Located on the westernmost part of Croatia, the heart-shaped Istria peninsula is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, and is often referred to as the ‘The Tuscany of Croatia’. The peninsula is characterized by hilltop medieval villages, villages, Roman monuments (including several UNESCO World Heritage sites), lush forests, and breathtaking coastlines. The area is also famous for its olive oil, wineries, truffles, gastronomy, and rural, family-run hotels and restaurants. Our guide to running in Istria includes routes in Pula, Fažana, Rovinj, Poreč, and the island of Brijuni. It’s a great mix of coastal running, historic sights, and some attractive forest parks. Thanks to our Croatia running maven Lana Bukvic for her route suggestions!
Among the best places to run in Istria are the the coastal “lungo mares” in Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, and Fažana. For some lush green spaces, enjoy Šijana Park Forest near Pula or explore the Roman moments and natural scenery of Brijuni National Park. And while the pebbly beaches of Istria might not be great for running, there are wonderful secluded spots for a post-run swim in gorgeous turquoise waters!
A car is generally helpful to get around Istria, though there are buses connecting some of the main towns. Istria’s only airport is in Pula.