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Cycling trail Old Roman trail

  • Location

    Kaštelir

  • Duration

    1:30 h

  • Quick Info

    Route difficulty: easy

    Length of route: 18.3km

This loop trail begins on the square in Kaštelir in front of the entrance to the tourist board office, near the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, built in 1908. Head east and turn left at the fork up the mild slope out of the village. You will find a macadam road that will lead you through a shady forest to a small village, where you will cross an asphalt road. Continue towards the north and you will reach Vela Mukla, a well-known paragliding launch site at 170m above sea level. As you ride towards the river Mirna to your west, you will see the natural wealth of Istria: fields, forests and green meadows. A longer ride through the forest will offer a break from the heat and bring you to the village of Rogovići, where you will again climb a mild slope back to the centre of Kaštelir (11km northeast of Poreč).

Details
  • Available months: all months
  • Available weekdays: all days
Itinerary

Route: Kaštelir centre – Vela Mukla – Rogovići – Kaštelir centre

More details

  • Surface type: asphalt (4.2km) and macadam (14.1km)
  • Elevation gain: 280m
  • Highest point: 250m

 

  • Discover traces of history in the surroundings of Kaštelir, such as villa rustica, an oil refinery and summer villas from Roman times. Around 4km north of Kaštelir, you will find the ruins of Nigrinjan, a mediaeval fortified settlement known today as Gradina.
  • Kaštelir is physically connected to the town of Labinci, and together they form the municipality of Kaštelir-Labinci. In Labinci, you can visit the 1736 parish church dedicated to St. John the Baptist and Anthony, and a 13th century Gothic church with 15th century frescoes.
  • If you want to explore Istria’s history, visit Poreč, around 11km from Kaštelir, and see its famous Euphrasian Basilica.
  • As most the residents of Kaštelir are farmers, take the opportunity to enjoy homemade products like wine, potatoes, olive oil and honey, which make up the foundation of the local cuisine. If you love potatoes, visit Kaštelir on the first weekend in August, when the local Gramperijada potato festival is held.
  • If you want to explore even more options for cycling in untouched nature, choose the Poreč area cycling routes .
  • Head north above the Mirna river valley and you’ll reach Vrbanovica, a well-known excursion site that offers a spectacular view of Istria and the sea.

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