If you can’t spend a holiday just lying around, and you dream of adrenaline and adrenaline only, the extreme sports throughout northwestern Istria will recharge your batteries. If you want to try your hand at activities that get the blood pumping, the natural, hilly surroundings and the irresistible call of the sea will quench your thirst for excitement.
A mix of surfing, sailing, and the occasional dip in the sea is the ideal combination for anyone who finds relaxation in nature filled with wind and waves. Windsurfing is one of the most popular summer sports, and it is suitable for all ages. Istria’s position has long made it a hit windsurfing destination, especially Novigrad, where you can also try parasailing or jet skiing.
If you know what carabiners and quickdraws are for, then you should know that fun parks all over Istria are here to offer you a true adrenaline rush. Rappelling, zip lines, hanging trails and skill exercises on trees are just a part of the attractions offered at adrenaline parks in Umag, Glavani and in a pine forest just outside Fažana.
Paragliding and hang gliding
If you’re not afraid of heights, try getting to know Istria from a bird’s-eye view. Paragliding out of Motovun or hang gliding out of Kaštelir near Novigrad or Brgud on Učka mountain will offer you the unforgettable experience of flying and get your adrenaline flowing high above Istria’s magical old towns.
Rock climbing lovers who are constantly looking for new challenges can find beautiful, challenging climbs all over Istria for their next adventure. Near Motovun, alongside the river Mirna, there are high, rocky walls perfect for climbing, while Ćićarija mountain high above Buzet features a few climbs on a cliff no true rock climber should miss.