (B&B)

Simple B&B in lovely position with terrace overlooking the valley.

Motovun – Hotel Kastel (B&B)

Night 1 (Upgrade)

Motovun – Hotel Kastel (B&B)

A family-run hotel situated at the top of the fortified town.

Hum – Nela Grabar (B&B)

Night 2

Hum – Nela Grabar (B&B)

Private accommodation in a basic Croatian home (twin room not en suite), breakfast 100% from own produce and supper at the local pub. Nela's home brewed "Biska" is legendary.

Roc – Dolores Zornada (Accommodation only)

Night 3

Roc – Dolores Zornada (Accommodation only)

Apartment with great views over hills. Breakfast and dinner in nearby restaurant (included).

Poklon – Restaurant Pansion Ucka (Dinner, B&B)

Night 4

Poklon – Restaurant Pansion Ucka (Dinner, B&B)

Newly renovated and re-opened hunters' lodge below the peak of Mount Ucka, with a promising restaurant featuring regional specialities.

Mošcenicka Draga – Ksenija House (B&B)

Night 5 & 6

Mošcenicka Draga – Ksenija House (B&B)

Small pension overlooking the main pebble beach with views of the islands of Cres and Krk. Have breakfast and relax on the large terrace.

Add-on near Pula

Add a couple of days in our friendly boutique B&B, Villetta Phasiana, in the lovely fishing village of Fazana, about 10km north of Pula, opposite the Brioni islands.

Prices

Price: £620 for 6 nights

Total 6 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, luggage transfers, short transfer Day 2, 4 picnics and 3 evening meals.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated (e.g. for taxis), and may vary with exchange rate fluctuations – check with On Foot for your guaranteed price.

Savings and supplements

Single Room Supplement: Single rooms are limited on this route: From £110 in standard accommodation

Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £100

Larger party saving (on identical itinerary): – £40 off per person (except first two)

 

Add Ons

Upgrade to Hotel Kastel, Motovun: Contact On Foot

Other hotels and further nights: Contact On Foot – prices depend on accommodation chosen/available

Nights in Fažana: Contact us – prices vary with season and discounts apply for stays of 3+ nights

Taxi transfers from airports to first hotel: (prices from) Trieste £111 (1-3 pers), Rijeka £tba, Ljubljana £151, Pula (1 hr) £81 (1-4 pers. Call for larger groups).

Taxi transfers from Trieste or Sežana railway stations to first hotel: (prices from) £81 (1-3 pers.), £121 (4-6)

Taxi transfers from final hotel to airport: (prices from) Trieste £146, Ljubljana £167 (2 hrs); Rijeka (1 hr) £tba; Pula (1 hr) £111 (all 1-4 people. Call for larger groups).

Taxi transfers from Mošćenička Draga to Opatija-Matulji station:
£37 (1-4 pers).

Taxi transfer from M. Draga to Fažana: £111 (1-4 pers

Travellers Reviews

It has been a brilliant escape which we have greatly enjoyed, not least all the lovely innkeepers and B&B owners whom we met and who overfed us terribly and also wonderfully. Wild asparagus omelette for breakfast on Nela's terrace in Hum is an especial memory.

We saw no other walkers on our wanderings, but did have a magical encounter with a chap called Feruco who invited us into his house for a glass of wine and showed us his beautiful restoration of his ancestral home.

Alastair and Jenny Bremner, Torrington, May 2017

Value for money and where we wanted to go.

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and everything went very smoothly. We really felt as though we'd achieved something, especially climbing Mount Ucka on the last day.

Jess Criswell, Cheshire, September 2016

Loved the remote trails, the location. the variety of the walks and the terrains you covered.

It felt like we were getting to see Istria at its most natural and least touristy! Perfect for what we needed.

Faye Walker, Norwich, May 2016

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Route designed by:

Slaven Zlatic

Slaven runs the 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.

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