The heart-shaped peninsula reaching deep into the clear blue waters of the Adriatic sea is a hidden garden of beauty which opens the door to the sunny and warm Mediterranean.
Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.
- Location: The westernmost county of the Republic of Croatia, the largest peninsula of the Adriatic
- Area: 2,820 km²
- Population: 206,344 inhabitants
- Language: Croatian
Istria has laid out its wonders in the garden of the Mediterranean, at the foot of the Alps. The blue Adriatic Sea washes its shores, and the towns strung like pearls along the coast: Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Vrsar, Rovinj, Pula, Rabac - the towns that have made Istria a famous destination. But there is also another Istria, a hidden Istria, whose treasures are also worth exploring - the inland heart of Istria, green Istria, a land between dreams and reality, a land of beauty and peace of history and clean, unspoiled nature. Its towns and its people will bid you welcome and let you share in their spirit and the times long gone. Welcome to the land of history, beauty and vitality!
Life along the coasts of Istria has always been closely linked to the sea. Seafarers found shelter in the coves' embrace, fishermen respected such mysterious wide open spaces throughout their entire life, travellers discovered new loves in its harbours. And they will all agree on one thing - the beauty of the Istrian landscape has enchanted many a traveller convincing him to stay and have a new start… Sail with us along Istria's azure coast, set out with the rays of sunlight from the east slowly towards the west, plunging into picturesque Mediterranean motifs - coves and beaches, small boats floating peacefully, awaiting in the beauty of solitude.
City of Umag
Umag is the first city you will reach when approaching Istria from western Europe. Umag conquers with its allure, diversity and richness of the tourist offer. Umag is a town of around 13,000 inhabitants which with about 45 km of the coastline and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction into a different experience of the Mediterranean. The hinterland of Umag reveals beautiful hills with fortifications that offer us magnificent scenery and marvellous history, abundance of autochthonous agricultural specialties and friendly hosts. Sea in Umag is crystal clear and suitable for swimming from May till October.
The city of Umag is the race venue:
- Official accommodation
- BIB and start pack pick up
- Bus shuttle to the start of each race
- Finish Line
- Hot meal after the race
- Awards Ceremony
We suggest you to be accommodated in Umag for the full experience of the race. Bus shuttles (in case you booked) will take you from Umag to the start of each race (to Labin, to Buzet, to Motovun and to Grožnjan). After reaching the start city, you will run the Istria 100 by UTMB beautiful course and reach Umag again.
START PACK PICK-UP & BUS DEPARTURE LOCATION ADDRESS:
School’s sports hall “Marija i Lina”
Školska ulica 14
If you would like to know more about the start locations, check the start cities >>.