For decades, Istria has been a must-see destination in the maps and itineraries of both professional and recreational sports enthusiasts. There are not a lot of destinations in Europe that can boast a more diverse offering of activities and facilities when it comes to an active holiday. The fact that the 18-hole Istrian golf course on the Island of Veli Brijun is the oldest in continental Europe, speaks for itself.
Istria is covered with more than 500 kilometres of bike trails. Some of them require a little adventurous spirit on the part of visitors, but most will lead you through picturesque vineyards and olive groves with a only a little effort.
Jogging through unspoilt nature, trekking along the seafront or a view from a hot air balloon or a small tourist propeller plane, will leave you with an unforgettable sensation. Why not discover one of the numerous horse-riding clubs so you can discover one of these trails riding this noble animal?
Relaxation, Sports and Adventure
In addition to the traditional offering of numerous tennis and football fields, well known to professional athletes who choose Istria as their destination for winter training, the local tourist workers have given their best to satisfy the needs of visitors with the keenest taste in adventure holidays as well. All those not intimidated by vertigo should visit one of the nine registered mountain climbing locations and 260 secured paths.
Those interested in the blue sea depths will also not be left disappointed. Thousand have received their diving licences under the coaching of professional instructors in the Istrian Adriatic. Can it be done in spring? It can be done anytime since in Istria the diving season lasts 365 days a year. When it comes to diving, a special and priceless experience is exploring sunken ships from the turbulent history of this region. Therefore: to all those, who need more than beaches, hotels, gastronomy, shopping or culture, wondering what to do with their excess energy, we say: no problem, get to know the adrenaline side of Istria.