The Istria region is the second best rock climbing area in Croatia after Paklenica. Istria offers so far nine climbing sites: Zlatni rt near Rovinj, Limski Kanal, Dvigrad, Istarske toplice, Raspadalica above Buzet, Vranjska draga near the Učka tunnel, near Pazin, Mošćenička Draga, Vintijan near Pula and Rabac.
There are over 500 sport routes. These are mainly single pitch, well bolted and on solid limestone rock.
The Limski Kanal
is near to Vrsar. The rock is close to the 12 km long fjord. The rock itself is gray and yellow limestone and the view is beautiful too. You can find there interesting well-equipped routes with new bolts. The rocks are 20-30m high. Most of the routes are overhangs. The rock is craggy and stingy.
There are about 100 routes in five sectors. The sectors are: A, B, C, D and E. You can find more information about the routes below in this page (section 3 and 4).
Best time of year
The best time to rock climb in Istria is the spring and autumn, though due to the varied character of the crags it is possible to climb all year round. For example it is possible to climb at places such as Rovinj, Pazin and Cepic in the hot summer months, or climb at sheltered crags such as Limski Kanal, Dvigrad and Raspadalica in the winter.
Routes from left:
Long man 7a+
U. g. i. g. 6c+
The art 7a
Strsljanovo gnijezdo 6b
Mr. Bombastic 5c
Map from the climbing area Limski Kanal Worldtopo.com
Croatia rock climbing guidebook Croatia rock climbing guidebook - 4th Edition 2007
Croatia climbing guidebook
Getting ThereRoads in Croatia
Interactive Map of Istra - Croatia
If you don't live or stay on Istria Peninsula you should go ahead to Rijeka / Fiume first. From here you should turn to the direction of Pula and Porec on A8 road. At Ucka tunnel you should pay 28HRK (in 2007).
Go along A8 to Kanfanar and here turn to A9 road to Porec and Limski Kanal. At the end of the fjord you can see the rocks from the road. To left hand you can find a grassy parking place, you can leave your car here.
There is a footpath straight to the rock. Just go along on it and have a lot of fun for climbing !
Climate is Mediterranean; an average air temperature in January is 4.5 °C and in July 20.9 °C; an average annual temperature reaches 12.1 °C. Vegetation is sub-tropical.
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This site includes 158 hotels, 57 apartments and 41 campings in Istria.
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