The mediterranean route

A bicycle trip to discover countries and traditions

Cycle tourism: a growing trend

Reflecting on his travelling experience, Ernest Hemingway said that “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best”, to highlight how that allows us to experience places in a truer and deeper way. In recent years, the advice of the famous American author seems to have reached many people who have chosen a bicycle as a means to travel and explore. In particular, since 2022 the success of cycle tourism has increased exponentially, both at Italian and European level. Driven by the growing awareness of the importance of physical and mental well-being, as well as the search for new and authentic experiences, more and more people rely on cycling to experience breathtaking landscapes, historic cities and scenic itineraries. 

The current climate crisis and increased attention to environmental sustainability have also contributed to the growth of cycle tourism, prompting many people and cities to adopt sustainable policies for travelling, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. In this context, the bicycle has established itself as one of the most sustainable means of transport with low environmental impact, offering numerous advantages over other means of transport.

Discovering Eurovelo 8

Not only people, but also cities and countries have begun to adopt sustainable policies for travelling, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and promoting less environmentally impactful tourism. The European Union has been working for some time to increase travelling by bicycle, promoting the use of bicycles even on holiday. Today we will talk about EuroVelo, the European network of long-distance cycle paths, a project started in 1995 by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and which, once completed, will cover about 90,000 kilometres of cycle paths. To date, it is developing 17 routes that connect every part of the continent, coordinated and managed at European level.

Among these, one of the most interesting is certainly Eurovelo8, the route dedicated to the exploration of the northern Mediterranean area. Starting from the Strait of Gibraltar, in fact, you can cross Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, and finally reach Cyprus.One of the most fascinating views of this wonderful cycling route extends from Venice, the magical capital of the Veneto region, to Fazana, a picturesque Croatian village very close to the town of Pula that enchants visitors thanks to its authentic Mediterranean charm. A route that crosses the sea with sparkling waters, kilometers of golden sand, mysterious islands, exceptional food and ancient cities!

From Venice to Pula by bike

Let’s start from Venice, the city on the water that enchants and fascinates everybody with its timeless beauty and its unique atmosphere. Getting lost in its streets and canals is like traveling back in time, among majestic palaces, monumental churches and characteristic bridges that reflect on the water to witness the past greatness of the Venetian capital.A few kilometers from the “Serenissima” is Caorle, nicknamed “little Venice”: a gem on the Venetian coast, famous for its golden beaches, picturesque canals and peaceful atmosphere. The narrow cobbled streets of this ancient village tell stories of fishermen and centuries-old traditions, the bright colours of the houses overlooking the sea create an unforgettable picture, while the scent of local restaurants invites you to enjoy the delicacies of Venetian seafood cuisine. In Caorle you will be spoilt for choice, as it is the perfect place for cyclists of all ages! All you have to do is decide whether to cycle along the routes that lead to the discovery of the surrounding lagoon, whether to skirt the sea, or follow the many cycling routes inland.

Moving from Veneto to Friuli, cycling along the coast, you’ll reach Grado, a characteristic Adriatic town overlooking a lagoon that reveals its true treasure: an unique ecosystem rich in biodiversity and protected wildlife.
Getting away from such a landscape is difficult, but it is worth getting back in the saddle and cycling inland to visit the nearby city of Aquileia, a UNESCO site since 1998 that has preserved a very rich heritage as a tangible testimony of a place that used to be one of the richest capitals of the Roman Empire.

Continuing the journey to the east it will be impossible not to fall in love with Trieste, a true gem in North-East Italy, a place that enchants with its rich history, its elegant architecture and its suggestive location on the beautiful Gulf. Located at the crossroads of cultures and traditions, this cosmopolitan city offers a unique experience that blends Central European elegance with the liveliness of the Mediterranean. A must-see is the Miramare Castle, a historic building located on a panoramic cliff a few kilometres from the city centre that

is the symbol of the city as well as a testimony of its aristocratic past. The city also offers many cycle paths that make it possible to discover this enchanting part of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, nestled between the blue of the Adriatic Sea and the green of the Karst woods.

Once back in the saddle, shortly after crossing the border with Slovenia you will cross Koper, one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in ancient times as an important commercial centre and port. It boasts an exceptional cultural heritage that is reflected in its imposing palaces, ancient churches and picturesque and lively squares. A few minutes away by bike is Portorož, a city famous for its thermal baths where you can regenerate before continuing your journey. Although it is famous as a place for relaxation and well-being, Portorose is also a destination where you can look for culture and fun thanks to the lively art scene, numerous cultural events and a varied offer for entertainment. In addition, its classy restaurants, trendy bars and elegant casinos add a touch of glamour to its atmosphere that can also attract nightlife lovers.

Immediately after entering Croatia Rovinj and Poreč are waiting for us, two beautiful towns in Istria renowned not only for their seafaring tradition that characterizes port cities but also for the beautiful beaches, the clean sea and the numerous opportunities to practice water sports and many other outdoor activities.

The final stop on our two-wheeled tour is the nearby city of Pula, located at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula and famous for its extraordinary Roman heritage, crystal-clear sea and lively atmosphere. The most emblematic symbol of Pula is undoubtedly the Arena, one of the largest Roman amphitheatres still preserved in the world. This magnificent building, built in the first century AD, dominates the historic centre of the city and hosts numerous cultural events and shows throughout the year. Pula, however, is not only an ancient city; it is also a modern coastal city, surrounded by beautiful sandy and rocky beaches, hidden bays and crystal clear waters that invite relaxation and fun. Its historic centre is lively and offers tourists plenty of markets, restaurants where you can taste Croatian specialities, trendy bars and clubs for lovers of nightlife and music.

Eurovelo8 is an experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the natural and cultural beauty that characterises the Mediterranean basin, crossing countries, landscapes and traditions.
It is also an opportunity to experience “slow tourism” by bicycle, a means of reconnecting with nature and the landscape, perhaps outside the usual routes, to live an experience different from usual.
Extraordinary places await you, are you ready to leave? 

Cycling tourism is an opportunity to fully enjoy your trip: it means coming into direct contact with the territory, noticing the details, rediscovering the pleasure of travelling slowly and sustainably. 

If a cycling holiday intrigues you, the BiHoliday resorts are the ideal destination. Eurovelo8 – the Mediterranean route – connects the San Francesco Village in Caorle and the BiVillage in Fažana, two resorts equipped with all the comforts and services for your slow holiday! 

The San Francesco Village is located on the shores of Caorle, the city nicknamed “little Venice”, a stone’s throw from the Venetian capital, which offers a network of cycling routes that allow you to explore the natural and cultural beauty of the area in a sustainable and relaxing way. The routes extend along the coast and towards the countryside, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding area.

The BiVillage is located in Fažana, near the natural wonders of the Brijuni Islands and the Croatian city of Pula, a place capable of offering spectacular views of the crystal-clear sea and from which cycling routes depart inland among olive groves, vineyards and ancient medieval villages, to discover the history and culture of Istria.

We look forward to welcoming you, are you ready to leave?

The author:

Evelyn Lamberto was born in Bergamo on 1 June 1991. Curious and always on the move, she tries practicing a few disciplines, from classical dance to volleyball. However, in 2020 cycling becomes her favourite sport. Riding her first racing bike, she discovers a love for two wheels and cycling becomes the means to express, know and measure herself in a succession of increasingly intense personal challenges. The passion for mountain biking leads her to the top of the most coveted destinations including the Stelvio Pass but the destinations that steal hera heart are those in her hometown, in the province of Bergamo.