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Parenzana MTB Day Tour

Parenzana MTB day tour from Labinci - Cycle Croatia

Parenzana MTB Day Tour 
(approx. 50 km / 730 m of elevation, MTB Level 2)

Interested in time travel? Our Parenzana MTB day tour takes place on one of the most popular bike trails in Croatia: the old railway track; Parenzana.

The name of this historical track is the route of health and friendship. The railway began operation at the beginning of the 20th century and continued until 1935. The track stretches from Italy (Trieste), through Slovenia, and into Croatia, ending in Poreč. It is 123 km long with 604 curves, 9 tunnels, 11 bridges and 6 viaducts. 

Our tour will take you on the most interesting part of the railway. In the morning, there will be a transfer available from your hotel in Poreč to the starting point in Buje, a small town in north western Istria. Here we will join the Parenzana and ride all the way to Labinci, which will be the end of our tour. Along the route we will discover many hidden trails, romantic villages and the picturesque old town of Grožnjan, where we will relax over a cup of coffee. The next stop of the day’s bike ride will be the famous, old town of Motovun, the trademark of Istria. This is the best place to begin to taste your holiday by enjoying some of the local specialties of the region.

This tour is offered every Wednesday from April to October. Duration of the tour is approx. 7 hours.

Culture: walk through medieval town of Grožnjan
Nature: beautiful valley of Mirna, the longest river in Istria
Activity: ride over the bridges and through tunnels of the old railway – Parenzana
Gastronomy: homemade ravioli with wild asparagus

MTB Day Trip from Rabac to the Trails of Friendship - Istria

We offer a transfer from your hotel in Poreč to the starting point in Buje, where we will get on our bikes and join the Parenzana route. Expected time to begin the bike tour is around 10:00 am. 

The Parenzana trail is a nice, wide gravel road. The first 6 km will be at an incline until we reach Grožnjan. Here we will take a break to visit the old town and enjoy a coffee. We will then continue with 4km of undulating road before reaching a pleasant 16km long downhill ride – it is at this part of the old railway that we will encounter tunnels, viaducts and bridges. Along the way we will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding valley, Mirna River and Motovun forest. Soon after, we will reach the village of Livade and take a short uphill ride to Motovun. At this section of Parenzana, while the trains were still running, the old locomotives used to take so long to ascend the steep climbs that some passengers would get off the train to stretch their legs a while before returning to their wagons! 

Once we reach Motovun we, too, will be able to stretch our legs, not only by having a stroll through the old town, but also by taking this perfect opportunity to have a lunch break. Motovun is a gastronomic mecca and has a wide range of restaurants. After lunch we will return to the Parenzana route, starting with a downhill ride.  The last 10 km we will follow an undulating gravel road to Labinci, where we will round up the tour. The transfer will be waiting here to take you back to your hotels. 

The total biking distance is approximately 50 km with 730 meters of elevation. 

This tour is offered every Wednesday from April to October. Duration of the tour is approx. 7 hours.

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post. 


E-Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean. 


Price of 45 EURO/ per person includes:
* group transfer from / to Poreč (pick up at 08:30 from Hotel Valamar Diamant, 08:40 from Poreč bus station, 08:50 from Hotel Valamar Zagreb, 09:15 from Hotel Valamar Tamaris)
* guided tour of Grožnjan & Motovun
* multilingual tour guide
* 0,5L water & energy bar

Stated price doesn’t include:
* bike rental
* lunch
* drinks

Minimum number of persons: 3

Please bring the following:
* Biking backpack

* Money for lunch & drinks
* Medicine if you are allergic or asthmatic
* If desired, your personal bike saddle (it will be fitted to your rental bike by our guides)
* If necessary, a jersey or a T-shirt to change as well as a wind or rain jacket

Good to know
* This tour is a moderate bike ride with some climbs and descents. A basic fitness level as well as the safe control of a bike are therefore presupposed.