Venice – Rijeka Venice – Rijeka

Venice – Rijeka

This stage follows the coast of the Gulf of Venice at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. Although relatively short, it takes in three different countries – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia – some unforgettable cities, kilometres of golden sand and some world class attractions.

Although the most westerly point of this stage is actually located on the edge of Venice Lagoon, of course many visitors will take the opportunity to visit the “City of canals” sheltering behind it.  After taking in all that Venice has to offer, the next major site that visitors heading eastwards will meet is the UNESCO World Heritage listed archaeological area of Aquileia, which was one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire and remarkably most of it still lies unexcavated beneath fields. 

It is then a short ride to the cosmopolitan city of Trieste.  Located at the end of a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, Trieste was the main port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and so grew in size and wealth during the 19th Century.  It retains many of the attractive buildings and public spaces that were built at that time.

Just outside Trieste is the border with Slovenia and there is a chance to explore the country’s short (just 42km!) but beautiful coastline, which boasts attractive fishing villages, inviting beaches and clear water. 

The remainder of this stage traces the coastline of the Istrian peninsula in Croatia.  This region has much to offer including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč; one of the world’s best preserved Roman amphitheatres in Pula; and the much fought after city of Rijeka, which over the past 100 years has been part of Hungary, Italy, Yugoslavia and finally Croatia!

  • 43
    KM of Slovenian
  • 27
    BC foundation of
    Ampitheatre in Pula
  • 3
    countries feature
    on this stage


  • Sečovlje salt-pans, Slovenia

    The Sečovlje salt pans are today the largest of the coastal marsh wetlands (650 hectares), and at the same time, the most important Slovenian locality from the ornithological point of view. The variety of bird species in this area, from the aspect of nesting and wintering, is much larger than in any other comparable locality of its kind. The Sečovlje salts flats are the northernmost salt flats in the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in the traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonizes man and nature. Over the centuries, a unique habitat has formed for halophytic plants and animals and migrating birds. The cultural heritage, which reflects centuries of work by saltmakers, is extremely rich. Copyright TIC Portorož

  • Uljanik shipyard, Croatia

    Pula’s Uljanik shipyard is one of the oldest still in operation today. In 2000 the city began considering relocating the shipyard to free up area for tourism. A Croatian lighting designer however decided to illuminate the shipyard itself and it could be an attraction. The Lighting Giants project came alive in 2014 at Visualia, a festival of digital art and lighting design. The eight cranes at Uljanik are illuminated every night in different colours. Pula also has a spectacular Roman amphitheatre, the Pula Arena also serves as a venue for many concerts. Photo credit: Miro onoff (flickr)

  • Mediterranean cuisine, Slovenia

    The attractiveness of the Slovene seaside, this northernmost end of the Mediterranean, was sung of by many poets, inspired by the Istrian hills, the sea, the salt-pans, the karst and its stone-house villages...The coast, with its abundant vegetation, offers a wealth of culinary experiences, with fresh herbs and fish specialties. In the Istrian culinary tradition the meals are most often cooked and less often fried. Key ingredients include indigenous, locally grown vegetables, herbs and spices. These are mostly mild in taste, but chefs often use the varieties that grow in the wild. Istrian cuisine is characterized by fish and poultry dishes. The most important ingredients are without a doubt the local olive oil and wine. Oil, wine and sea salt produced on the Slovenian coast are world renown products today. Copyright TIC Portorož

  • Old town centre Koper, Slovenia

    Koper, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, was developed on a rocky island with the Roman name Capris. Out of the three Slovenian coast cities (Koper, Izola, Piran), Koper has experienced the most numerous layout modifications. The reasons for that also need to be sought in the changes of various reigns and states, all of which marked the city with their specific traits and names. Koper was called Capris in Roman times, in the times of the pope Gregory I (599) Insula Capraria (“goat island”), Iustinopolis under the Byzantine Empire (between mid 6th and 8th centuries) and Caput Histriae (‘head of Istria’) by the Aquileia Patriarchs. The Venetians rendered that name into the Italian form, Capodistria. Today, Koper is both an commercial and tourist city, continuing to develop its offer in terms of seaside resorts, nautical tourism, sports and shopping. It has also become a University City. Copyright TIC Koper, foto Ubald Trnkoczy

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  • Route at the planning stage

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