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LIFETIME, February 20, 2014
Cycling on the Parenzana
Parenzana was a 123km long railway line, which connected 33 places in Istria, from Trieste to Porec. Today the route passes the territories of three countries: Italy - 13km, Slovenia - 32km and Croatia - 78km. The railway route opened in 1902 and it meant life for the region it ran through; on its 123km long route, the small, slow train was puffing every day through hilly and diverse karst areas, carrying passengers, salt from the Piran and Secovlje salt pans, olive oil from Buje and Motovun, fruit, vegetables, Istrian stone and wine. The railway line was closed in 1935. The route was recently reopened as a beautiful cycling path.   

Begin the journey in an Italian port town of Trieste. Cycle to Slovenia and go past or stop in coastal towns of Koper, Izola, Piran, Portoroz and Secovlje. Visit the Secovlje Nature Park, where salt is still taken from the sea in a traditional way. Travel further to Croatia, past old hill-top towns of Buje, Groznjan, Motovun and continue towards the coast, to the lovely towns of Porec, Rovinj and Pula.

For more information on the trip go to the SELF GUIDED / SLOVENIA section on our webpage.

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