The lure for spending vacation cycling through the countryside is in discovering hidden locations and in freedom to set your own pace for visiting locations that cannot be found on main tourist maps.
Riding a bike in Croatia
In this blog, we`ll be writing about Parenzana, a bicycle route that starts in Plovanija near the Slovenian border and ends in the town of Porec. The whole route follows this path: Plovanija, Buje, Groznjan, Livade, Motovun, Vizinada, and Porec.
Parenzana bike trail by Petar Milosevic from commons.wikimedia.org
Also, we`ll say a word or two about some of the most beautiful Istrian villas that can be found near its path.
Parenzana bicycle trail follows the old railway route that connected Trieste and Porec in the early 20th century and it offers beautiful scenery along the entire path of the bicycle trail. It goes through tunnels as well.
Old Railway route by Perica from commons.wikimedia.org
Along Parenzana picturesque and unique towns such as Motovun and Vizinada can be seen and visited.
Also, lots of family-run taverns and restaurants can be found on its path and truffles ice cream can be tasted among other delicacies that Istria has to offer.
Istrian food and wine
With difficulty marked as EASY, this trail is excellent for beginners and families wanting to spend a vacation together and discover the beautiful nature of the Istrian hinterland.
Istrian hinterland from pixabay.com
This trail is 80 kilometers long and almost all of Parenzana is macadam road that is excellently marked with signs and info boards. You can start where ever it suits you because there is access to the bicycle trail every few kilometers.
Family-friendly Parenzana by Cascafico
Villas in Istria near Parenzana
Along the Parenzana bicycle trail some of the best Istrian villas can be found and here we bring you our top villas for a dream vacation in Istria.
Villas for rent that are close to Parenzana bike route: Luxury Villa Titanium (Kastelir), Villa Meditation with infinity pool (Vizinada), Palazzo di Zara with Pool (Vabriga), Villa Grand Cube with Pool (Kastelir), Villa Ordinata with pool (Porec area), Holiday Home Cherry Hill (Visnjan), and Villa Figaro with Pool (Umag).
Next, we will give you a short description of each of the villas with their greatest benefits and reasons why you should book them for your luxury vacation near Parenzana.
This is a 5-star designer villa for 10 guests. It is filled with amazing glass and mirror details that are combined with interesting illumination. Just check the photo below and you will see what we mean.
Villa Titanium Kastelir Istria
The interior of the villa is also stylish and modern. Furniture is luxurious and with a fireplace that occupies a central position in the living area.
There are 5 bedrooms in the villa and a terrace with a sea view. There is a place for outdoor dining as well that includes a barbecue.
Terrace with outdoor dining
Surrounded by greenery and tucked away in nature, this villa is perfect for relaxation.
Villa Meditation in Vizinada, Istria
Therefore, the best feature of this villa is the outdoor area with a covered lounge area and infinity pool.
The interior is quite special as well. As you can see from the photo it is tastefully decorated. It includes 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
As far as the amenities are concerned, besides the pool is with an infinity edge, but there is also a Sauna and an indoor hot tub in the villa!
Indoor hot tub
This is a completely different mansion from the first two. It is luxurious like a palace.
Villa Palazzo di Zara Vabriga Istria
Actually, this villa is situated in a luxury resort with several similarly luxurious villas each with the privacy of course. The outdoor area is fenced with greenery and there is a lovely gazebo in front of the villa for outdoor dining.
Gazebo for outdoor dining
The interior is equally royal. There are 4 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.
As we already mentioned this villa is within a luxury resort. Thus, there are numerous additional VIP services you can book such as private chef rental or spa treatments.
Villa Ordinata is a modern 4-bedroom villa with a summer kitchen. Except for the summer kitchen outside you will find the pool, a lounge area, and a space for outdoor dining with a barbecue. Does anyone need more?
The exterior of the villa
The interior is a mixture between rustic and modern, but comfortable in any case.
This is a villa for 8 guests with a large garden that is perfect for families with kids.
Villa Grand Cube Kastelir Istria
There is a shaded terrace with an alfresco dining table and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue. The pool has a heating option.
The interior is modern and with a built-in fireplace in the living room. There is even a fitness room in the villa for exercise between cycling.
Holiday home Cherry Hill is a pet-friendly villa with a garden and a pool.
Holiday Home Cherry Hill in Visnjan Istria
The outdoors is spacious and there is an outdoor sitting and dining area with a BBQ facility.
Outdoor area with BBQ
The interior of the villa is a blend of the rustic and modern style with artistic details. There are 5 bedrooms in the house and a place for entertainment with billiard and PS.
Finally, this villa is a part of a complex of 5 villas. Thus, it is ideal for those who wish to come to their vacation in a group but still keep their privacy in a separate villa.
Villa Figaro Umag
Villa Figaro is a rustic villa for 6 guests. There is a lovely sea view from the villa.
Villa Figaro Umag Sea View
Here you will find full relaxation far from everyday life. Still, it is close to the town of Umag if need something from a larger city.
The interior of this villa is rustic with artistic details.
Villa Figaro Umag Interior
We hope you liked our blog about Parenzana and our suggestions for luxury villas near the bike trail. In case you like it, stay tuned because soon we will bring you the second volume of the Bike routes in Istria with a different route to explore!