Croatia Trail Running – Istria



Trail running holiday in Croatia. Active trail running – fastpacking on the Istrian Peninsula – Croatia’s Little Tuscany. An amazing running experience on the northern Adriatic Coast of Croatia with local gourmet and untouched nature surpluses. 

On this trail running adventure you’ll venture off the beaten path to stunning national parks such as Brioni, Kamenjak Nature Park, cooling off in turquoise waters along the way. The trails on Istrian peninsula offer much more than exercise. You’ll discover each path has its own character. Whether you crave coastal routes, mountain trails, or charming city paths, Croatia has it all. Lace up your running shoes and get ready to explore this runner’s paradise.

Karst stones, olive groves, top quality wine and the glittering Adriatic Sea as the backdrop, Croatia makes it easy to find epic and inspiring trails to run. Croatia is a major producer of high-quality wine and olive oil. You’ll enjoy a Mediterranean feast wherever you go, with local products always at the forefront.

Istria – It’s often called Croatia’s Tuscany! 

The beautiful coastal part of Istria with numerous beaches and untouched inland with rich history and with local produce are one of the reasons why Istria is ideal to escape from everyday life. Here people love truffly pasta dishes and love wine. Istrian trails with famous Parenzana roads are even better than Istrian beaches. Running along Istria’s many trails is an ideal way to get an up-close and personal view of the magical peninsula of the most western part of Croatia.

This tour is designed by expert runners for runners.


Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Activity: Trail Running | Fastpacking
Length: 14–18 km/day or 18-25 km/day
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Accommodation: Small Fine Hotels ****
Date: From March 15th to November 15th.
Booking: Any day of the week (self guided tour)
Start of the tour: Buzet, Croatia.
End of the tour: Premantura, Croatia.
Price: 1.195,00 €/person (self guided tour, min. 2 people in group). | 1.695,00 €/person (guided tour, minimum 6 people in group).  

Early Bird Price Until March 15th, 20241.060,00€ (self-guided tour); 1.595,00€/person (guided tour)

Note: This running tour is organized in a way that allows the runner to choose a longer or shorter stage – running course every day. The run takes place on carefully selected and most beautiful trails, both for longer and shorter routes. The courses are mainly scenic and aim to bring the runner closer to the experience of Istria and its locals. The runner focuses on running and runs exclusively in daily running gear. All other accompanying activities (luggage transportation, transfers, accommodations, etc.) are taken care of.



1.195,00 €


7 days / 6 nights


Self guided tour | Guided Tour (on request).




April 15th–November 15th


Hotels ***/****


Start of the tour on any day of the week.

Start of the tour 

Buzet, Croatia

End of the tour

Premantura, Croatia

Running along Croatia's Coast and letting your mind run free.

Trail running is synonymous to nature. A different way to experience the Istrian penisula and admire spectacular landscapes. Get on the run along the famous Kamenjak trail, Brujini National Park ... try trails around the famous villages of Motovun and Grožnjan or discover trails near the Adriatic Sea.


Items that are included in the cost of the self-guided tour price:


Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price:

Optional Extras

Guided Tour - May 2024

Private Guided Tour


Welcome to Buzet, Istria! 

  • Arrival to Buzet.
  • Introductory meeting / Hotel, Buzet.
  • Overnight, Hotel Vela Vrata ****

Trail Running from Buzet to Motovun. 

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Short transfer to starting point, Selce.
  • Running from Selca to Motovun.
  • Run – option 1: 16 km | +650 m 
  • Run – option 2: 24 km | +1.100 m 
  • Overnight, Hotel Kaštel, Motovun ****

Trail Running from Motovun to Bale Vale. 

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Short transfer to starting point, Tinjan.
  • Running from Tinjan to Bale.
  • Run – option 1: 17.5 km | +380 m 
  • Run – option 2: 22.5 km | +680 m
  • Overnight, Hotel La Grisa, Bale ****

Trail Running from Bale Vale to Rovinj. 

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Running from Bale Vale to Rovinj via Barbariga and Zlatni rat.
  • Run – option 1: 16 km | +150 m 
  • Run – option 2: 23.5 km | +350 m
  • Overnight, Hotel Delfin, Rovinj ****

Trail Running from Fažana to Pula. 

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Short transfer to starting point, Fažana.
  • Boat transfer to Brujini islands – park.
  • Running around Brijuni National park.
  • Return boat transfer and running to Pula.
  • Run – option 1: 15 km | +190 m 
  • Run – option 2: 22 km | +280 m 
  • Overnight, Hotel Histria, Pula ****

Trail Running from Pula to Premantura.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Running from from Pula to Premantura via Kamenjak Nature park.
  • Run – option 1: 14 km | +210 m 
  • Run – option 2: 21 km | +340 m 
  • Overnight, Hotel Premantura/Medulin, Bale ****

The trail running holiday ends at the southwestern cape of magical Istria.

  • Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Optional: Transfer to Airport …

Trail Running Expert

Špela is an enthusiastic trail runner, a nature lover, and a fan of cycling and ski touring. By profession, she is a Kinesiologist – Master of Science, primarily interested in exercise physiology and endurance sports. She applies her expertise to trail running, assisting runners with preparation and providing advice on nutrition, recovery, injuries…

Špela is also a trainee for the UIMLA mountain leader. At LIFE Hike, she prepares and manages trail running programs and holidays. She is also involved in creating the Triglav Trail Run race, which is considered one of the most beautiful trail running experiences in the region. Špela will provide you with advice on running, information about the destination, and help you prepare for your trail running holidays. She will be there for tips on difficulty, the specifics of the trail, equipment advice, and any other information to make your trail running vacation a wonderful experience.

Make it happen. Book now!

Croatia Trail Running - Istria

Running along Croatia's Coast and letting your mind run free.

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