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Rock Climbing area of Istria in Northern Croatia

The Istria region, which includes rock climbing around Pazin, Pula and Rovinj i

s the 2nd best rock climbing area in Croatia after Paklenica. In terms of routes there are over 1,200 sport routes here, which are mainly single pitch, well bolted and on solid limestone rock. Close by there is also the excellent crag at Osp in Slovenia, and further rock climbing can be found around Trieste in Italy. This comprehensive region has a good mix of grades and has got something for everyone.

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. Istria is a popular holiday resort, with the main towns being Pula, Rovinj, and Porec.

This area is ideal to include a few days rock climbing as part of your general holiday.

The information shown nelow has been extracted from the current 2016 edition of the rock climbing guidebook for Croatia, written by Boris Cujic. Buy a copy of this guidebook today from our shop.

Map of the rock climbing areas in Istria, northern Croatia

Map of the rock climbing areas in Istria, northern Croatia

List of rock climbing areas around Pula and Istria

No Crag Total No of routes Number of Routes in Grade Range Multi Pitch?
Up to 4c 5a to 5c+ 6a to 6c+ 7a to 7c+ 8a to 8c+ Project
1 Istarske Toplice 100 0 7 21 45 12 15 Yes
2 Kamena vrata 39 5 10 8 7 4 5 No
3 Buzetski kanjon 120 0 0 48 45 15 12 No
4 Sopot (Pandora) 35 0 0 8 8 16 3 No
5 Raspadalica 35 1 10 21 3 0 0 No
6 Nugla 21 0 0 10 8 1 2 No
7 Krkuz 10 0 1 0 5 3 1 No
8 Kompanj 110 0 2 38 43 19 8 Yes
9 Cepic 39 3 11 22 3 0 0 No
10 Ponte Porton 29 9 18 2 0 0 0 No
11 Pazin 46 3 6 13 19 4 1 No
12 Brsec 50 0 4 28 14 1 3 Yes
13 Limski Kanal 101 2 19 56 20 2 2 No
14 Rovinj 138 38 62 36 2 0 0 No
15 Vinkuran - Cava Romana 37 0 5 17 12 3 0 No
16 Dvigrad 92 5 25 33 23 3 3 No
17 Vela Draga 70 3 12 45 7 3 0 Yes
18 Rabac 11 0 3 6 2 0 0 No
19 Moscenicka Draga 24 3 1 14 6 0 0 No
20 HC (Hard Core) 9 0 0 1 2 4 2 No
21 Ciritez 40 0 1 15 12 4 8 No
22 Medveja 63 5 5 11 20 18 4 No
Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia Photograph of rock climbing around Istria, northern Croatia

Click on the images to view a larger photograph.  These photographs show the excellent rock climbing to be found in the northwest peninsula of Istria in Croatia.
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Croatia sport climbing guidebbok

Buy the current 2016 edition of the rock climbing guidebook for Croatia
from our shop.

This guidebook covers all the crags around Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Pazin, Opatija and Umag.