Before choosing Croatia for your cycling holiday, how about comparison with a defining Istrian gastronomic treat – in this case, Pecene srdele. These are delicious fresh sardines, grilled to perfection and served with lemon and a crisp salad after a day’s exploration.

Sardines don’t come much more enjoyable than when they’re cooked and eaten fresh from the Adriatic in Novigrad or Rovinj. Like the pristine coast landscape you explore, the fish too is unspoilt and unadorned. What you see is what you get and it's amazing. From lush evergreen forests to sleepy, hilltop towns that have barely changed in centuries, these are cycle travellers’ equivalents of sardines grilled as they’ve been cooked for millennia.

When cooked perfectly (few places do it quite like Istria) grilled sardines epitomise the simple idea done brilliantly. The same applies to your carefully planned Oro cycling adventure. From sun-kissed vineyards to sleepy towns and historic cities, every yard cycled is like another mouth-watering fork full of grilled sardines. The anticipation is wonderful, the experience is sublime and you'll remember the taste forever.

Yes! Exploring Istria on a Croatia cycling holiday, really is like savouring delicious Pecene srdele. It’s unspoilt, authentic and memorable from the first taste to the last!

Croatia highlights

  • Enjoy delicious seafood and other Istrian produce with minimal food miles.
  • Climb to ancient hill top towns, then coast back down to the Adriatic and enjoy lazy long seafood lunches.
  • Marvel at the impressive Roman arena in Pula
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The Istrian Coast Ride

With stunning landscapes, thousands-of-year-old sights, a magnificent coastline and delicious cuisine at every stop, exploring Croatia’s Adriatic Istria region on two wheels is a veritable gem among Croatia cycling tours.

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