A stunning tour from the Adriatic Coast to Istria
The north eastern curve of the Italian coast was the historic heartland of the Venetian Empire - but its tendrils stretched much further: all the way down the opposite Adriatic coast, along the shoreline of Croatia too.
You can explore the Venetian flourishes in two countries on this hop across the border - and two delightful cities, enticing beaches and coastal pine forests simply made for cycling through as well.
Marina Julia Camping Village ★★★
Adriatic Coast | Italy
The Venetian coastline stretches in a sun-soaked arch from the palazzos of the lagoon to the historic maritime cities that border Croatia. At Marina Julia Camping Village, you’re close to Trieste: one of the region’s most enchanting cities, with history, culture and exceptional food at every turn. But first, your parc!
The fun starts at the pool – or should that be pools. There’s an Olympic-sized one (complete with diving board for the brave), a lazy river, kids pool and water chutes and slides too. Cloaked in mature pines, this handsome parc is sporty and serene in equal measure: it’s up to you to find your favourite spot.
Then, when a little exploration is called for, visit nearby Grado, a stylish little resort at the end of a slim, beach-fringed peninsula for stunning views out to sea, and a wealth of options for lunch. And, of course, Venice is always a must-see, especially when it’s a quick ferry ride away.
Park Umag ★★★★★
Istria | Croatia
Take the easiest, and most delightful 90 minute drive across the border into Croatia to arrive at the heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. You’ll see the winged lion of Venice on stone gateways and imposing villas everywhere you turn. This land was once part of the Venetian Empire but now has a verve and style all its own. It shares those same dazzling Adriatic waters with its neighbour though!
Park Umag is a spacious, action-packed parc which prides itself on its array of sports, entertainment and fun for every holidaymaker. Two beautiful pool complexes overlook that sparkling sea, and if you tear yourself away, you can cycle along the seafront past Blue Flag beaches, pretty villages and - if you’ve the energy - Umag, your nearest (and gorgeous) town.
Umag’s waterfront is a brilliant starting place if you’re looking for lunch. Small bistros, pizza places and cafes line the promenade and are perfect for watching the world go by.