The area of the old railway line Parenzana connects passionate walkers, cyclists, and explorers of Istria who want to study the region in a way that is a bit different. Parenzana stretches across the peninsula for 123 kilometers and was recognized as a potential for active tourism in the early 2000s when its revitalization began.
Rich cultural sights
Northwestern Istria, which Parenzana traveled through, is recognizable for its many cultural and historical landmarks, starting from the Euphrasian Basilica and the Savudrija lighthouse, to the Baredina cave and the observatory in Višnjan, and the medieval towns on the hills that give this part of Istria an additional decorative note.
Parenzana was in traffic for 33 years
In its 33 years of operation, Parenzana has contributed to the economic development of Istria. In addition to passengers, it transported wine and olive oil from the area of Buje and Motovun, Istrian stone, coal and wood, and salt from Piran and Sečovlje.
Connected 33 Istrian towns and three states are
On its 123 km long route, Parenzana connected 33 Istrian towns from Trieste to Poreč. Nowadays, it would pass through the territory of as many as three countries: Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
A rich offer of Istrian gastronomic delicacies
Istrian wine, olive oil and truffles can also be your choice while visiting the former narrow-gauge railway Parenzana. You have a handful of opportunities to taste Istrian delicacies, from prominent winemakers such as Kabola, Franković, Benvenuti and Tomaz all the way to Zigante truffles or extra virgin oil from Ipša in Livada and oil from the Galić family in Biloslavi.
Cycling and hiking trails
Today, the part of Parenzana from the border crossing between Italy and Slovenia to Poreč has been converted into a cycling and walking path, which attracts many lovers of outdoor activities. A weekend in Istria, discovering the many trails that adorn Parenzana, is a great idea for groups of friends as well as for families with children, and if you want to stay on the track itself, there are bike&bed hotels for you.
You too can experience the story of Parenzana. Immerse yourself in the history of this area by enjoying walking, running or cycling along the paths, bridges and viaducts, illuminated tunnels and other accompanying facilities such as the Parenzane museum in Livade.
Photo credit: www.istra.hr, www.coloursofistria.com